Extreme Close-Ups of Flowing Lava in Hawaii

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Molten rock has always been the subject of how the earth is searing hot at its core. Volcanoes spitting out lava conjures up images of an unknown middle earth, heaving with violent rage. Lava expelled by a volcano is formed in the interior of the our planet. When lava erupts the first time thru a volcanic vent, its liquid temperature ranges from 700 to 1,200 °C. Up to 100,000 times as thick as water, lava can sometimes travel great distances, flowing far before cooling and turning solid. Once lava flow has stopped, it turns into igneous rock. Lava flows are produced by an outpouring of the molten substance, and are non-explosive. If you’ve ever wondered how this super hot matter looks up close, look no further. Photographer Daniel Fox has spent quite some time, several weeks in fact, capturing images of this molten rock activity.

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These pictures are unique given the proximity Fox has chosen to photograph the lava. Instead of taking them from a geographic perspective, Fox comes really up close and personal with this searing hot material. He has been taking these shots on the Big Island of Hawaii near Kalapana.

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Fox was able to get these rather intimate close-ups by using a telephoto lens instead of a wide-angle. A Canon 100-400mm and Canon 100-300mm were used on his Canon 7D as his gear. Most of the shots are unShopped, except for some rotating, masking and cropping. The result is this series of hellish looking globs that you know just from the images are tremendously scorching.

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Fox shares this on his Behance profile,

My goal was to create an abstract and artistic perspective of Pele’s intensity. The images are also part of the story TIME where they help capturing the essence of time in nature. Compared to the free flow of lava, active and fast, these clefts are the result of a constant but slow force. One fracture at a time, earth is moved forward to form new landscapes, erasing old ones behind. Invisible at day, their presence and intensity is only revealed at night, cracking the dark world open, light a lightning splitting the sky in pieces.

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See his photos including a video called TIME (below) or you can also visit Daniel Fox’s website here.

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Patricia Ramos

Patricia Ramos

I am a freelance photographer who is no stranger to smudged lenses, long hours in front of the computer, heavy camera bags (and the back aches that ensued) and missing lens caps. If you know what I'm talking about, you probably have as much love and passion for photography as I do.