Seeing the flowing lava on the Big Island has to be one of the more amazing things I have seen in my life, and it should be on everyone's bucket list. If you are going to go photograph and see the lava in person, then I would definitely recommend you get a hold of Bruce and Tom over at www.extremeexposure.com . They are not only two of the nicest guys I have met, but great guides that will go out of their way to ensure you have a fantastic and safe tour, as well as get the shots you want. Having had the opportunity to photograph the lava with Bruce and Tom, I want to voice a couple quick opinions about the experience.
First, photographing on the edge of the ocean entry and lava in general is dangerous. Anyone who tells you otherwise is simply not well informed. I do a lot of dangerous things to capture photographs, but they always come with understanding those dangers and making the best decisions I can. What was surprising to me is how off I was on what is and is not dangerous when it came down to lava. You want to be out there with these guys because they have literally been out there thousands of times and seen it all. Their job is to make sure you are safe while you focus your time on capturing photos.
Second, photographing the lava, like a lot of other subjects has its own unique challenges. Bruce and Tom are not just taking you out to the lava, but they are there to help with the photography to ensure you get the best shot possible. Knowing when and how to shoot the lava is a huge part of ensuring you come back with an image you like, rather than a bunch of bad ones that leave you feeling frustrated. These guys know what they are doing, so let them help you out!
Get out there and contact these guys and get setup for the experience of your life. I promise you will not leave unsatisfied.
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