Cascade of Lava – Hawaii Volcano Photography

A collection of Volcano Photography taken at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.


Hawaii Lava Volcano Photography
“Dancing in the Ash” Hawaii Lava Photography

This selection of Hawaii landscape photography is focused on the immense power of lava at the Volcanos National Park on the Big Island of Hawaii. One of the most truly mystical scenes I have ever had the pleasure of capturing. For this collection, I wanted to showcase this beauty in my own artistic way, through fine art landscape photography.

However, I still, keep these scenes natural and true to what I witnessed on my journey. For that reason, these images have been only lightly processed. All of these images are single exposures unless listed otherwise in the caption below the photo. If you would like to purchase a print from this collection click here: Hawaii Prints.

It is hard to explain witnessing a moment like this. Watching lava pour out of the cliff into the ocean was incredible enough. To see a double rainbow form over the scene was unbelievable. The second image was taken during the dead of night before any ambient light filled the sky.

hawaii photography: Helicopter over Rainbow
hawaii landscape photography: A helicopter flies over a rainbow, capturing a glimpse of the lava below.

Hawaii Lava Volcano Photography
“Shattered” Hawaii Volcano Photography: Close-up Explosion

This is one of my favorite lava photos taken from this collection. A 600-millimeter image of an explosive burst over the lava waterfall.

As we traversed through the choppy waves on the coast of Hawaii, I looked up at the cliff in the distance. What appeared to be a giant mushroom cloud surrounded a section of the cliff face. The boat approached closer and closer to the cliff as the air got hotter and hotter. I could feel the cold ocean breeze on the back of my neck and the steaming hot air on the front of my face. Finally, out of the mushroom cloud, a stream of red lava could be seen through the plumes of smoke.

lava photos: Hawaii Lava Volcano Photography
“Glimpse of Scarlet” Hawaii Volcano Lava Photography: The giant stream of Lava flowing down the cliff side, through a large plume of smoke and steam.

Volcanoes National Park: Hawaii Photography
“Creamsicle” Hawaii Landscape Photography: The lava waterfall was taken after sunrise.

My favorite aspect of capturing these lava photos, is watching and documenting the change of light. Each time of day created a completely different color palette for the stream of Lava.



  1. Oh. My. God.

    That’s just insane. I’ve watched your shots with both my jar dropped and my heart elated. Pure excelency. Peace.

  2. On of your best work. This series is so incredible.
    Greetings from Italy.

  3. Thomas Ashcraft

    Awesome! Love your work.

  4. Dramatic…love the contrasting colours!

  5. That is absolutely stunning and one of the most beautiful things I ever saw!! Excelent photos, Michael!

  6. Wojtek Walczak

    Fantastic view! Extremely beautiful as a whole.

  7. Thomas Lease

    Spectacular work!

  8. Shamseer Moidu


    All frames are awesome

  9. This looks so massive and epic! Great work 🙂

    • It was really massive, it is kinda hard to see the scale in these photos. I do have a photo that has a boat in it too. I might try to process that one and include it in this collection for better scale.

  10. Richard Morey

    Amazing! When were these photos taken? We were just in Hawaii for three weeks (2/22/18 – 3/14/18) but the volcanoes were not active.

  11. Incredible. The lava stream doesn’t look real, the color is so pure and intense. Just amazing.

  12. Michael, I have said it before and I will say it again: You are an artist. Your work is inspiring!

  13. Yooooooo
    Damn 600mm for the close-ups? God damn. Most I could afford would be 400mm the absolute max.
    Sick regardless, going to explore all 4 islands in 3 weeks.

    Mahalo for getting me even more excited lol

  14. Brian Hawkins

    You always get the best stuff. It’s as if the photography gods see you arrive and say “Shainblum is here, but step up our show.” Great work as always, my friend.

  15. Brennan Nance

    Amazing work Michael. Thanks for sharing!

  16. Becky Anderson

    Mere words cannot express to you how much I love your work.
    I stared at “Fury” for a very long time.
    Incredible, Michael

  17. Great work!!

  18. These images are simply stunning!

  19. Holy shit. I’m speechless. These photos are simply incredible. Great work Michael!!

  20. Amazing work 😉

  21. Very nice work. You obviously put a lot of effort into it. Thank you.

  22. Mike Jeffries

    You never cease to amaze and inspire. I’ve been following you for about 3 years and you alway manage to take it to the next level.

  23. Michael, seu trabalho é maravilhoso, sou do Brasil e acompanho tudo, obrigada pelos registros incríveis!

  24. Wow dude, these are incredible! So surreal. I bet it was hot there.

  25. Beautiful shots Michael !

  26. incredibly amazing

  27. James Price

    Absolute legend these pictures are amazing!

  28. These photographies give me volcano’energy.
    These are very beatiful.

  29. Seshathri


  30. Intelliki

    Omg. Your pictures are incredibly moving. I could never have imagined a volcano and steam under that light. Top professionalism. Thank you for sharing your work.

  31. amazing. love your work

  32. Michael, your pictures are amazing! Thank you for share with us!

  33. Neelakash Balnaik


  34. Jimmy Hendrix is to guitar as __?__ is to photography? answer? Michael Shainblum..innovative as a Mothafucka and bad ass. Thank you For Existing and pushing the limits..I have bad dreams about the places you been..Love your work sir…lets do some stuff man..together bro.

  35. Hi Michael.

    I am heading off to Hawaii in two weeks, cruising the islands, can you advise me on how I can arrange to get close to the lava flows that you photographed, is this via a tour operater?

    Keep up the great work, inspiring.

    Melbourne Australia..

  36. It’s amazing!

  37. Awesome images. Great initiative!

  38. Matthew

    Wonderful pictures!!
    I definitely want to get into photography. I love taking pictures myself.

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