World renowned photographer QT Luong has taken on a new project. Famous for being the first to photograph each of the 59 U.S. National Parks, Luong decided to take it one step further and portray the dynamic landscapes of the Hawaii volcanoes through a series of DSLR time-lapses using Canon 5D Mark II and 5D Mark III cameras.
In 2011 and 2013, Luong went to some quite extreme measures to capture these beautiful shots including standing only feet away from lava flows which reach temperatures of 2000F, using a respirator against toxic gases and backpacking on sharp and unstable lava rocks for a dozen miles to reach the 13,700 feet Mauna Loa summit.
I think it was well worth the effort for the result is absolutely magnificent. Many of us may never be able to experience these truly mesmerizing scenes in-person, so Luong’s time lapses are the next best thing. Check out more than 9,000 of Luong’s photos of National Parks here.