Photo Captures Volcanic Eruption & Streaking Meteor Against Milky Way Backdrop
While photographing the surface flow of Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii in September, photographer Mike Mezeul captured this extraordinary, once-in-a-lifetime shot. Mezeul orginally intended photographing just the volcano, but as the clouds above cleared, an enchanting scene emerged.
“I knew I needed to at least try to get the stars above with the lava,” he told Colossal. “As twilight faded, I saw that the position of the moon—which was just a sliver—was to the right of the Milky Way so I figured what the heck, might as well try to get the Milky Way with the lava.”
After only three shots, a meteor just happened to streak across the sky. “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.”
You can see the final photograph above: a single frame shot with a Nikon D810 and Nikkor 14-24mm lens at ISO 2500, f/2.8, and 25 seconds.
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