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Fire on High, Kilauea and the Milky Way, Hawaii

Posted by
Gary Hart (California, United States) on 27 September 2012 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

In my just completed Hawaii Big Island photo workshops, I shared this special view of the Kilauea Caldera with my workshop participants. Because the Milky Way's position shifts with the season and time of night, it took some special effort to find the spot on the rim where the Milky Way aligns with the caldera's, but I think the effort was worth it. I write more about that night here. And you can learn about my approach to photographing starlight in the Starlight page of my Photo Tips section.

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KriKridesign from Suisse, Switzerland

garganta del diablo!

27 Sep 2012 9:17am

Denise from granby, québec, Canada

Fantastic image!

27 Sep 2012 12:16pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

This is just awesome!

27 Sep 2012 12:26pm

Michelle Billetta from Elverson, United States


27 Sep 2012 7:08pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Hi Gary - In one image, you have captured annd conveyed the essence of the universe and beyond. We see the beginnigs of the earth as well as the guardians of the skies..This is beyond phenomenal...but not a surprise - your work is beyond awesome and this poroves it. Just beuatiful Gary. And thanks very much for your kind notes on my Spotlight image - I really am honored by your words :-)

27 Sep 2012 8:07pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

so beautiful colors & lights!!!!
Amazing & lovely!

27 Sep 2012 8:12pm

LauraS from Chico, United States

Oh, my God. This is fantastic!

27 Sep 2012 11:32pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

Congratulations! :)

28 Sep 2012 6:21pm

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Fantastique image!!! Félicitations pour le Spotlight. Bonne journée.

28 Sep 2012 7:06pm

Baldwin from Bejuma, Venezuela

Absolutely stunning ...
Congratulations on the Spotlight !!!

28 Sep 2012 7:06pm

Enzo from Lausanne, Switzerland

Fantastique! Félicitations pour le Spotlight.

28 Sep 2012 7:41pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

WAY TO GO!! Congratulatins Gary...Thing is - if I were giving them out, the SPOTLIGHT would be going to you on an "each" basis - Each one by Gary = a SPotlight!!

28 Sep 2012 7:41pm

jim from sebastopol, United States

this is an absolutely spectacular photograph!!!

28 Sep 2012 8:37pm

Melocoton from Salamanca, Spain

terrific shot, Congratulatins

28 Sep 2012 9:18pm

Dhaval from Princeton, United States

Nice work Gary.. What a mixture of two unique elements of nature..starlight and Lava.. exquisite work !!

29 Sep 2012 1:34am

glenn from New York, United States

very nice

29 Sep 2012 4:44am

Calusarus from Drome des collines, France

A well deserved spotlight

29 Sep 2012 9:23am

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

A very beautiful photo ! Congratulations on the spotlight !

29 Sep 2012 9:42am

Matthew from Toronto, Canada

great shot. I really enjoy wide field astrophotography and the cool and warm colours here are great.

29 Sep 2012 1:23pm

M.Mostafa from mashhad, Iran

it's very beautiful image!

29 Sep 2012 1:44pm

Dimitrios from ATHENS, Greece

A most impressive shot, bravo!

29 Sep 2012 2:11pm

Mehdi Monadi from Tehran, Iran

congratulations on the Spotlight :)

29 Sep 2012 6:17pm

Gary Hart from California, United States

Thank you, everybody. This was a very special experience for me personally, so it's particularly gratifying to know that I came away with a memorable image.

29 Sep 2012 6:55pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States


30 Sep 2012 3:58am

Dome from Florence, Italy


30 Sep 2012 11:30pm

Betsy Barron from Philadelphia, PA, United States

crazy beautiful!

1 Oct 2012 3:36am

romina from tehran, Iran

Nice landscape , well done , nice idea !your amazing

1 Oct 2012 5:15pm

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

Double WOW! Words fail me.....

2 Oct 2012 11:53am

Marie from FRESNES, France

superbes couleurs dans ce ciel.

11 Oct 2012 7:25pm