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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.