10-10-12 New Retail Location

Aloha,

I’m happy to announce my prints are now available at the newly opened Volcano House in Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park.

The Volcano House for now has a soft opening with a real nice new gift shop and food also. The rest of the Volcano House will slowly open in the coming months as it continues to undergo renovations.

It’s great to see the Volcano House coming back and I’m glad to be a part of it. Be sure to stop in and support them.

My prints will no longer be available at the Volcano Art Center. Those prints and display will move to their sister gallery, Volcano Village Rain forest gallery.

I’ve also added a new image to my non-volcanic Big Island Fine Art gallery. It’s a beautiful Green Flash image #425 that was captured on a vog free evening on Sept 1st, 2012. It’s also available at the two Kona retail locations. Krazy About Kona and Trudy’s Island Arts. Panoramic sizes coming soon.

Just a reminder, my images on paper print on Kodak’s Professional Metallic paper that’s archival 100-200 years when framed and displayed out of direct sunlight. Metal images are archival for generations and no framing needed. All printed at a professional lab.

Volcano House 2008

Aloha, Bryan Lowry lavapix.com

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10-4-5-12 Lava Flow

Aloha,

Made my way back out to the current lava flow that is taking out the middle kipuka of the remnants of Royal Gardens subdivision.

This time I decided to do what I use to always do. That’s stay out all night. In all I was out and about for 18 hours. People who I meet on my hikes always wonder why I carry so much gear. You need lots of water for an outing that long. I had 7.5 liters of liquids. I had less than 1 liter left by the time I was done.

The flow had made its way down to the flats since my previous visit. It also did as expected and flowed directly down Prince Av. The flow was still very shallow and wide-spread. There were few chances of crossing it this time. There were several other people showing up as the first day ended. By 8pm I had the entire flow to myself. It would stay that way throughout the rest of the hike.

The small lobe of lava that was riding the spine of the kipuka did make its way to Orchid Av right at its western end and highest point. Lava hit the road about 8:10pm on the 4th. The lobe was very sluggish and it was in no hurry to go further. From about 9pm to 4am the flow field activity was subdued with very slow inflation. It was a windy but dry night. I spent my time exploring the outer bounds of the activity. This included going up the pali on each side of the kipuka. There were some sections I could cross and get to the forest but, no chance of going beyond the forest edge. Too many fires around to chance it.

Shot lots of video. Unfortunately the wind was too much even for my external mic and dead cat wind sock. But, none the less the video is pretty cool.

The photos show the usual progression of light as it changes both through the sunset and sunrise. Neither were all that great but, the twilight colors are always interesting. At 4am the flow had a solid 2 hour surge. It was more of a slabby and jelly pahoehoe flow. Many times the jelly texture means that front is dying out. But, no doubt inflated lava further back eventually overran it and moved further out onto the flats. By the time I was starting my hike homeward the lava on Orchid had progressed very little.

I was on my feet probably 99% of the 18 hours. One only needs to look at my swollen feet to believe it.

No warnings this post.

10-4-5-12 Lava Flow

Sunrise slabby pahoehoe flow

Aloha,

Bryan Lowry
lavapix.com

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9-05-12 New Big Island Shaped Images

Aloha,

The Big Island shaped prints gallery is now at 99 images and growing.

The metallic prints will also be available with up to 50 different background colors. A color chart will be added to a special new page in the near future. When an order is placed you can note the color of choice while checking out. For now this option will only be available online.

The metal island prints are stunning and only available through my website or retail locations. Be sure and visit Krazy About Kona to see one in person.

More coming to retail locations in the coming weeks.

Finally getting settled in to my new place so, now I can get back out shooting new images and catch up on some recent work.

Aloha,

Bryan Lowry
lavapix.com

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4th of July 2012 Fire and Fireworks

Aloha,

This a short post with a few images from the 4th of July here on the Kona side of the Big Island.

We had a decent sized brush fire along Hina Lani St. (Costco Rd). Shot the image from Holualoa from the same location I shot the fireworks.

Took only a few photos of the fireworks as the smoke was lingering quite a bit so, I shot mostly video. All with the Nikon D800. The video looks great. It could be better if I could remember not to touch the camera while its recording 🙂 Used my Sigma 120-300mm 2.8 lens. Could have used my Nikon 180mm 2.8 since I shot at nearly that focal range.

For those of you not familiar with the Kona area, your seeing the town lights along Ali’i Dr and the fireworks are being launched from a small floating platform out in the bay/ocean. Images shot from the 1700′ elevation.

I will try and post highlights from the video someday……

Click on any of the 3 images to view on my website. They aren’t so compressed.

Be sure and visit my Volcano Fine Art Gallery. Free shipping on all website orders.

Hawaii Brush Fire

Brush Fire Near Costco, Kailua Kona, Hawaii

Kona Hawaii Fireworks

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

Kona Hawaii Fireworks

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

Aloha,

Bryan Lowry
lavapix.com

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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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6-17-12 Lava & Misc…..

Aloha,

Made another visit to the lava flow area. Activity was very subdued with many stagnant lobes of Pahoehoe lava scattered all over the flats below the pali. Finally found one small spot of more fluid breakouts. The pali flows were also sluggish. If it weren’t for the steep terrain they are on, they too could have easily been stagnant.

It was still a good visit. Windy as usual with some rain. Only took a few photos. Again, the new Nikon D800 is an amazing camera. A few from this hike will be in the Kona stores by late next week.

Added images from around here in Kona to the website. Just shots captured while playing with the D800.

Mostly I’ve been shooting stock photos.

This is a short post. Still waiting on the right weather conditions for my larger photo expeditions.

6-17-12 Lava Flow

Big Island Misc 2012

O-tech – Coastal shots of tide-pools and waves.

2012 © Bryan Lowry / lavapix.com

As always feel free to comment……

Aloha,

Bryan Lowry
lavapix.com

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