This is one of the famous so-called Blood Pools in Beppu, an Onsen resort town in Kyushu, Japan.

This one is located within the Bozu Jingoku thermal area that - if you're in Beppu - I highly recommend visiting.

In processing this shot, I had to find a balance between bringing out the colour of the pool, without oversaturating everything. The main challenge is achieving a depth to the quality of the steam in the image without creating a ton of image noise. Luckily Luminar is great at this, especially since you can brush it only over the areas that really need it.

Crimson red water caused by chemical reactions give this pool it's name. Blood Pool in Kyushu Japan @wmlamont

This pool is just one of many in this area, and on top of that, there are different facilities that have their own pools and style of displaying them. What I liked the most, though, was that you could just fill your water bottles with the spring water! (No, it wasn't rusty red like this image!) It tasted wonderful, good to drink but I wouldn't use it to make tea - I suspect there was a lot of minerals in it.

Another fun thing to do is soak your feet.

There is an area set up for this, and I really enjoyed embarrassing my wife with my hairy, pale toes. Really, no one cared and there weren't many people there, but I do love making her squirm! My son and I wanted to stay there longer, but there were other things to see, like gigantic crocodiles and pools of boiling mud.

Check out the gallery below to see pictures of those!

Little man takes off his shoes to paddle in the foot bath in Beppu, resort town in Kyushu Japan @wmlamont

More photos from Beppu, Japan

Steam rising from the Blood Pool in Beppu, resort town in Kyushu Japan @wmlamont
Shrine on the mountain path in Beppu, resort town in Kyushu Japan @wmlamont
Azure pool with steam rising from it in Beppu, resort town in Kyushu Japan @wmlamont
Little restaurant looking over a steaming pool in Beppu, resort town in Kyushu Japan @wmlamont
Temple near the Blood Pool in Beppu, resort town in Kyushu Japan @wmlamont
Gorgeous gardens in Beppu, resort town in Kyushu Japan @wmlamont
Little waterfalls everywhere in the Blood Pool park Beppu, resort town in Kyushu Japan @wmlamont
Beautiful lush garden and Blood Pool in Beppu, resort town in Kyushu Japan @wmlamont
My young son walking through the Red Tori Gate in Beppu, resort town in Kyushu Japan @wmlamont
The mountain trail through the Tori Gates at Blood Pool in Beppu, resort town in Kyushu Japan @wmlamont
This cools the water for bathing your feet in Beppu, resort town in Kyushu Japan @wmlamont
Thick grey boiling mud pools in Beppu, resort town in Kyushu Japan @wmlamont
Bubbling mud spring in Beppu, resort town in Kyushu Japan @wmlamont
Bizzare grey mud pools bubbling in Beppu, resort town in Kyushu Japan @wmlamont
The green hills behind Beppu, resort town in Kyushu Japan @wmlamont