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  1. Connect with me on these social media channels for more stuff like this: instagram.com/stormtimelapse twitter.com/stormtimelapse facebook.com/stormlapse

    The ingredient based explanation for supercell thunderstorms cites moisture, wind shear, instability and lift as the reasons for their formation. I prefer to focus on the big picture. Supercell thunderstorms are a manifestation of nature's attempt to correct an extreme imbalance. The ever ongoing effort to reach equilibrium, or entropy, is what drives all of our weather, and the force with which the atmosphere tries to correct this imbalance is proportional to the gradient. In other words, the more extreme the imbalance, the more extreme the storm.

    This collection of timelapses was gathered over the last six years from Texas to North Dakota and everywhere in between. The project started out as wanting to be able to see the life-cycles of these storms, just for my own enjoyment and to increase my understanding of them. Over time, it morphed into an obsession with wanting to document as many photogenic supercells as I could, in as high a resolution as possible, as to be able to share with those who couldn't see first-hand the majestic beauty that comes alive in the skies above America's Great Plains every Spring. After more than 100,000 miles on the road and tens of thousands of shutter clicks later, this is the result. I hope you enjoy watching it as much as I enjoyed creating it.

    Keep an eye out for a much longer version of FRACTAL, hopefully on a much larger screen. If you have any ideas regarding distribution to that end or would like to license my work for your own project, please contact me.

    I love teaching people about storms and severe weather and how to safely document them. Feel free to email me if you have any interest in joining me for a chase. June is by far the best time to go out, as the storms are more photogenic and slow moving than any other month.

    I'm always open to any sort of work outside of storm season. Let's create something! Open to all inquiries: ChadLCowan@gmail.com

    Chase on.

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    "Big whirls have little whirls that feed on their velocity, and little whirls have lesser whirls, and so on to viscosity." - Meteorologist Lewis Fry Richardson ("Weather Prediction by Numerical Process." Cambrige University Press, 1922)

    This quote sums up perfectly what I've come to realize about weather and storms over the past 10 years of studying, forecasting and chasing them, and the part that I find most fascinating. On each scale level from synoptic-scale, which covers areas the size of multiple states, all the way down to micro-scale, which could be an area as small as your backyard, the fluid which we call air abides by the same universal physical laws of nature and thus acts in a very similar manner and patterns.

    A cold front, for example, is a phenomenon which is widely understood to mean a large scale line of advancing cold air, hundreds of miles long, along which supercell thunderstorms sometimes form. Within these smaller storm-scale environments, something called a rear-flank gust front forms on the southern end of the low pressure area of the mesocyclone, where the rain cooled air wraps around. This is effectively a storm's cold front. The cool air is more dense than the warm air, and because of this, advances into the region of lower density, just like the larger cold front on which the storm formed.

    The stunning supercell storm structure we see is along these relatively small, storm-scale cold fronts. This is what forms the "hook" on radar. Here, just as with the larger scale weather systems, the wedge of denser cool air at the surface meets the warm, moist, buoyant air in front of a storm, forcing it aloft and through the cap where the potential energy is realized. Given the right conditions, this development can be explosive.

    While Richardson's quote is more regarding turbulence than thermodynamics, his theory from nearly 100 years ago that our atmosphere behaves as a fractal has turned out to be spot on. A "top down" transfer of energy and behavior occurs, resulting in a Russian nesting doll of smaller scale systems that bear a striking resemblance to the larger.

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    I would like to offer a special thanks to my good friend Kevin X Barth who helped me edit this together, and found some semblance of a story arc in many disparate pieces. Kevin is an amazingly talented and creative artist in his own right, having won an Emmy as the editor of the ESPN 30 for 30 film WHEN THE GARDEN WAS EDEN. Check out his website if you're looking for an excellent editor or director for your project: kevinxbarth.com

    A big thanks to Tom Lowe as well, without whom I would probably still be trying to figure out what an intervelometer is. Tom is the mastermind behind Timescapes, the revolutionary timelapse film from a few years ago. He was kind enough to share his wealth of knowledge, as well as some camera gear.

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  2. Hi, I'm from Taiwan. I'm glad to share our second time-lapse photography collection of 96 clips which covers 30 European countries that we visited during our wonderful 2011 to 2014 journey. Please enjoy and feel free to share.
    Behind the Scenes: vimeo.com/219265510
    Magical Europe (Volume One): vimeo.com/92179785
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    While organizing and editing these photos and videos the memory of our life and travels in Europe just kept popping up my mind. It was truly a wonderful and unforgettable time. Interwoven throughout the memories of those three years of travel are the even more precious memories of our older son as we watched him grow from month six to age three.
    And now both of our children are so excited and amazed when they watch the completed film. I believe that it is really an unbelievable experience for them; for my older son who lived it and still remembers, and for my younger daughter who has joined us in the journey.

    Facebook: facebook.com/StanChangPhoto
    Email: stanchang.photo@gmail.com
    Equipment used: Nikon D800E, Nikon D600
    Professional Total Camera Moving Solution: Konova (konovaphoto.com)
    LRTimelapse (lrtimelapse.com)
    Music with permission: 'Island of Promises' by Van Syla
    jamendo.com/track/1360003/island-of-promises

    If you would like to license any of these clips or images, please contact me at stanchang.photo@gmail.com.
    Available in 4K~8K resolution.
    Thanks so much for checking it out. May your wishes come true.
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    The 96 clip locations are list below:
    00:01 Isle of skye, Scotland, UK
    00:10 Dolomit, Italy
    00:16 Obersee, Germany
    00:20 Grindelwald, Switzerland
    00:23 Matterhorn, Switzerland
    00:27 Neuschwanstein, Germany
    00:30 Eze, France
    00:34 Grindelwald, Switzerland
    00:37 Iceland
    00:41 Dunnottar, Scotland, UK
    00:44 Iceland
    00:48 St. Wolfgang, Austria
    00:51 Iceland
    00:55 Gelmersee, Switzerland
    00:59 Mykonos, Greece
    01:02 Mykonos, Greece
    01:04 Neum, Bosnia
    01:06 Lake Bled, Slovenia
    01:09 Bled, Slovenia
    01:13 Provence, France
    01:20 Iceland
    01:27 Lake District, UK
    01:34 Eibsee, Germany
    01:41 Oia, Santorini, Greece
    01:48 Mykonos, Greece
    01:51 Chiemsee, Germany
    01:55 San Marino
    01:58 Scotland, UK
    02:02 Sveti Stefan, Montenegro
    02:06 Cappadocia, Turkey
    02:09 Fira, Santorini, Greece
    02:16 Procida, Italy
    02:20 Dubrovnik, Croatia
    02:21 Dublin, Ireland
    02:23 Athens, Greece
    02:25 Zaandam, Nederland
    02:27 Vaduz, Liechtenstein
    02:28 Brussels, Belgium
    02:30 Kotor, Montenegro
    02:32 Dubrovnik, Croatia
    02:34 Keukenhof, Nederland
    02:35 Provence, France
    02:37 Hallstatt, Austria
    02:41 Procida, Italy
    02:44 Valletta, Malta
    02:48 Caernarfon, Wales, UK
    02:51 Scotland, UK
    02:59 Azure Window, Malta
    03:06 Cappadocia, Turkey
    03:13 Iceland
    03:16 Iceland
    03:20 Kotor, Montenegro
    03:23 Zermatt, Switzerland
    03:25 Munich, Germany
    03:27 Gordes, France
    03:30 Nice, France
    03:34 Cappadocia, Turkey
    03:37 Cappadocia, Turkey
    03:41 Lofoten Islands, Norway
    03:43 Renie, Lofoten, Norway
    03:44 Stockholm, Sweden
    03:46 St Petersburg, Russia
    03:48 Istanbul, Turkey
    03:51 Monaco, Monte-Carlo
    03:55 Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
    03:58 Cologne, Germany
    04:00 Florence, Italy
    04:02 Wien, Austria
    04:05 Wurzburg, Germany
    04:09 Czesky Krumlov, Czech
    04:12 Lisbon, Portugal
    04:14 Budapest, Hungary
    04:16 London, UK
    04:20 Paris, France
    04:23 Fira, Santorini, Greece
    04:26 Tallinn, Estonia
    04:28 Wien, Austria
    04:30 London, UK
    04:34 Glasgow, UK
    04:36 Bratislava, Slovakia
    04:37 Dusseldorf, Germany
    04:39 Wien, Austria
    04:41 Monaco, Monte-Carlo
    04:42 Monaco, Monte-Carlo
    04:44 Birmingham, UK
    04:48 London, UK
    04:50 Paris, France
    04:51 Barcelona, Spain
    04:53 Amsterdam, Nederland    
    04:54 Copenhagen, Denmark
    04:56 Lisbon, Portugal
    04:56 Prague, Czech
    04:57 Munich, Germany
    04:57 Luzern, Switzerland
    04:59 Paris, France
    05:12 Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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  3. Music: Useless Music I - Heinali

    heinali.bandcamp.com/track/useless-music-i

    Madrid:
    vimeo.com/215593872

    Barcelona:
    vimeo.com/216489032

    París:
    vimeo.com/217653104

    Berlín
    vimeo.com/218450408

    BTW I met The Film Artist, he and his wife Monica are awesome!

    Keep in touch.
    instagram.com/djshdw
    facebook.com/ErickFloresGarneloPage

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  4. Music " Letting Go"
    Composition : By James Dooley
    from Album: Untold

    Video designed by Bailey Zhou
    HD Clips Licenced, video created
    and Production by Annie
    Vimeo.com/Annietoang2012
    youtube.com/watchyou2008

    Music Credit to composer Mr James Dooley
    Music All Right Reserved to James Dooley
    The Music Produced & Copyright Belonged to Mr.James Dooley & their respective owners
    James Dooley is an wonderful American film score composer.
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Dooley_composer
    facebook.com/pages/James-Dooley/126569160720299
    positionmusic.com/artist/MTIwMjItMDA0NDBi/
    itunes.apple.com/us/album/untold/id562224847

    with appreciation and gratitude to Mr.James Dooley for the use of this beautiful music.Thank you.

    # vimeo.com/219106457 Uploaded 498 Plays 17 Comments
  5. The lovely Sarah Seal in this beautiful place within London's Richmond Park. Captured with the Sony A7RII and SLR MAGIC Cine Primes. 25mm F1.4, 35mm F1.2, 50mm F1.1, 75mm F1.4. All handheld and the SLR Magic 52mm Variable ND filter was used.

    Graded with FilmConvert 10% off with code bloom at gopb.co/

    Shot in SLog 2 S Gamut shot in 4K 30p and conformed to 24p for a subtle slow motion.

    Music is by the Aliza Carter Band "Soon" from musicbed.com

    Sarah is walking around filming with the Sony A7SII "lens whacking" in case you were wondering!

    # vimeo.com/217315465 Uploaded 8,175 Plays 12 Comments

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