On April 22, 2015, Volcano Calbuco erupted in southern Chile, encasing the country in a thick cloud of volcanic ash. On a ferry heading southward at the time was Martin Feck, a German filmmaker and founder of Timestorm Films. In the description for the video, Feck sets the scene for how he and his team were in the right place at the right time, and how they captured some of the most stunning images of volcanic clouds in recent memory:

After 10min on the ferry we noticed a massive, almost nuclear looking cloud boiling upwards just where we left a few hours ago. Frenetically looking for a good outlook we then rushed to the only non-forested place to get a decent view of the show. We quickly put every bit of camera-equipment we could find on the constantly growing mushroom-cloud. We shot timelapses in 8K and 4K with a Pentax 645Z and Canon 6D. On the A7s we shot 4K video to the Shogun. We filled almost all of our memory cards in the prior night so I had to do backups while shooting all this stuff.

This was for sure the most incredible show I've ever seen. I think this is a one in a lifetime event and I am so happy that we were able to capture it in all its glory.

If you're interested in checking out some of Martin's other timelapse work (all of which is awesome), check out the Timestorm Films website and Vimeo page.

Source: Martin Heck | Timestorm Films