Close to The Edge

Photographer's Lobster Pot

This was shot later in the day in the Wai-O-Tapu geothermal area of North Island in New Zealand. This is a unique perspective as the photographer circumvented certain safety barriers to realize the vision of the image. Almost immediately the photographer was accosted by a rather angry Park Ranger who performed a 200m sprint to explained why there are such restrictions and that they have to fish out tens of cooked and bloated bodies each year from the hot pools. Point taken, as well as the shot. (PS, it really wasn’t that dangerous in my assesment!)

Champagne Pool is a prominent geothermal feature within the Wai-O-Tapu geothermal area in the Bay of Plenty of the North Island. The terrestrial hot spring is located about 30 km (20 mi) southeast of Rotorua and about 50 km (30 mi) northeast of  Taupo. The name Champagne Pool is derived from the abundant efflux of carbon dioxide (CO2), similar to a glass of bubbling champagne. The hot spring was formed 900 years ago by a hydrothermal eruption , which makes it in geological terms a relatively young system. Its crater is around 65 m (213 ft) in diameter with a maximum depth of approximately 62 m (203 ft) and is filled with an estimated volume of 50,000 m3 (1,800,000 cu ft) of geothermal fluid.


4 responses

  1. The photo Lobster Pot is good, but I’m wondering if it was worth the photographer’s life to capture? Or the damage to the environment?

    June 19, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    • It was not really that dangerous (The Ranger just wanted to give me a heck). I respect the environment at all costs and would never put myself into a situation where the circumstances would be unforgiving! I appreciate your comments and thanks for visiting. Kindest regardss.

      June 19, 2011 at 10:21 pm

  2. How much of this picture is true to the actual color and how much is photoshop?

    June 23, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    • I used a bit of dodging and burning, some slight contrast and color corrections and sharpening. these are the true colors of this amazing place. This was shot in the late afternoon, so colors really came to life. Thanks for visiting!!!

      June 23, 2011 at 12:11 pm

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