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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

 

Canon EOS 50D + EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM

EXIF: 0.5 sec • f/14• 10 mm • ISO 100

Exposure Mode + White Balance: Manual

Filters: Singh-Ray RG 3stops

Software: Digital Photo Pro + Adobe Photoshop CS3

 

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Taken on June 17, 2010