Photographer's Note

This is Kawah Ijen or Ijen Crater created by volcanic activity within the huge 20km diameter of caldera in East Java. Approx 1km wide and famed for its deep opaque and strikingly vivid turquoise green, the warm crater lake is the world’s most acidic -the solution of sulphuric acid and hydrogen chloride- but it offers the most stunning views at day break when the angled sunlight begins to shine through.

At 2200m asl facing northwest and standing on a top edge looking down at the boiling vents and its steamed poisonous suphuric gas is truly a fusion of natural beauty and danger at the same time. The acidic nature of the pungent gases also leads to irritation and inflammation of the eyes and sudden burst of large volumes of gas may be fatal to those near the bottom of the crater.

Exposed on water area aided by my ever reliable ND filter, polarised to cut the maximum glare and light intensity. This was taken when the sun was a few degrees up and the first capture was posted on TE about two years ago.

Over saturated perhaps! BUT seeing is believing....

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