Image of the Plume from Turrialba Volcano in Costa Rica. Photo by Eduardo Libby

The volcano and indoor photos

I live in the Pacific Rim of Fire so it is no surprise that eventually ash is going to fall from the sky, like it has been on and off for the last two years: small amounts luckily. This has consequences for photography of course.

There are some spectacular photos of the larger eruptions taken by those that live close to the currently active Turrialba Volcano. Not mine: I live about an hour away from where you get to see the cone. So far I only have photos of the subsequent ash and gas eruptions. No red lava to show. The one volcano that did is now taking who knows how many years off.

Image of the ash plume from Turrialba Volcano in Costa Rica at sunset. Photo by Eduardo Libby
I sent this panorama to my friends in Costa Rica so they can see there is a lot of beauty in the ash clouds when seen from afar.
Ash on your sensor and lens is an issue if you are shooting outdoors so my garden is off limits for photography when the wind is blowing from the Northeast… and now we are in the Trade Winds Season in Costa Rica.

Image of the Plume from Turrialba Volcano in Costa Rica. Photo by Eduardo Libby
The high noon gave the ash plume an ominous shade, very volcano-like, quite unlike the sunset photos in which it looks like nice clouds.
What to do then when I am grounded and want to enjoy my craft?  Take some plants, wash them really well to get rid of most ash, and practice some macro photography. Here are a couple focus stacking pictures I did last weekend.

Close up of a red Easter Cactus flower. Photo by Eduardo Libby
Some lady gave me this Easter Cactus (Hatiora gaertneri) and produced really pretty flowers in spite of my bad gardening skills.
Detail of the orchid showing the pollinium. Photo by Eduardo Libby
I am glad I did this photo of a Phalaenopsis orchid: a tiger popped out his head in the middle of my picture.
Breaking news!

We haven’t had ash for several days: Time to go out!

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5 thoughts on “The volcano and indoor photos”

    1. Wow! Thank you so much for taking the time to look at my work and to offer me such nice compliments: I have tried to take photography seriously for nearly two decades. I look forward to seeing more of your work.

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