Well this is my baby. All the hard work timelapsing last summer is now in one single place. A short film, 19 minutes long, that is the payoff for all the hours, miles driven and time away from family in 2012. The video took me quite awhile to produce. Most of the timelapses were completed in one way or other last fall, but with the busy wedding and family portrait season upon me, I had to put it on the back burner for awhile. But slowly this year I've pieced it together, organized it, cleaned it up, found music and finely tuned my simple presentation.
And now it's here. I'm damn proud of it.
No, I don't use a dolly. Yet. I'm not sure it's important to have one but all the most amazing timelapses usually have some kind of motion in them. But timelapsing while you storm chase is quite a different beast than planning to shoot the Milky Way one night out in Joshua Tree National Park. You never know when or where a dust storm may crop up. Or lightning. Or a ridiculously awesome monsoon sunset. Sometimes I literally cannot get my tripod set-up fast enough. The secondary idea of ALSO having to get a dolly set-up, not to mention figuring out in my brain just exactly how long this dust storm will take to get to me, is fairly difficult. But I may yet be moving that direction this summer. We'll see.
But for now, these are simple timelapses that show you the nature of the Arizona monsoon. Walls of dust...beautiful clouds, amazing sunsets, rain, gorgeous landscapes...all of that stuff. It's what I love about this state. It's what drives me to chase over 7,000 miles every summer.
Some of the clips in here have been posted separately before, but there are a bunch that haven't been seen, including a storm moving over Tucson over the course of 90 minutes.
My only regret is that the lightning portion is super-brief. I debated putting it in at all, but there are a couple of clips I really loved and they needed a place to be seen. This coming summer I hope to have a bit more patience with timelapsing lightning for longer periods of time. But the monsoon is fickle and lightning doesn't always last too long. It moves with the storms and makes it tough.
Everything was filmed on Canon 5D Mark II's, using the Canon 17-40 L, the 70-200 f/2.8 L and a Rokinon 14mm 2.8. I use a wireless intervalometer to run the shutter and then I kick back and watch the storm roll in or take stills with the other camera.
I am showing it here for free, but if you love the movie and feel like purchasing it for your personal collection, or to view anytime on your iPhone, iPad or whatever, it's available for $5. I will email you a link where you can download the movie. The link to my blog where you can buy it is below: mikeolbinski.com/theblog/2013/02/the-2012-arizona-monsoon-in-timelapse
Also...I'm posting this on my birthday! I never ask for these kinds of things, but as a little gift to me, if you enjoyed the film, I'd love it if you could spread the word via email, share this on Facebook, Twitter or wherever. It would mean a lot! When you put a lot of hard work into something that people are supposed to watch, you want to try to get as many people to see it as possible!
Thank you for checking it out, I hope you enjoyed viewing it as much as I did filming it and I truly desire for you to fall in love with Arizona like I have. It's such an amazing place.
HiiH Lights (pronounced "Hi Hi") is two artists, Lâm Quảng and Kestrel Gates, who work together creating handmade paper lights and raising a family. They collaborate as both artists and parents and discuss how all aspects of their lives are connected.
More of their work can be seen at the HiiH Gallery in the Alberta Arts District in Portland, Oregon. hiihgallery.com
Director: Tristan Stoch
Cinematographer: Sean Grasso
Edited by Sean Grasso & Tristan Stoch
Cineastas Video Production. Portland, OR.