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.
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.
“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.
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.”
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.”
But shooting lava is a passion and Nick currently owns two galleries with his friend and business partner CJ Kale.
(Media Drum World)