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Editor’s Note: Each week we’ll be featuring members of the Photofocus community.  Part of our New Year’s resolution is to focus on new and emerging talent.  As such, Melissa Niu will personally select images from our readers and feature them here on Photofocus.

Today’s featured photo is chosen from ViewBug (The World’s Best Photo Contests) community.

“This picture was taken in the “Valle del Bove” in Sicily, Italy. On October 26th, 2013, the volcano Etna began to erupt. I spent the whole night there with my cousin to film and photograph the eruption, to have a memory, not only a mental memory, but also a visual one. I used a Nikon D7000 with a Nikon Af-s DX 18-105 f/3.5-5.6 G ED VR. The settings were Focal Length: 21mm with shutter speed at 20 secs and aperture f/4 with ISO: 1000. I know, I could have photographed it at f/16 to get more details in the picture, but the lava was too hot and in that case the tent and the lava would have resulted over exposed. F/4 was a great setting to use because I avoided any movement of the stars to show :) It was pure adventure that inspired me to take this shot. This photo is a reminder of our adventure that night.” – Marco
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To see more of Marco’s work, see his portfolio here.

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Join the conversation! 1 Comment

  1. Lighted camping tents are a cliche, but an active volcano, well, that kinda ups the ante a few notches. Great pic.


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About MelissaNiu

Melissa Niu is a storyteller at heart. Niu's work ranges from her Broadcast Journalism experience at NBC in Seattle to her recent work as a co-founder and host of the photography platform, [FRAMED] Network. Her passion for photography, music and journalistic skills harvests into a massive need to tell a good story. As a mother of three daughters and running multiple businesses, Niu is constantly seeking balance, health, laughter and progression.


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