Fire and Rain

Our visit to the State of Hawai'i earlier this year was memorable for its combination of unique landscapes and the opportunity to photograph some dynamic big wave action. The island of Hawai'i (Big Island) was the most spectacular, with both active and inactive volcanoes, and a recent eruption with lava flow.

The landscapes of Mauna Kea, an inactive Volcano, were surreal, resembling what I would imagine a moonscape to look like. It is the state's tallest peak and reaches 4207m above sea level. However its base to peak height is 10,200m - much of it below sea level. Mt. Everest by comparison has a base to peak height of 4650m (8848m above sea level).

Halema'uma'u Crater, Kilauea, was active, and we were fortunate to stay overnight on site in some small huts near the crater. The regular eruptions were both felt and heard, and little sleep was had. However it was an unforgettable experience.

There was also active lava flow entering the ocean near Kalapana which we were fortunate enough to take images of. The following video "Fire and Rain", encapsulates our experience of Hawai'i, with images of volcanoes, as well as seascapes featuring volcanic rock formations from past lava flows.

Fire and Rain from Light and Motion Photography on Vimeo.

Images: Andy Ly and Alvin Ing, Light and Motion Photography.
Music: Set Fire to the Rain. Adele - 21

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