March 24, 2014

En Fuego

Photograph by Diego Fabriccio Diaz Palomo, National Geographic Your Shot

"I was standing at the top of Guatemala's Acatenango Volcano watching the stars and the city lights from almost 4,000 meters above sea level," says Your Shot contributor Diego Fabriccio Diaz Palomo, a native of Guatemala who climbs the volcano every year. "That was when the Fuego Volcano literally exploded. I start running with a friend for probably half a mile to get to the right spot to shoot the lava. I almost fell down the cliff because I had to be in a really complicated spot to get the right composition."

Diaz Palomo took two long-exposure photos at 90 seconds each. At second 87 of the second shot, lightning appeared in a far cloud on the horizon. "I was without words," he says. "It was indescribable."

Diaz Palomo's picture was published in the recent Moment assignment on Your Shot.

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71 comments
David Fung
David Fung

Hats off! You are at the right place at the right time. The primordial drama is well captured. Very well captured!

cora cook
cora cook

is that lightning in the back ground. awesome


Prasad Prsamy
Prasad Prsamy

The Photo Translation is more than m9wt beautiful than the real.Hats Off.

Carolina Pacheco
Carolina Pacheco

Qué bien me siento orgullosa de mi linda Guatemala y las personas que la dan a conocer!!

Hüseyin YILDIRIM
Hüseyin YILDIRIM

Amazing shot, volcano and lightning in depth of the composition.

Saul Santos Aldana
Saul Santos Aldana

I grew up watching that volcano erupt from my bedroom, wow it mis that !

Beautiful Shot !

Sandra Hickman
Sandra Hickman

What an incredible shot with the lightning in the background. The face is in the cloud is also amazing.

Diego Fabriccio Diaz Palomo
Diego Fabriccio Diaz Palomo

Thanks God for all this... If you saw the face on the cloud with the lightning I want you to think about the "creator". I believe that he's willing us to see him in a new way. 


His power is seen through the lava, his peacefulness is seen in the blue and soft night sky and his majesty is seen on the brightness of the magnificent thunders... 


It's just #INDESCRIBABLE


Thanks to all your comments and the best is yet to come :D

Dan Ericson
Dan Ericson

Does anyone else see the feminine face just above the lightning made in the clouds as a heavenly apparition?  What a brilliant accident!  Beautiful.  Bravo! 

France Carrier
France Carrier

Very nice capture.

Très belle photo.

Etre au bon endroit au bon moment.



John Fellers
John Fellers

Very good shot! Makes me wish we had active volcanoes in Colorado, USA. But I would still lack your agility and courage!

pamela letstalkaboutcorsica
pamela letstalkaboutcorsica

right place, right time - very fortunate ! splendid shot, immortalised. Keeping focused at that particular moment demands courage too, bravo !

Antoine Dupré
Antoine Dupré

looks like the best picture of the ... year

congrats !

Francesco Sinibaldi
Francesco Sinibaldi

Un son mystérieux.


Quand la

luminosité du

jour rappelle

la jeunesse le

tendre oiseau

revient en

silence dans

l'aube d'une

poésie.


Francesco Sinibaldi 

M. Clendenen
M. Clendenen

What an amazing experience, and a great shot to show for it!

Joy Saldanha
Joy Saldanha

I certainly appreciate the effort made to get this picture. Especially the precise result that it gives, of this volcano,lightning, and its surrounding area. Strong and at the same time, softened by the lovely sky above. A really good shot.    j.e.s.........

Lynne Blanchard
Lynne Blanchard

Thank you Diego. What an incredible world we live in.

Lee A Freel
Lee A Freel

Congratulations Diego!  Great star trail shot, oh and interesting volcano with lightning adds so much to the shot :o) 

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