Lonely Planet Writer

Witness red hot lava lighting up the ocean in Hawaii

As tourists travel to see the incredible Kamokuna lava flow in Hawaii, one photographer has captured amazing photographs as the red-hot lava hits the surf.

Nick Selway has been described as a ‘daredevil photographer’ by others.
Nick Selway has been described as a ‘daredevil photographer’ by others. Image by Nick Selway / mediadrumworld.com

The lava spout in Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park has drawn many visitors hoping to see the sight, and a new viewing area has been created after the former one crashed into the ocean due to the land’s instability.

Nick Selway captured incredible images of lava.
Nick Selway captured incredible images of lava. Image by Nick Selway / mediadrumworld.com

The stunning shots were taken in Hawaii by photographer Nick Selway who is originally from Washington but moved to Hawaii after college. Nick has been described as a ‘daredevil photographer’ by others for his amazing shots.

“I moved to The Big Island of Hawaii when I was 21 and became obsessed with capturing beautiful moments of the Kilauea Volcano, lava and its flow into the ocean and still do it today,” said Nick.

The stunning shots were taken in Hawaii by photographer Nick Selway.
The stunning shots were taken in Hawaii by photographer Nick Selway. Image by Nick Selway / mediadrumworld.com

“What I love about lava photography is that I get to be out in nature capturing incredible moments that most will never see for themselves and then later being able to share those moments with people from all over the world who appreciate mother nature’s beauty like I do.

Hawaii and it's incredible lava is showcased in the images.
Hawaii and it’s incredible lava is showcased in the images. Image by Nick Selway / mediadrumworld.com

He was able to capture Kamokuna lava flow, which started back in July 2016 and is still flowing. “In the thirteen years of photographing the lava, this flow has been the most dynamic and epic for photos hands down.”

Lava crashes into water in images from Nick Selway.
Lava crashes into water in images from Nick Selway. Image by Nick Selway / mediadrumworld.com

But there are some risks to shooting lava, as he notes that he must stand on the edge of unstable cliffs in order to shoot the images. He also has to be aware of any lava flows and not get trapped between two.

“The number one danger while shooting lava is not the lava itself, it’s the sulphur dioxide and gasses and steam plume that the lava produces as its hits the ocean… I always have to be downwind from it as its very toxic and could seriously hurt or even kill someone if inhaled too much.”

The vibrant impact of red-hot lava hitting the surf in Hawaii.
The vibrant impact of red-hot lava hitting the surf in Hawaii. Image by Nick Selway / mediadrumworld.com

But shooting lava is a passion and Nick currently owns two galleries with his friend and business partner CJ Kale.

(Media Drum World)