About the Photo
Mt. Semeru is one of the most active volcanoes on the island of Java in Indonesia. This picture was taken in 2003, just before I went digital. I was shooting a Mamiya RZ 67 medium format camera, and I was in the middle of changing the roll of film when the mountain emitted a large plume of smoke. The winds were ferocious that morning, and when I was ready to shoot again the column of smoke had been carried off to the side. I was very disappointed that I had missed what I thought was the best shot – the smoke coming out of the top of the peak -- but after I got the film back from the lab two weeks later I thought the image was especially unique. The sunrise that morning was spectacular, and this turned out to be my favorite image from the trip.
About the Photographer
Jim Zuckerman left his medical studies in 1970 to pursue his love of photography and turn it into a career. He has taught creative photography at many universities and private schools, including UCLA and Kent State University. He also leads many international photo tours to exotic destinations such as Kenya, Tanzania, Burma, Morocco, China, India, Eastern Europe, Peru and Turkey.
Zuckerman specializes in wildlife, nature, and travel photography, photomicroscopy and digital effects. His diversity in technique and style is unique in the professional arena. He states that he only photographs beauty, leaving the dark side of life to other photographers.
Jim has been a contributing editor to Photographic Magazine for 3 1/2 decades. His images, articles, and photo features have been published in scores of books and magazines including Time-Life books, publications of the National Geographic Society, Outdoor Photographer, Life Magazine, Omni Magazine, Conde Nast Traveler, Shutterbug, Science Fiction Age, Australia’s Photo World and Greece’s Opticon. He is the author of 12 books on photography, and he now teaches many on-line courses for Betterphoto.com.
His work has been used for packaging, advertising and editorial layouts in more than thirty countries. He has been published in calendars, posters, greeting cards and corporate brochures and annual reports, and his work is also sold as fine art prints in scores of retail outlets.
You can see more of his work at his Web site.