Calbuco Eruption: The Haunting, Powerful and Cinematic Time-Lapse

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One of the hardest elements of nature photography is learning to be in the right place at the right time. Being prepared to capture that shot to the fullest extent is the second level of this.

The filmmaker behind this hauntingly beautiful (understatement) time-lapse video has absolutely accomplished this. Being in the right place at the right time and fully capturing it in all of its glory.

This 4k video documents the tumultuous eruption of Calbuco, the Chilean Volcano, on April 22nd, 2015. In a dramatic twist of fate (of which I am eternally envious) Martin Heck was on location taking a time-lapse of a neighboring volcano.

This incredible luck and preparation has led to one of the most amazing and quintessentially cinematic things I have ever seen in nature photography and videography.

In modern times we’re so enveloped in cynicism we tend to not appreciate that which is amazing around us. While this is just a small part of the power of nature, it’s encouraging to see that we can experience the awe and fear and be humbled by the frightening beauty of Calbuco.

Like a throwback to the ancient Greeks, we can’t help but describe sights such as this without words that hint toward the divine.


Via Youtube Description:

Volcano Calbuco erupted on April 22, 2015, for the first time in four decades. Located close to the cities of Puerto Varas and Puerto Montt in southern Chile. We (Jonas Dengler and Martin Heck) spend the prior couple of days on the neighboring volcano Osorno (~20km linear distance) shooting timelapses. After an amazing night under the nightsky we took the cable car downwards after a delay caused by repairs. Already late we headed south to catch the ferry on Routa 7 down to Patagonia. After 10min on the ferry we noticed a massive, almost nuclear looking cloud boiling upwards just were we left a few hours ago. Frenetically looking for a good outlook we then rushed to the only non-forested place to get a decent view of the show. We quickly put every bit of camera-equipment we could find on the constantly growing mushroom-cloud. We shot timelapses in 8K and 4K with a Pentax 645Z and Canon 6D. On the A7s we shot 4K video to the Shogun using Kingston HyperX SSDs. We filled almost all of our memory cards in the prior night so I had to do backups while shooting all this stuff.

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.

Vulcan Is a Angry God. A Very, Very Angry God

Calbuco eruption timelapse

Via Slate:

On April 22, 2015, the Chilean volcano Calbuco erupted, providing the most dramatic and awe-inspiring photographs I’ve ever seen of such an event.

On that day, photographer Martin Heck was right on the scene, by happenstance taking time-lapse footage on the neighboring Osorno volcano. When Calbuco went off, he hurriedly set up and shot video that is, no exaggeration, some of the best I have ever seen of any volcanic eruption ever.

Seriously. Make this full screen and high-definition. It’ll blow your socks off.

Read full article at Slate “Vulcan Is a Angry God. A Very, Very Angry God.”

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(cover photo credit: snap from the video)

Bret Hoy

Bret Hoy

Bret Hoy is a filmmaker, photographer and writer based out of St. Louis, Missouri. Mainly focused on documentary and experimental film, he has produced, directed, shot and edited many short films and a few long form works.

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