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Red Hot Rock 2

Red Hot Rock 2
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Copyright: Scott Evers (scottevers7) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2432 W: 3 N: 3894] (12309)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-02-23
Categories: Mountain
Camera: Canon 20D, Canon EF 16-35 f/2.8L USM, B+W UV MRC
Exposure: f/11, 1/180 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Volcanoes and Volcanic Areas, Geological Wonders [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-04-25 22:29
Viewed: 5327
Points: 58
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a post for gerhardt, and a few others who asked if I had any more lava shots. The lava flows at the Kilauea Volcano change almost daily. It is a hot and rugged hike of about 2 1/2 miles thru the lava fields to reach the current flows. Sometimes there is not much to see, and a week later it may be running on the surface. The best thing to do is hike out in the daylight and then wait for dark to take photos. I saw some pretty amazing shots like that for sale in the stores. Having a large zoom would have made it easy, but only having a wide angle zoom forced me to get very close to take these photos. It was very hot! You have to be very careful were you walk. But, I really like the perspective it gives the photos. I did not get any really dramatic shots of big flowing lava, but I did get some dramatic landscape shots of miles of nothing but lava.

Flowing lava is over 2000 degrees F. In this photo it is pushing thru from a tube just below the surface. There are two types of lava, pahoehoe, which is smoother and ropey(Pictured here), and 'A'a (pronounced "ah-ah") which is cinder like and clinkery.

"Vog" (volcanic smog) is the visible haze you see in the backround that forms when irritating sulfur dioxide and other volcanic gases combine and interact chemically with oxygen, moisture, dust, and sunlight. Kilauea emits about 2,000 tons of sulfur dioxide each day during eruption, now mainly from the still-open vent at Pu‘u ‘O‘o.

Trade winds commonly disperse the volcano's gases, so that the concentration is not generally hazardous. However, sulfur dioxide fumes can be concentrated near ground cracks along and down-wind from lava tubes.

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A very powerful shot indeed. Truly outstanding job. Thanks for letting us share.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-04-26 3:34]

Thank you Scott for this interesting lava shot. It does look very hot. Your notes are always good to read too.
I like you composition and how you got really down on the lava. Excellent perspective and a good job! Thank you.

Amazing shot.. the red-hot lava in the front, and the miles of nothingness in the back.

Great shot.

Superbe photo Scott, j'aime beaucoup cette vue au raz du sol.
Bravo !

Another superb shot of the hot lava. I like this one better. It is darker lava therefore showing the glowing red much better. Nice work Scott. Thanks

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-04-26 4:54]

Wonderful,unusual shot Scott!
Perfect DOF,perspective and composition.
Very well done!TFS...:-)

Scott, I agree. Really like the perspective that the WA lens gives this shot also..Puts you right there with the very close and longer view combined. This is something I hope to one day see for myself..Very well done Scott and thanx!

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-04-26 6:18]

This is truly excellent Scott! It's really some different from the average TN-post. Very well done. Lovely colors, crisp details and great POV & DOF. Well done & TFS!

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  • Toni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 403 W: 2 N: 316] (2034)
  • [2005-04-26 6:50]

Excellent shot. The colours and details of the molten lava are amazing. Glad you didn't get burnt taking the shot.
Well done.
Regards Toni

Very interresting shot!
DOF,colors,details and composition are perfect.
Thanks for sharing.

A very interesting post Scott,
Wonderful colours, details and sharpness.
Being so close to that heat must be almost unbearable.
Thanks for posting, I enjoyed the notes.

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2005-04-26 13:15]

Scott - amazing I love it. What I love even more is the Andean Condor in the foreground - have a look - crop off the top, the red eye is in the middele, then you get the beak;bil to the right, al folded, like the real one, with the rifht red too. I love this pic. TFS

This is a great shot Scott.
It's shows the lava very well. Well composed, good exposure and very good details.
Great work.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-04-30 23:31]

Personal assessment of the photo: excellent.
Strong visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thank you very much Scott.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-05-01 3:39]

Belle et intéressante composition photographique. C'est impressionnant cette lave vue de si prčs.
Well Done !

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  • tinman Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 242 W: 7 N: 458] (2663)
  • [2005-05-03 15:34]

Great capture of something more rare than common! Lovely composition that really shows depth and beauty of this monster. TFS. Tim

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  • Esox Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 20 N: 344] (972)
  • [2005-05-04 14:02]

Impressive shot.
Well composed, very good colours, sharp details and a stunning DOF.
Powerful, thanks.

Amazing colors of the lava. Would love to have seen it for my self though. Nice follow up and still an interesting topic. Very well done.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-05-20 12:45]
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Great shot Scott, the textures are great and the red lava looks excellent. How close were you and how hot was the air?

Nice stuff.

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2005-05-23 14:17]

Wow, I can feel the heat here! It looks like a hot, magic grey mud.
I wonder how the photo will be when you crop it more.


Looks like over lapping hippos!!!! Great picture!

Very interesting note and very goood picture. Did you walk in this hot area? I am happy you did not melt and not your camera, either!

What a wonderful capture Scott, very effective use of DOF. Excellent post and note. Well done.

Superb picture, congratulations.


A very strong image with great natural flows and curves; very appealing to the eye! The contrast with the red accent and otherwise black environment works very well. Great low point of view to get an idea of the surroundings. Very well done!

hello Scott,
boy, this stuff looks hot. Great POV and perspective across the lava field. Good DOF.
Thanks for sharing.

Hello Scott,
This is amazing... melting rock emerging from the ground. Very impressive, the colour of the lava is amazing and nicely contrasts with the other rocks.
I would even frame it tighter to get rid of the sky.
Anyway - fantastic shot!
Best greetings,

This photo proves your love and dedication to photography. This looks quite painful. I like the textures and the red of the hot lava. You left superb notes again. Top notch image.

Hello Scott,
A priviligiated POV and a great view and composition of this lava field. Excellent details, specially the red hot lava flow below.
Thanks friend

thats a very close shot n very beautifl
gud job

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