8-01-16 Hawaii Kamokuna Lava Ocean Entry Video

A unique view of the newest lava flow ocean entry at Kilauea volcano Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

It was extremely hot where I shot this.
Also, very windy like it has been all summer on that part of the island.

Video of this event from my Nikon D800 coming soon.

The tour boat seen is Lava Ocean Tours. Capt Shane and crew. Great tour to go on.

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Be patient. What I do isn’t always easy.

My usual warning.
Do not attempt to do what I do.
I have 25 years of experience and I know what I’m doing out there.
So many things can go wrong for those who don’t understand or can’t recognize the dangers of a volcanic eruption.
Stay away and watch my videos instead.

Only my camera was in any danger while capturing the video.

Prints from my adventures can be purchased on my website lavapix.com.
Or locally at Krazy About Kona in the Kona Inn Shopping Village, Kailua Kona, HI.

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7-26-16 Hawaii Lava Flow Video – New Ocean Entry

Videos of the newest lava flow ocean entry at Kilauea volcano Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

The Kamokuna ocean entry.

I arrived at the new ocean entry about 15 minutes after it started.
You can see how the new delta/bench (new land) grows as the video progresses.

As its been throughout this new flow, it was quite windy.

Videos of this event are from my Nikon D800 and the Gopro Hero 3+.

The tour boat seen is Lava Ocean Tours. Capt Shane and crew. Great tour to go on.

In the Nikon shot video I sped up a few clips to show how the steam plume swirls as it rises.

There will be a follow-up blog post once I’ve edited my still photos.

My usual warning.
Do not attempt to do what I do.
I have 25 years of experience and I know what I’m doing out there.
So many things can go wrong for those who don’t understand or can’t recognize the dangers of a volcanic eruption.
Stay away and watch my videos instead.

Having said my usual warning, let me add that this flow is accessible via hikes of at least 9 miles round trip.
Expect large crowds of people. Be sure to carry at least 3 liters of water per person.

Always use extreme caution at the sea cliffs and never walk out onto new land as it could easily collapse into the ocean taking you with it.
As the bench grows the immediate sea cliff will be vulnerable to collapse also.
I highly recommend you watching this HVNP safety video on safety at ocean entries.

http://lavapix.com/#/page/lava-viewing-safety-video/

Also, its best not to breath if you find yourself engulfed in the steam plume. If you think you will be in it often, be sure to wear a respirator.

Prints from my adventures can be purchased on my website lavapix.com.
Or locally at Krazy About Kona in the Kona Inn Shopping Village, Kailua Kona, HI.

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6-30-16 Video – Lava Flow Hike

Aloha,

I’ve added a new video from a recent lava flow hike.

This is the front of a fairly large A’a lava flow.

This part of the flow was slowing down and would eventually stall but, that allowed me to film without having to constantly retreat.
You will see how an A’a flow advances.
The inner core is fed by a very large river of lava about a 1/4 of a mile back that was cascading down a steep pali (cliff).
As the flow reaches an area of resistance the flow rises in height.
A’a flows generally run at about 1700f. The outer portion cools in jagged pebbles to boulders. They roll off as it slowly advances.

The flow front ran between 10′ and 15′ high.

It sounds like dishes breaking.

This type of lava flow also puts out a tremendous amount of heat that radiates out quite far.
I had to be quick when placing the camera.
Notice the tiny GoPro in the first still image right after the intro.
Shot with my Motorola Droid Turbo 2.

All video clips shot with a GoPro Hero 3+.
Shot at 1080p 60 fps. Upsampled to 4k 60 fps.
Edited and produced in Cyberlink Power Director 14.

Feedback welcomed on how the up scaling looks to those watching on a 4k monitor or TV..
This is a test to see if it works well enough for now.
Of course, this takes quite a bit longer for YT to process to full scale. Deciding if its worth it or not. Upload time isn’t an issue.

Twice the camera shut down due to excessive heat.
The rear LCD attachment melted slightly and is now tacky to the touch. Also melted part of the waterproof housing.

Unfortunately there were steady 30 mph winds this visit.
With this wind came lots of dust and tiny rock particles in the air.
So, I stayed up wind as much as possible when shooting.

Video of this event from my Nikon D800 coming soon.

Thanks for subscribing and watching. Many more videos to come.
Be patient. What I do isn’t always easy.

My usual warning.
Do not attempt to do what I do.
I have 25 years of experience and I know what I’m doing out there.
So many things can go wrong for those who don’t understand or can’t recognize the dangers of a volcanic eruption.
Stay away and watch my videos instead.

 

Prints can be purchased locally at Krazy About Kona in the Kona Inn Shopping Village. 75-5744 Ali’i Drive. Two shops south of the Kona Inn Restaurant.

My usual warning.
Do not attempt to do what I do.
I have 25 years of experience and I know what I’m doing out there.
So many things can go wrong for those who don’t understand or can’t recognize the dangers of an eruption of this type.
Stay away. Follow my blog and Youtube channel and stay safe.
As of now the NE flow activity has stopped so, not much to see now anyway.

Photo licensing, BryanLowry@lavapix.com.

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Longer video clips available.

6-30-16 lava gopro

Hawaii lava flow. GoPro camera and A’a lava flow. Captured with a Motorola Droid Turbo 2. 2016 ©Bryan Lowry / lavapix.com

9-25-13 Discovery Channel

Aloha,

Well, I was planning on posting this later but, seeing I’m part of the official media release, I guess I can post it now.

In August of this year I was involved in a filming for Discovery Channel Canada’s Daily Planet show. I took one of the hosts Ziya Tong out to the lava flow ocean entry. Yep, she was fortunate enough to spend the night hiking in the rain with a great looking guy. Think back to this when you read the part about sarcasm.

Of course there was the film crew too. They were a good bunch of people and we had a great time. The rainy weather I warned them about made sure not to disappoint. It rained quite often. This slowed us down so, we weren’t able to do everything that was planned but, now it gives Ziya a reason to come back. I think I did well with the filming. There were a few re-takes but, not many as the crew was very good at directing. Plus, having just filmed another show several months earlier, I pretty much knew what to expect. I would have liked to have been more my usual sarcastic self but, with the time crunch we were under I didn’t want to cause delays if they didn’t like what I had to say. Once the show airs I will tell you a few of the things I was about to say but, caught myself and was more cordial.

Overall the activity was subdued compared to what I’m use to but, plenty for the first timers. Don’t want to overwhelm people. Its happened before. We were very fortunate as the lava flow in that area stopped completely several days later and has yet to resume. The crew wasn’t up to my usual 15-20 mile hikes. They shouldn’t feel bad as few people are.

I haven’t seen the final show and most likely won’t until most of you do. Obviously the majority of you reading this don’t live in Canada but, not to worry. I believe it will also air online. Once I have that info I will post a link as an edit to this post.

They have me a part of their “Adrenaline Junkies” week. Now that really doesn’t describe me well because hiking the lava flows isn’t an adrenaline rush for me. Might be for those that on a rare occasion get to hike with me but, its much the opposite as I find the lava flows very relaxing. I guess to some degree there is adrenaline to get myself to drive 5 hours round trip, then many times hike 15-20 miles in the middle of the night and be out for 12-15 hours. Adrenaline and natural green tea certainly help.

I made sure they knew I was very much safety oriented and very well prepared. I’m pretty sure this is how I will be portrayed.  I never want to be portrayed as one of those daredevil photographers at the lava flows. I know what I’m doing. There’s no need to be a daredevil. I’m not out for my 15 minutes of fame. Production companies approach me. If I like what they want to do, we do it. If not, I pass.

Several of my images are featured in the show along with some of my video clips.

I will be watching the segments of the four other guys mentioned in the release. Especially Garrett McNamara. I surf too but, nothing like what he does.

Once its online I will send out another alert. Check out the media release here. Media link might not be working. Show airs Oct 8 at 7 pm (EST).

***Watch online here***And or here too. The hosts talk briefly about the experience on the 2nd link. I’m in the second half of this clip.

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The image below is Ziya and myself at the ocean entry (credit, Christine Mayall, Producer at Bell Media).

Ziya Tong and Bryan Lowry

Ziya Tong and Bryan Lowry

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6-10-13 The Weather Channel – Lava Chasers Show

Aloha,

Yes, my posts are getting more and more infrequent. It doesn’t mean I’m not doing anything. Just the opposite.

This post pertains to a show I was involved in late last year. Its called “Lava Chasers” and it airs on the Weather Channel. Seems the episode I was in aired on June 8th locally here in Hawaii. My standard cable doesn’t have The Weather Channel so, I haven’t seen the show yet. I’m sure it will air many more times. Check your local listings.

Yeah, I’m a bit late on posting about this show but, like I said, it should air many times.

Feedback from those who have seen it has been good so far. I’m sure die-hard WC fans who only want to see the weather will have they’re opinions on a volcano show being on the Weather Channel.

I was contacted by a production company last year asking if I was interested in being a part of this series. Most times I turn down requests to be filmed or written about as the angle they always want to portray is “Daredevil Photographer” risks all for lava photos!! That’s not my thing. I’m in my third decade now exploring the lava flows and me still being alive isn’t by accident. I don’t just explore and photograph the volcano, I study it too. Sure there are risks involved but, they are well thought out based on my field experience and I always have safety in my mind first.

It is television so, I’m sure there’s dramatic music etc… that’s pretty standard and most shows would be boring without it. Imagine having only to listen to me talk for an hour straight. Well, some of you reading this have had to for longer than that. The show is narrated at times too. Hopefully the facts they present are correct.

Overall the production companies crew listened to what I offered and stayed true to my wishes. Of course at this time I haven’t seen the ready for TV edited show so, I don’t know what was used from all the footage shot. We were out most of the night to late morning and we covered a lot of ground. The lava flow activity was minimal but, perfect for setting up lots of production gear without having to worry about moving it every few minutes due to the advancing lava flow. The conditions were exactly what I had told them to expect that night/day. Bouts of heavy rains and constant strong winds. It was actually kind of cold too.

For me the hike was nothing more than a long walk compared to my more adventurous outings but, it was just right for what we were doing. It’s always fun to see the reactions from people seeing lava for the first time. The crew was great to work with. The production companies people were from The United Kingdom and they hired on a couple local film industry people to help out.

The theme of the show was me being a longtime lava flow veteran taking a first time visitor out to the lava flows. That would be Jimmy. So, it was me being myself as we filmed along the way. Well, I had to be good for the camera. Sarcasm doesn’t always bode well with the masses. You do get times when there are re-takes and you need to do the scene all over again. No different then having to repeat something said that wasn’t heard the first time. Or like talking to someone who hears you but, always likes to say “What?” You know who you are. There’s the sarcasm I was talking about. Most of them were due to sound and lighting issues. The intermittent heavy rains didn’t help either.

I’m more use to taking film crews out and watching them do their thing vs being in the show too. My last filming was back in 2003 the show Secrets of Hawaii’s National Parks. It still airs today. I looked so much older back then.

My intent wasn’t to be a self-proclaimed know it all when it comes to Kilauea volcano. Its still an active volcano that in the end is truly unpredictable but, yet it does have its predictable periods at times. Its understanding the differences that are most important.

There was a spin on me having disabilities. This was in part due to the obvious when people would see my hands during the show. They would surely wonder what happened. I wanted to be sure it wasn’t a “look at poor me and what I have to deal with” thing. What I wanted portrayed was how so-called disabled people of any degree can accomplish plenty in they’re lives. Most importantly I wanted this directed to young kids with disabilities. Of course I’m not saying become a volcano photographer/explorer, just saying you can do more than anyone ever imagined. Not sure if they even used any of that footage but, thought I would mention it if they did.

The part shot at my home showing me packing my gear was really hot. I had recently moved from up mauka around the 1700′ elevation down to maybe 50′ above sea level and I was still adjusting so, I was sweating buckets while doing that part.

So far I haven’t been able to find where it can be viewed online but, I do have this link to the trailers for each episode. This first one has me in it. Not sure if I’m in just one or more as they could have broken it up into multiple episodes. It would have been nice to have a screen shot of the page for this posting but, can’t get much of anything now.

The trailers can be seen here. “Fighting Mother Nature” and “Long Hike To Lava” are the ones I’m in.

Feedback is always welcomed. Be nice, kids read this too.

I may update this post once I’ve seen the show. More posts coming when I find the time.

***First update*** Gallery where a few images of the filming can be seen. Click here.

Hawaii lava flows

The Weather Channel show Lava Chasers

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5-05-13 Lava Flow Photos & Video 2-13-13

Aloha,

Yeah, its been a while since I posted anything. I’ve been plenty busy with hikes and all. Finding time to process my work is an issue.

This post relates to a hike back in Feb. A visit to the current ocean entry. It’s basically still in the same general area. The only difference now are the benches (New land) are larger. It was quite windy as always. We had ourselves a very windy winter on the Big Island of Hawaii. Or many now call it Hawaii Island. I also loaded a full HD video to my Vimeo page.

I met a couple of friends at the flow on this outing. It continues to be a nice short walk of maybe 45 minutes at best. Don’t let anyone fool you, its nothing difficult unless you hike from the park side at the end of Chain Of Craters Road. Then its about 14 miles round trip. An easy 3-4 miles on the Kalapana side.

You will see in some of my photos that people are going down onto the new land and to what they perceive as a new black sand beach. (Image posted below) Stay off of these areas. They aren’t even slightly safe. Just because you see others who are supposed lava experts doing it doesn’t mean its safe. That’s not a real beach. Its broken down lava rock on an unstable bench that is undercut and ready to collapse. Just watch in my video when the lava tour boat goes right up to that supposed beach. The waters deep and when the land goes, you go with it. If you understand all of this and still go there, good luck.

There are other hiking adventures I will post about once I’ve accomplished everything I’ve set out to do. This could take weeks or even months. Those posts will be much more detailed as the hikes were much more involved.

Enjoy and pass along this post to your friends.

Gallery link

Video link

People risking it all at Hawaii lava flow

People risking it all at Hawaii lava flow

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