Thu, September 06, 2012
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Chasing lava

2012-09-06 03:15:30 GMT2012-09-06 11:15:30(Beijing Time)

The two photographers base themselves at the edge of active volcanoes from Kilauea through Kalapana, Hawaii, where they tread water in the Pacific Ocean waiting for the hot lava to meet the sea, according to the according to the Daily Mail. (Photos by Caters News Agency)

Their photographs pit the brilliant orange lava against a steamy, blue-gray backdrop. Mostly, the images are captured in low-daylight or nighttime, and their juxtaposed images can be compared to Salvadore Dali paintings, the Daily Mail notes. (Photos by Caters News Agency)

“Our days are spent on the edge of volcanoes, either leaving at midnight to get out before the light of the rising sun or hiking in the day and then staying overnight,” says Kale, 35, who’s from Hawaii. His partner, Selway, 28, is from Washington. (Photos by Caters News Agency)

Many of their images capture the lava as hits the water and explodes into plumes of smoke and steam. To get their risky shots, the two men use simple protective casings around their cameras, and wear just swim shorts and flippers to navigate the ocean waves. (Photos by Caters News Agency)

Kale fell into a lava tube last year, breaking his ankle. “After climbing out we had to lash my foot to my leg with a tripod, camera strap and belt, and hike over the rugged terrain for two miles,” he recalls. (Photos by Caters News Agency)

The photographers manage to capture stark, scary images of molten lava against crashing waves. “Not many people die each year, but when they do it's normally in large groups when large chunks of land drop into the sea,” Kale says. (Photos by Caters News Agency)

While he acknowledges his passion for what he and Selway, he is cautious about others doing the same thing. “I wouldn’t recommend anyone trying for themselves.” (Photos by Caters News Agency)

Photographers Nick Selway and CJ Kale spend their days in hot water – sometimes, nearly boiling – just to capture dramatic images of molten lava oozing into the ocean off Hawaii.



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