Jan 19, 2012

Yasur on Camera

My photographic skills remain scatty at best; but I took my Nikon D80 DSLR camera to Vanuatu, in an attempt to brush up on basic concepts such as "exposing correctly" and "taking the lens cap off".

The aim was to try some long exposure shots, to capture the incredible arcing blasts from Yasur's vents. It turns out that's a reasonable challenge when you don't have a tripod and the entire ashen mound you're sitting on regularly shudders with bubbling molten fury.

I wound up sitting with my legs pulled up, and the camera balanced on my knees. I didn't have much luck until I started using shutter priority mode, and set it to 3 seconds. The best shots I got were by accident, or extremely good luck.


I suspect this is actually not very good technically,
but hey, I like the squiggles.


I haven't made any adjustments to these pictures (mostly because I still don't really know how. Anyone want to teach me how to retouch photographs?).


  1. You are a clever girl.

  2. They look great! You don't really need to do anything to them to make them look better. Nice work!

  3. Really cool. Yeah, there's not much I'd do to em. Throw them lightroom and have a look, but I reckon there's not much you need to do.

  4. Hey Natalie, it's Billy Healy! What a buzz to meet you on Mt Yasur, six degrees and all that shit and stuff!