New Lava Video & New Photo Galleries


Newest lava flow video.

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

These started a few hours before dawn Tues Aug 9th.
This footage was captured at sunrise looking directly into the sun.

When I first arrived the flow was just starting to cross the road in a very wide swath of fast moving lava.
These types of flows put out an extreme amount of heat.

“Why did the lava cross the road? To get to the ocean”

As usual with this summers weather, it was very windy. 30+ mph most of the time. The Gopro’s waterproof casing helps mute the strong winds.

My Nikon’s external mic on the other hand is very sensitive and a dead cat wind screen wasn’t enough. I’m currently editing footage from my D800.

Once the lava reached the ocean in multiple locations the steam plumes were engulfing the entire coast and inland area as the winds turned more onshore. This will be shown in great detail in my Nikon video clips.

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Two new photo galleries added to my website.

This one is from my lava flow hike back on July 26, 2016. When the first ocean entry started.

I decided to do something different with this gallery. I added the buy Now option directly to all the images and also have options for cropping and sizing.

People often like to purchase prints from my stock photo galleries so, this makes it easier from the start. You’ll also notice a variety of swirling ocean plume images. There were too many good ones that are unique in their own way so, I decided to add them all. I shot very few images for how long I was out that night/day. Maybe 50 total.

Click here to view.

The other gallery is something I never expected to be posting.

Fourth of July fireworks images from Kailua Kona’s 2016 event.

Generally the show lasts maybe 8 – 10 minutes so, there isn’t much time to get it right. Its a popular event over here so, it was very crowded at every vantage point.

They had a real nice variety this year as you’ll see.

I usually just watch vs shooting photos or video. Shot video a few years ago.

Be sure and check them out. All prints are available for purchase.

I’ll be getting a few on metal for my place.

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I’ve been out capturing footage often so, I’m at least 3 visits behind in editing and posting.

Thanks for subscribing and watching. Comments are always welcomed.

Many more photos & 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.

If you’re able to hike 8-9 miles, go see this in person.
Stay away from the edge of the sea cliff. I know this area very well so, I also know where not to go which is the most important thing. Always be aware of what’s going on inland of you. Large breakouts can suddenly occur.

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

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Longer versions of each clip available.



Kilauea volcano, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Big Island of Hawaii


4th of July fireworks, Kailua Kona, The Big Island of Hawaii


“Fire and Ice” 10 Year Anniversary


It’s hard to believe its been 10 years already since I captured my “Fire & Ice” image.

Still seems like yesterday.

You can read more about it on my website. “Fire & Ice” page.

13 years of planning and attempts that started in Jan 1992.

After all that time and effort I had a mere 3 minute window of opportunity to capture this image.

Its available in many sizes. To buy click here.

Absolutely stunning on metal! 12 x 18 to 40 x 60.

The earlier hike that year was even more interesting but, lost the majority of those images. That’s a story in its self.

Pu'u O'o vent, Spattering vent and snow covered Mauna Kea

Pu’u O’o vent, Spattering vent and snow covered Mauna Kea

Also available as a poster on my website or at the Hawaii Volcano National Park visitor centers.

Pu'u O'o vent, Spattering vent and snow covered Mauna Kea

Pu’u O’o vent, Spattering vent and snow covered Mauna Kea

Prints can also 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.

Aloha, Bryan Lowry All content is copyright protected ©Bryan Lowry/ Use without my permission is prohibited. All rights reserved.

Wildlife Photographer of The Year – Finalist – 2014 – Image #488c


There are only a select few contest I ever enter and this is one of them. This one I like due to the very high number of photographers and images entered from all over the world.

You know your image truly stood out even if it only made finalist but, didn’t win. I congratulate all the winners and fellow finalist. Wildlife Photographer of The Year.

Shot in 2013. A very busy year of hiking to the lava flows covering over 490 miles. Most were 15 miles round trip or more. Like most of the hikes that year it rained nearly the entire time.

This image was captured during a brief pause in the rain.

Image #488c can be purchased on my website or at Krazy About Kona 75-5744 Ali’i Drive in the Kona Inn Shopping Village, Kailua Kona, Hawaii. 808-329-4749. Its on display at Krazy About Kona, printed on metal. The image also comes in other variations. #488c is a panoramic orientation sized at 12 x 24 on up to 30 x 60. Other orientations are 12 x 18 to 40 x 60. Sizes are noted in inches. Size and price options can be viewed here.

Prints can be drop shipped worldwide directly from the printer.

Click on the image below to view on my website and to buy.

488c Bryan Lowry /

488c Bryan Lowry /

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9-02-14 Camera Phone & GoPro Photography


Wow, almost one year since my last post.

Being busy will do that.

This posting will cover something more people do now than ever before. Shooting photos with your camera phone or even a GoPro camera.

Now of course images from either aren’t going to print like what I get from my Nikon D800 but, you can get great results for general sharing.

The GoPro Hero 3+ I now use as my quick video camera also shoots great images once you understand how to do so.

Basically its a fixed 2.8 f-stop which means shallow depth of field so, be sure on your focal point. Which really isn’t all too important if your shooting at the cameras widest angle setting. It’s really the only setting I use because depth of field is better. View the gallery here.

The phone camera is on my Motorola Moto X. Now there have been many reviews since this phone came out that the camera isn’t very good. Well, it’s all a matter of knowing how to use it. For one, be sure the focal circle looks green and locked in before taking the pick. Sounds pretty simple but, its amazing how many people don’t do this. There’s also all kinds of Android software available for free to process your images quickly and easily. You can make them gaudy HDR’s or simply make them what you really saw. The key is practice until you find the method you like best. It’s a photo from your phone so, don’t fret about minor issues with colors etc…

I find myself using the camera on the Moto X more than anything. View the Moto X gallery here. Lots of images to browse through.

My D800 is only for the absolute important work for the gallery’s.

Be sure and visit each gallery to view many other images.

I’ve added a new gallery “Bryan’s Favorites“.

Also a new page on my website dedicated to my “Fire and Ice” image.

This past April I was invited to do a speaking engagement for a business conference at The Mauna Lani resort. My images and video were displayed on a beautiful 70″ HD television (everyone wanted to take it home) and I had a few large metal prints there. This went very well and I must say I enjoyed it very much. Met tons of great people who were captivated by both my work and my stories. 22+ years of lava flow adventures leaves me with plenty to talk about so, only having 1.5 hours to do so was a challenge. The resort employees were a great help setting everything up along with the conference staff. Mahalo Cindy and Patty.

So, this is now a new service I offer to resorts and visiting conferences. Having plenty of great material, no talk will ever be exactly the same. If your interested in having me speak at your conference or resort, visit my services page for more information.

There’s plenty to more to cover from the past several months but, I will get to that later. I want to keep this post relatively short.

Maybe some time this year I will post about my 27 mile hiking adventure. No camping and 20 hours on my feet. A marathon while carrying 65 lbs of gear. With all of the zigzagging around it was surly a few more miles. This is a great example of why when people say to me “I’d love to hike with you” I say, “No you wouldn’t”.

Don’t forget to visit my Youtube channel – lavapix. New videos of all kinds being added throughout the year.

My display of images at Krazy About Kona has a whole new look. Be sure and stop in next time you’re in Kailua Kona. (Photos coming soon)

Time for my usual warning.

Well, not the usual. Don’t expect too much from your phones cameras. Understanding their limits will allow you to capture great images.

A note on the current lava flow that’s going in and out of huge cracks in the dense forest. Stay away!! These cracks are huge with unstable edges. The lava flow can suddenly appear from underground trapping you. I explored the area many years ago anticipating future flows reaching this area. If lava reaches the farms outside of Pahoa, leave the residents alone.

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GoPro Hero 3+ Honu

GoPro Hero 3+ Honu

Moto X Hawaii

Moto X Hawaii

8-31-13 Lava Tube Hike


This is an old lava tube I have explored since 1992. There are many sections to it.

Some hide in plain sight while others are well hidden.

This small tube has some amazing features that I’m sure few have ever seen. I was almost not even going to show my images to help keep this place protected but, since I’m not revealing its exterior location I’m posting them.

The most interesting room in the tube requires some lengthy crawling through a narrow shallow connector tube. Its floor is rough A’a lava. The room has both stalagmites and stalactites. Both were formed from fluid lava dripping through the porous roof. There are also thousands of small droplets that froze in place all over the roof and even down the sides. It’s also quite colorful with differing colors of lava flows and sulfur adding a mustard yellow color.

All of the features are extremely fragile so great care had to be taken while moving about. The room was maybe 4-5 feet high at best too. After 2.5 hours I really needed to stand fully upright.

There are a few images that are the same place under different lighting to highlight particular objects.

Like most of the lava tubes I explore this one has a nasty A’a lava flow covering the floor. Even a slabby pahoehoe flow too. Throw in a few areas of collapsed interior roof and its a bit of a challenge to navigate. One nice open skylight along the way and many dead goats give it a pungent smell. The tube was very humid like always.

There’s also a nice little upper chamber on one side. Most likely somewhere deep below the floor is a larger main tube. Many times these tube systems have multiple chambers reaching various depths.

Images can be seen here. Can you find the stalagmite that looks like my left hand? For those of who haven’t met me in person, think “The Simpsons”. Comment if you think you did.

Back in the late 90’s there was one great tube left over from the original Laeapuki lava flow. It sat high on the pali within Hawaii Volcanoes Nat Park around the 2000’ elevation. This tube had many levels of chambers. Unfortunately it was buried by later flows in the area. Somewhere I have old slides of it. Someday I will find them and post the images on my website.

Its been a very busy year for me so, there might be more to come in the way of new images and blog posts. I’ve taken it easy the past month letting my feet recover. Also prepping for many upcoming adventures. Threw in several uphill bike rides to stay in shape.

Feel free to comment and share a link to this post with people via your favorite social network.

Goat Skull

Hawaii Lava Tube

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7-26-13 Flossie Again


So the news is a tropical storm named Flossie is heading towards the Big Island of Hawaii.

They say we will only get the remnants of it which should mean great sunrises and sunsets.

Hopefully some decent surf too.

Bench dwellers at the lava flow ocean entry beware! You’re luck could run out if the surf does get big.

Six years ago hurricane Flossie passed 100 miles south of us.

Two things I remember about that storm. Great surf and stunning sunsets.

Remember when they said Iniki wasn’t supposed to be much of a storm and wouldn’t hit….Look what it did.

Two photos from that first Flossie.

Hawaii sunset

2007 hurricane Flossie Kailua Kona, Hawaii

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