200 Yard Lava Tube!

Lava Tube - Long Exposure

This Lava Tube is the tube that the Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park will let you walk through.  They ran the power down so you could see what you were doing.  It wasn’t a lot of power, so I ended up with a 5 second exposure time at ISO 3200.  I’m super happy with the results.  Of all the shots I took of/in the Lava Tube, this one is my favorite.  The tube is over 500 years old, and in my estimation, is about 200-300 yards long.  According to the ranger, the longest lava tube they’ve found is about 20 miles.  yes, 20 miles!

My second favorite shot is actually the HDR version of the same angle.  What makes this angle so great is (a) the moss hanging from the ceiling, (b) the lights are like stars and show you the depth of the tunnel and (c) I had the best make-shift tripod: a set of stairs leading out of the tunnel.  Here is the HDR:

Lava Tube - HDR

The HDR pulls out a bit more detail out of the wall, and gives a slightly different effect.  Both cool photos in my opinion, and I couldn’t decide which one I liked best.  Do you have a preference?

Taken in the Volcanoes National Park, Hawai’i