The Kalapana lava flow entering the ocean on the big island of Hawaii just before sunrise. Surface flow breakouts glow red hot as they creep towards the ocean entry point. Volcanic fumes billow out of the water from the lava coming into contact with the ocean. Being here on this morning, experiencing the danger I knew was before me, is one of the most frightening feelings I ever remember having. Went out with Bruce Omori of Extreme Exposures, and he had many tales of close calls from out here! I had a hard time concentrating on shooting photography! Shoes melting, smelling the rubber, feeling the heat on your feet, wearing a gas mask so you don't die from breathing toxic fumes... all make for a pretty unforgettable experience.Luckily, Bruce really knows what he is doing and was keeping my out of harms way. If you go to the big island, Extreme Exposures are the guys to call!
Single exposure with stars subtly added in from an exposure earlier