Behold The Power of Nature: Volcano Eruption Captured in 4K & 8K Timelapse

Being at the right place at the right time is a dream come true for photographers, time lapse enthusiasts and adventure snappers from all walks of life. Last April, Vocalno Calbuco in Southern Chile erupted and timelapse photographer Martin Heck from Timestorm Films was lucky enough to be within the vicinity with his gear and capture some breathtaking 8K timelapse and 4K video footage on a Pentax 645Z and Sony A7s with the Atomos Shogun.

Here's what Martin added:

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 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.

Check out the 4K version on YouTube below:

Here's the kit list of what Martin used to capture this footage:

  • Sony A7s + Atomos Shogun 4K recorder + Kingston HyperX SSDs
  • Canon EOS 6D
  • Canon 70-200mm f4 L
  • Canon 24-105mm f4 L
  • Samyang 14mm f2.8
  • Pentax 645Z
  • Pentax 55mm f2.8
  • Pentax 25mm f4