I’m super bad at chasing storms ahead of time. What that means is…I usually wait until I see them start firing up and then I go. Sometimes when you are busy with work, life and that kind of stuff, you can’t drive 3 hours somewhere and risk that nothing will happen.
But yesterday I said screw it and we left early in the day for southern Arizona, hoping to catch some storms that would eventually fire up around 3pm. And sure enough, we got near Sierra Vista and they started crossing into Arizona.
We ended up east of Tombstone and caught up with a line of storms that were just exploding everywhere. But this one cell in particular just north of Douglas caught my eye. It started lookeing fierce, so I found a clear spot and watched it. The right side evolved in such crazy ways it’s hard to believe.
I’ve rarely, if ever, seen such a strong blue hail core on a storm in Arizona. It was amazing.
It made me realize…these storms probably happen in Arizona all the time…maybe once or twice on a daily basis when it’s a good day. You just have to leave ahead of time in order to get them when they fire off like this.
There are two clips in this video...one with the Rokinon 14mm 2.8 and the other with a Canon 50mm 1.2 using the "twist lens" method. Even at f/18 for a slower shutter speed to capture lightning, there was no flicker.
The 50mm clip images were 1/2 second exposures and I just locked my shutter release cable down so I think I was shooting almost faster than a frame every second, which made it super smooth. Need to remember that for future timelapses where I need it faster than once every second.
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