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...and I watched in awe!

...and I watched in awe!
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Copyright: Hans Spruijt (GreenBaron) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3009 W: 919 N: 12213] (52777)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-12-30
Categories: Nature, Decisive Moment, Mood
Camera: Nikon D300, Sigma 18-50 3.5-5.6 DC, SanDisk UltraII2.0GB, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/8, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-01-20 11:36
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...and I watched in awe!

...and I watched in awe! The eruption of the Bromo captured on the very early morning on December 30th last year made me feel small, very small. Made a dozen of pictures and chose this one to post for TL. The light circumstances were not perfect, nonetheless use a f-stop of f/8 with a shutter speed of 1/160 sec and ISO 200ASA.

PP work: small adjustment of levels and curves, small crop, resized and sharpened and add frame.

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Hi Hans,
I can imagine how you felt experiencing this event which you captured so well.
As I said on my last post, "When nature shows its power, ruthlessly defeating everything in its path, man shows his ability to be supportive towards his equals", however, with so many examples of its power, man continues to challenge and destroy our beautiful planet.

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  • RSK Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1089 W: 589 N: 1943] (14753)
  • [2011-01-20 11:53]
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Greetings Hans,
Wow,to take this striking image & Wow to be there to have the opportunity to do so must be rewarding. To understand better the scale of this eruption,are those white dots bottom left, buildings of a town?
Awesome image,TFS



What great powers there are in the universe, and even on this planet! No way these things just make themselves happen! Perfect timing Hansie! Excellent processing, I assume you are shooting through glass! What power nature has!

Hoi Hans,

Java has some of the well recorded volcanic eruptions and you have caught one of them luckily!

Great view where one can feel how strong the Nature could be.
The volcanic cone positioned on the right corner of te picture, is well thought.
Great sharpness and perfect POV for this work.
Marvelous job!


You feeling small? THAT is an event.

Powerful capture - the billowing brown cloud looks appropriately toxic and threatening, and are those houses on the downwind slope (lower left?)

A breathtaking scene. The only thing that could heighten the drama would be (in my opinion) a gradient laid over the upper part of the shot, to reduce the brightness of the sky and keep attention down in the action.


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  • bri Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 751 W: 13 N: 1404] (6384)
  • [2011-01-20 12:56]

HI Hans,
You had a fantastic view point to record these forces of nature letting loose - had the bushes not been in the fore ground, giving a good frame, I would think this was taken from the air. Great shot showing raw power not to get close to. Best wishes

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  • fransx Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2938 W: 134 N: 7397] (41704)
  • [2011-01-20 13:21]

Hi Hans,
What a marvelous eruption you managed to capture in perfect sharpness and accurate lighting.
What a cloud of dark smoke adorned with perfect exposure. Great management in lighting.
A very interesting documentary shot which fits for National Geographic!
Perfect presentation.
My compliments.

Francis Xavier

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  • KAYCEE Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 30 W: 0 N: 58] (1087)
  • [2011-01-20 14:10]

Breathtaking image. Just about perfect. I think it might benefit from a crop of the foliage in the foreground. It might add to the awesome spectacle.

  • Teresat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3410 W: 96 N: 3821] (15934)
  • [2011-01-20 15:33]

wow Hans...remarcable.It seems another world...and at same time.
um abraço

Wow! Great moment of drama here, Hans - what an experience for you to witness this. We get a true sense of the power of nature from those billowing clouds and your image captures the scale of the event. Historic documentary shot, Hans - easily publishable. It's a joy to see this.

  • pozaru Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3627 W: 881 N: 2607] (21386)
  • [2011-01-21 0:03]

wow, what a gorgeous picture !!!


Hello Hans

Wow..........and I say WOw. To whitness natures fury is awesome. You are one brave man. A great POV and caprure here for the books. Would be a great post card. nice work


Absolutly incredible......
What a great shot.!!!
Bravo and thanks to share it with us...!

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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2011-01-21 8:19]


Grandiose compo et image quelle éruption, quel nuage de pioussière c'est vraiment impressionant cet effet dans ce ciel blan, quel contraste, grandiose.

Bravo et amitié


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  • linus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1797 W: 13 N: 1442] (15482)
  • [2011-01-21 16:30]

Hi Hans,
A pretty neat shot. Not many has the chance to do this!
My only problem is that I wish there was more to show the scale of the scene. as it is, difficult to judge the size of the volcano or the cloud.

What a view! Well captured with great sharpness and clarity! I disagree with the other critique about cropping the bottom off - you'd lose too much of the scene!


Hi Hans...beautifully captured shot of this event...perfect exposure and focus...well done.


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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3204 W: 262 N: 7964] (34497)
  • [2011-01-23 23:44]

AWESOME view. Look at all that smoke billowing out of the volcano. You were lucky the wind wasn't blowing towards you.
I noticed the village on the mountain side and have now read your notes to RSK. WOW, I wonder if they will ever get back to live there
Great shot Hans, great view, composition, details, all is well - I love it

Hi Hans,Good to see your series of lessons on geology! Excellent clarity and very good POV. I'd like to go here with Tjutjut one day. TFS. Murray,

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  • Jan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 451 W: 139 N: 813] (5358)
  • [2011-06-08 23:40]

Ahhhh.... what a striking image!!!

Ik geloof inderdaad dat dit je weer heel klein maakt! Een natuurramp kan zo groots en zo vernietigend zijn!
Prachtig vastgelegd hoor!


What a great pov! Congratulations for being brave enough to take the camera in hand and try to show others, how nature has roared!
The nearest mountain is clearly seen with all details and the mist, far in the right side, is placed in the frame to help a scary sight be this beautiful. Thanks for the PP work, and thanks for informing about it and thanks for sharing.

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