Lava flowing into the ocean is a magnificent sight. In December 2016, it was the first time in over 3 years that the lava flow was entering the ocean in Hawaii. Photographer Jack Fusco didn’t want to miss this opportunity. So, he checked weather reports, moon phases, and National Park Service website. He packed his gear and flew to Hawaii. His idea was capturing starry sky above the lava entering the ocean. He only had 3 nights to do it, and the weather was terrible when he arrived. Despite bad luck with the weather and very limited time, he managed to create “61G Ocean Entry” – a truly awe-inspiring time-lapse.
Kīlauea is an active shield volcano in Hawaii. It is the most active of five which make up the island. During a flyover by with Paradise Helicopters, documentary maker Mick Kalber captured what can only be described as a giant smiley. It appears that nature is not without a sense of humour.
The volcano is somewhere between 300,000 and 600,000 years old. It emerged above sea level around 100,000 years ago. Its name literally means “spewing” in the Hawaiian language, referring to its frequent outpouring of lava. As a result of this spewing, the sight disappeared a few moments later.
If you thought that the Sony A7S was weather proof think again. It obviously can’t cope even with the simplest of Lava streams.
Photographer Amanda Stevens was demoing some products at Samy’s Camera in Pasadena CA. She spotted this bitten-to-death camera. [luckily, this is not her camera]. As part of the store’s effort to convince customers to purchase an extended warranty, they have a few cameras on display that have made it to hell and back. Samy’s stuff told Amanda that this specific A7S was unfortunate enough to come across a hot lava stream.
Every once in a while a volcano erupts and it is always a spectacular sight to see, but Martin Heck of Timestorm Films was able to create a video as magnificent as the eruption itself.
Volcano Calbuco, located in Southern Chile, erupted on April 22, 2015 for the first time in four decades and reminded us just how mind-blowingly gorgeous volcanoes can be.
Watch this 4K video and I bet you’ll be asking for a volcano-view room on your next vacation.
Hawaii really is a photographer’s paradise. It’s filled with beautiful people, dramatic landscapes, brilliant night skies, and enough varieties of sea life to keep an underwater photographer busy for a lifetime. Given the diversity of Hawaii’s climate zones (there’s 8 of the world’s 13 climate zones on Big Island alone), we also get some pretty wicked weather.
Over the weekend, I had the pleasure of visiting the Extreme Exposures Fine Art Gallery in Hilo, Hawaii where two photographers, Tom Kuali’i and Bruce Omori, display their work. Of course, all of the work gracing the walls of the gallery were eye-catching, and one photo in particular really stood out. The award winning photo has made its rounds on the internet and has even made its way into the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. Seeing Bruce Omori’s “Volcanic Vortexes” in person (and beautifully printed on metal to boot) was even grander than one can imagine.
Malaysia based photographer and daredevil Keow Wee Loong is known for taking selfies in dangerous locations (just check his profile a few words back), but this one must have been the biggest adventure of them all.
Keow Wee Loong snuck his way into the pit of Kawah Gunung Ijen an active volcano in Indonesia to take a most daring selfie against a volcano shooting a blue flame.
Most of us would consider it a bad day at the office if we accidentally destroyed one of our cameras. That is, unless the camera went out in a blaze of glory similar to what happened to Eric Cheng and Ragnar Th Sigurdsson’s GoPro when they flew it over an erupting volcano in Iceland, as documented in the wicked video clip from DJI Phantom, below.
At first, the team had proximity concerns after learning of park regulations that restrict vehicles access to certain areas of the lava field. The photographers wouldn’t be able to drive close enough to the volcano to fly the drone over the eruption without the drone going out of range. The team then asked park rangers if there were any other possible way to get closer. Though the rangers didn’t exactly recommend the team physically walk to the site, they did offer up exercise as a potential solution.
Naturally, they suited up in gas masks and heavy duty boots, tossed their DJI Phantom II / LightBridge / GoPro 3 combo in a backpack and started walking in to have a closer look. Listen to Cheng’s account of the experience, here: (Spolier Alert: The GoPro doesn’t survive.)
While Chile can hardly be described as the end of the world, Chilean photographer Francisco Negroni may have you thinking otherwise.
Living in Chile, the second most volcanic active county in the world, Francisco was drawn to photographing those erupting behemoths of power. While some photos are taken from as far as 12km, some are taken from a mere kilometer away.