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Smoldering Kiss Photographed near Hot Bed of Lava!

By fotosiamo on July 19th 2012

Sometimes, the right moment at the right place means everything in a photograph. Just take a look at what photographer Dallas Nagata White took while vacationing with her husband in Hawaii.

The couple and their friend were hiking at the Kilauea lava flow when rain started coming down. To get this shot, they had the camera on a tripod and prefocused. Then, they had one friend on shutter button duty and another friend to hold the the speedlight behind the couple.

Once we reached the lava, we were greeted by a passing raincloud, so Ed White and I made the best of it. ;)

I framed the shot and pre-focused the lens, instructed one of our friends to press the shutter while another friend held the speedlite behind us. We took a couple photos just standing before my husband said, “Just one more!” and dipped me with a kiss.

Lava Kiss by Dallas Nagata White

Lava Kiss by Dallas Nagata White

There wasn’t too much in regards to post-processing. You can see the before and after.

As you can see, all I did was bring out more color and detail in the shadows, and warmed the highlights a bit.

Lava Kiss Post-Processing

It really is a great image that came from something unexpected and making the best of it.

What do you guys think?

Thanks to Gizmodo for the heads up.

You can check out Dallas’s Google+ post to read more about it: Daniel Nagata White on Google+

UPDATE: Dallas just posted a more in-depth account of the shoot. Be sure to read it at Dallas Nagata White – So, This One Time We Hiked To Lava…


Joe is a rising fashion and commercial photographer based in Los Angeles, CA. He blends creativity and edge with a strong style of lighting and emotion in his photographs. Be sure to check out his work at and connect with him on Google Plus and on Facebook


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  1. Joseph Prusa

    Nice shot. Crazy

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  2. Ed Rhodes

    love that shot!

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  3. Eddy Mansoor

    Just AMAZING!!!

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  4. Tim Krueger

    Awesome shot!

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