Photographer Records Aurora Over Iceland’s Erupting Volcano


Photographer Christopher Mathews recently succeeded in capturing the Geldingadalur volcano in Iceland which erupted about two months back. He shot a load of memorable pictures of the volcano. This is one of his big hit collections after several disappointments. He created something fascinating with these dazzling shots.

Mathews who studies Geothermal Law and Policy at Reykjavík University was a former worker at the US Air Force. He now lives in Kópavogur, Iceland.

Mathews started scouting for locations after the eruption that started at 9.30 pm on the 19th of March 2021.

“Unfortunately, cloud cover spoiled the weekend auroras here,” Mathews said. “It was a huge disappointment.”

His persistence paid off on the night of the 24th of March.

“[A]s the skies darkened, an unexpected snow squall appeared, blotting out the sky and even the eruption itself,” the photographer said. “Another heartbreaker – until the skies cleared just before midnight. When they did, the aurora promptly lit off over the volcano.”

“It was a magical sight, and one I took especially to heart because it happened to be my birthday!”

He had used his Canon 6D DSLR and Sigma 24mm f/1.4 Art lens at ISO 1000 with a 4-second exposure to capture the phenomenon. His footage shows the amazing green glow of the aurora over the reddish-orange glow of the volcanic lava.

The meaning of Geldingadalur is “gelding valleys”. The recent eruption is roughly the first in 800 years. However, this might continue for some more years. There’s plenty of time to have a visit to photograph it.

Here’s a live stream video footage of the state of the volcano.

Are you more interested in this kind of stuff? Why not find more of Mathews’ work on his Facebook and Instagram. Check out Fine Art America if you’re interested in purchasing a print of his photo.

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