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