(CBS News) Have I mentioned lately that we have the best audience and fans? Seriously, you guys and gals are just too awesome! I have a hunch that if a study were conducted on the people who frequent The Feed, it would find a strong lean towards the brightest, happiest, coolest... well, you get the idea. Speaking of which, one our fans has submitted an excellent time-lapse work (and first full completed video project!) showing volcanoes and nature in Hawaii. Click play above to turn the heat up and get the magma flowing. (Which you actually see happen at about 40 seconds in.)
You can almost feel the heat coming off of your computer screen while watching the incredible piece. The time-lapse view of the island chain and state in all its wonder and glory entitled "Hawaii Volcanoes" was created and posted on Vimeo by photographer QT Luong who writes:
Here are highlights of this unique sea-to-summit project, filmed in 2011/2013, mostly in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park:
1. One of the most mesmerizing spectacles of nature I've witnessed is lava flowing to the ocean as clouds of steam rise from the meeting of fire and water. I stood mere feet away from the 2000F lava. After everybody had left, I stayed to record the pulse of the flow over an entire night.
2. Since 2008, the Halema'uma'u Crater at Kilauea Summit contains an active lava lake which at night illuminates a large gas plume. I captured the Milky Way appearing in a weather break above by setting up my camera in driving rain.
3. Besides filming Mauna Loa, the world's largest active volcano, from Mauna Kea and Haleakala (I've included a shot of the "world's most beautiful sunrise"), I backpacked for a solitary dozen miles on steep and sharp lava rocks to its 13,700 feet summit. In the morning, my water bottle was frozen solid after I had camped to capture what is likely the first night-time and sunrise time-lapses from the top of the summit cliffs overlooking the immense Mokuaweoweo caldera. They bookend the video.
A stunning time-lapse work that has definitely earned QT Luong a huge round of applause from all of us here at The Feed and our many thanks for submitting to us! And to check out more amazing work from photographer QT Luong, be sure to visit his website by clicking here.
As a bonus, and because we're already in a Hawaiian mindset right now, I'm going to include a (totally unrelated otherwise) quick clip from Oakley showing pro surfer John John Florence pull off an impressive "10 point air" at the Oakley Pro Bali tournament recently below. Enjoy!