10-22-18 Kilauea Volcano Summit

Aloha,

Soon after Hawaii Volcanoes National Park opened I went out for the first full moon at the summit. The usual damp and breezy trade winds were gone and the area had some very heavy southerly rains right up until I arrived. The rest of the night was still and unusually warm.

A huge steam cloud rose high above Halemaumau vent. It would slowly burn off through the night and sunrise.

As sunrise began the moonset also started. The moon set behind Mauna Loa.

During a brief period, the lighting from both the moon and the sun evened out giving HDR-like images. The steam vanished quickly once the sun rose.

The open areas of the park offer up incredible views into the summits new look. Stay in open areas. Numerous large cracks are scattered throughout the summit.

Jaggar Museum can be seen in several of the images.

Images from that outing 9-25-18 HVNP

Fine Art prints from that night and sunrise/moonset can be found here 573A – 591.

All were captured with my Panasonic GH5 and various Leica lenses.

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Collapsed Section of Crater Rim Drive, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

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The closed section of Crater Rim Drive. Sunken and cracked up ahead. The setting full moon.

No warnings as there’s no flowing lava anywhere on the island. The Kona side has the clearest and most beautiful skies anyone can remember seeing. Be sure you have good sunglasses and reef safe non-aerosol fragrance-free sunscreen. The best I have ever used.

Fine art Prints of my work are available at Pacific Fine Art in Kailua Kona, 75-5744 Ali’i Drive Hawaii at the Kona Inn Shopping Village. 808-329-5009

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6-27-18 New Hawaii Lava Flow Images

Aloha,

I’m finally caught up on editing down my photos from all the helicopter tours I’ve done recently.

They’re in galleries noted by the date. To know what camera was used for an image, it’s the last part of the image name. Either D800 for the Nikon or GH5 for the Panasonic. It’s also noted in the image descriptions.

5 – 31 – 18 Leilani Eruption Helicopter Tour

6 – 03 – 18 Leilani Eruption Helicopter Tour

6 – 07 – 18 Leilani Eruption Helicopter Tour

I’ve also added numerous new Fine Art images. This time I did something new. I gave two series of images their own galleries. This was done because each had so many great shots that are similar but, subtly different enough that it became difficult to narrow them down to just one or two. I’ll let you do that if and when ordering prints or publishing.

Volcano 565A – 565Lc. A series of shots from my Nikon D800 and the Nikon 180mm 2.8. Available in both standard and panoramic sizing.

Volcano 566Ac – 566Nc. A series of shots from my Nikon D800 and the Nikon 16mm 2.8 shot in both FX (16mm) and DX (24mm) modes. Available in both standard and panoramic sizing.

Also, a new sizing ratio has been added to accommodate the Panasonic GH5 shooting at a 4:3 ratio vs my usual 3:2. When I’m shooting I see the 3:2 but, it saves a larger scene. On some, I decided to offer the full uncropped version along with the cropped. These are only available on metal sized from 9 x 12 to 45 x 60. For an example visit image 564 and click “Buy Now“.

Image 564 also has the standard options 8 x 12 to 40 x 60 on metal and the Metallic paper option from 8 x 12 (11 x 14 mat) to 30 x 45. 564c and 564cv. 564cv is one of my favorites from this eruption.

One unique image captured during one of the flights is the large lavafall pouring into what was once Green Lake. The huge flow managed to get inside of Kapoho Crater evaporating the 400-year-old lake in less than 2 hours time. Once the steam cleared a large lavafall appeared ever so briefly the morning of my flight. There was thick smoke over the crater coming from the flows front as it roared through Kapoho and Vacation Land so, sightings were short-lived. It was estimated at 50′ high. Image 567c.

Even though this large eruption has destroyed nearly everything we all knew of Kapoho it is developing an entirely new area of land with possible black sand beaches and new tide pools for future generations.

No, I don’t have any images from the ground in the residential areas. I have my reasons why I chose not to go at this time. Maybe someday I’ll share them if and when it’s appropriate.

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Leilani Estates Eruption

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Kapoho

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Green Lake Lavafall

 

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Some final notes.

Civil Defense and every other agency you can think of has their hands full so, please stay away from the eruption area and view from either the air or boat tours. As the eruption grows and intensifies the area becomes even more dangerous. New breakouts will be faster and more widespread. The chances of getting trapped or worse are very real.

Also, don’t believe everything you hear on Facebook. If you want exact and real updates visit the USGS-HVO update website and or Hawaii County Civil Defense. You can also follow my twitter feed as I get my information from these sources.

Don’t be afraid to visit the island. This is only affecting a very small region in comparison to the size of The Big Island. About 1+% of the islands total acreage.

This event is affecting the entire islands economy. Not just those who have lost homes etc… If you want to help, be sure and donate to reputable organizations only and visit the island. Tourism is our economy.

Fine art Prints of my work are available at Pacific Fine Art in Kailua Kona, 75-5744 Ali’i Drive Hawaii at the Kona Inn Shopping Village. 808-329-5009

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5-31-18 Lava Videos From A Helicopter

Aloha,

I recently took another helicopter tour over the new eruption area in and around Leilani Estates. Fissure 8 has been shooting a continuous fountain up to 260′ into the air.

The huge flow from it at this writing is past 4 corners and moving into Kapoho. I’ll be doing another flight later today. I used 3 cameras. One was my trusty old Nikon D800 with a fixed 16 – 24mm lens for the wide shots and my newer Panasonic Lumix GH5 with the Lumix 35mm – 100mm (70mm – 200mm equivalent in a full frame system). The videos are from the GH5 shot in 4k and my GoPro Hero 5 was mounted to it shooting 1080p HD. The GoPro video is 44 minutes long and shows the entire tour other than some parts edited out because there wasn’t anything seen when I set that rig down to use the Nikon.

Panasonic GH5 video in 4K

 

GoPro Hero 5 in 1080p HD

I haven’t edited my still images so, no gallery to view yet.

Below are the links to the previous flight’s galleries.

So its easy to know which camera shot what images I loaded two separate galleries.

5-19-18 Leilani Eruption Helicopter D800 (wide shots)

5-19-18 Leilani Eruption Helicopter GH5 (zoomed in shots)

Both galleries start with images shot earlier that morning from Hwy 137 in Kapoho.

Remember, both galleries have multiple pages.

No, I don’t have any images from the ground in the residential areas. I have my reasons why I chose not to go at this time. Maybe someday I’ll share them if and when it’s appropriate.

Some final notes.

Civil Defense and every other agency you can think of has their hands full so, please stay away from the eruption area and view from either the air or boat tours. As the eruption grows and intensifies the area becomes even more dangerous. New breakouts will be faster and more widespread. The chances of getting trapped or worse are very real.

Also, don’t believe everything you hear on Facebook. If you want exact and real updates visit the USGS-HVO update website and or Hawaii County Civil Defense. You can also follow my twitter feed as I get my information from these sources.

Don’t be afraid to visit the island. This is only affecting a very small region in comparison to the size of The Big Island. About 1+% of the islands total acreage.

This event is affecting the entire islands economy. Not just those who have lost homes etc… If you want to help, be sure and donate to reputable organizations only and visit the island. Tourism is our economy.

The eruption is a beautiful sight to see but, tragic too.

Fine art Prints of my work are available at Pacific Fine Art in Kailua Kona, 75-5744 Ali’i Drive Hawaii at the Kona Inn Shopping Village. 808-329-5009

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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.

Click here to view.

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 lavapix.com.
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.

 

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

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

4-27-15 Kilauea Volcano Halemaumau Vent Eruption

Aloha,

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Kilauea volcano, Halemaumau vent eruption has escalated in recent days. The vent has started to overflow onto the crater floor. It’s quickly building into a perched lava lake. This could lead to all kinds of possibilities like filling the crater, large fountain vents, hornitos, it’s going to be interesting. Historic eruptions like this back in the 1800’s into the early 1900’s lasted 100 years. Might need to expand the parking lot if this follows suite. Or a shuttle system.

What you are seeing is the filled vents boiling lava lake. The sounds are from rocks and gases being releases. The dark crusted plates are constantly moving and bumping into each other. That’s much of the clanking sounds. As the lava circulates within the lake gases release. The lake has since overflowed covering a huge part of the crater floor. It has a long ways to go to fill the crater. It’s presently 280′ deep.

The viewing area is 1.2 miles away so, no close up shots can be had. When fewer people are there the sounds of rocks clanking or falling can easily be heard. Even some jetting sounds. Also crackling from the thermal expansion of the rocks above the boiling lake.

The video below is as much about the subtle sounds of the lava lake as it is the visual. Watch at full HD setting with headphones.

Shot with my Nikon D800, Sigma 120-300mm 2.8 lens and a Rode VideoMic Pro. Dolica professional tripod.

Enjoy…

4-27-15 Nikon D800 video Halemaumau crater and vent.

Click here or on the image to view the photo gallery.

4-27-15 Halemaumau

Halemaumau Vent – lavapix.com

Be sure to view my images of past large perched lava lakes I was able to get up close to. Visit the links below. As it stands now, you won’t be seeing images nearly as good as what I shot years ago. The current viewing area is too far away.

Photos http://lavapix.com/gallery/6-29-11-puu-oo-vent/629115872/

http://lavapix.com/gallery/july-21st-lava-flow/723079661d70s/

Prints http://lavapix.com/gallery/bryans-favorites/357c-629115876xc/

Video 2011 lava lake (Crude shot with a cheap Casio Point and Shoot)

These were very rare opportunities that took tremendous effort to capture but, it was also extremely rewarding. The 2007 hike to the new and growing perched lava lakes came right on the heels of a 18 mile rt hike to Pu’u O’o vent where the fissure first opened. I hiked back down stopped at a friends for some sleep then we both did the 16+ mile hike to these lakes that would eventually turn into the TEB vent. I was pretty tired returning from the second hike.

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Prints #357c and #358c 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.

Now for my usual warning.

Stay away from Pu’u O’o vent as its extremely unstable and there’s nothing to see anyway. The vent is constantly filled with thick fumes obscuring any possible views into the vent. Toxic fumes regularly surround the vent too. Visit Jaggar Museum and enjoy being able to view the distant lava lake safely and conveniently. Leave the drone home as national parks are a “No fly zone”.

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Why?

Aloha,

Okay. I guess I could have used a more original title for this post or maybe said it in French to make it look more interesting.

I decided to do this post after getting a response to a forum post I made. It’s not the first time I’ve heard this.

Inadvertently the person brought up something that I may have overlooked. How they and the casual visitor views my website and blog. They said that I have way too many similar images of the lava flows and in particular used the 3-06-11 Kamoamoa Fissure eruption as an example. Which was perfect since that’s what I used to explain Why.

So, now I will try to explain my website and what I do and how its way more than just another photography website. (My new website will better explain this)

My adventures at the lava flows are now into their third decade. Basically along with my attempts at fine art photography I have documented the lava flow activity at Kilauea volcano too. Take notice of my folders, galleries and images file names. All are by date other than very old slide shots and galleries prior to 2008. Those are separated by types of flows and or locations but, most have the date as the files name. While these images might seem repetitious they do tell an ongoing story of Kilauea’s activity.

My site brings in many types of followers and all are equally important. There are the ones that simply find the images to be beautiful. Then there are the ones who are fascinated by the volcano. There are also the professionals like scientists and educators IE; professors. The latter ones appreciate the extensive coverage as many times what might be a simple outing at an eruption site to most, to them there are very important events being captured. Minute by minute sequences tell a much-needed story. So, I do have quite a story to tell. For now my photos do it. Someday I will in text.

When I’ve made a very long and difficult hike to an eruption area and I’m there for 6,8, 10 or more hours, most times 5-10 photos aren’t going to cover what I’m experiencing. To the general observer its plenty but, to the scientist that’s tracking Kilauea’s activity minute by minute observations mean a lot.

This is where the Kamoamoa eruption makes a great example. I could have posted way more images from that experience. I was the only person in the world out there during a time that the fissures advanced and new ones opened. This information proved to be important. I won’t get into how and why as it’s not for me to say at this time. The digital files are embedded with times so, this makes it easier to document the activity. I have had situations like this many times over the years. Kamoamoa eruption blog post. This eruption also had a series of smaller eruption events I captured entirely. So, what might look like too many similar images is in reality are entire micro events within the larger eruption event . (That’s okay, I had to read it twice too and I wrote it.)

Not to be too sarcastic but, my website is called lavapix.com for a reason 🙂 (Anyone who knows me, knows that I’m very sarcastic. That took loads of effort restraining myself.)

So, if images from the 1990’s look much like images from 2012, it’s because in general the flows do look similar. But, the time and date tell an ongoing story of Kilauea’s growth.

My website content can be broken down into a few categories starting from the smaller percentage to the larger.

Fine Art, stock for licensing and documentation.

Not to say that I don’t on occasion post a few too many similar shots. Its tough at times to cut some shots I get. Had I listened to others and removed some I would have missed out on great licensing deals. You just never know what a publisher is looking for. I also shoot sequences of small breakouts when nothing much is going on. They tell a short story.

This post isn’t to assume any of my visitors are complete idiots. Well, some might be and some might think I’m one too 🙂

Most of you probably already understood my websites content but, to the casual observer it probably wasn’t so obvious. Thus the reason for this blog post.

Now to my infamous “Don’t try to do what I do” warning. With a twist.

Never ever use the word idiot on your blog posts unless you can handle the possible negative feedback. It can be brutal and extreme. I have years of training from many past foot in mouth comments. I can handle it. Don’t put yourself in this situation. It’s no place for the inexperienced!! The learning curve is brutal!!

I’m definitely interested to hear your comments on this blog post. Many times I can’t publicly display them due to the nature but, if you keep it child friendly I can make them public.

Disclaimer; The idiot thing is a joke……….There are no dumb questions so ask away………

Aloha,

Bryan Lowry
lavapix.com

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