The loveliest faces are seen by moonlight

The loveliest faces are seen by moonlight, when one sees half with the eye and half with the imagination. a Persian proverb


A moonlit lava flow into the Pacific Ocean. Venus can be seen glowing bright on the mid-right. Volcanos National Park, Hawaii


There is not HDR, it is a single shot. There's more background how this shot was taken at my Blog. I used Nikon's new D3 which blew me away. The title of the article is:


Review: Nikon's D3 . . . a camera with an imaging chip that lets you rule the night.


And the the link is:


When contacting us regarding this print, please refer to image file HI_08_1430.

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  • James Duckworth 6y

    I nominate this image for this week's pool contest.

  • ...Steve 6y

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  • Logan Brumm 6y

    There is absoutley nothing wrong with the technical aspects of this photo. The colors are brilliant, it is perfectly exposed, and the detail is amazing. This is truly an award winning photograph.

    Composition: 9
    The composition is good. The only reason I give a 9 is because I would like to see the glow of the lava flow more towards the right hand corner of the frame and maybe zoomed out a little bit.

    Let's just say this is definitely going into my favorites (which is not an easy task). It draws you in and makes you keep looking.

    Commercial Viability:6
    I give this a 6 just because I do not see much of a market for this type of photograph. Don't get me wrong, its brilliant and I would love to see it in print - but "commercially" there just isnt as much of a market as for other photos.

    Grade 8.5/10 as seen in
  • Enlightened Fellow 6y

    Technical: 10
    Excellent image, with good exposure control. I feel like some bracketing or HDR work must have been done to preserve detail in the magma, cloud, and breaking surf. Whatever techniques were used, it was to good result. Depth of field is also good.

    Composition: 8
    My sense is that the left side carries a little too much weight with the vapor cloud drifting off the edge as it does. It leads the viewer's eye away from where you want it to go. Perhaps putting the magma closer to the right edge would have allowed the viewer's eye to drift through the middle of the shot rather than hover in the lower left quadrant. I don't really like the celestial body (moon, maybe? I can't tell, and that is probably why it bothers me) on the right side, either, which I think distracts from the essence of the shot, but I don't suppose you had much power over the heavens that night.

    Impact: 9
    Definitely will remember this shot, and will try to emulate it in some form in the future. It's the sort of shot that inspires a person to visit new places and try new things.

    Commercial Viability: 6
    I could see this in a travel brochure or as a fine art print. It's definitely positive exposure for Hawaii.

    Grade 8.25/10 as seen in

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  • Don Hall 6y

    Technical: 9
    Excellent exposure. The ocean can still be seen whereas the mainland details cannot. I also like the fact that the shot was sufficiently short in duration to capture details in the smoke and not produce excessively blurred stars. Excellent color balance.

    Composition: 8
    The balance of the subjects in the frame is very pleasing though it has a right-to-left flow that is a bit counter-intuitive for Westerners. You might try flipping it horizontally and seeing if the left-to-right flow might be more pleasing. The moon serves to balance the shot by producing a triangle of the included elements.

    Impact: 8
    The brightness and color of the hot lava really draws your attention which is then taken on a joy ride through the smoke.

    Commercial Viability: 9
    The sky is pretty much the limit for this shot. Could be used to illustrate an article on the park, or as an advert for it. Fine art prints, posters, calandar, stock, or greeting cards could all benefit from this shot. It's only limited by your marketing.

    Grade 8.5/10 as seen in

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  • Judy Knesel 6y

    This is very beautiful.

    Very Cool picture!!
  • Rodd Halstead 6y

    wow! amazing photo
  • Vitor Schietti 6y

    I nominate this image for this week's pool contest.

  • @lbyper 6y

    Che scatto meraviglioso!!!!!!!
  • Fabio Giannelli 6y

    very cool!!
  • Björn Gudmundsson 6y

  • anadeluz 6y

    super shot
  • Jean-Marie Hullot 6y

    I added your photo under CC license to the Volcanoes from around the World collaborative album. Great picture! Thanks.
  • SparkyLeigh 6y

    So you made it back over here in time to catch the ocean entry flow!-- Nice shot.

    (FYI- where this shot was taken is actually just outside the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on a mix of State & private lands)
  • LeszekZadlo 6y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called 100+ Views Natural Landscapes *Post 1, Comment 1*, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
  • Jim 6y

  • Andrew Castellano 6y

    Absolutely fantastic! I love Volcanoes National Park. This is an amazing capture...great composition with the moon, stars, steam and glowing lava!
  • Matt Coughlin 5y

    (a little story for the photo)

    The Hot Rod That Swept an Ocean.

    The back wheels dug into the surface of the ocean, gaining traction and rocketing the dragster forward. But the Southern Ocean was wily and deep, and the thrashing waves grabbed the tires and dragged them down.

    With a grimace and a quick flick of the nitro switch, he shot back against the seat as the sleek racer was unleashed at MACH 6, skimming over the ocean surface like the pyroclastic flow from a volcano, and measurably changing the rotation of the planet.

    He hated having to use the nitro, but there were still a dozen charges left. Landing on the southern tip of South America, the Andes loomed overhead, mighty and unconquered. This would not do. The engine blazed to life again.
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Taken on November 8, 2008
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