Sunrise: Behind the beauty of Ijen Crater

Picturesque Kawah Ijen is the world's largest highly acidic lake and is the site of a labor-intensive sulfur mining operation in which sulfur-laden baskets are hand-carried from the crater floor. Think you have a tough job? Try carrying 100 kilos through a cloud of sulfur down the side of a volcano :)


The pictures below shows the miner carrying blocks of sulphur from the mine. Click on the picture for large view.


Video from National Geographic:

Sulfur Miners at Kawah Ijen Crater, East Java Indonesia 1/2

Sulfur Miner (Penambang Gamping) @ Kawah Ijen, Indonesia 2/2


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EXIF: 0.5 sec • f/14• 10 mm • ISO 100

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Filters: Singh-Ray RG 3stops

Software: Digital Photo Pro + Adobe Photoshop CS3


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  • Justin Smith 5y

    Some amazing lighting in the first shot... Those chunks must be pretty close to pure sulfur! Very yellow.
  • Abdalla Al Qasmi 5y

    Brilliant , talented young lady photographer , a great reading jessy , the shot is great .
  •  DocBudie 5y

    absolutely Wow...!!!!!
  • ALT1040H&S 5y

    me gusta ,D
  • Sheerlight 5y

    HI Jessy, sorry not commented a while, life took over too much.
    You have every ounce of my admiration, for your skill, your vocation and commitment in your journalling and your courage. excellent images, even more important wonderful to share the realities. :))
  • Jens Ceder 5y

    Sulphur? Dangerous stuff, I thought it was bread first...
  • Brett Simpson 5y

    Love your sense of adventure!
  • Rangga Prayuga 5y

    kawah ijen.....this my country indonesia
    This place can get a lot in the visit the same photografer.
    nice shoot sir
    thks to now you...
  • A. Thompson 5y

    Hello sweetie! This is an interesting (and beautiful) shot!
  • Christina 5y

    This one is supercreative. Completely tells a story.
  • Ajie Cavalera 5y

    Fantastic Photography
  • Dave Lopez Gressitt 5y

    Exceptional series on this beautiful and dangerous place, I would love to visit sometime as well. Thanks for sharing this.
  • Ajie Cavalera 5y

  • Alan Bianchi 5y

    ok, now i know that i have to go there!! :-)
  • Max Vuong 4y

    I just saw this place covered on BBC's Human Planet. What an amazing hardship those miners endure to put food on the table.
  • Charles Augustus 4y

    Wonderful photograph, and a harrowing way to wear your heart and joints out with work....
  • Gianluca 3y

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  • Cangkrukan Community 5mo

    Beautiful picture!

    I not long ago found an interesting article about Elf Rental in Surabaya and it makes me trully want to visit Surabaya soon.
  • heri dwi purnomo 3mo

    nice picture dude..
    Sunguh Luar biasa
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