Chilean photographer Francisco Negroni (1st Classified, The Beauty of Nature, SIPA 2018) described how he captured his stunning and award-winning shot of a violent night eruption of Calbuco volcano in the Lagos region of Chile in 2008 as “a simple setup.”
“The technique was simple,” he said in an interview with
In a recent email, Negroni further explained that while the gear setup was simple, actually getting the shot was far more complicated.
After more than 40 years without activity, on April 22 of 2015, a new eruption began on the Calbuco volcano, located in the Tenth Region of the Lakes south of the capital city of Santiago, Negroni explained.
“While I was driving down the road to take pictures of another active volcano in Chile, I was informed that the Calbuco volcano had erupted, quickly changed course and after about 2 hours of travel arrived in the town of Frutillar where in front of this place is located the volcano, only separated by Lake Llanquihue.”
It was there, he said, that he began to take the first photographs
At nightfall, the volcanic activity subsided, leaving many to wonder if the eruption was over.
“While many were already retiring to their homes to rest, after midnight believing that everything had happened, a big explosion began to shake the land and the environment filled with a large fumarole while thousands of electric beams that illuminated everything around them creating a unique show and wonderful but very afraid,” Negroni recalled.
At this point, more than 4,000 people were evacuated while the lava rose in the sky with each explosion
“After 2 a.m. a thick fog completely hid the volcano. In order to take better
The long exposure
Along with the simple camera setup, Negroni reports that he travels light in the Chilean backcountry to get his jaw-dropping shots of erupting volcanos, with little personal gear and just three lenses.
Learn more about Francisco Negroni and his work via his website here: https://www.francisconegroni.com/portfolio and via Colossal here: https://www.thisiscolossal.com/2018/07/volcano-photos-francisco-negroni/
Location: Los Ríos Region (Chile)
Settings: 231 sec. – f/5.6 – ISO 100