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Mount Doom - Volcanoes National Park

Mount Doom - Volcanoes National Park
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Copyright: James Parker (Jamesp) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-01-03
Categories: Mountain
Camera: Canon EOS 1Ds MkII, Canon 24-70 mm f 2,8 L-USM
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Volcanoes and Volcanic Areas, Earth from Above [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-02-02 7:35
Viewed: 8273
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Taken on a sightseeing flight around the park.

The middle volcano is Mount Ngauruhoe (Mount Doom - see below) an active stratovolcano. It is the youngest vent and highest peak in the Tongariro volcanic complex on the Central Plateau of the North Island, and first erupted about 2,500 years ago. Although seen by most as a volcano in its own right, it is technically a secondary cone of Mount Tongariro.

The volcano lies between the active volcanoes of Mount Tongariro to the north and Mount Ruapehu to the south, to the west of the Rangipo Desert 25 kilometres to the south of the southern shore of Lake Taupo.

It erupted 45 times in the 20th century, making it one of the world's most active volcanoes in that period. It last erupted in 1975. Fumaroles exist inside the inner crater and on the rim of the eastern, outer crater.

There are several possible explanations for the mountain's name. The most plausible is Nga Uru Hoe, meaning "throwing heated stones".

In the early 2000s Mount Ngauruhoe was used as a stand-in for the fictional Mount Doom in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy, achieving worldwide exposure.

The far, snow covered volcano is Ruapehu which largely composed of andesite and began erupting at least 250,000 years ago. In recorded history, major eruptions have been about 50 years apart, in 1895, 1945 and 1995-1996. Minor eruptions are frequent, with at least 60 since 1945. Some of the minor eruptions in the 1970s generated small ash falls and lahars (mudflows) that damaged skifields. There was a sudden violent outburst in september 2007.

Between major eruptions, a warm acidic crater lake forms, fed by melting snow. Major eruptions may completely expel the lake water. Where a major eruption has deposited a tephra dam across the lake's outlet, the dam may collapse after the lake has refilled and risen above the level of its normal outlet, the outrush of water causing a large lahar (violent, destructive mudflow).

Tongariro National Park is the oldest national park in New Zealand, located in the central North Island. It has been acknowledged by UNESCO as one of the 24 mixed cultural and natural World Heritage Sites.

Tongariro National Park was the fourth National Park established in the world. The active volcanic mountains Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe, and Tongariro are located in the centre of the park.

There are a number of Māori religious sites within the park, such as one at the grave to Te Heuheu Herekeikei. The summits of Tongariro, Ngauruhoe and Ruapehuare are tapu (sacred).

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amazung landscape, TFS Ori

Hi James,
Beautiful scene. TFS.
- Nirmal

brilliant clarity and detail...
you have shown the volcanic structures well with a really snap snow clad mountain to back it up

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-02-02 8:20]

Hi James. This is my dream to go to New Zealand one day. and pictures like this make me want to go even more.a very good compostion of the mountains and volcano. your shot shows so much fine deatil and natural looking colours. well done TFS.

PS I have just read young joey notes you are a kind man James.

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-02-02 8:24]

Wow, what a sight, I am breathless! This is a huge panoramic view, absolutely beautiful and sharp from the tip of the toes to the last hair. the light is fantastic and really, James, you captured it beautifully. did you fly like the eagle? Thank you!


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-02-02 10:34]

Hello James,
Very interesting notes and wonderful image to show this amazing geological area. Thank you for taking us on your travels James.

Hello James,
Good image, James. Very educational (for seasoned fellows as you are at least;-)
Image wise and technically spoken I'm quite surprised (once again) aboyt the long shutter speed. However a wide angle provides no camera shake issues, I guess.
Well done. Awesome view...

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2008-02-02 11:29]

Wonderful landscape! Great detail and DOF, color and light are very good

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-02-02 12:07]

Hi James,
wow..doesn't get much better than that, does it? What a view. Nice composition with the blue lake in the foreground, Mount Ngauruhoe in the middle where it should be, then the snow capped Ruapehu in the back, all sweeping in from the right. Sharp throughout and well exposed, great shot.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-02-02 13:33]

Ha ha! What a great name - Mount DOOM!!
Superb shot of this classic cone volcano!
There is some amazing geography in New Zealand and this is a prime example of it!
It always amazes me how snow can stay frozen on a volcano, one of the (potentially) hottest places on Earh!
Great composition!
Sharp with a huge, giant heap of detail and stunning clarity.
Nice range of colours and good lighting.
You've handled the exposure superbly!
Well done James.

Very interesting note James.
I can see why Peter Jackson chose New Zealand to film The Lord of The Rings. The area is very unique and rugged looking with it's Volcanoes. Well captured with the sun behind you and nice blue sky.
TFS Janice

Hello James,
First, I like to thank you for the most informative and useful notes!
It's a superb image with total sharpness, awesome colour and details in the shot
a pleasing and quality presentation
best regards

Hey James,
What a stunner, just an amazing landscape, stunning detail and an excellent d.o.f, the exposure is perfect, really nice work all the best Cheers Rick :)

hello james,
nice capture of the mount doom, the view is simply beautiful, nice colours, well composed shot,
tfs & regards

Hi James,

Magnificent scenery. Very well composed;superb clarity and sharpness to present these mountains in their full splendor.

Cheers, Petru

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-02-03 3:55]

Hello James,
The view is breathtaking... I liked the POV, landscape, DOF, colors and exposure handling a lot. TFS
Best wishes,

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-02-03 10:04]

Hello James, wow that one could be in the National Geographic! Very well composed, incredibly sharp details and very interresting landscape, well done my friend, thanks.


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-02-03 13:45]

Hello James

A wonderful look at this volcano.The vista is amazing.
The focus is sharp with wonderful detail.
The POV is amazing.
Great lighting and colours.


Another amazing place!
What a landscape!
great color - such vivid blues in particular from the sky down to the body of water.
Well done.

Hello James,
Interesting to study the details of this volcanic landscape, where the lack of vegetation is so visible!
The image has a great feeling of depth, and the lake is the only element reminding of life...
Super definition, attractive colour palette!
Pablo -

Dear James,
As I travel through your portfolio - I am so sorry - we have decided this year - to stop travelling overseas.

The scenery depicted in this image is quite different from the the Hawaian Islands.

The bare slopes tell the story of young volcanoes. Is this area part of the "ring of fire"?

I assume - the lake on the right hand side of the image - is a warm acidic crater lake, which you mention in your very interesting notes.

It is not surprising - seing the devastation left behind - that even today modern people still pray to gods in the volcanoes for protection...

An impressive landscape - impressivly presented.
Enjoy the rest of your week,
Kind regards

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