Photograph by Fredrik Schenholm
For some photographers getting a particular shot can become an obsession. That was the case for Fredrik Schenholm, who made numerous attempts over years to get this shot ofOscar Hübinette skiing down a mountainside at night in Kamchatka, Russia, with an erupting volcano in the background.
In 2008, Schenholm and a friend were on Mount Cotapaxi in Ecuador when a neighboring volcano began to erupt, and it was then that the idea for the image came to him. “I knew right then and there that it would be possible to capture an image combining both skiing and a volcanic eruption.”
To get the shot an immense amount of preparation and luck would be needed. The image he had in mind would require an eruption and both Schenholm and a skier being ready to hop on a plane at a moment's notice. But volcanoes don’t always cooperate, and predicting when they will erupt is tricky.
“Every morning and every evening I checked all the volcano blogs and volcano-monitoring websites available. This gave me a pretty good clue of the volcanic activity around the globe," says Schenholm, who attempted to get the shot at Iceland's Grimsvötn and made several attempts at Italy's Mount Etna. "But the volcano Tolbachik started its eruption in November of 2012—two weeks after Oscar and I bought our plane tickets to Kamchatka. That was a nice welcome gift. I was really worried [that] in the coming months the eruption would stop. But it didn’t, and we were finally able to get the shot.”