One of my favorite things after a summer of chasing storms in Arizona is to release a short film of my time-lapse work during that time. I've released two of those now and I can't wait to see what happened this coming monsoon season.
Last year was the first time I was able to time-lapse while I chased outside of Arizona, on the central plains, which ended up being a very short film of a single, amazing storm near Booker, Texas: vimeo.com/67995158
This year on the plains, I wanted more time and more clips of the wide variety of weather out there. So between two trips in April and May, I spent a total of seven days in the central plains of this country, which included Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico and Texas. From I-70 to I-10. And everywhere in-between.
It was an amazing time and I essentially got something everyday we were out. Some days were amazing...like wall clouds with reported tornadoes approaching the Denver International Airport...or an awesome, red sunet on a marginal day in western Kansas. On one of our last days, it was a ridiculously blue hail core which you'll see in a few separate clips.
My journey wasn't solo...my buddy Andy Hoeland helped forecast and get us to the storms, and Matt Granz was a fellow photographer who made sure we pulled over at certain spots when I was too intent on chasing down a storm.
I brought along an eMotimo for the trip, but I forgot my power cord for the battery and wasn't able to get a replacement while out there. Regardless...most of the clips you see would have been lost if I'd taken even an extra few minutes setting up a panning head or dolly. Time-lapsing storms is a different beast than setting up for a Milky Way shot over the course of the night.
I used two Canon 5D Mark III's, along with a Canon 17-40, 16-35 and a Rokinon 14mm. A couple of Manfrotto tripods and mainly a Pixel Intervalometer along with a Promote Control when I broke the Pixel :)
This trip took us over 3000 miles in the course of those seven days. It was something I wont forget and I hope this film showcases a lot of the hard work that went into chasing the storms themselves, getting ourselves in the right spots for the best shots and recording them as quickly as I could.
If I have any regrets...it would be that I wish I would have seen another more picturesque supercell mothership and maybe a tornado.
On the first trip I also failed to clean my sensors, which resulted in a few dust spots. My second, five-day trip, I cleaned them before I went and during the trip. I struggle with dust spots, because if you spot remove in Lightroom, you can get funny results...so which is better? The dust spot or funky changing dots that might be even more noticeable?
I also used Adobe Premiere Pro for the first time ever and I have to say, it was a way better experience than editing in Final Cut Pro. In fact I'm uninstalling that here in a bit.
If you have any questions about this short film, how I captured it, edited it, etc., please ask below and I'll do my best to answer.
Hope you enjoy!
You can find some still photos from the trip over on my blog: mikeolbinski.com/theblog/
(Edited using Lightroom 5, LR Timelapse, Quicktime Pro 7 and Adobe Premiere Pro)
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Mark, a 35 year old man, was raised by his grandfather, a fisherman in the Azores island.
Both graceful and caring, his grandfather was a also a hardboiled and stubborn man, who only knew the ways of the sea and the island's hard life.
Mark knew there was more to life than being surrounded with water - and left, never saying goodbye.
The old man died never knowing why he left.
Mark now returns to tell him, even if he can't hear it.
Directed by Filipe Carvalho
DOP: Filipe Carvalho
Production assistance: Quioto Films
Music: Jesse Solomon Clark (agentsdelfuturo.com)
Cast: Luis Carvalho
Big thanks to Luis, Rita, Paulo Carboila, Ricardo Leandro, Jesse and my beautiful wife Patricia for the patience and support.
Title sequence for an imaginary film with my favorite cast and crew working in film right now.
A story about a veteran Los Angeles architect going insane, slowly disconnecting from the world around him.
A love letter to architecture, Eames and 70's era films.
Original score by Jesse Solomon Clark
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All filmed on Canon cameras
This is our first film of the year, we were commissioned by Neha’s Dad, Virenbhai, to film his daughter’s beautiful and traditional event, at the Sattavis Patidar Centre in Wembley. We were then told that the couple were getting married in India, two weeks after the Sagai & Sanji event. They wanted us to produce a short film highlighting the event which could be displayed for their friends and family at the reception as the couple made their entrance.
We worked day and night to complete this project before they flew out of the country. We hope you enjoy it as much as we liked working on this film.
Neha & Sid - The Sagai & Sanji