Nat Geo photographer Stephen Alvarez captures Mexico’s Volcanos in 4K with a Lumia 930 mobile device

by on July 1, 2015

Stephan Jukic – July 1st, 2015

4K cameras are now everywhere and it seems to be the case that whether they’re fully professional UHD studio models or tiny little smart phone cameras, you can be almost guaranteed some extremely high quality footage.

At least this is what this latest video footage shot in 4K resolution indicates. Microsoft posted the following video today to its blog of National Geographic photographer Stephen Alvarez’s latest visit to Mexico. In this case, the photographer took an adventurous trip down through Mexico’s Ring of Fire down to Paricutin volcano, also considered to be one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. During his trip through the highly volcanic Mexican landscape, Alvarez manage to grab photos and video footage in 4K ultra HD resolution through a Microsoft Lumia 930 to capture UHD video of a landscape explosively made and remade by surging volcanic power.

journey to Mexico's volcanos in 4K UHD

The Paricutin Volcano itself is particularly famous because of the way in which it was created so very recently in the past:

A farmer, named Don Pulido, was working his corn fields in 1943 when one day, instead of cron stalks, a smoking mound sprouted out of the previously normal ground. Accompanied by rumbling and localized earthquakes, the little mound started growing into something much more fearsome and was soon spraying out lava and plumes of ash. By the time the birth eruption ended 9 years after the first appearance of the little mound, the newborn volcano had reached a height of 336 meters and its constant lava flows had completely swallowed up the nearby town and countryside. The only thing left standing in the wake of all this was a single Church tower and part of the building’s façade, in the midst of a craggy sea of hardened black lava rock.

The church steeple is still there, and so is Paricutin, waiting.

You can check out some of the stunning photos from the journey on the Microsoft Devices blog here.

And if you want to watch the whole video clip from our collection of 4K ultra HD videos, just click play down below.

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