Photo: Sakurajima, Kagoshima

It looks like a scene from Lord of the Rings, a smoking Mount Doom with the Eye of Sauron looking on; obviously this isn’t LOTR or indeed some CGI image of Middle Earth. There’s no Photoshop or fancy exposure techniques involved here – the hardest part of taking this photo was getting my ass out of bed at 04:30 to see the sunrise. I’m sure many people could do a better job of photographing it, but with blurry eyes and thick hotel room glass to shoot through, I am happy that I managed to capture the awesomeness of what I actually witnessed in unedited, unfiltered form.

Sakurajima, Kagoshima (Click to enlarge: 1980 x 1080)
Sakurajima, Kagoshima (Click to enlarge: 1980 x 1080)