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Fire in the Hole
Photograph by Frans Lanting

Nestled in a 400-foot-deep (100-meter-deep) crater at Pu'u 'O'o, a spatter cone—formed and reformed over time by eruption fallout—glows when molten earth churns toward its opening. Though seemingly solid ground, the crater floor is tentative, with lava flowing just below the surface.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Nikon F100
Film Type: Fuji Velvia 50
Lens: Long telephoto
Speed and F-Stop: Unrecorded
Weather Conditions: Extreme heat underfoot, noxious gases all around requiring the use of a gas mask and heavy boots
Time of Day: Dusk
Lighting Techniques: Natural light, heavy tripod used to stabilize lens and camera


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