Fri, September 07, 2012
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Chasing lava

2012-09-07 09:39:31 GMT2012-09-07 17:39:31(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. (Photo/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. (Photo/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. (Photo/Caters News Agency)

“We shoot pictures all over the world, but our volcano images are shot here on the island because it's so spectacular,” Kale adds. “It's such an extraordinary experience and we feel lucky to be able to turn our photography into what we do for a living.”(Photo/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. (Photo/Caters News Agency)

They tread water that’s 110 degrees. Just 20 feet away, the water is boiling, Kale says. “We have a lot of fun, but it’s extremely dangerous,” he says. They have not escaped without injuries. (Photo/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. (Photo/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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