Yes, this is molten lava.. The main photographic challenge is to avoid accidentally cooking yourself ;-)
Unfortunately by the time I managed to walk out to the lava flow the light was failing, so I couldn't take as long over the composition as I might have liked... Still I think the shot was worth melting a pair of shoes for!
There are three main types of lava, pahoehoe, pillow lava and a'a. This is the slower moving pahoehoe type. The lava itself consists of molten basalt at roughly 2000°F (~1100°C).
This lava forms part of the Kalapana Lava Flow on Hawai'i, and has erupted from nearby Mt Kilauea. Kilauea is home to the Hawai'ian volcanoe goddess Pele.
P.S. If you're interested you can now buy a print of this image here!
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Aegean (2571) 2003-04-03 9:49
It is really a "hot shot" and for sure worth the shoes;-) Great shot!
Pookanoodle (482) 2003-04-03 10:17
technogran (1339) 2003-04-03 10:43
Terrific shot, shows the raw power of nature. What a place to be and experience it in reality.
Porteplume (3393) 2003-04-03 13:53
kentokyo (559) 2003-04-03 17:43
Thanks for sacrificing a pair of shoes to share this with us!
Nodding_view (74) 2003-04-03 19:35
Would be a photo-magasine shot as it is beautiful..
Congratulations for this composition !
adam (860) 2003-04-04 3:08
Your shoes got melted because of this? Wow, what a story! Very beautiful.
Skorj (581) 2003-04-04 7:05
Unique subject, very well framed and captured - the range of reds particularly.
amanda (226) 2003-04-16 0:36
mdchachi (1617) 2003-05-02 22:20
I really like this shot. Composition's great however it would be better without the overexposed part near the top.
danbachmann (1746) 2003-05-07 8:00
Great and unique shot here and I agree it was worth getting warm feet for! Based on this photo, I will add Hawaii as one of the places to visit in this lifetime.
gringofil (0) 2003-05-11 3:18
Very, very HOT! Don't worry about the shoes, it was worth it. Never seen something like this myself. It is incredible and your photo shows it well.
ornis (1271) 2003-05-28 16:58
Kind of one you could find in the National Geographic Magazine. Molten lava creates strange forms that you captured very well, as well as the intense red around. Very nice.
CoolDan (2516) 2003-05-31 22:37
Hot and beautifull. I like it verry much.
mcreider (673) 2003-06-06 4:37
Not only a pure luck (and bravery), but also a fine composition
nmess (2301) 2003-06-18 20:46
Wow.. what a hot shot.. very well done ... :)
Bayleaf (1484) 2003-06-18 21:13
I give my most expensive shoes for this shot too. It's fantastic!
I think you composed the shot perfectly, despite not having much time to do so.
Very well done indeed.
migueleloi (264) 2003-06-26 19:02
It's a lovely and bravery composition. With my feet burnin' i would forget all the techical details, but you did it very well!
Motrem (2392) 2003-07-01 20:26
Great and splendid. I like it very much.
touristdidi (8583) 2003-07-09 3:07
WOW!!!!! Scary stuff.....good colors, brave shot!
PLD_images (7149) 2003-08-09 19:38
mrdelurk (361) 2003-09-20 5:07
Adrian, sacrificing a pair of shoes is one thing, but if you veer of the designated lava-watching path to get a picture like this, the hard-looking lava can easily cave in under you... and than the shoes will be the last of your worries. You risked a lot more than just your shoes here, lucky guy.
sunny (3068) 2003-09-20 5:17
Amazing and unique shot! You have shown us how far a photographer can go, if he has devoted his whole heart and soul to this art!
Eagle (522) 2003-10-03 8:07
Truly a great and special shot!
quegardens (1469) 2003-10-03 8:16
The devil's shoe-licking tongue! Superb shot Adrian.
gepall (1830) 2003-10-03 8:29
Excellent capture and photo.
dawekato (2269) 2004-02-05 14:56
Beautiful, Adrian. This is the kind of photo I would like to take. I hope you hot-footed it out of there before the next eruption.
Riz (0) 2004-02-20 9:49
This is certainly something you don't see everyday, the red is very vivid lava is no joke. Don't burn yourself for a photo it isn't worth it!;-) hehe.
eleparc (24063) 2004-03-02 14:09
great shot! with all the comments you got, a subscription might have bought you a new pair of shoes...;-)
amitai (879) 2004-03-07 1:31
volunteer123 (244) 2004-03-17 7:52
great shot i love this kind of amaizing structures and patterns
this is so psychedelic :)
many greetings thanks for sharing :) and i think was for sure worth it :)
ChrisJ (94238) 2004-04-26 3:47
Talk about dedication to your craft !
Excellent shot, btw.
softflower (0) 2004-06-22 11:43
Coulée de lave sublime.
J'espere que vous n'avez pas eu trop chop pendant la prise de vue.
kaychambers (1198) 2004-07-04 9:44
You have been very fortunate to have got so close to this....something I do hope to replicate over next few years....
Great image, well done Adrian.
Vic, Singapore. 4th July 2004.
centurion (0) 2004-07-19 10:44
Breathtaking shot Adrian. I like it.
burdallet (0) 2004-07-19 11:30
volcano are all times matter of fascination by the human .. imagining we are with ours feets on the ball of fire ..
realised the beginning of planet was like that .. from the solid to the liquid ! Excellent and Risky too
Maru (0) 2005-01-17 14:15
great shot! you managed very well the composition.. and not to melt you shoes :)
Excellente texture and contrast, I like specially the use of light here, that adds a lot to this dynamic shot.
kabe (2011) 2005-02-13 14:33
I really like this photo.
Good work, congratulation.
gren4 (603) 2005-04-06 2:17
Cool shot.I would have loved to be there.lovely forms in here and without being able to see the whole picture as such I would say it has been well framed.
marcos007 (55) 2005-04-10 10:48
WOW!! Spectacular shot!
jafadabret (56497) 2005-04-18 12:26
Saisissant ce cliché trčs chaud. On apprécie de loin sans risque.
Intruder (3099) 2005-05-30 20:33
unique shot! worths the effort, congratulations Adrian
AmiBe (6042) 2005-06-02 17:08
you've an excellent gallery, felicitation.
Nice picture here, unusual on TE !
Very impressive, I like the texture of the lava.
Griffin (29) 2005-06-07 17:12
Definitely worth it! Excellent photo!
recepyuksel (17808) 2005-06-07 17:22
DLM (6479) 2005-06-07 17:52
Hi Adrian, What a capture, your a very brave soul to go this close.One hot picture.Well done,
matijazorc (120) 2005-06-17 14:16
This photo is beautyfull.
rajhema (1871) 2005-07-21 14:39
brave capture. did you really lose your shoes? Colors are breathtaking. Thanks for sharing Adrian
caliane (610) 2005-08-13 1:12
wow I'm just wondering how you got this photo without getting yourself toasted.. lol.. this is incredible! congrats for your work!
Albrecht (11281) 2005-09-20 10:43
Wonderful hot picture. Great colours and compo with all those curves and fire and natures power.
< regards Albrecht >
partha (14020) 2005-10-03 15:23
I can say it a EXCEPTIONAL.
egemenyilmaz (464) 2005-10-07 3:02
Wow!... Like the cover photos of National Geographic. I can imagine this photo on NG cover with a title like "Volcanoes!... Hot Underground"
emmers (183) 2005-10-11 9:21
Wow! Congrats on such an amazing shot...and staying alive!
mayabee (374) 2005-10-11 9:25
I just had to add my wow. wow!
lemurbaby (76) 2005-11-06 7:10
Beautiful! Well done!
zilinskyi (493) 2005-12-13 11:11
Congratulations for the composition and the courage
lestans (16948) 2006-01-07 12:46
Great work!! I like your way of looking at nature, so dramatic, so colorful!
Hasvelt (88) 2006-01-12 1:55
one of the hard taken fotos,I have seen on the TE,as textures,as lines
yogi32 (821) 2006-02-04 16:28
hi Adrian, really a hot shot, great !!!!! regards Igor
Dr_Nibbles (283) 2006-02-22 9:50
Great shot... great composition...
spalit (87) 2006-03-09 7:04
AMZINCHIA (1082) 2006-03-15 18:08
Hot, very hot!!! Terrific image. The range of colours is so rich, and the textures are so perfectly rendered from liquid to thickness. Fascinating. --amz
smirnese (51) 2006-04-02 16:08
fantastic picture with great colours and good composition reflecting the power of nature.
thanx 4 sharin'
vhemmati (616) 2006-08-17 0:34
Just great. I like the compostion and the light on this shot which clearly shows the temprature.
VinceM (11) 2006-08-22 9:57
You can actually feel the heat through the screen ! Magnificent !
sortep (483) 2006-08-23 4:45
May I say a very risky but beautful shot of natures wonders of Dynamic Energy.
This is a beautiful composed shot showing the different depths of heat from the hottest to the coldest under these conditions. To capture this raw energy under these conditions is a feat on its own. Well Done!
Thank you for sharing with us this opportunity for us to take hold of one day.
SchwebagMike (1490) 2006-08-30 7:12
Oh god, my screen is melting ;-)
Nice, sharp and clear shot with brilliant colors. TFS !
urbe (99) 2006-09-03 17:47
Very Impressive photo, I envy you to be able to see this seen live. Thanx
pfrancotte (45) 2006-09-09 14:22
wow, I don't know if I would have dared to take this shot. Really - but I'm not the first writing you that - 'Chapeau bas'!
Beaconx (81) 2006-09-18 15:38
Except for the overexposed part at the top, it seems you had the time to create a good composition. Great job.. Cheers,
Anita16 (41) 2006-09-20 1:49
This photo is magnificent!! I see everyone else agrees with me on that but I believe a photographer can never be praised enough for their work!! Good job!!
biswarup (716) 2007-02-14 4:03
Hot and beautifull. I like it very much.
zaitochi (179) 2007-02-19 14:12
Lucky you are to have seen this spectacle. It's really fascinating and you caught it well.
The different textures are really well shown and the light on the lava is great.
scalerman (26900) 2007-02-21 10:04
Adrain: I suppose if you accidentally drop your car keys in, you should let them go, 'cause they're gone... Kidding aside, great shot and with good film as well. What are you scanning with these days? regards, c
hoorge (1434) 2007-02-24 12:53
Good note and definately worth melting your shoes for this shot. Good follow-the-eye effect from the top right to the bottom left.
dumanica (5071) 2007-02-24 13:10
Definitely excelent photo... Duman :)
nivaldo (15415) 2007-03-06 17:30
WoW , it looks almost like unreal !
Perfect, Adrian, you made it bravely !!!
Congratulations, a beautiful shot and a good note.
Greetings from Recife-Brazil,
DonGusti (892) 2007-03-21 3:18
Amazign picture ! Powerful shot & great note :D TFS
derek3755 (2341) 2007-03-21 3:34
What a shot! i think under the circumstances you did well with the composition, very well done.
plimrn (21344) 2007-03-27 0:19
I was looking at Aurora shots and you sounded so knowledgable that I came to you gallery to see if you had any photos ansd here I find the best volcano shot I've seen. Some of the fountaining shots may be more spectascular but for absolutely getting up close and person, your photo with is perfect deatil cannot be beat. Wishing you health, Love & Joy, Pat
Orion90 (75) 2007-04-30 0:31
i love this composition. volcanoes have been a fasination of mine since i was a kid. congrats on a beautiful shot. i to think itd be worht melting a pair of shoes to see such a sight.
thanks for sharing!!
teutza (10590) 2007-05-08 14:31
wow..really hot!amasing sight!we have to buy you 30 pairs of shoes for showing this :))))
ugurbocegi (36) 2007-05-30 12:00
wow... excellent. nothing more to say. ..
Hormon_Manyer (384) 2007-10-06 15:23
Fantastic compo. It should be in a magazine. Congrats. Regards, László
arunjohn (0) 2007-11-16 11:11
ilove that heat. good work,keep it up.
kibele66 (3087) 2007-11-29 5:00
This is not only an excellent photo but very brave too.It worths for a melted pair of shoes. Your lucky that the camera did not melted.
Mistral (15402) 2007-12-20 11:39
picardo (2459) 2007-12-26 19:30
When I look at this picture I still see the warm air going up and blurring the shot... incredible work!. Colors and focus are perfect. Looks like we are able to feel the texture of lava. Excellent work
kiks (11749) 2008-08-06 8:37
This must have been an incredible experience!! So close to the begin of our planet: the magma.
Very impressive and the light, textures and shapes make this a wonderful image.
hains (9391) 2009-07-28 21:21
Great shot of earth volcano lava. We can`t sense the hot texture in fusion. Very good sharpness and natural colors.
javierphoto (168) 2010-09-01 7:49
yes, hot stuff.
- Copyright: Adrian Warren (AdrianW) (2274)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2002-01-00
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Canon EOS30/Elan7E, EF 28-135 IS USM, Fuji Provia 100F
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Volcanoes around the world, World Heritage Sites Part III, Artistic, Volcanoes, CLODO's SELECTION IX, Photo's to remember IV [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2003-04-03 7:44
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