Drone photographer Bjorn Steinbekk just lately flew a digital camera drone instantly into the energetic crater of a volcano. The drone managed to seize this exceptional ultra-close-up footage that reveals it melting above spewing lava earlier than it lastly succumbed to the extraordinary warmth.
Steinbekk relies in Reykjavik, Iceland, and acquired into skilled drone pictures and videography a number 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 world wide) visited the placement to doc it himself, and he spent roughly 6 weeks centered 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 excited by a digital go to.
“It was my manner 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 truly been very emotional this morning, crying and unhappy but in addition so grateful for this expertise and with the ability to share it with you.
“I spotted final evening once I took a stroll right 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 severe warmth injury over the course of the stream. As a substitute of sinking cash into repairing a drone that probably couldn’t be mounted, Steinbekk got here up with an thought 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 report the flight,” Steinbekk tells PetaPixel.
Steinbekk flew the drone into the crater and had it hover whereas taking pictures 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 maintain 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 report is much more beautiful.”
“[T]his [drone] resulting from excessive warmth was nearly 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 try 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.