Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Eden's Exit

To me, Hawaii is the definition of Paradise.  It's so lush and the weather is so perfect, I can't imagine another place that could better reflect the word.  But paradise, as all good things, isn't everywhere and it has to have an entrance and an exit.  This shot could be paradise's exit.  As you can see, this place has some great green foliage and that it is just what a portion of paradise might look like.  But, something sinister can be seen on the other side of the bridge... A hole that has an orange red glow...  Could it be Hell?

Luckily, no, it isn't hell.  It's actually the entrance to the Thurston Lava Tube in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the big island.  The following is from's website as linked previously:

"Lava caves like this are formed when a river of lava gradually builds solid walls and a ceiling. When the lava flow stops and the last of it passes downhill, a cave is formed. These caves can be a few feet high and only yards long, or they can stretch for miles with high ceilings. The Thurston Lava Tube is a fantastic example of a massive lava cave. Lit by electric lights, with a flat rock floor and a ceiling high enough in the center to keep you from scraping your head, this is a great introduction to lava tube geology."

This photo is a 7-shot HDR bracketed at 1 stop intervals from -3 to +3 EVs. I processed them via Adobe Camera Raw, saved each bracket as a tif, merged them in Photomatix 4 using the natural setting and then tweaked it out in Photoshop CS6 with Nik Color Efex 4's tonal contrast, glamour glow and graduated filters.

I hope you enjoy the photo and thanks for dropping by!  As always, click on the image for a larger view.

Exif data:

Camera - Nikon D700
Exposure - 0.3
Aperture -  f/9.0
Focal Length - 16 mm
ISO Speed - 800
Flash - No Flash
Exposure Program - Aperture-priority AE
Lens Model - Nikkor16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0

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