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.

Click here to view.

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.

***All content copyright protected 2016 © Bryan Lowry / lavapix.com All rights reserved worldwide***

“To use this video in a commercial player, advertising or in broadcasts, please email Brave Bison at licensing@bravebison.io

Longer versions of each clip available.

 

7-26-16

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

7-04-16

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

8-01-16 Hawaii Kamokuna Lava Ocean Entry Video

A unique view of the newest lava flow ocean entry at Kilauea volcano Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

It was extremely hot where I shot this.
Also, very windy like it has been all summer on that part of the island.

Video of this event from my Nikon D800 coming soon.

The tour boat seen is Lava Ocean Tours. Capt Shane and crew. Great tour to go on.

Thanks for subscribing and watching. Many more 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.

Only my camera was in any danger while capturing the video.

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.

***All content copyright protected 2016 © Bryan Lowry / lavapix.com All rights reserved worldwide***

“To use this video in a commercial player, advertising or in broadcasts, please email Brave Bison at licensing@bravebison.io

7-26-16 Hawaii Lava Flow Video – New Ocean Entry

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

The Kamokuna ocean entry.

I arrived at the new ocean entry about 15 minutes after it started.
You can see how the new delta/bench (new land) grows as the video progresses.

As its been throughout this new flow, it was quite windy.

Videos of this event are from my Nikon D800 and the Gopro Hero 3+.

The tour boat seen is Lava Ocean Tours. Capt Shane and crew. Great tour to go on.

In the Nikon shot video I sped up a few clips to show how the steam plume swirls as it rises.

There will be a follow-up blog post once I’ve edited my still photos.

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.

Having said my usual warning, let me add that this flow is accessible via hikes of at least 9 miles round trip.
Expect large crowds of people. Be sure to carry at least 3 liters of water per person.

Always use extreme caution at the sea cliffs and never walk out onto new land as it could easily collapse into the ocean taking you with it.
As the bench grows the immediate sea cliff will be vulnerable to collapse also.
I highly recommend you watching this HVNP safety video on safety at ocean entries.

http://lavapix.com/#/page/lava-viewing-safety-video/

Also, its best not to breath if you find yourself engulfed in the steam plume. If you think you will be in it often, be sure to wear a respirator.

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.

***All content copyright protected 2016 © Bryan Lowry / lavapix.com All rights reserved worldwide***

“To use this video in a commercial player, advertising or in broadcasts, please email Brave Bison at licensing@bravebison.io

9-02-14 Camera Phone & GoPro Photography

Aloha,

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.

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

GoPro Hero 3+ Honu

GoPro Hero 3+ Honu

Moto X Hawaii

Moto X Hawaii

12-06-12 Hawaii Kilauea Lava Flow Ocean Entry Nikon D800

Aloha,

I made another visit to the new ocean entry.

The entry has moved further east and as of this writing is spreading. For now there isn’t much of a bench being built. It’s not really vigorous enough to build the bench as fast as the ocean breaks it down. Of course this can all change quickly. One part is building more of a vertical bench. It was very windy as usual. Shot way too much video. Some of my images show a progression of two nice breakouts on the western entry. It didn’t last very long but, there were some nice chunks of lava falling down to the ocean.

I brought my big Sigma 120-300 mm 2.8 lens. Haven’t used it in nearly two years. Being that it’s a short hike and not as much water is needed, I decided to bring it along. It weighs 8 lbs. I wasn’t sure if the strong winds were going to lead to slightly blurry images while using such a big lens. All turned out great.

I’m still using my F-Stop Tilopa camera backpack. Also my Lowepro hipster bag on the waist belt for easy access to gear while on the move and for using while set up at a site. They both work well together.

No warnings this posting.

Click on the image below to visit the gallery. Video can be seen here.

In case you missed it, I added video from the previous hike to my volcano video page.

Enjoy…..

Hawaii Sunrise Lava Flow

Lava flowing over a 40′ sea cliff into the ocean.

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

11-25-12 New Lava Ocean Entry & Nikon D800 DSLR

Aloha,

Well, the lava flow did finally reach the ocean. It’s maybe half a mile west of the old Waikupanaha ocean entry. It’s an easy walk of less than one hour.

Nothing ultra spectacular and in a difficult place for great close up viewing. Still great to see. The coastline is very sloped and can be dangerous. Viewing from further back to the east could be best. You can see this in my new photos. I spent most of my time on the western downwind side. Lots of lens cleaning but, I figured when others started arriving at sunrise none would venture over to that area. It worked out well. The flow was still shallow and plenty hot crossing but, nothing I haven’t done many times before. I also wanted the sunrise sky but, sunrise wasn’t very spectacular. It was nice though.

I didn’t shoot too many images even though I was out there from about 12 am Sunday through sunrise. Shot some nice video that I am starting to edit. The flow is still sluggish like they have been over the past year now. Not sure if this has enough volume to keep going. Get to it while you can. If your unsure of hiking to it yourself, I do on occasion take small tours but, we are out for long periods of time. Information can be found on my “Services” page. If a shorter excursion better suits you, I have references of private parties who live down there. This is an easy hike but, it’s still not for everyone.

For all of you Nikon D800 owners or Nikon/camera people in general, there’s a good chance this is the first time a lava flow ocean entry has been captured with a D800.

What I can tell you is it performs beautifully just as I had expected. I shot several night shots at up to 3200 ISO and they are very clean with only minimal noise reduction applied in Nikon’s Capture NX2. I shot between iso 100 and 3200 with most being in the 500-1000 range. Where the D800 really shines is exposure. I won’t get into exactly what I have the camera settings at. This isn’t a tutorial. I’m just letting you all know the camera is very capable in low light and very harsh contrast conditions. Many were concerned with the 36mp sensor and noise. What I find is it also depends on the lens used an under what lighting conditions.

Much of the night video was shot at very high iso’s up to 5000 and again it did great. No issues with battery life. I do carry 2 and only needed to switch over after sunrise.

When the short video sequences are finished and loaded I will update this post. Unfortunately all through sunrise a helicopter hovered low and right near the flow. So, that’s all one can hear. It wasn’t the usual tours as they arrive at 7:45 am daily. It also wasn’t a production company that I could see in my close up images. Just four people with point and shoot cameras from what I could see. Figured I might as well get photos and video of them as they were doing the same of me and the lava. Maybe Paul Allen’s people? His mega yacht has been in Kona for several days now. It does house two helicopters. Yes, its huge! I was hoping for at least one dinner invite while it’s in town. One of my lava flow metal prints would look good in it. Or it was just a local privately owned tour.

I have added a new lava flow video page on my website. For now a couple of crude time-lapse ones and a short video. All from recent lava hikes. Nothing fancy. I’m not trying to be some famous Hollywood producer.

This leads me to my “Don’t try to do what I do” rant.

Don’t try to be a famous film producer doing what I do unless you have lots of expendable funds and nothing better to do. Oh wait, I just said I’m not trying to be one…This is the type of warning you get from me when the lava flow is easy to get too. Do watch the HVNP lava safety video I posted on my website. Pay close attention to what they say about new land. Also know as benches or deltas.

Links to points of interest from this post.

11-25-12 Lava Ocean Entry Nikon D800 I noted the iso used on a few images in the caption information for you D800 users.

Volcano video page Update – Video from this hike has been loaded to the page.

Lava viewing safety video

Enjoy…..

Hawaii adventure hiking

Hawaii lava flow entering the ocean after cascading over a 30′ sea cliff

Aloha,

Bryan Lowry lavapix.com

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