A lava-oozing volcanic setting is probably not the most comfortable of sights for a photographer. But here we have today a maverick photographer whose daredevil act is simply spell-binding.

Teaming along with a group of kayakers- Pedro Oliva, Ben Stookesberry and Chris Korbulic, the Brazil-based photographer Alexandre Socci managed to capture realistic volcanic eruption images. It is no doubt that the intense heat and unstable surface accords the most unhospitable platform to shoot. But they just did it as a active volcano in south-central Hawaii was popping out the molten magma in full force.

In a ongoing shoot for a local TV show Kaiak for Brazil's Channel Off that features adventorous kayaking feats, the team of professional kayakers, Oliva being the first, paddled towards Kilauea volcano as smoke started to show up at dawn.

Having covered a good 300 waterfalls and rivulets, the team emerged out of the expedition with burn marks from the floating lava. Socci recounts that the "We got out of bed at 3:30 AM to be in the harbor at 4 AM and get there at 5:45 AM, before sunrise, to get the best light to see the lava and the kayaks on water. We got there and for the first 20 minutes we were just looking at everything and trying to figure out what to do... then Pedro decided to get on his kayak and go for it.... We didn't expect that.

"As a water photographer myself I was trying to get into the water but it was impossible, the water was about 90 degrees Celsius and there were lots of lava particles floating that could burn anything in seconds... even the kayaks came out of the water with some 'scars' from the floating lava!!!"

Known for his extreme sports photography, Socci and the team posed for photos even as the scorching heat loomed. Oliva especially climbed ashore to pose with his oars in hands near the oozing lava.

Take a look at these uncut and raw images below. Most of us won't even dare to look that way like these daredevil artists did

Images from Alexandre's website.

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