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South Korean photographer Pipo Gempesaw takes us to a knoll high above the west coast of Batan Island in the South China Sea. The location of Mount Iraya, an active volcano (seen here with her head in the clouds) and countryside so lush any Hobbit would swear it is Middle-earth. Long used as a pasture for their cattle, local farmers call this area “Marlboro Country.” (It reminded them of the 1970’s cigarette ads.)
To reveal the strength of the sea breeze, Mr. Gempesaw used a low ISO setting, a dark “neutral density” filter and a minute-long exposure to capture movement in the clouds and foreground vegetation.
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