In October 2017 I spent 2 weeks shooting in Hawaii. The first stop was Big Island, where a friend and I shot the lava flows of Kilauea volcano. We hiked about 8 kilometers to reach the red hot lava, which fortunately was flowing outside the boundary of the national park. This enabled me to use my drone and capture unique aerial perspectives of the amazing flows.

An hour into our visit, new lava rivers simply burst straight out of the mountain side, and flowed, diverging and converging, down the slopes. We were truly mesmerized by the unusual display, and spent in all about 3 hours shooting at daytime, sunset and twilight.

At some point, I was noticing the right side of the drone images was getting darker. I continued shooting but when I went back to the apartment, I was surprised to see the plastic inside the drone camera had melted when I was shooting close to the lava! It was worth it, though!

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My poor drone!