There is nothing like being able to walk right up to a lava tube and watch it rupture over and over again right before your eyes. The red hot lava comes flowing out creating some amazing, textures patterns and colors. The heat generated by some of the surface flow is so great that your hands and face start to burn if you get too close… but who cares when you have a camera and tripod in your hands? ;)
This is a composite image created with 3 different photographs – I used Layers and Masks in Photoshop to get the look I wanted. I used parts from different images to replace out-of-focus areas in the original photograph, so that the entire scene would be sharp. I used a long lens to get the shots, and had to move away quickly because of the intense heat.