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Fire on Fimmvruhls

By JamesAppleton  
The Eruption at the beginning of April on Fimmvruhls, Iceland. I've been going to Iceland for five years to photograph, I couldn't resist another trip when this thing blew, and it was the experience of a lifetime - I stayed on top of the pass for four days, saw Northern Lights above the flickering flames, sat out a ridiculous 48 hour hurricane storm, and was given a snickers bar by James May of the Top Gear team when they found me alone on top of the mountain, when everyone else had retreated down for safety...

Click the image to view large, and see the stars a little better...

Tags: Sunset Colour Photo journalism Ice Mountain Night Aurora Iceland Glacier Volcano Stars Northern lights Aurora borealis Eruption Lava Landscape and travel Erupting Eyjafjallajokull Eyjafjalljokull Night and low light Fimmvruhls Eyjafjalljokul Magma

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shaz4 11 26 2 United Kingdom
26 May 2010 6:16PM
A fabulous story and a great picture to go with it....You are either very brave or completley mad..Smile


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lesarnott 6 11 2 United Kingdom
26 May 2010 6:17PM
Fantastic picture, and a great story to it!
26 May 2010 6:30PM
Interesting shot and a great story. A
mcgannc 7 389 3 England
26 May 2010 8:15PM
Wow, to say I'm jealous is an understatement! You've managed to capture the very essence of Iceland for me in this shot!

Went last year, and going again later this year for my honeymoon...really can't wait - especially seeing shots like this!

Andrew_Hurley 10 71 73 United Kingdom
26 May 2010 10:33PM
Your patience was definitely rewarded. An amazing picture and you got to meet a legend! Thanks for sharing this with us, a truly remarkable shot. I would give you an award for it, but I've already given one out this week!

mcgannc 7 389 3 England
26 May 2010 10:50PM
Glad to see someone else agrees with me Andrew! Can't believe this has not got more attention!!

Dennis_Bromage 9 45 20 United Kingdom
27 May 2010 4:16PM
Sounds like a special trip. This should definitely have a LOT more votes Sad
Andrew_Hurley 10 71 73 United Kingdom
28 May 2010 12:44PM

Quote:Sounds like a special trip. This should definitely have a LOT more votes Sad

Here Here!
RoxyMoo 6 17 England
28 May 2010 2:29PM
Codiac 9 333 3 Northern Ireland
31 May 2010 1:54PM

Quote:Sounds like a special trip. This should definitely have a LOT more votes

Agree 100%, great image and shortlisted.

HuwJHopkins 6 16,777.2k United Kingdom
21 Jun 2010 6:04PM
A wonderful image, looks like mother nature was having a bit of a disco that night! I was lucky enoughto stay near the volcano in early April whilst on a school geography trip and saw the northern light for the first time. I must go back one day.
Goggz 9 2.3k 72 Wales
24 Jun 2010 1:15AM
That's a cracking shot, no doubt.

Cheers, Goggz
sut68 Plus
13 2.0k 76 England
30 Jun 2010 11:54PM
Saw the episode of Top Gear on Sunday where James May drove up to the edge of the volcano mouth and remembered this shot. Also saw the shot today in the 'Metro' newspaper.
Goggz 9 2.3k 72 Wales
4 Jul 2010 12:27PM
Didn't know you read French newspapers Paul Wink

Still a very neat shot, but thinking on, perhaps the burnt out bit of flame in the centre could have been controlled by waving something between it and the camera during the exposure. Something a bit like dodging used to be on film printing. A Snickers bar wrapper held in the hand would have done Wink

Anyway, congratulations on getting well published Grin
JamesAppleton 8 38 6 England
20 Aug 2010 7:01PM
Goggz, apologies for the long delay - I used a number of things, as you point out, to attempt this, but the sad fact is that over the long exposure something as bright as a volcano is going to blow out, and since I hate HDR and the whole concept of using multiple photographs, I was left with this - I used my finger, a rock, a bag strap, all of these things to hold the exposure back in the relevant sections, but to no avail - every attempt had different results, but the general trend was continual blow-out of the highlights.

Sometimes we have to accept that a compromise is necessary. Considering the amount of income and attention these shots have got me, I think it was an acceptable compromise!!!
Andrew_Hurley 10 71 73 United Kingdom
21 Aug 2010 12:15PM
I have to agree James. Just how many of us would have taken a photo as good as this under the same circumstances (in sub zero temepratures no doubt). A great effort and 200 views is a testament to this.

HDR? mmm I've yet to have a go and I'm a firm believer that cameras have to improve so we don't have to use HDR, it seems an awful lot of work and to get the detail you want in all areas. Shoudn't cameras have a high contrast setting to deal with difficult exposures without the use of photomatrix and stacking images!!! Yep I'm on your side on this one!

Goggz 9 2.3k 72 Wales
3 Oct 2010 11:27AM
Apologies for the long delay James, no problemo - glad you already knew the tricks and I still think this is a fab image.

Maybe the moral of the story is not to eat all the lollipops before you get there Wink

CHeers, Goggz
20 Dec 2010 6:19PM
An amazing sight, well worth going to get shots as fantastic as this.


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