Terrifying Volcanic Lightning Photographed by Martin Rietze

Terrifying Volcanic Lightning Photographed by Martin Rietze

Terrifying Volcanic Lightning Photographed by Martin Rietze

Martin Rietze, the photographer behind the website Alien Landscapes on Planet Earth, is willing to do whatever it takes to get a great photo even if it means getting near to a volcanic explosion and lightning. According to the Daily Mail, Rietze is a “volcano-chaser,” a particular breed of photographer who takes big risks for big shots.

Terrifying Volcanic Lightning Photographed by Martin Rietze

Terrifying Volcanic Lightning Photographed by Martin Rietze

Rietze has been in a lucky (and more dangerously) treat when he traveled to Sakurajima to capture images of the active volcano spewing ashes and smoke. After hours of silence, a lightning storm exploded above the volcano, Rietze says on his website. During the 30-second storm, bolts of lightning froze molten lava into dangerous lava bombs and Rietze quickly snapped these fire and brimstone images and made a quick get-away before things could turn nasty.

Terrifying Volcanic Lightning Photographed by Martin Rietze

Terrifying Volcanic Lightning Photographed by Martin Rietze

Rietze was around four kilometres away from the volcano when he captured these images, using a full-frame DSLR with a focal length of 90-200mm. He doesn’t usually get nervous when photographing violent nature but this one’s an exception. “Sometimes the volcano behaves differently than expected. I can get scared, especially when pyroclastic flows are getting bigger, or when metre-sized lavabombs fly in unexpected directions, sometimes passing directly overhead.”

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