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A 4K Timelapse of the Calbuco Volcano That Exploded Over Chile


When the Calbuco volcano in southern Chile erupted back in April, one photographer captured footage from the moment of explosion and another one managed to shoot a short time-lapse sequence of the plumes. German time-lapse photographer Martin Heck of Timestorm Films just released an amazing video of his own.

Above is his 2.5-minute time-lapse titled “Calbuco,” which has gotten quite a bit of attention on the Internet over the past few days since it was published.


Heck says that he was in the area shooting a time-lapse project and on a ferry down to Patagonia when he noticed the eruption. “We noticed a massive, almost nuclear looking cloud boiling upwards just were we left a few hours ago,” he writes.

After “frenetically” searching for a good vantage point, he set up a Canon 6D, Sony A7s and Pentax 645Z to capture 4K and 8K frames for a time-lapse. “We filled almost all of our memory cards in the prior night so I had to do backups while shooting all this stuff,” he says.


“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.”

(via Timestorm Films via SLR Lounge)

Image credits: Video and still frames by Martin Heck