Drone touches lava and survives to share epic footage

Jan 3, 2022

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Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

Drone touches lava and survives to share epic footage

Jan 3, 2022

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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Ever wondered what lava looks like from up close? I mean, really close? Well, Victor of Sunsets Sweden touched it with his drone so you don’t have to. And what’s more, the drone survived touching the scorching mass to bring back to its owner and deliver some great footage.

Victor was filming the eruption of the La Palma volcano in Spain in November and December 2021. He already flew a drone into a crater during a short break between two eruptions. And he figured that he wanted to go even closer to the hot lava. So, he decided to sacrifice his DJI Mini 2 for this adventure, but the tough little drone surprised him.

The drone had some damage from the previous day’s shoot and a part of it got melted. So, Victor figured to finish it off with style. He sent it straight to the hot lava and the signal got lost, so he believed that the drone was completely dead. However, it miraculously reconnected to the phone and automatically returned to its owner due to overheating.

The result – the poor drone’s plastic melted even more than the day before and the gimbal got damaged. However, it surprisingly still works. Victor even retrieved the memory card without any issues and published the resulting video. He says that he’ll send the gimbal for a repair, so who knows, we might even see more videos from this tough little DJI Mini 2. At least from the ground.

Check out more of Victor’s work on his YouTube channel, and let us know – would you ever do this if your drone was already damaged? I think it was worth it.

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18 responses to “Drone touches lava and survives to share epic footage”

  1. Africashot Avatar
    Africashot

    Although I hate being ‘that guy’ I have to ask as if this was done with a special permit – I am from La Palma and a licensed drone pilot (A1/3, A2, STS01/STS02) the entire eruption zone was a no fly zone from day one, special permits could only be arranged with the emergency services on the ground, somehow I find it very unlikely that someone from Sweden would get a permit for his Mini 2, especially looking at the the way he operates… if it was an illegal flight you should also not be sharing it, it is bad enough how the drone industry is scrutinised, we don’t need to support those who think they can operate outside of the law.

    1. Sunsets Sweden Avatar
      Sunsets Sweden

      I think you don’t have the right to say whether or not they can share my videos .. Especially when TVE, CNN, Daily Mail, France Tv1 ect..etc..etc..have shared my videos.
      Are you going to claim to all of them too? This is my responsibility and NO ONE ELSE’s. Oh and you forgot to say that permissions to fly have been granted to Youtubers and journalists as well.

      1. Africashot Avatar
        Africashot

        ? no – I did not ‘forget’ to say permissions to fly have been granted to youtubers because it is a pure fabrication of yours since that was absolutely not the case, and that others shared your content doesn’t change that you broke the law when you acquired it

        1. Sunsets Sweden Avatar
          Sunsets Sweden

          You just hold on to the rules when the rules are often unfair. I have done something unique and unrepeatable, something that you with all the licenses of which you you boast about having, will never manage to do. And I have also achieved it with a cheap drone and without having experience. Reason? I have something you don’t have and that is courage and bravery. And I haven’t hurt anything or anyone no matter how hard you try to exaggerate and dramatize. I’ve provided people with videos that they wouldn’t have been able to enjoy if I hadn’t dared to do so. I won’t have done so badly when the IGME have copied the style of some of my videos isn’t? I have helped the victims of La Palma by sharing the account number and I have also been a volunteer, have you helped with anything? I done something beautiful and most of the people like it. I took a great memory of all the experiences lived not even money could buy. I something that you can not understand.

          1. Africashot Avatar
            Africashot

            ‘Unique and unrepeatable’? You are by far not the first one to fly a drone into a volcano, the sensation in your video really is that the drone you went to deliberately burn came back out – anyone can repeat that, some may not be lucky enough to get it back, but you really seem to think this makes you some kind of artist?
            Theres is a guy from Todoque who really was helping the people by flying to the homes they could access to check on them and his drone got confiscated by the guardia civil, you on the other hand didn’t even respect the people enough to ask for their permission, and now you think you are helping them because you pasted a link for donations into your videos? What you really did is exploiting their tragedy for your own ‘artistic vision’ if we can even call it that. Your other statements just such and speculations about people ‘copying your style’ or what I can or cannot understand just further prove your narcissism, in any case the consequences of your attitude will eventually catch up with you.

          2. John Beatty Avatar
            John Beatty

            I second your comments sir. I see no art in his video, just self awareness needing.

          3. Sunsets Sweden Avatar
            Sunsets Sweden

            Maybe it would it would help you take a look at my channel, you could take ideas so you dont make so boring videos.

          4. John Beatty Avatar
            John Beatty

            rarrr says the sissy cat. Wow, you say a local who I would take it as someone in the know of rights and laws of where he lives is “showing true personality” when you have just show yours as a left proclaimed entitled tuber who just wants clicks in shares of videos no matter the cost or legalities.

          5. Sunsets Sweden Avatar
            Sunsets Sweden

            He wrote on my youtube channel that he wanted me to be fined and has called me criminal. A person with those thoughts makes me feel sorry for him. Many comments on my video are produced by jealousy, because my video is too epic, and many people do not tolerate the success of others.

    2. jsm Avatar
      jsm

      In my opinion it is worse to sacrifice a nice drone just for..this. But I respect the fact that it is not my business and that everyone can do whatever he wants to do with his stuff. And as long as there is no harm, nobody should care about laws or permissions. We already have more laws and rules and bureaucracy than it is good for us. I am a fan of personal responsibility.

      1. Africashot Avatar
        Africashot

        Yes, I am with you on that – they have gone way over board with the rules for drones, quite frankly in this scenario it just sucks for those of us who had the volcano on our doorstep and kept our drones on the ground out of respect when someone who didn’t give a flying f**k comes here from Sweden, breaks every rule in the book to burn his little toy and then gets hailed as a hero with zero consideration of what his actions could have caused, yes nothing happened here but he flew the drone way beyond where he could see it and it returned on its own with 0 control over the flight path, some people are just not very good at personal responsibility and all of us end up paying for it since that ends up being the cause of having too much bureaucracy and rules

        1. jsm Avatar
          jsm

          Yeah I see your point. But maybe the “authoritys” are already writing a “ticket”. We don’t really know and because of that we should not get too emotional. Everybody has to make his own decisions.
          You could also argue that viral footage like this could force the authoritys to overthink those strict rules and you could say the governments make more and stricter rules anyway, because it is part of their nature.
          As someone in germany, it is easy to not be emotionally attatched to this, but if it would happen here, maybe I wouldn’t be that genereous. In a case of doubt I prefer to live and let live.

        2. Sunsets Sweden Avatar
          Sunsets Sweden

          I see you’re too authoritarian, right? Do you want people not to share my videos? Do you have problems with someone coming from another country? How do you know that? And in such a case what would be the problem? If I come from Spain would give me more rights? Yes you are “that gay”, you start to show your true personality. The authoritarian hater who wants to curtail the freedom of the people and who hates everything, expert in being negative and dramatize. I think deep down you are jelous, a video like mine is too hard for you. Your videos are very boring, and nobody cares. I understand your frustration. That someone with a “toy” can achieve something that you would only dream of doing.
          That I am exploiting their tragedy? Can you be more hypocrite? You speak without knowing anything .. I almost spend all my savings in my trips to La Palma I have not earned anything. I haven’t hurt anyone. The authorities would not know that I exist if I did not upload my videos.
          I have helped and I have been a volunteer. You have done nothing!

          1. Schuyler Grace Avatar
            Schuyler Grace

            First of all, I’m no authoritarian, but I do believe a functioning society isn’t possible if there’s no respect for the laws we, collectively, have made. So, I do prefer some social structure over anarchy. I also believe we are one people, the world over, so I don’t care where you come from. And I would not have had a single problem with your videos had you gone through the proper channels and received clearance to fly, which should also have advised emergency workers and other pilots you were working in the area. I live in the United States, where we have a multitude of regulations regarding unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV/drone) operations. I’m trained and licensed, and I follow the rules, even if it means I can’t do something I might want to (just like I drive on the correct side of the road, even though the view might be better on the other side). I have also volunteered in disaster areas, but I don’t use that as an excuse for or an escape from anything bad I may have done. And I realize (or hope) no one was hurt by your actions, but how is that excuse for what you are doing any different from me firing a gun in your direction and claiming it’s all okay because I didn’t hit you? In the end, though, the question still remains, did you seek approval to operate in a no-fly zone and if so, were you granted permission? If both are answered “yes,” then great for you capturing the stunning imagery.

  2. Schuyler Grace Avatar
    Schuyler Grace

    Regarding the comments below about restricted drone operations in the area, those restrictions are put in place to protect idiots from harming themselves or putting emergency responders and the scientists working in the area in harm’s way. So, if Sunsets Sweden had the appropriate authorizations, s/he should just say so. If not, they should face whatever consequences are are appropriate, given laws/regulations and public opinion. Personally, I found the videos of the lava stream fascinating (despite the horrid watermark), but if they were illegally made, they should be taken down and any compensation earned from them forfeited.

    1. Sunsets Sweden Avatar
      Sunsets Sweden

      It’s normal you to think like that I understand you. The thing is, I didn’t put anyone or me at risk. I tried to be careful with that as much as possible.
      I don’t think anyone will delete any video from my channel. Especially when my videos have been shown by many TV channels all arround the world including at Spain’s public television. I put watermark on it because youtube doesn’t warn me when someone steal my videos and we’re talking about big media sometimes. Any compensation earned from them forfeit? I almost ruined myself, I have spent almost all my savings on four trips to La Palma. In fact I wouldn’t have been able to go a fifth time. Youtube pays me nothing (betwen 0.1€ and 0.3€) per day if Im lucky.
      This was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that lasted for a very short time. I was there and It was at that time or never, I put courage and I have exposed myself. The only purpose was of making people happy by showing images that did not appear elsewhere.
      Best regards.

      1. Schuyler Grace Avatar
        Schuyler Grace

        The point is not that you were careful and didn’t harm yourself or anyone else. The point is that the restrictions were for everyone to keep there from being a free-for-all by drone pilots and others wanting to see the spectacle. You can’t unilaterally decide you’re above that, because you are more careful than others. If something had happened to you, rescuers could have had to endanger their own lives and/or put off helping someone else on the island to help you. And your drones flying around could have endangered scientific drones and/or piloted aircraft in the area observing the volcano. I enjoyed the videos, myself, but I’m sure you must have been or are hoping to be compensated for their use, or you wouldn’t have watermarked them the way you did on YouTube. Still, my gain and your gain don’t give you license to ignore the law. That said, you could have had permission to fly and shoot these videos, which would be an entirely different matter. But if that were the case, I assume you’d open with a disclaimer that you were granted such permission to make clear to others they can’t just go there and fly.

        1. Sunsets Sweden Avatar
          Sunsets Sweden

          I understand that the law was made for everyone, and it hasn’t been very funny to me to have to do it this way. But what was I going to do? wait 100 more years to see an eruption like this? Now is OVER. I have exposed myself to being fined, not everyone is willing to take that risk, and I did it. And I’ve also lost money and a lot. So I do not think that my videos have served to make many people believe that they can do the same as me. And I did it without putting anyone at risk. There was just the drone, the lava and the volcano. The scientists’ drones used to fly high, or over lava flows, I could see and hear them from afar and I avoided them. In the world there are many unfear laws , look at what’s going on in the world, sometimes not everything is law. *Rescuers could have had to endanger their own lives? That phrase is said by many people. The volcanic eruption was very small and one would have to have been almost inside the volcano to be at risk, and they didn’t have to rescue anyone in 88 days of eruption. By that rule anyone who walks alone through the forest is permanently putting on risk the rescuers of a hypothetical resue. And If we compare, for example its infinitely more dangerous to drive at 140km/h on the motorway.