Drone photographer Bjorn Steinbekk just lately flew a digicam drone immediately into the lively crater of a volcano. The drone managed to seize this outstanding ultra-close-up footage that exhibits it melting above spewing lava earlier than it lastly succumbed to the extreme warmth.
Steinbekk is predicated in Reykjavik, Iceland, and bought into skilled drone pictures and videography a couple of years in the past after needing drone footage, shopping for a drone, after which experimenting with it.
When the volcanic eruption at Geldingadal, Iceland, started in mid-March 2021, Steinbekk (together with numerous photographers from around the globe) visited the placement to doc it himself, and he spent roughly 6 weeks targeted on capturing the volcano.
On April twenty seventh, on the conclusion of his endeavor, Steinbekk began broadcasting a 14-hour live drone stream to the world for anybody desirous about a digital go to.
“It was my method of closing a chapter that has consumed my life final 6 weeks or so,” Steinbekk wrote. “It’s arduous to explain in phrases, however I’ve really been very emotional this morning, crying and unhappy but additionally so grateful for this expertise and having the ability to share it with you.
“I spotted final night time after I took a stroll all the way down to say goodbye to this magnificent phenomenon which you can fall in love with a volcano.”
What he additionally realized as he was wrapping up was that his drone had suffered some critical warmth harm over the course of the stream. As a substitute of sinking cash into repairing a drone that possible couldn’t be fastened, Steinbekk got here up with an concept for utilizing it for one final hurrah.
“I made a decision then, as a grand finale to fly the drone into the crater in a stay feed and file the flight,” Steinbekk tells PetaPixel.
Steinbekk flew the drone into the crater and had it hover whereas capturing intense footage amid lava that was being ejected excessive into the air. The drone saved beaming footage because it began clearly melting within the body.
“What stands out for me is how lengthy the drone, a Mavic 2 Pro, was in a position to hover contained in the crater and hold sign streaming. The warmth was greater than 1,200 levels Celsius [2192° F] and that I used to be in a position to tilt the gimbal down and file is much more gorgeous.”
“[T]his [drone] resulting from excessive warmth was virtually toast so I used to be in a position to get it within the air and relaxation is historical past,” Steinbekk Tweets. “Would by no means do this with [a] completely okay drone!”
Photographer Garðar Ólafs also melted his DJI drone over the Geldingadalir volcano just lately, however his was solely partially broken and was in a position to make it out alive.