Hi everyone. This image is a giant lava dome of pahoehoe lava taken at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Pahoehoe is from the Hawaiian and means smooth, unbroken lava. It is lava that typically has a smooth, billowy, undulating or ropy surface texture. This dome exhibits all of these characteristics. The dome split during the cooling process leaving the giant cleft. I had some interesting clouds this day which somewhat resembled lava patterns in the dome. I used a Sing-Ray split neutral density to balance the lighter clouds with the dome.
RAW processing was done in Adobe Lightroom with final finishing in Photoshop. Several curve layers were created to accentuate the textures in the dome and bring out the clouds details.
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