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………
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