Eruption on Eyjafjallajokull 3
An eruption began in South Iceland in late evening of 20th March 2010 at the Eyjafjallajökull volcanic system.
Of course I went there asap.
I was able to be on the site twice, March 27 and 30. I went there using an arctic truck driving over the Myrdalsjokull glacier (1493 m high). It is a 4 to 5 hours drive.
This picture was taken on March 27 at 8,54 PM. It was freezing cold (-28°C). After taking picture of the eruption I took some of the people looking at the eruption and taking picture. It has been a nightmare as my lens didn’t work as it was probably too cold. I had to do everything manually.
I managed to stay on site for few more hours and to take some more pictures.
This is a picture from the volcanic eruption on Fimmvorduhals near the Eyjafjallajokull glacier South Iceland. The eruption is located on about 2 km wide pass of ice-free land between Eyjafjallajökull and the neighboring Katla volcano with its overlying Myrdalsjökull ice cap. Katla volcano is known for powerful sub glacial phreatomagmatic eruptions producing basaltic tephra layers with volumes ranging from ~0.01 to more than 1 cubic kilometer.
Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull Volcano burst into life for the first time in 190 years on March 20, 2010. A 500-meter- (2,000-foot) long fissure opened in the Fimmvörduháls pass to the west of the ice-covered summit of Eyjafjallajökull. Three previous eruptions of Eyjafjallajökull are known in the last 1100 years (historical time in Iceland). The most recent began in December 1821 and lasted intermittently for more than a year. The neighboring volcano Katla erupted then on 26 June 1823. Other eruptions include an eruption in 1612 or 1613, and about 920 A.D.
Lava fountains erupted fluid magma, which quickly built several hills of bubble-filled lava rocks (scoria) along the vent. A lava flow spread northeast, spilling into Hrunagil Gully.
The eruption of Eyjafjallajökull was presaged by a series of earthquakes starting in early March. Over time, the earthquakes rose towards the surface, and land near the volcano rose at least 40 millimeters (2 inches) — both indications that magma was moving underneath the volcano. The eruption broke out with fire fountains and Hawaiian eruptive style on about 500 m long NE-SW oriented eruptive fissure at N63º 38.1, W19º 26.4; on the northeast shoulder of the volcano at an elevation of about 1000 m.
Original in RAW format using a Nikon D3S - 70 mm – ISO 12800
GPS Latitude > 63°37”9814 N
GPS Longitude > 19°26”0225 W
GPS Altitude > 1049 m
More picture to come. You can also see:
Eruption on Eyjafjallajokull 2
Eruption on Eyjafjallajokull
PS: this picture has been used in Earthweek news
Picture published in:
1) DETAY M., DETAY A.-M. — Islande - splendeurs et colères d’une île. Belin Ed. 208 p. (2010). ISBN 978-2-7011-5762-7
2) SVT 4e nouveau programme. Belin Ed. (2010) ISBN 978-2-7011-5872-3
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gmg (4202) 2010-04-04 4:13
Beautiful and very interesting picture
batalay (35791) 2010-04-04 4:23
What extraordinary display of fireworks, but it is the silhouettes of people that take it from 95 to a cool 99+ on my grading scale. An exceptional piece of equipment (the Nikon D3) in the hands of a skilled photographer. Congratulations!
Warm regards and Happy Easter,
npecanhuk (66804) 2010-04-04 4:23
It was such a great experience too, wasn't it! And lots of effort to achieve it!!! It's all worthwhile, I'm sure! Even the problems with your camera... but you were able to take those wonderful pictures! This one, with the silhouettes of the other visitors is fantastic! They were so close... gee!!! Yes, we're neighbors and with the same subject! What a coincidence!
TFS - congratulations!
photoray (12669) 2010-04-04 4:26
Great image of nature's creation, magma exploding into the air. And a bonus with the humans observing.
In the U.S., Hawaii has a continuous lava display but it has been several decades since there has been explosions like this. Even though Hawaii has a more gentle lava flow currently, the government is very cautious and forbids walking within miles of the current flow at Volcanoes National Park.
Therefore, I am envious you can get this close to one of Earth's most unique experiences.
mafegan (8624) 2010-04-04 5:05
An absolutely fantastic photo with the silhouettes adding such a unique dimension. A once in a life time occasion. I am honoured to be able to view this very special photo - a favourite. Tfs, Marlene
CLODO (30696) 2010-04-04 5:07
apparemment, tu n'es pas le seul à te régaler à voir cet évènement naturel! Tu as dû (vous avez) vous régaler. c'est le feu de la fête!
Belle mise en page qui unit le volvan cracheur de feu et les photographes, apparemment bien couverts!
Modeste (638) 2010-04-04 5:45
Excellent use of the silhouette effect
coco (30439) 2010-04-04 6:48
Impressive and beautiful view. The exposure and scene is perfect and I love it.
eversmile (11636) 2010-04-04 7:54
Houlala, ben y'a du monde... Moi qui croyais que tu étais seul et privilégié, je suis détrompée. Il n'empêche que celà reste impressionnant. Je n'arrive pas à évaluer la distance réelle qui sépare les silhouettes de l'éruption propement dite; ça a l'air tout près! En tous cas les couleurs sont très belles, la netteté est remarquable... un spectacle magique; même s'il nous manque le son et la température, ta photo campe très bien l'ambiance! Félicitations!
Ursus (88) 2010-04-04 9:12
This photograph tells a story very well for me. It shows beautifully the volcanic eruption. Even more, it illusrates how 'touristic' and 'accessible' this volcano is - here in this photo it could seem to be more like people gathering round a bonfire than a powerful force of nature!
Nature is unpredictable, as was seen last Wednesday when the new fissure opened up, and yet still 1000's stream there on a daily basis. I myself have also been one of those who went to see this phenomena for themselves, although it will take a long time & a lot of practice for me to take photos like this :).
macjake (57344) 2010-04-04 10:00
as i'm sure everyone is saying, the silhouettes are stunning, and a visual delight.
the black and orange contrast oneanother sharply.
the eruption adds nice action to the still standing people
hugeknot (310) 2010-04-04 11:23
A wonderful people shot. You have worked hard to get the figures into the right part of the frame. I am wondering if that is me of the far left? I don't think so as I rarely extend my tripod.
PixelTerror (0) 2010-04-05 9:35
On dirait que c'est le dernier endroit a la mode le barbecue geant islandais... j'ai vu ca a la TV mais sans tous ces curieux devant, impressionant !
Bonne journee jY
baclama (18139) 2010-04-05 12:46
de superbes ombres pour ce spectacle extraordinaire...de post en post, on peut suivre l'evolution de cette eruption...merci de ce partage
vasilpro (40939) 2010-04-11 14:01
Wonderful and impressive picture, excellent light management, beautiful atmosphere, very good photo work.
Kind regards, Vasilis.
cherryripe (21033) 2010-04-11 14:11
Great shot of these crazy people. Of course you are crazy too ;-)
The silhouettes stand out so well against the dramatic lava.
patdeph (35748) 2010-04-13 2:35
what a spetacular and impressive photo!The colors are splendid,and I like the black silhouettes of the people in front of the fire!Superb!
sayeed_rahman (6249) 2010-04-14 11:28
This could very well the cover on Nat Geo..fascinating stuff brother..right place right time..i mean this is a good head at the photoraphy..i mean i have seen the lava and eruptions before and everything..but what would excite me is a photography like this one..
Brilliant..no words Michel
lilito (3472) 2011-02-13 4:04
Je viens tout juste de faire la connaissance de ta galerie, que je trouve époustouflante, pleine de belles images.
J'adore celle ci, pour le contre jour, pour la force du volcan, pour la curiosité réveillée chez chaque un de nous.
- Copyright: Michel Detay (mdetay) (4865)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-03-27
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Nikon D3s, Nikon 24-70 1:2.8 G ED
- Exposure: f/2.8, 1/640 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Volcans - Volcano, Volcanoes II [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2010-04-04 4:10
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