Eruption of Masaya

Masaya Volcano, Nicaragua

On our earlier visit to Masaya with Empowerment International and The Giving Lens, Masaya was belching out lots of sulfur dioxide… and the clouds of sulfur looked liked erupting mushroom clouds. I caught this cloud at its peak as the sun was putting on a fantastic show overhead.

My goal was to preserve textures in every part of the image…and keep it looking natural. Normally I would have used a GND filter to capture such a photograph, but because the GND Filter would darken the top of the smoke cloud, I chose to use our iHDR manual blending technique instead. That way, I could bring out the details I needed with the help of layers and masks in Photoshop.

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