The fearsome power of Mother Nature can be both terrifying and a thing of beauty at the same time. From deadly supercell storms to earthquakes to volcanos and more, nature’s fury is devastating and destructive, and when captured on film, absolutely awe-inducing.
On April 22, 2015, Volcano Calbuco, one of the most active volcanos in Southern Chile, erupted for the first time in 40 years. German filmmaker Martin Heck of Timestorm Films, saw the extensive plumes from a ferry heading southward. Martin and his team had been in the area shooting timelapses and were headed to Patagonia. While on the ferry, they noticed the massive cloud and they “quickly put every bit of camera equipment we could find on the constantly growing mushroom cloud…We filled almost all of our memory cards in the prior night so I had to do backups while shooting all this stuff.”
The following 2 minute timelapse is a stunning look at the eruption shot in 8K and 4K with a Pentax 645z and a Canon 6D. They also used a Sony A7s to shoot 4k video to the Shogun. The eerie billows of smoke paired with the dramatic music in the video is mesmerizing and indeed, as Heck writes, an incredible show.
This was for sure the most incredible show I’ve ever seen. I think this is a one in a lifetime event and I am so happy that we were able to capture it in all its glory.