This photograph of colorful landscape was taken in Mutnovsky volcano in Kamchatka, Russia. It was a total new experience for me to make this shot, due to the poisonous sulfur gas that was coming out from cracks in its land and cliffs. I was forced to use respirator to stay in the area. It was bright sun reflecting in the smoke in background, so I used 2 gradient filters to balance high contrast.
Award Winner: Photo of the Day | January 22
Award Score: 67 (Value 12, Clarity 13, Composition 18, Style 12, Skill 12)
Photo of the Day Award Category: Landscape Photography
Photograph Location: Mutnovsky Volcano, Kamchatka | Russia
Photographer: Sergiy Kadulin (Kyiv, Ukraine) Registered
Born in Kyiv, Ukraine, in 1967, Sergiy Kadulin grew up in the family with his sister and mother, as his father died when they were two years old. He graduated from the military aviation academy (avionics engineer), and later on, from IBR MBA school, Ukraine. While majority of his professional career was with information technology, where he worked for such companies as APC, hp, Microsoft, and with Apple, but photography for years remained his greatest passion and hobby. In June 2013, he left his present job and IT career to focus full time on developing his own professional photography business.
Sergiy’s first experience was with his grandfather’s camera (made in 1936), and while he was studying in school he started in-depth learning of photography, including dark room processing, shooting with color films, etc. His first own camera (shared with his sister) was Smena-8M, which was very popular in Soviet Union as basic and very affordable camera for amateurs. In upper class his mother made him a gift – Zenit-12SD, which was his first real film DSLR and he enjoyed it for many years. Later on, while being on business trip in Canada, he bought Minolta film DSLR with set of lenses, which was far more advanced one. Large part of his film photo collection was made with it. Sergiy was quite skeptical towards digital photography at the beginning, and switched completely to digital workflow by late 90’s until early 2000. About 7 years ago he graduated from the professional photography course in the Kyiv School of Photography, and later on, continued to study (distance learning course of professional photography) in New York Institute of Photography. He also attended number of training courses and master classes in different other schools and on top of it, learn new interesting areas online. He did his first photo exhibition in April, 2011, which was named “Sikkim. Beginning” and was devoted to his trekking in Himalaya, Sikkim, India, in 2010.
Today his own company “Sergiy Kadulin Photography” is focused on architectural, industrial, interior and fine art photography for decoration of interiors. Fine Art part of his portfolio comes from his passion in travel and landscape photography. He does devote significant portion of his time to internal growth and development, which to his strong opinion, is the most important part of any creative human. He is trying to use photography as means to share his deep love to the world, to other people and nature, and pass warmth of his heart to them.