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Friday Image No.213

Bolivian volcano. Olympus EM5, Panasonic 45-150 lens, ISO200, f/7.1, 1/320″.

It was 2014 when I shot this volcano image and it’s languished on my hard drive ever since. The volcano’s in Bolivia and this shot was from our base camp about halfway to the summit. Yes, I had the “pleasure” of climbing this. The lower rim (the coloured part) is 4,900m and the top part is 5,300m; I wish I could remember the name though.

Those days seemed much simpler to me in terms of camera equipment. I was using the Olympus EM5 with three lenses; 9-18mm, 12-40mm and 45-150mm. The entire kit would fit in a small shoulder bag which I could wear under my backpack. The Fuji now feels a lot larger somehow but doesn’t look when the two are side by side. I’ve even found myself considering another micro 43 camera; I suppose I should make more use of the EM5’s which I still have.

Anyway, I hope you like the image and have a great weekend.

Friday Image No. 108

Mt Etna, Italy. Olympus EM5, Olympus 12-40mm at 40mm, ISO200, 1/1000 at f/7.1.  Two stop ND Graduated filter.
Mt Etna, Italy. Olympus EM5, Olympus 12-40mm at 40mm, ISO200, 1/1000 at f/7.1. Two stop ND Graduated filter.

It’s Friday at last and I’m gearing up for a relaxing weekend. Except that I have a whole load of paperwork to do and some prep for Monday. Anyway, here is another of the image from my recent visit to Italy to take my mind off all the work. This is the summit of Mt Etna which as you can tell is still very (very, very, very) active.

This image was shot from the rim of the crater and is as high as you can climb at around 3,340m. I say around as the eruptions continue to change the landscape. If you do visit, there is a lower crater which the 4-wheel drive tourist coaches drop you near to. But if you don’t mind another 400m ascent and are willing to hire a guide, you can go to the main crater. It’s well worth it but a bit of a slog given the altitude so you need to be reasonably fit and able to arry lots of water and the safety equipment.

Having said all this, it’s an awesome sight and I wouldn’t have missed it.

Have a great weekend.