Mike Mezeul II is a photographer specializing in landscapes, aerials, natural disasters, and the night sky. His work has appeared in National Geographic, BBC Magazine, Yahoo News, and more. Growing up with a father in the U.S. Air Force, Mezeul was enamored with aviation. That attraction to aviation shows in his photography: "I'm completely fascinated by the science of aviation and the variety of aircraft," he says. "My favorite aviation-related activity is photographing incredible landscapes from a helicopter with the doors off." This photo of Fissure 8 in Kilauea, Hawaii, erupting at 28,000 gallons of lava per second was shot from a Robinson R44 helicopter. When he's not on assignment, Mezeul travels the world and teaches photography workshops.