Joshua Paul Shefman (@departingyyz) — From Toronto 🇨🇦 | Into travel photography 📷 | #travelphotograpy
You don't really understand the scale of the volcano until you get thr opportunity to summit it. It was a very difficult climb through most of the night to get there for sunrise but you push on through up and up just for the thrill and a view like this. Incredible colours, especially of red as the light hit the rocks all around. The crater lake simmered below as everyone tried to get a photo of themselves above it, trying not to show they were shivering the entire time due to the hour and the altitude. One of my favourite volcanos 🌋 despite the grueling climb. We saw a month later that a large earthquake hit the island of Lombok devastating many people's homes and stranding many Indonesians and tourists on the volcano as the trails disintegrated. This was very sad to hear, I hope they're rebuilding and are able to move on with their lives and recover. Mt. Rinjani, Lombok, Indonesia. Taken with the Sony A7Rii and the FE 16-35mm.
Today I'm reminded of Peru and how incredibly beautiful and wild so much of the landscape remains. Some sights like Laguna Humantay that one can see either on a vigorous day hike or as part of the Salkantay trek just blow you out of the water. I knew it would be beautiful, I've seen many photos before, I just didn't realize how gorgeous it would be in person, surrounded by a gigantic, towering snowcapped mountain and constantly changing colours depending on the light and angle it was hit at. Best yet, like so many of my greatest, most memorable moments, I didn't have to pinch myself thinking, "is this real, are you seeing this?' I wasn't alone but rather with an incredibly loving partner who could appreciate and share the experience with me. (And didn't mind posing for a photo or 2.. Or 10...). Taken with the Sony A7Rii and the FE 16-35mm. I modified the colours of the lake to give it a stronger blue hue than the usual green.
Otherworldly landscape around the Indonesian volcano of Mt. Ijen. It was quite the trek to wake up in the very early hours of the night in Banyuwagi, drive to the base of the mountain and then climb up for what seemed like forever, all in the dark. Eventually after we reached a plateau we had to immediately descend into the volcanic crater on extremely busy, often unstable paths to make it to the bottom before sunrise. It was wholly chaotic as swarms of other tourists made their way down the path and miners toiling for sulfur made their way up constantly butting heads. At the bottom as the Sun broke through the night sky, billows of smoke poured from open vents in the Earth's crust. The sulfuric fumes would rise and envelope you completely. Even with gas masks our eyes burned and for a few brief seconds you felt like you were going to be completely consumed and suffocated by the dark, thick, poisonous gas. To see the Earth this raw and up close is a humbling experience and completely justifies the 'hassle' of getting there. A great experience all round even with his rabid popularity. I've been to many active volcanos, an active volcanic pool at Erta Ale, Ethiopia, a volcanic eruption at volcan Fuego In Guatemala, an erupting volcano surrounded by ocean at Stromboli, Italy but this was unique in an of itself and stands on its own. 🌋 🌋 🌋
Incredible views of Mount Bromo from afar before we would later climb it. Who wouldn't want to wake up at 3am to get here for sunrise with jaw-dropping views like this? A relatively easy flight and car ride from Bali makes this a great addition to any travel in Indonesia and a fantastic contrast. Taken with the Sony A7Rii and the FE 16-35mm.
One of the most humbling experiences I've had travelling was being able to see volcanos up close and personal. Watching them spew ash and lava, hearing the air crackle, smelling the sulfur in the air and staring into a volcanic crater really make you appreciate how small you are in the face of mother nature. Mount Bromo in Eastern Java is a small but incredible active volcano that's easily accessible and a huge highlight visiting Indonesia. Either staring in awe from afar or climbing its side to peer into its crater to watch the smoke rise from the Earth, both offer jaw dropping views. It's power has attracted people for ages and still remains Hindu religious site to today. Taken with the Sony A7Rii and the FE 16-35mm.
Tranquil Ubud. Beyond all the hustle and bustle and the rampant tourism throughout the area, at least on our way towards our guest house we had a bit of fresh air, a little green... And no one else. That's what I wanted from Ubud. Taken with the Sony A7Rii and the FE 16-35mm.