National Geographic has been publishing the best photos in the world for decades. And this series of Spectacular Images by Erez Marom,was no exception, and he shot from the air (via drone), land and sea. Marom was born in 1980 in Holon, Israel and is already an award winning photographer. For this series of Kīlauea Volcano Marom used a $1,500 camera drone to photograph the flowing lava that reaches temperatures of 2000 degrees. Marom describes himself as a “lava addict.” During the shoot he realized that some of the photos were showing a black edge which was the result of flying the drone too close to the hot lava where the camera got singed.
“When you take a drone through a volcano, you take a certain risk that the drone isn’t going to come back,” Marom says. “I knew the drone might not come back, but it was worth it.” He was lucky to get the rig back and share these amazing photos with us. And he is not discouraged one bit.
“I’m super happy with the shots. It’s going to encourage me to use drones even more,” he says. “If anything, I’ll fly closer to lava.”
We congratulate National Geographic for supporting incredible photographic expeditions including this series by Erez Marom.