This was easily one of the most exciting and challenging projects I've ever worked on. We headed to the Big Island for just 3 nights with the goal of trying and capture the stars above the lava entering the ocean. With such a short window to capture what we traveled for it was pretty critical that we didn't miss a single opportunity.

We had everything planned out and had backup plans in case things didn't line up. What we didn't have was a backup plan for our backup plan. We had to improvise and find places to shoot in less than ideal locations. The first two sequences at Halema'uma'u crater in Volcanoes National Park were actually shot in the pouring rain on the first night. With such a short time frame to get everything done, keeping our cameras in our bags just wasn't an option.

By the end of the trip, we had barely slept or ate, lost count of the times we changed location plans, and hiked out to the lava entry twice to get the shot. No part of the trip was easy, but it was an incredible experience that I'm excited to share with everyone.

Special thanks to Sigma and MacPhun for coming together to make this happen. Extra thanks to Mark Jacobs from MacPhun for all his help, making the trek with me and grabbing some awesome BTS footage along the way. I hope everyone enjoys the timelapse!

Click here to view the timelapse and behind the scenes footage!

Camera Bodies: Sony A7RII, Nikon D800E

Lenses: Sigma 20mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens, 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens, 50mm f1.4 DG HSM Art Lens, 50-100mm f/1.8 DC HSM

Tripod: Feisol CT-3442

Timelapse Rig: Rhino EVO, Motion, ARC

Software: Macphun Luminar, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere

The timelapse has been featured by LA Times, Popular Photography, Outdoor Photographer, Petapixel, DPreview, View Bug,, Resource Travel Mag, and more!

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