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davidbidmead February 10, 2016
Congratulations ! Spectacular capture ! Beautiful color.
antonagarkov February 11, 2016
candidqueen February 13, 2016
bastienth March 22, 2016
Awesome shot!!
ahuffaker March 25, 2016
Congrat's, great shot
kellumbear March 25, 2016
An absolute masterpiece! Congrats on your win!
debhall March 26, 2016
WOW! Outstanding capture...congrats on your win...well deserved.
barbaramillesrobinson March 26, 2016
Congratulations! This photo is breathtaking!
runnincricket March 30, 2016
Wonderful capture!!!
lyoung403b April 27, 2016
rosaposa February 10, 2017
A shot all the more awesome because you have risked your life in order to get it. Well done!
batman0512 March 10, 2017
Wow amazing!
Neckbone April 16, 2017
Awesome scene and capture!
marcinszymanski July 14, 2017
Superb capture
jasminephotography329 August 17, 2017
great shot


Eruption of Flat Tolbachik volcano in Kamchatka, Russia. To get this picture I had to camp in 1 kilometer near erupting volcano and get ac close as 200 meters t...
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Eruption of Flat Tolbachik volcano in Kamchatka, Russia. To get this picture I had to camp in 1 kilometer near erupting volcano and get ac close as 200 meters to lava streams
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Behind The Lens

I took this picture during expedition to erupting volcano Flat Tolbachik, Kamchatka, Russia. To take this picture I had to camp in a tent near this flaming rock at -35C
This picture was made an hour after the sunset. But really I was shooting all time long even at night to get as much pictures as possible as I understood this is an opportunity I might never have again
It was scary. Really. You feel the heat of molten rock and coldness of extreme siberian winter at the same time. The earth is trembling under your feet and cold wind blows volcanic ash right into your face. It was a struggle
I used my old Nikon D700 and Nikkor 24-70 f/2.8 for this image. And of course my Gitzo tripod as the shutter speed was more than a second
The first time I herd this eruption started I decided I should go there no matter what. I spent a fortune to get there, fly there by helicopter and camp there with supplies enough to stand a week cut from civilization. Bu as soon as I got there I started shooting
This picture is fin by itself, no heavy postprocessing is necessary. I developed it from RAW brightening darks and darkening lights a bit and balanced colors to some extent. What you see on this picture is extremely close to what I have seen there
In my camera bag
I mostly do travel photography and my idea is that travel photographer should be ready for any task. My main camera is Nikon D810 and a spare one is Nikon D700. I use a set of zoom lenses to minimize weight and be as fast as possible in the shooting. I use AF-S Nikkor 24-70 f/2.8, AF-S Nikkor 14- 24 f/2.8 and AF Nikkor 80-200 f/2.8. Lately I started using cool 250-500 Tamron lens which opened another field in landscape photography - abstract images. I always travel with good steady Gitzo tripod
This image is unique in a way. The eruption occurred on a very low altitude of 2000 m above sea level and on a very flat place where helicopter can land. Most other eruptions happen in less inviting places and conditions - on the top of the volcano or on the shoreline. So normally to take a picture like this you should monitor news on volcanic activity all over the world. There aren't many active volcanos around the world so that's not a difficult task. If you find the news of started eruption check out if it's reachable. If possible, plan an expedition - find local people capable of organizing expedition and calculate possible expenses. Be brave and be bald. Focus on your task but don't forget that no picture is worth your life

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