“Gates of Hell” – Eyjafjallajökull Glacier, Iceland – Johannes Gunnar – Featured Photographer
Have you ever seen a volcano erupt? Iceland and the “Big Island” in Hawaii are two of the best places in the world to potentially catch a glimpse of nature’s awesome raw power. Both are volcanically formed islands with lots of geothermal activity; however, Iceland has glaciers as well. When you check out Johannes’ Flickr site it is really cool to see the juxtaposition between fire and ice in his native Iceland. By the way is anyone else thinking “What the heck are those people doing there?” Let’s just hope it is an optical illusion due to lens compression!
The eruption begun at Fimmvörðuháls on March 20, 2010 and I was determined to photograph it as much as possible. I traveled to the eruption site many times, by air, in 4X4 vehicles, and once I walked 32 km to see it. When this eruption ended, another one soon followed, at Eyjafjallajökull Glacier, right next to Fimmvörðuháls. That one was much bigger, and millions of tons of ash scattered all over Europe.
This particular night, I rode in a 4×4 jeep over Mýrdalsjökull Glacier to the eruption site, and we arrived just before midnight. The conditions were perfect, clear skies, no wind, and about -20°C! I stayed there for a few hours, trying to take as many photos as possible, but at times you couldn’t do anything else than just stare at the lava spewing hundreds of meters in the air. Those people were nice enough to stand there for quite a while, creating some nice silhouettes…
1/3 – F/8 – ISO 250 – 200mm
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