Tucson is one of the many cities that claims to be the lightning capital of the world. After watching and filming this storm I have to say it is a justifiable claim! This came after a week chasing storms in both Arizona and Florida and was the highlight of the trip. The lightning was continuous for about an hour. Every year during the monsoon season severe thunderstorms are common across much of Arizona.
In its brief lifespan of only 13 days, Hurricane Ike wreaked great deal of havoc. Affecting several countries including Cuba, Haiti, and the United States, Ike is blamed for approximately 114 deaths (74 in Haiti alone), and damages that are still being tallied, with estimates topping $10 billion. Many shoreline communities of Galveston, Texas were wiped from the map by the winds, storm surge and the walls of debris pushed along by Ike - though Galveston was spared the level of disaster it suffered in 1900.
Photographer Mark Humpage was there to witness and capture it. This is a slide show of images, video and music which reflects the action packed and poignant journey.
Photo slide show. All images taken with Olympus E3 and range of Olympus lenses. Non- movie and better quality image version here - photodex.com/sharing/viewshow.html?fl=3032513&alb=140639
Photographer Mark Humpage and Cameraman Alister Chapman travelled to the scorching deserts of Arizona in July 2008 to experience Extreme Heat as part of the Elemental Project.
They witnessed and captured the cyclic North American monsoon, flash flooding, huge electrical thunderstorms, incredible haboobs (fast moving and huge dust storms) combined with extreme temperatures. With the Grand Canyon and Death Valley a stone’s throw distance they were within one of the hottest spots on earth. More on the project here - elementalproject.co.uk/projects/extreme-heat/
The final day of the Elemental project (elementalproject.com) trip to Arizona to film the monsoon ended with a bang! After the first two days of the trip the Arizona Monsoon took a break, so we flew down to Florida and chased storms around the Tampa bay area. Then today we flew back to Arizona for the final day of our trip and were rewarded by some spectacular thunderstorms. The clips here are just a few quickly selected shots from the hours of footage shot today. I am particularly please with the timelapse lightning shot with an EX3 using the 32 frame shutter with 1 second intervals. Just wish you could see this material in it's full glory as it looks stunning!
This is a rough and ready compilation of clips from the first 2 days of our Extreme Heat trip to Arizona. We arrived in the middle of some Monsoon Thunderstorms with amazing lightning around the city of Tucson Arizona. later in the week we are expecting the temperature to reach 110 degrees out in the desert. Check back soon for more from this trip. Main camera is a Sony EX3 and so far working very well indeed.
The Elemental Project
The Elemental project is a collaboration between photographer Mark Humpage and TV Producer Alister Chapman. Together they plan to travel the world capturing natures most spectacular events on stunning HD video and beautiful photographs. Tornadoes, Hurricanes, Lightning, Aurora and Volcanoes are just some of the natural events they hope to record.
For further information see elementalproject.com