I love a good summer storm and the physics involved is always fascinating to me, but nothing quite brings home the sheer immensity and power of a storm like time lapse photography. Mike Olbinski spent two years putting together this compilation of storms he filmed into one incredible YouTube video in 4K.
I made the tough decision last year to save everything I shot that spring and combine it with whatever storms I captured in 2019 and make the best possible time-lapse film I could. It was incredibly difficult to sit on that collection of footage for over a year, but I’m glad I did. When you’ve done a few of these, at some point you gotta work even harder to top yourself and I did my best to make that happen. Even though I’ve lost all perspective at this point having watched this a million times during editing, I do feel it has some of the best footage I’ve ever compiled into one of these films. I had such a high bar set and many, many clips did not make the cut.
You really need to watch this full screen to appreciate it fully. Better yet, if you have a streaming device hooked to a big screen TV that will playback YouTube then watch it on that. This took my breath away. Best of all, it’s one of two:
You can read more about what he uses to capture these stunning events and see other clips at his YouTube channel.
Couple of folks have been passing this around on Google+, but it was so amazing I thought I should repost it here. It’s a series of storms filmed in time-lapse so you can see the power that rolls through them that is both terrifying and beautiful at the same time. You’re going to want to watch this in HD and fullscreen to really appreciate it:
You really get a feel for the complexity of the physics that takes place in your average thunderstorm. They can be stunningly destructive and are also essential for life on Earth. The world is a pretty amazing place when you stop long enough to look around you.
At a star party in August 2009 I took my first long exposure photograph of the night sky. I was so thrilled with the results that I dedicated most moonless weekends since then to photographing two things I love the most in nature – the night sky and the Ocean.
Taking series of images and combining them into a time lapse video sequence made it even more interesting. I have since experimented with all-night time lapses, panning motion, etc. But most importantly I’ve enjoyed the journey immensely.
This time lapse video is the result of almost 1.5 years of work, 31 hours of taking images during six nights on Southern Ocean Coast in Australia.
You really need to watch this in HD and in full screen mode to really appreciate the stunning beauty of it all. The universe is an amazing place when you stop long enough to notice.
We live in an amazing Universe and all you have to do to see it is look up. But with the pace of modern life being what it is it’s all too easy to overlook the natural wonder that surrounds us every day. It doesn’t help that many of us live in cities and suburbs where the light pollution is bad enough to obscure the nighttime sky. If you could use a reminder of how awe inspiring our Universe really is then watch the following time-lapse video of the Milky Way rising and setting in the sky over South Dakota this past May. For best results watch the HD version in full screen mode:
Every 10 seconds is about 2 hours and 20 minutes of time. When it’s compressed down like this it’s absolutely stunning, but it’s probably just as amazing to witness in real-time if you’re lucky to live someplace where you can. Randy Halverson has several videos like this on his website DakotaLapse.com each of which is just as amazing.
The feelings of awe that I get while watching this is about as close as I come to being “spiritual”, but it has nothing to do with with the supernatural. It’s simply being able to appreciate the grandness of the natural world.