July 23, 2014

Volcanic Selfie

Photograph by Andrew Hara, National Geographic Your Shot

Lava glows red-hot, churning and rumbling in Kilauea Volcano’s Halemaumau Crater in Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park. “It is quite an experience when Earth feels incredibly large and one feels microscopic and insignificant in comparison,” writes Your Shot member Andrew Hara.

"I was able to legally access the edge of Halemaumau crater while volunteering for the Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park," Hara explains. After cautiously hiking through a closed-off area of the national park, respirator in tow, Hara deployed his tripod and camera. “I carefully set the timer for two minutes and walked around to the farther, visually stable edge of the crater to create this self-portrait.”

Hara’s picture recently appeared in the Your Shot assignment Embrace the Untamed.

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76 comments
Shah Photoart
Shah Photoart

Words fail me it's all been said ! SURREAL perhaps

Wade Wynans
Wade Wynans

That must have been a quick walk.  Some perception distortion, of course, but it still looks like a fur piece. 

Susan Gittens
Susan Gittens

Dangerously beautiful!  Great shot and what a selfie indeed!!

April Maloney
April Maloney

Wow,  what an awesome capture!  One of the best I have seen so far.  

Meysam Mehdipour
Meysam Mehdipour

amazing landscape


I think, this is basic lava, viscosity is high and temperature is about 1100 centigrade degree and Fe & Mg rich.


Kim T.
Kim T.

Too bad the National Park Service won't let anyone else near it. I am a geologist /earth scientist who recently visited the park and was disappointed at how restrictive they were about letting visitors get anywhere near the volcano. The only view I got of the actual crater was on the video in the visitor center. Other than that, the best you can see is the glow on the steam if you go at night. I further thought it was crazy that you can walk the rim road, but you can't drive it - due to air quality! Like I couldn't drive to safety faster than I can walk? And all trails into the outer crater area, which have been safely used for years - were off limits, with no indication of any recent increase in volcanic activity. As I left Hawaii and flew into Los Angeles, I wondered which air quality was worse, the areas to which the National Park Service had closed access at the volcano or the LA smog? I'm guessing the smog was worse, so I advocate closing LA to people and opening up access to the volcano.

Mark Freerks
Mark Freerks

Amazing, it looks like the gateway to hell.

Norma Okun
Norma Okun

the courage and fearlessness that took to take the shot of the volcanic selfie, is admirable. congratulations and I truly admire you for it.

Cliff Carrington
Cliff Carrington

Great shot, good planning, best your settings were spot on! I assume that is the 'respirator' just behind yourself,  which you had in tow?

Wayne  Norman
Wayne Norman

Wow.  Looks like an egg ready to cast upon the world all that the center of the world can hold. What lovely framing and presentation.  And that you could be in it surely makes it all the sweeter.  Wonderful work and congrats.

Frans Mertens
Frans Mertens

did the volcano take its own picture? Since they're talking about a selfie...

Gail P.
Gail P.

Well deserved POTD! bravo!

Yogesh Pandare
Yogesh Pandare

There are always imaginations , dreams similar to this image. But I never really seen an implementation of such vision. And this photographer tried with timer , that's an extraordinary thing.  

Not to exclude the bravery of this man !!!!!!!

Joy Saldanha
Joy Saldanha

Hell let loose. This is the picture that I can truly say is, awesome! Congrats: on a magnificent shot, and also for having the courage to take it, Andrew. More not needed to be said.  j.e.s........

pamela letstalkaboutcorsica
pamela letstalkaboutcorsica

risk is part of man's nature, isn't it .. and the further you go, the further you will keep going - both terrifying and beautiful, nature will roar and soar to show her presence, fabulous shot !

Bev Hennager
Bev Hennager

It is an amazing photograph but it makes my hair stand up thinking of how dangerous it looks and how hot it must be..  It seems like a long ways away for the two minute timer.  Hope you didn't run!


TOM MARTIN
TOM MARTIN

Jim Richardson once said...."If you want to take more interesting pictures, stand in front of more interesting stuff"  This is probably the kind of stuff he was talking about.

marius jomphe
marius jomphe

You are aligned now whiyh the great masters, Turner and Gustave Doré.


Shane Hughes
Shane Hughes

Everything in this image is amazing. From the circle of magma, to the texture of the rock, to the curving edge that leads my eye right to the photographer. Absolutely magnificent.

Ian Lee
Ian Lee

火山口也來自拍!

Gail P.
Gail P.

@Frans Mertens The photographer, Andrew explained he took the photo with a timer...you can see his tiny human frame in the background..:)

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