Magnificent Volcano Photos Celebrate the Intense Beauty of Hawaii

Volcano Photography by Michael S

Photographer Michael Shainblum recently shot the magnificently intense beauty of volcanoes during his trip to Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island of Hawaii. Calling the experience “one of the most truly mystical scenes [he has] ever had the pleasure of capturing,” he showcases these amazing sights using his style of fine art landscape photography. During the project, however, Shainblum decided to curb his artistic license and only used minimal post-processing afterward. What you see here is very close to how he actually witnessed it.

Shainblum’s journey was full of incredible moments where words fail to capture the magnitude of splendor. “Watching lava pour out of the cliff into the ocean was incredible enough,” he recalled. “To see a double rainbow form over the scene was unbelievable.” Coupled with thick clouds of smoke, they culminate in abstract scenes that appear almost unreal; Shainblum’s images illustrate the kinds of sights you’d read about in a great adventure tale.

Read the full account of Shainblum’s journey on his blog. He also sells his Hawaii photography as prints in his online shop.

Photographer Michael Shainblum recently ventured the Volcanoes National Park and captured some magnificent Hawaii photography.

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Shainblum calls the experience, “One of the most truly mystical scenes I have ever had the pleasure of capturing.”

Volcano Photography by Michael S

Using an artist eye and minimal post-processing, the often-abstract images showcase the duality of a volcano—its destruction and beauty.

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Michael Shainblum: Website | Facebook | Instagram

My Modern Met granted permission to use photos by Michael Shainblum.

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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