After more than 50,000 earthquakes, the people of Iceland were prepared for a volcanic eruption. And last Friday it finally happened. About 300,000 cubic meters (10.5 million cubic feet) of lava poured out, attracting visitors from all over Iceland. Photographer Iurie Belegurschi was one of them, and he took some stunning aerial photos of the eruption, showing off all of its beauty and power.
Iurie is a professional landscape photographer living in Iceland since 2006. He also photographed the Holuhraun eruption in 2014 and took some fantastic pictures.
The most recent volcanic eruption began on March 19 on the Rekjanes peninsula in Geldingadalur near Reykjavík. “The last eruption on this peninsula dates back 800 years,” explains Iurie. “It is an eruption with relatively low danger because it is far from civilization.” According to BBC, the eruption was relatively small and controlled, so the eruption was the occasion for some impressive shots (and sausages cooked over molten lava, but that’s a different topic)
Iurie took his photos with a drone, but also with a mirrorless camera from a helicopter. For the helicopter hits, he used a Sony a7R IV with the Sony 24-105mm f / 4 G OSS and the Sony FE 100-400mm f / 4.5-5.6 GM OSS lentils. His drone of choice was a DJI Mavic 2 Pro with its Hasselblad L1D-20c 20MP 1 inch camera.
The whole eruption was pretty epic I would say, and Iurie even had the chance to shoot the crater which collapsed as it went. Fortunately, there was no one nearby and no one was injured.
“Words cannot describe how grateful I am to witness the creation of our new land in Iceland…” wrote Iurie in a Instagram post. Look at this magnificent force of nature!
Of course, Iurie wasn’t just fortunate enough to be there, he was also skilled enough to take incredible photos and footage of the rash. Take a look at the photos below, and you will discover the beautiful work of Iurie on his website and Instagram.