Photos of Volcanoes and Lava Flows in Hawaii

volcano against starry night sky

Snapping images of molten rock is photographer Sean King‘s passion. Known to go through perilous lengths to get the perfect shot, King has gone to locations where the lava temperature is at a scorching 2000°F. What he captures are beautiful photos of lava that belie their deadly nature.

King and his wife moved to the 50th state some 8 years ago from New York, lured by the same splendor that attracts most people to the paradise-like islands. King shares his love for both photography and Hawaii in his Flickr account.

lava trickling into ocean in hawaii

He writes on his Flickr profile:

“Always loved taking pictures of people, place and things. Never really did any more then point n shoot cameras. About 4 months ago i bought a Nikon D7000,popped it out of the box placed it on Auto and away I went. Sometime about the beginning of Aug 2011 I went to Kilauea Volcano took some decent pictures. The next night i went back with some friends and a Lunar Rainbow (Moon Bow) blessed us with it’s presents. It was at that point that i read the manual every night, went on line started looking and reading all i could. I am totally Hooked and looking to learn from all feed back good or bad.”

volcano in hawaii smoke coming out of crater

His transfer to Hawaii 8 years ago came after years of working in the construction business in New York City. Eager to show the Hawaiian landscape to his friends back in the big apple, King decided to take a camera with him and take photos of the Kilauea volcano. Not long after, he was bitten by the photography bug. He found his passion in capturing the explosive nature of these natural wonders and found himself incorporating the tranquility of a starry night sky to contrast with the intense volcanic activity.

rainbow over hawaii volcanoes

“The adrenaline is insane,” he tells The Weekly Flickr. “When you’re out in the flow, you can feel the heat from the lava. It crackles, it pops, it hisses.”

King’s perspective is slightly different because he is color blind. He is quick to point out this visual impairment and admits that he sometimes feels as though he overprocesses his images.

lava flowing down to ocean

“I found that it’s my color-blindness that makes my pictures attractive to people,” he says. “You’re actually getting a vision of what I actually see which is that certain colors are brighter and more intense. It’s really cool.”

volcano crater againstn ight sky

People who can overcome vision-related conditions and still be able to turn out incredible images that perhaps people with 20/20 vision may not have been able to create are always top-tier in my book!

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.