A short story about viral photography! With @yuri_vantowski - Brought to you via nomadict.org / "Experiencing new cultures and seeing the beauty in this world is what makes me happy.
I’ve been a graphic designer for about five to six years now and started getting serious about photography in 2018. I always wanted to see and experience the world but needed a catalyst to give me a little push.
My first adventure to Iceland was a tipping point in my career as a landscape photographer. While there, I captured a photo that eventually received over 250k likes, was shared across multiple accounts, and built my confidence to believe that there’s a future in photography for me - See pic. 2.
When I was in Northern Iceland, I really wanted to shoot Dettifoss because of its massive scale. Walking up to the location the snow was waist deep in some spots and became a bit treacherous. After the model got in the right spot, I took a couple photos and didn’t think too much about it. I finished my trip and, as I began editing my photos, I almost threw that shot away because it was all blown out and looked pretty terrible. Then I realized if I zoomed in really tight to the waterfall, this incredible composition appeared and all I had to do was shift the model over to create the dramatic effect.
I posted the image on my Instagram about a month after my trip and the buzz started to grow instantly. But, it wasn’t t until I submitted the image to NatGeoYourShot when it really blew up.
People went crazy for it! I gained thousands of followers from that photo alone which was wild and then I received requests daily for prints and permission to be used on people’s pages. I didn’t expect a blown-out photo would end up being my most popular shot. You never really know what can happen in the social world. Just keep doing what you love and creating content and something might happen!" You can now read the original story with @yuri_vantowski visiting the link in the Bio!
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🏞:(Hidden Canyon) Siregol, Purbalingga, Central Java.
#throwback when we explore the anonymous hidden gem of Purbalingga at Siregol Hills, a conservation area for Javan Owa & Javan Hawk-eagle.
Turns out behind the forests & hills, lies canyons with streams and unique rock formation like this.
"Her angel's face,
As the great eye of heaven shined bright
And made a sunshine in the shady place."
🏞: Curug Lawang/Sendang Bidadari, Baturaden, Central Java
Named after the cave-like rock formation similar to the shape of a gate/door heading to the waterfall/ pond.
Literal translation: Pond in mountainous region commonly used for bathing & washing...by angels
"A myth is a way of making sense in a senseless world. Myths are narrative patterns that give significance to our existence."
The myth surrounding Kawah Ratu can be traced back in times when Prabu Siliwangi, the King of Hindu Pajajaran, reigned. Back then, the people of Sunda held a religious belief system of traditional Sundanese called Sunda Wiwitan.
Until Raden Kiansantang, one of his son converted to islam. On several occasion, he persuaded his father to convert as well. However, Prabu Siliwangi refused in order to honour his ancestral belief.
Prabu Siliwangi is said to have a close relationship with the ruler of South Java Sea: Kanjeng Ratu Kidul. For this reason, Kanjeng Ratu Kidul assigned Nyi Roro Kidul and some of her followers to guard him, not only from his enemies, but also from Islam. At the base of Mount Salak, it is believed that Prabu Siliwangi and his entire "Abdi Dalem" would rather "moksa"(disappear) than have to convert to Islam.
The followers of Kanjeng Ratu Kidul is believed to stay nearby the crater & at times manifesting themselves in the form of beautiful nymphs. Thus the crater is named the Crater of The Queen, a.k.a. Kawah Ratu 👸🏻
PS: The girl is @hari.abri. Not the mentioned guardian spirit 👻