I just came back from Santorini, where I photographed on an active (non erupting) volcano. It was beautiful, but safe though unpleasantly warm. What photographer CJ Kale does, though, is on a whole other level (maybe 25 levels). Daredevil photographers CJ Kale and Nick Selway hold the distinction of being one of the first photographers to enter the surf to photograph lava entering the ocean through the curl of a wave.
CJ and his best friend, Nick Selway have the largest collection of fine art photographs of the Kilauea Volcano in their Lava Light Gallery in Hawaii. The two risk their lives to create these unique and remarkable photographs. By entering the surf, mere feet from the entry point of the lava, the scalding water and lava bombs come within inches of the two as they capture the images you are about to see below.
In an email to Sploid, CJ says, “There is no other place in the world that you can photography within feet of where you stood the day before and capture such dramatically different images, each volcano photo I capture is truly a unique moment in time never to be captured the same again.”
These two extreme photographers warn that this is extremely dangerous and SHOULD NOT be attempted. They are professionals that have been doing this type of stuff for 15 years. Just watch the video they made a few years back. It not only looks dangerous but extremely unpleasant as well. The images though are breathtakingly gorgeous and remarkable.
The two have won numerous awards for their photography, been featured in many respected publications and CJ even had his work featured in the Smithsonian. Visit their FACEBOOK and WEBSITE to see more of their work, not just the scary lava kind. Both are accomplished nature and landscape photographers as well.
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