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.
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
Also on my website.
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