Iceland’s erupting Geldingadalir volcano has been the subject of some thrilling aerial pictures and up-shut photos, and photographer Jeroen Van Nieuwenhove created a area of photographs and a prompt film that frames the pure match in a superbly dramatic context.
Van Nieuwenhove, a Belgian photographer who has been residing in Iceland for the closing 5 years, tells PetaPixel that he has been eagerly looking forward to a volcanic eruption for a very very very long time.
“When the eruption started on Friday, I had left Reykjavík for a weekend of pictures inside the western part of the nation,” he says. “Whereas prepping my gear for an evening of northern lights, I acquired a message telling me an eruption had started. I was totally caught off-guard as I had given up hope it was once going to occur. I jumped into the car, checked out of the guesthouse I had deliberate on staying at, and drove again to Reykjavík.”
A day later, when he was once in a self-discipline to means the eruption safely, Van Nieuwenhove donned his fuel cowl and pictures tools and obtained as shut as he may perhaps nicely by car earlier than making the four-hour hike over robust terrain and thru wet local weather to the eruption self-discipline.
“The hike was once not alongside a pre-made route and took me over unfastened lava rocks, thick moss, and terribly uneven terrain,” he says. “Once I crossed the lava self-discipline, I needed to hike up a steep mountain, over unfastened rock and thick mud. However, after I in the long run obtained on high of the mountain and seen the eruption seem in entrance of me, the battle had been totally price it. My solutions was once blown.”
Van Nieuwenhove says he had been trying to peek an eruption in individual for such a very very very long time, the sensation of actually conducting that milestone was once euphoric.
“It was once extremely thrilling to be so shut to an eruption. Due to I obtained there so early, it was once collected that you just may perhaps moreover think about to means the crater row from the tiny hill subsequent to it. This dwelling has now been closed off for the reason that lava streams may perhaps shut off entry to it so it’s not that you just may perhaps moreover think about anymore to be that shut. It was once roughly unreal on yarn of you may additionally most often really feel the underside tremble.”
Van Nieuwenhove’s pleasure is appetizing in his prompt film above, as a result of the evocative music and delightful photos transport you simply there subsequent to him.
“I had been researching what photos I may perhaps nicely accept years by gazing different photographers’ work on volcanic eruptions,” he explains. “This gave me a roughly playbook in my head. I repeatedly carry handiest two lenses on me. All photographs, except the drone photos, are taken on a Canon EOS R6. On this case I shot loads of the lava shut-u.s.a.and tiny print with my Canon RF 100-500mm. The overview photos, and some large-perspective lava photos, had been severe a pair of Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 L III. I additionally took a few panoramas with a DJI Mavic Professional 2.”
Engaged on pleasure and adrenaline, Van Nieuwenhove powered by his shot record over the route of three and a half of hours earlier than he needed to develop the stroll again exact all the way down to his car as night was once falling.
“The adrenaline and the sense of feat saved me going even though I was exhausted,” he says.
The next day, Van Nieuwenhove employed a helicopter to settle him again over the positioning inside the air, as even though he has a drone he collected needed to peek that degree of view together with his cling eyes. Within the cease, the photographs listed under are from a batch of roughly 2500 photographs he captured over the route of his two days.
“There aren’t any phrases that may perhaps totally file what I felt after this abilities (and picked up really feel whereas I’m penning this). Þetta var magnað!”