Let’s all bow down to Mike Mezeul II who captured perhaps one of the most amazing images of the year. If you’re a fan of astrophotography, you’re in for one hell of a treat.

The adventure photographer told the Huffington Post UK he was in shock when he saw what he had captured in his third frame after the sun had set.

“It was my third frame to shoot after the sun had set, and after I saw the meteor, I knew I couldn’t beat that image, so I packed it up and headed back.”

It’s times like these photographers need a ‘drop the mic’ ability. No one is dropping an expensive camera body and lens setup, but damn. We need something for those once in a lifetime shots.

Framing the Shot

“[It was] an incredible moment, one that I will never forget,” writes Mezeul on his Facebook page. “Lava from the Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii crawling down towards the ocean as the Milky Way, a meteor, and moon shine above.”

The final photograph is a single frame using a Nikon D810. He paired it with a Nikkor 14-24mm lens at ISO 2500, f/2.8, and exposed it for 25 seconds. Why isn’t the moon washing out the Milky Way? Mike says the moon was a mere sliver that night, which created the perfect storm of circumstances.

Damn internet, can you not enjoy something gorgeous without picking it apart? Mike had to constantly move to stay in front of the advancing lava flow from Kilauea. When an adventure photographer calls the terrain extreme and challenging, it’s not something amateurs need to jump out and replicate. One slip and you risk a myriad of injuries including burns from being too close to the lava flow.

You need to give Mike a follow on Instagram, his Facebook page and check out his site. 711 posts on Instagram to get completely lost in.

Can you imagine this shot as a metal print? Now that’s a serious conversation piece in your house.

Image credits: Mike Mezeul II

Gear. TV. Movies. Lifestyle. Photography. Yeah, I’m the type who sees a shiny object and is immediately captivated. Wait... There’s another. You can reach me at marcus@newsledge.com

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