And More Lava

Discussion in 'Travelogue' started by MonikaC, Feb 25, 2018.

  1. MonikaC

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    Back in a heli this morning. It was looking rather sketchy weather-wise. Some hard rain, lots of low clouds; enough rain that we wouldn't be going to Pu'u O'o crater as it would be cloaked in steam as would the burning trees, but the flows down the pali held more interest for us, anyway. On the way back, we were just a couple of hundred feet up because the clouds were so low.

    These are SOOC. lava1b.jpg

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    I. want. to. see. this........ Wow.

    Thanks for sharing.
     
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    Very very nice Monika. My favorites are #4 and 5 and the last one. Such super cool patterns.
     
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    Like Jean-Luc Picard says, "Make it so"
     
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    It's hard to stop staring & make photos, but there isn't much time to be thoughtful about compositions. Kind of a "run & gun" experience: helicopter's moving, lava's moving, trees bursting into flame, lava boulders rolling down the pali.....
     
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    Fantastic! I've gotta do that and hope to get flows as good as you lucked out with.
     
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    Did you take these from a helicopter, Monika. If so, that even makes them more impressive. As a geologist I was able to get a guided tour from the head of the Volcano Observatory and watched it from ground level. What an experience. Yours are every bit as good as mine and I even used a tripod. BTW, #4 has beautiful pahoehoe structures.

    What does it cost to do the helicopter tour? How far in advance to you have to make reservations?
     
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    Fantastic series, I like the lazy H in the second.
     
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    Douglas, yes, they're from a helicopter. There are a couple of options for photo lava tours. The least expensive is if you join Bruce Omori from Extreme Exposure Gallery on his weekly (Thurs) flights. Bruce is a local lava photographer, does work for Paradise Helicopters, so I think that's where he gets a discounted weekly flight. To join that is $500 for an hour. The most expensive is to charter, which, according to the Paradise page is $1674/hour, but I'm pretty sure that doing it through Bruce it was less. There can be 3 passenger photographers, so you can split the cost with some friends. If you head out & have to turn back because of the weather, there's no charge. There is also the option of staying out longer if you do a pre-dawn flight (usually 1/2 hour maximum) as long as the pilot is back for the 1st tour of the day.

    How far in advance you need to reserve varies e.g. I just confirmed for Thursday today (Monday). Sometimes there isn't an open seat for a week or 2. I'd recommend flying 2x, so you can learn from the 1st time.

    You didn't ask this, but the lenses I took were a 70-200mm and 72mm equivalent. Previously, I took a 24-70mm, then a 35mm equivalent. Last one was the 72mm equivalent. Shutter priority, high speed burst mode.
     
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    Like they say, "go with the flow".... sorry. The pilot yesterday was remarking how the surface flows are good when there is no ocean entry & vice versa. I prefer the abstracts of the surface breaks, but the ocean entry is awfully spectacular. You just have to go more than once!
     
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    Thanks, Ben. I hope your gall bladder didn't feel hot like the lava!
     
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    I feel really good right now, but still under meds.
     
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