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Camping with the view of hellfire



Our camp near the erupting volcano in Kamchatka. Freezing cold of -35 C and the red light was not the most problem. Every 30 seconds volcano erupted another por...
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Our camp near the erupting volcano in Kamchatka. Freezing cold of -35 C and the red light was not the most problem. Every 30 seconds volcano erupted another portion of lava and ash. And every new eruption shook the land as if cannon battery was firing right at our doorstep
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WDHobbs
 
WDHobbs January 17, 2016
Scary but beautiful !! Awesome picture.
antonagarkov
antonagarkov February 02, 2016
Thanks!
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots January 24, 2016
Great shot! Voted.
antonagarkov
antonagarkov February 02, 2016
Thanks!
michaeltillman PRO+
 
michaeltillman February 01, 2016
You are one brave soul. I just love this shot.
antonagarkov
antonagarkov February 02, 2016
Thanks for appreciation! Sometimes I recall staying there and understand I was not afraid. Because if anything goes wrong it would be fast and lethal.
jeremywong_3402
 
jeremywong_3402 February 07, 2016
Awesome and stunning
antonagarkov
antonagarkov February 19, 2016
It really was! Thank you!
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Sassykmj February 15, 2016
Scary, but absolutely stunning at the same time!
antonagarkov
antonagarkov February 19, 2016
Thanks!
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots February 19, 2016
Congrats!
antonagarkov
antonagarkov February 19, 2016
Thanks!
lindabonskowski
 
lindabonskowski February 19, 2016
Terrifying, but great opportunity for fantastic shots!!! You're a brave soul!!!
antonagarkov
antonagarkov February 19, 2016
For a month I tried to get there. But no copters, no weather, no opportunity. But finally I managed to get there, camp there and shoot there. This was worth all the efforts!
melissavines36
 
melissavines36 March 05, 2016
Beautiful.! You are brave.
john_arsenault
 
john_arsenault July 28, 2016
doesn't sound wise to have been there, but i love the photo! great, unique image.
carlosrollanusero
 
carlosrollanusero September 01, 2016
WHAAAAAAAT epic shot antonagarkov!!! OUTSTANDING!
JyoS
 
JyoS September 01, 2016
Hell fire or not... the image sure looks like a masterpiece.

Love the warm colors around and the laid-back tent in the middle.
VenturaMermaid
 
VenturaMermaid September 01, 2016
Crazy wonderful photo!
markseanorr
 
markseanorr September 01, 2016
Beautiful color and comp!
WelshMorphs
 
WelshMorphs February 16, 2017
WOW AMAZING
DISCOVERABRUZZO_dot_IT
 
DISCOVERABRUZZO_dot_IT August 24, 2017
Thats a great shot for a great moment in a great place man.. ;)
Elaine53
 
Elaine53 October 04, 2017
Love this ??????
kathyk_abq
 
kathyk_abq December 13, 2017
Amazing image! I would have been scared to death!
korinna PRO
 
korinna April 07, 2018
Thanks God,You survived! Congratulations on the shot! :)
CalleCat
 
CalleCat October 31, 2018
Absolutely stunning!🔥

Behind The Lens

Location
This picture fas taken during great Flat Tolbachik volcano eruption on Kamchatka peninsula, Russia. I wanted to shoot lava, fire and everything as close as possible so I managed to get on board of helicopter and camp there for some time and shoot as close as possible
Time
This shot was taken at night. I wanted to show both the fire from the lava illuminating volcanic ash and stars at the same time. It was very hard to shoot at night because of the temperature - it was -35C while I was taking this picture
Lighting
Well... The light of lava was my most original source of light ever :)
Equipment
I used Nikon D700 full frame camera and Nikkor 14-24 f/2.8 super-wideangle lens as it allowed me to capture the pillar of ashes rising into the sky. This makes everything look giant and dangerous
Inspiration
Seems it was my destiny. It's very difficult to get to Kamchatka because of the prices of the tickets and I managed to get there the next day eruption started - without knowing it was actually happening. When I got to Kamchatka I started co call to local tourist companies, officials and nature reserve to allow me to shoot there - as a journalist I had all resources to do so. But I failed and got back to Moscow without pictures from eruption. And every picture made there - there were some - were like personal insult to me reminding of my failure. Two weeks passed and I received a call from my friend there "Do everything you can to get to Kamchatka. We are flying to volcano in a week" I packed my backpack and took the first plane. And returned home with a set of pictures. This one really changed my life - because of it I met my nowadays wife
Editing
Not much postprocessing really - pushing lights, pulling shadows, sharpening stars. The nature did the rest
In my camera bag
Normally for this kind of shooting I use two cameras - Nikon D810 and D700 as a spare. I shoot with the set of Nikkor lenses 24-70 f/2.8, 14-24 f/2.8 and 80-200 f/2.8. I also carry a sturdy Gitzo tripod as now night pictures could me done without it
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