Brad Lewis is known as "The Volcanoman," not surprisingly, for his breathtaking imagery of flowing lava and live volcanic activity. His photographs are incredible, but the behind-the-scenes shots of how he got them are just as mind-blowing.
Here, he tells us the stories behind some of his most amazing shots, all taken on the Big Island of Hawaii on the highly active Kilauea Volcano.
He escaped lava to get the shot above
Lewis: "We flew in by helicopter just as the lava lake was about to overflow. The biggest challenge was avoiding the fumes and escaping the fast-moving lava once it finally did break out."
He had to dodge poisonous fumes, too
"We were quite far away from the activity, but with volcanoes sometimes the things you can’t see are as dangerous as the things you can, and here the poisonous volcanic fumes were abundant."
This shot involved a hike over hot lava
"We hiked miles over hot lava to get here and it was extremely dangerous. The explosions, which were caused by ocean water entering the lava tube system, were some of the biggest I have ever experienced."
Flying lava could have spoiled this shot
"We were walking over lava that had been flowing little more than an hour earlier and there were occasional surprise explosions that sent hot lava flying through the air."
On a cliff's edge
"This is an incredible place to be, to see the molten lava flowing down over the edge and into the sea. It was not too dangerous here, but it’s pretty hot underfoot and you have to keep your wits about you."
Getting this shot meant getting inventive
"We kayaked in from a distant cliff put-in and it was seriously dangerous. Big waves tried to sweep us into the hot lava and we had to do everything to avoid capsizing because the sea was boiling hot."