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"Eternal Vitality" - The Kilauea volcano crater (1247m) in Hawaii last night. I spent two days by the crater waiting for the clouds to disappear, the lava glow to be as low as possible and for the milky way to be positioned right before this became possible.

In order to capture this I had to use a 4-stop graduated ND filter and polarizer. Camera 5DIII with 30seconds/F1.4/ISO4000.
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We love going to the Big Island to see the lava flows! Did you get a chance to go to the bench yet? That's where the lava flows to the sea! EARLY morning (long before sunrise) is best.
 
WHEW! That is just stunning!! Those colors and the stars...WOW!
 
This shot definitely has that Wow factor
 
4stop gnd...who would have thought...great work
 
Tis a thing of beauty.
 
That's one of the most amazing pictures I've ever seen in my life! Thank you so much for posting Terje :)
 
Absolutely gorgeous!!! I wish I could see that in person. 
 
AWSOME!!!!!!!!! LOOKS AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
Wow, that is totally fantastic! An amazing image!
 
2 words maybe 3
EPIC! and...
AWESOME!!!!
 
This is so much awesomeness in one image. The trees during night in contrast with the galaxy behind it...
 
waaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh..............................>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
Dion V
 
Stunning! Your patience paid off.
 
that is beautiful. i actual got to walk in one of its crater's.
 
Dat is priceless to see
 
Oh lots of comments. Let me add another 'this is a really fantastic shot!'
susi M
 
beautiful!!! * _ *
 
Worth the effort! Very unique!
 
It'd be an incredible shot with the stars alone, but adding the volcano is just unreal!
 
Nature's beauty captured with skilled hands and portrayed by them... what could be better?
 
ABSOLUTELY STUNNING! I am so jealous of you right now!
 
Absolutely breathtaking.
 
You caught the universe on fire! love it!
 
whoaaaaaa PURE AWESOMENESSSSSS
 
Cool, it looks like the ending to Mass Effect 3
 
That is really beautiful and awesome!
 
Whoa, did you photoshop or edit that??? Because if not, you have seen a truly awsome and beautiful creation of God.
 
wwwwwwwwwwwooooooooooooooooooooooooooooowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
this is absolutely beautiful, something i wish to see someday!
 
im in love with that scenery....
 
2) When u start ur day:
keep 3 words in ur pocket:
-TRY
-TRUE
-TRUST.

TRY- for better FUTURE.
TRUE- with ur WORK.
TRUST- in GOD.
Good morning.
 
Wow, we're going in August. You've raised expectations :)
 
America the beautiful and in living color.
 
+KJ Cannonier totally living in color! I'd be so scared if that actually happened...
 
You see the image through the lens but it's not until you actually look at the image, at full resolution, that you can truly appreciate what you captured. This is one of those amazing images.
 
Gorgeous. Makes you stand in awe of our universe and what's possible. We are so small.
 
The fires of the earth and the fires in the sky! +Terje Sorgjerd, I admire your dedication and patience to get this surreal shot.
 
TOTALLY KEWL, NOW THATS A MIRACLE.
 
I love photography . I am not a pro but this is an outrageous photo. I love it.
 
Wow thats awesome
 
the beauty of geology and astronomy together, can't get better than that
 
Wish I was there! Thanks for sharing such a fabulously detailed image!
 
That as to be one of the greatest images of all time. Dude that's awesome.
 
that is such a beautiful picture and your quiet lucky to have gotten the shot you did.
 
Nice that's awesome. Ive always want to see a volcano up close like that. Neater getting on camra
Dee M
 
Wow just amazing 
 
amazing shot. you've got a lot of patience and i guess it did pay off!!
 
ابرينا الله من جهنم وعذابها
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You apparently used the right camera, as the picture is absolutely beautiful.
 
My hat comes off to you good sir... It was well worth the wait!!!
 
Great work balancing the colors, brightness and focus of these two.
 
I wish I had that kind of talent to do cool stuff like that
 
That looks amazing, like heaven and hell combined.
 
Beautiful..you did a good work... :-)
 
Some say the world will end in fire......

Dang this is an amazing shot.
 
That us f**** incredible how could you stand doin that I would do it

 
Nice pic... unfortunately you can't call that the milky way because you live in the milky way... silly photographer :/
Dav Bob
 
+Greg Ryals I live in a house and it is still called a house, why cant that be the milky way?
 
Actually.... silly ^ Greg... he CAN saythat... it literally IS the edge of the Milky Way galaxy. Don't belive me?!? Look it up :D. Ohhh... btw,... this picture is ABSOLUTELY stunning. What I would give to even be able too see something that naturally beautiful ... let alone be the one to photograph it!! ...Photography is a passion of mine although I haven't had a good camera for almost 2 years... ha. One day... :D
Ma La
 
I live in Seattle, but I can still see other parts of Seattle. There's a lot more to the Milky Way than just our little neighbourhood out here on the arm.
 
Oh my.....that's so beautiful!!!
 
Oh my.....that's so beautiful!!!
 
This is one of the coolest photo's I've ever seen. Nice work.
 
Only God could supply such beauty .
 
Love the combo of lava and stars. Perfect lighting.
 
Absolutely beautiful, thanks for sharing.
 
This is one of the most stunning pictures I have ever seen!
 
Wowwwww.....wordless can set it as my wallpaper and share it on tweeter?

 
Just became my new desktop wallpaper.
 
Wowwwww......wordless I wish I could download it as my wallpaper.
 
is the Milky Way Galaxy visible like this??? !!! (I mean from the Earth) ... and what are those White Dots? .. are those the ashes from the Volcano or the Stars??
 
OMG, what a fantastic shot! Congratulations for capturing this beautiful scene - your patience paid off!
 
Very cool shot...colorful too. Bet it was very hot staying there being that close.
 
Very nice work. I'm simultaneously envious and amazed.
 
I envy you. I really would have liked to be there and see the volcano live. Have only seen such things on TV.
 
+Terje Sorgjerd what's the benefit of using a longer exposure but then bumping the ISO up to 4000. Wouldn't this just introduce extra noise, although I understand the mkIII's capabilities far exceed this? Thanks.
 
It is amazing what the Lord God has given us. Such wonders and beauties. Psalms 19: 1

The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims His handiwotk.
 
wow.................. it looks like we are in space.........
i love it
 
Thats a beautiful shot. Very nicely done.
 
Mahalo for sharing this.
Pele has a beautiful aspect at night.
Aloha
 
BE CAREFUL
nature can destroy us like this if we misuse the natural ingridiandes.
vary butiful

 
nature is nice..but it also can turn angry..
 
Amazing. Looking forward to see your next timelape!
 
yeah awesome thank God for technology and have men to capture God awesome nature that the rest of the world can't get a glimps of at that moment and time.
 
That fire tells us what there is inside earth core.....so if are you heading that way....There is a better place called heaven....a better place to live forever!....If you need a tiket...call My Lord Jesus....they are free...and you will live forever with him!
 
WoW and double WoW!! That is beautiful !!
 
Amazing! the wait really payed off :)
 
quiet hard one with soft touch ..
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Incredible hard work, rewarded by incredible picture !!!
 
WOW.. that's very nice... I went there the night before but there's nothing...
 
Would love to see that full size
 
Magnificent. It shows the result of patience.
 
Al-Mursalat
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم By the (winds) sent forth in quick succession, (1) which then blow tempestuously (2) and raise (clouds) and scatter them around, (3) then winnow them thoroughly, (4) and then cast (Allah's) remembrance (in people's hearts), (5) to serve as an excuse or a warning. (6) Surely what you are promised shall come to pass. (7) So when the stars are extinguished, (8) and the sky is rent asunder, (9) and the mountains are blown away, (10) and the appointed time to bring the Messengers together arrives, (then shall the promised event come to pass). (11) To which Day has this task been deferred? (12) To the Day of Judgement. (13) What do you know what the Day of Judgement is? (14) Woe on that Day to those that give the lie to the Truth! (15) Did We not destroy many a nation of the earlier times? (16) And We shall cause those of later times to follow them. (17) Thus do We deal with the guilty. (18) Woe on that Day to those that give the lie to the Truth! (19)Did We not create you of a mean fluid, (20) which We then placed in a secure repository (21) until an appointed time? (22) See that We had the power to do so. Great indeed is Our power to do what We will. (23) Woe on that Day to those that give the lie to the Truth! (24) Did We not make the earth a receptacle, (25) for the living and the dead, (26) and did We not firmly fix towering mountains on it and give you sweet water to drink? (27) Woe on that Day to those that give the lie to the Truth! (28) Proceed now towards that which you were wont to deny as false; (29) proceed towards the three-pronged shadow, (30) which neither provides (cooling) shade nor protection against the flames; (31) it indeed throws up sparks like castles, (32) which seem as though they are yellow-coloured camels. (33) Woe on that Day to those that give the lie to the Truth! (34) That will be the Day on which they will not (be able to) utter a word, (35) nor will they be allowed to proffer excuses. (36) Woe on that Day to those that give the lie to the Truth! (37) That is the Day of Judgement on which We have assembled you as well as all those who went before you. (38) So if you have any ploy, try it against Me! (39) Woe on that Day to those that give the lie to the Truth! (40) Behold, today the God-fearing will be amidst shades and springs, (41) and the fruits that they desire (will be ready at hand). (42) Eat and drink and may every joy attend you as a reward for your deeds. (43) Thus do We reward those that do good. (44) Woe on that Day to those that give the lie to the Truth! (45) Eat and enjoy yourselves for a while. Surely you are evil-doers. (46) Woe on that Day to those that give the lie to the Truth! (47) When it is said to them: “Bow down (before Allah),” they do not bow down. (48) Woe on that Day to those that give the lie to the Truth! (49) In what discourse after this (Qur'an) will they, then, believe? (50) {AL- QURAN}
 
Almost looks to good to be real... amazing work.
 
beautiful......just extraordinary
 
Awesome! Looks like Hell gate :|
 
Patience always pays. Amazing shot.
 
Awesome and great effort !!!
 
Very awesome! Thanks for sharing the settings! What is the focal length used?
 
Beautiful and amazing! Words aren't enough.
Ell Tee
 
I don't usually comment on photographs, but holy shit; this is amazing.
 
Awesome! What a great capture ... Patience pays off!
 
SOOOO LOVELY. <3<3<3
 
Awsome and I think its a brillient graphic designer's brain
 
That has I be one of the coolest photos I've ever seen.
 
it look not as real...but it is i know....very beautifulll
 
i just put this as my background on my computer! That is the coolest pic I think I have ever seen... Mother Nature, you are an awesome being!
 
I want to see that on a travel!
 
Yay more photography on G+, It didn't have quite enough...
 
Wow!!! I just don't know what to say..
 
thats so cool its like a movie but not
Vin P
 
this is ridiculously awesome
 
Absolutely stunning! Do you have a full-res version?
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My Grandson would be crazy over this photo.
 
きれー\(゜ロ\)(/ロ゜)/
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I love the wonderful silhouette! Between the fire of Kilauea and the stars in the sky, this is incredibly beautiful!!
 
wow since when have i've seen that
 
Best photo I have ever seen; deserves a knighthood.
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It shure was worth to wait two days for this !!
 
Breathtaking. I love the night sky, i hope someday i can capture their magnificent beauty like you did.More success to you :)
 
心裡深處升起一種說不出的震撼
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Thank-you for allowing us to share this rare experience. 
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