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Ulla Lohmann

Aug27

Photographing in Papua New Guinea

By Ulla Lohmann, Tuesday August 27, 2013
Shot with my EOS 5D Mark III and EF24-70mm/2.8L lens at 35mm, ISO 1250. As for many of my volcano shots, I chose an exposure of 30 seconds to allow the volcanic bombs to fall all the way to the crater rim - showing their fiery trail through the night.

Shot with my EOS 5D Mark III and EF24-70mm/2.8L lens at 35mm, ISO 1250. As for many of my volcano shots, I chose an exposure of 30 seconds to allow the volcanic bombs to fall all the way to the crater rim - showing their fiery trail through the night. © Ulla Lohmann

Bang! The volcano rumbles... growls... roars and finally throws out its volcanic bombs, followed by a large ash eruption.
For me, it's hell and heaven all at the same time. The volcano destroys the livelihood of the people I became friends with over the years, but it allows me to take powerful photographs.

At 23, whilst studying in nearby Australia, a volcano eruption in 2001 lured me to the "Land of the Unexpected". Since then, the country and its people have kept me fascinated and I have returned well over 20 times.

I published many articles in major magazines, including National Geographic and GEO and worked on several documentaries, for example for the BBC. The Papuans have given me a lot - so it was time for me to give something back.

With my husband Basti, we decided that we wanted to run a small scale, exclusive Photo-Expedition to our favorite places to provide some income for our "adopted families".

This year is our 4th trip. Looking into the smiling face of our happy clients, and seeing their fascination about the volcano and the gentle people, is such a reward!

As photographers these days, we have to find alternative ways to finance our expeditions - and to me, sharing my passion with other enthusiastic photographers is very rewarding.

I look forward to the next... BANG!... and another explosion of the volcano!

More soon...