Philippines – Yolanda hiding cars

Even more than 100 days after Yolanda, many cars are still damaged and in the place they ended up in when the storm was over. Including several hundred cars that were washed into Tacloban’s harbour, together with their owners.

Philippines – stranded ships after Yolanda (Haiyan)

stranded ship Ligaya V

This ship had slaughterhouse waste on board, which annoyed the neighbours quite a bit. In tropical temperatures rotting meat in these quantities constitutes a massive health problem. Actually it is not the meat itself, but rats and flies that feed and breed on it. I wonder if it was an angry neighbour who set the bridge on fire?

Blue Men (Two’s Not A Group)

International experts inspecting a hazardous waste storage site in Ishinomaki, Japan, during a UNEP mission after the 2011 tsunami. Shot taken with Canon EOS 500D, EF-S18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS, focal length 18 mm @ f 4.0 and 1/4000s.

Oil Spills in Niger Delta (4)

This was taken in a fish farm in Niger Delta (Gokhana LGA, Rivers State, Nigeria). Crude oil spilled from a pipeline a year before the picture was taken (2010), charred soil proves that the oil was on fire, contaminated water is all over the place. No fish.

And only little photoshopping. Water and oil actually were this colour, the lack of reflection on the water and oil surfaces results from the use of a polarising filter on my lens, which eliminates a lot of reflection from non-metallic surfaces.

Taken with Canon EOS 1000D, EF-S18-55mm lens, focal length 18mm, f/5.6, 1/25s, ISO 400.

Oil Spills in Niger Delta: Boat Trip

Niger Delta, boat trip in the creeks

The Five Elements of Niger Delta: Fire, Water, Earth, and Air, and Oil. Riding on a speed boat through oily sheens for minutes left behind an eerie and unreal feeling. Horrible yet still sort of beautiful.

For this one I merged a handful of photos into an animated GIF. The rainbow colours on the water are oil, not a digital artefact. I might try to convert it into a video instead later.

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After the Flood (2)

This is a 360° panorama taken during the UNEP PCDMB mission to Japan at Soma beach, some 35 km north of the Fukushima nuclear reactors. The trip took place in March 2012, about one year after the earthquake and tsunami. The 8 m concrete tsunami wall was just shattered by the waves. More than one year after the tsunami most of the tsunami waste has been cleared away. The complete absence of houses, crops in the fields, trees, etc. gives an eerie touch to the scenery.
Use the controls on the left hand side to navigate in the panorama (the top button jumps to full screen, +/- is in and out, etc.).