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Lava ocean entry point in Kalapana, HI.

Lava ocean entry point in Kalapana, HI.
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SusanB
 
SusanB November 09, 2013
Nice angle. Welcome to View Bug
AlanJakarta PRO+
 
AlanJakarta November 29, 2013
Terrific capture. Congratulations.
HRImages
 
HRImages November 29, 2013
Magnificant capture
84davidjames84
 
84davidjames84 November 29, 2013
Wow Wow Wow
drakkardarkblade
 
drakkardarkblade November 29, 2013
congrats, fantastic, please check out my works
Jazz
 
Jazz November 29, 2013
WOW, this is a superb shot, Congrats
iceman2
 
iceman2 November 29, 2013
Beautiful capture.Congrats!
becapics
 
becapics November 29, 2013
Awesome capture!
kevinsawyerphotography PRO
 
kevinsawyerphotography November 29, 2013
Rad!
jleiweke
 
jleiweke November 29, 2013
Congrats!
toxictabasco
 
toxictabasco November 29, 2013
Great photo. Congratulations on a job well done.
PhotoAlaska
 
PhotoAlaska November 29, 2013
very nice
changezi
 
changezi November 29, 2013
nice
HelenRea PRO+
 
HelenRea November 29, 2013
Great capture Chris...nice work! :)))!
katelynlopez
 
katelynlopez November 29, 2013
Amazing shot!! Congrats :)
the_sun
 
the_sun November 29, 2013
wow amazing shot
SusiStroud PRO+
 
SusiStroud November 29, 2013
Fantastic capture!! Congratulations on your Feature!
brentmorris
 
brentmorris November 29, 2013
Well done
martyj PRO+
 
martyj November 29, 2013
Fantastic!
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sweetpea72 November 29, 2013
Way cool.. Congrats :)
rondube
 
rondube November 30, 2013
Wow Nice Capture
minamiyama
 
minamiyama November 30, 2013
amazing
gopalakrishnan
 
gopalakrishnan November 30, 2013
excellent shot
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BrianBasson November 30, 2013
Congratulations with this stunning shot! Brian
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rmr731 December 02, 2013
Wow - cool shot! Congrats!
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mloiz December 05, 2013
Stunning shot!!!
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onyanita January 13, 2014
amazing shot
Nwhikingphoto
 
Nwhikingphoto January 13, 2014
Awesome!
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marcocalandra89 January 26, 2014
great!
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mdtowhidulislam February 19, 2014
Nice.
Rl1956
 
Rl1956 February 20, 2014
WOW, outstanding, congrats
Soon
 
Soon February 20, 2014
Wow . . . that is SO COOL
Joey_Howard
 
Joey_Howard February 20, 2014
Awesome capture, Chris!! Congrats on getting in the finalist, well deserved .
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TimothyPrincehorn February 20, 2014
I love the fact that both the waves and the lava flow are racing towards each other. A battle taking place before me. Great shot. Congratulations.
ArtQ
 
ArtQ February 21, 2014
Congrats on your finalist award.
believeit2receiveit
 
believeit2receiveit February 21, 2014
Congratulations on being a finalist!
DavidFreire
 
DavidFreire February 23, 2014
wonderful moment
koronz
 
koronz February 23, 2014
I felt the heat ! Amazing ! Congrats !
tracygrossoflanagan
 
tracygrossoflanagan February 24, 2014
Awesome shot!!! Congratulations and good luck!
shauquatshaik
 
shauquatshaik February 24, 2014
PERFECT CLICK I LOVED IT
mikemalak
 
mikemalak April 02, 2014
Nice shot!!
ArtQ
 
ArtQ April 03, 2014
Congrats on your finalist award.
Rl1956
 
Rl1956 April 03, 2014
congrats
DebbieKMiller81 PRO+
 
DebbieKMiller81 July 20, 2014
Congrats on your awards and much sucess in the future. Awesome photo.
loripeterson
 
loripeterson November 21, 2014
We were in Hawaii in June and I absolutely fell in love with the islands. Fantastic shot.
aaronmyers
 
aaronmyers January 01, 2015
Nice shot...
DebbieKMiller81 PRO+
 
DebbieKMiller81 January 15, 2015
Awesome capture of this hot lava. Well done.
yourlily
 
yourlily February 02, 2015
Utterly amazing....brilliant work.
lily
kathymuhle PRO+
 
kathymuhle February 24, 2015
Awesome picture - congrats on your all your finalist wins! What time of day did you take this picture?
Kksgram Premium
 
Kksgram February 26, 2015
EXCELLENT title and an awesome shot...congratulations !!!
JudyRushing
 
JudyRushing February 27, 2015
Just Wow!!!
Blazer13 Premium
 
Blazer13 March 07, 2015
What an amazing capture. You should be so proud! magnificent color and long exposure! keep it up!
kataruka
 
kataruka March 13, 2015
Outstanding !
mafe
 
mafe March 21, 2015
Good job!
Pblais PRO+
 
Pblais May 13, 2015
Great picture! Getting there to take it is all that and more! Doing both gets the prize!
murraymartin
 
murraymartin May 16, 2015
This is a great "Hot Shot", so good to be in the right place at the right time, well done.
BrunoHeeb PRO
 
BrunoHeeb June 30, 2015
amazing shot ,love your style
Mette-margrethe
 
Mette-margrethe June 30, 2015
Very creative - great idea!
jasti2001 PRO+
 
jasti2001 Feb 20
this is stunning its so beautiful!

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Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken on the Big Island of Hawaii after hiking in 3 miles from Kalapana to the ocean entry point of the lava fields. We hiked in with a group of about 10 people and had 3 guides that led us to this area.
Time
This was taken during the golden hour about 30 minutes before sunset. Initially I was hoping to shoot this area with a great sky and sunset in the background but there were no clouds or drama in the sky so I chose to focus on the action where the lava met the sea.
Lighting
For this particular photo I knew that I wanted a slightly longer shutter speed to capture the movement of the waves and get the streaks in the water. Shooting during the last 30 minutes before sunset allowed me to do this whereas if I was shooting with the sun overhead I would have needed an ND filter to achieve these results and the lighting would not have been as even as it was.
Equipment
I shot this with a Canon 5D MKii with a Canon 24-105 L lens, and Manfrotto tripod. An interesting note is that I left my rubber feet on the tripod and the ground was so hot where we were that two of the feet melted and deformed.
Inspiration
I traveled to the Big Island of Hawaii with my family for vacation but I knew that for me personally I wanted to photograph lava more than anything. Things worked out so that my brother in law and I could make the trip out and hike the long way out with our guides to get here. I am a huge fan of long exposure photography and I wanted to incorporate some of that into this scene. The lighting was perfect and the conditions were great. The wind was blowing away from us which allowed me to really focus on capturing the battle between the flowing lava and the ocean waves pushing in. I took many photos dragging the shutter and hoping to capture a great curling wave as it prepared to slam into the lava. Luckily I got was I was hoping for.
Editing
Only basic post processing was used. I had to color correct because of the setting sun. The raw photo had a strong warm tone that did not look natural. I adjusted to bring back the blue of the water and retain the natural color of the lava. I also cropped the photo slightly to get a better composition and ran some noise reduction. Otherwise no major adjustments were made.
In my camera bag
I always carry my camera and a few lenses but in addition I usually have various polarizers and ND filters available. For landscape photography these are a must. The other thing that my bag is never without is a good cleaning cloth. I shoot a lot at the ocean and sea spray is unavoidable. You always need something to clean your lens.
Feedback
Hire a guide! For this and many other photographs in nature there is an element of danger involved. To get to this area in Hawaii it requires hiking over miles of dried lava beds which are brittle and very rugged. Not to mention there are spots where lava has been recently and if you do not know where you could walk right into a recent flow which can very well result in death or serious injury. The guides are experienced and can help you avoid serious pitfalls while also helping you learn more about the local landscape and culture. Be safe and never go alone!

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