VIRAL: A ‘Beautiful Disaster’ shot of Mayon Volcano

We The Pvblic
Twitter: @JomarCaranzaOco

Mayon Volcano has become restless, releasing a lava fountain early Tuesday. Volcanologists say it might be on the verge of a violent eruption.

But before the worst, Jomar Oco took a breathtaking shot of Mount Mayon he calls “Beautiful Disaster” which has gained recognition on social media. It has over 8,000 retweets and 34,500 likes.

The landscape photographer tells We the Pvblic he shot the photo near the ATV trail at Cagsawa Ruins. Oco captured it at exactly 4:43am on January 21.

When asked what he felt when he took it, he said: “Intense, and at the same time, scared for the locals, pero I didn’t expect the photo to go viral… It was actually my first time to witness a volcano with its lava flowing.”

“It was a nice chance for me to document it and seeing a volcano erupt for the first time is a surreal experience especially [since] it’s Mayon Volcano.” Oco mentions he was “overwhelmed” when his photo went viral and that “it opened a lot of opportunities for me to showcase my skills.”

“I looked for a dark area where I can shoot the lava flow and the stars at the same perfect exposure,” he adds.

For those wondering on how Oco got the shot, he revealed his picture perfect settings to the pvblic:

ISO 6400
10 second shutter speed

Shot using Nikon D750 with Sigma 35mm 1.4 art lens

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) has raised the alert level to 4 which is one level closer to a hazardous eruption that can take place.

PHIVOLCS tells We the Pvblic that Mayon’s current explosions occur every four to five hours, and this type of eruption usually lasts for weeks. They also add that the danger zone was extended to nine kilometers from the previous eight.

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SEE ALSO: The love story behind the legend of Mount Mayon

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