26mm, 0.6s, f/8, ISO640
I may be colourblind, but I still love colourful photography. I have many close-ups from Mt Nyiragongo, and I’m sure I’ll share several of them with you, but this is probably my favourite photograph from the top. Taken just before dawn, it required a tripod, but I kept the shutter speed short enough to not ruin the patterns on the surface of the lava lake — 0.6 seconds.
The timing for images like this one is crucial. Fifteen minutes earlier, the sky and rock would have appeared close to pitch black, too dark compared to the red hot lava. (Alternatively, exposed for the sky, the lava would have appeared bright white.) Fifteen minutes later, the sky would have been too bright, making the glow of the lava all but disappear. In fact, five minutes in either direction would probably have been enough to prevent the photograph from working.
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