Nicolaus Wegner is back at it again. One year after sharing the epic Stormscapes 2, he’s released Stormscapes 3, the third iteration of his incredible storm-chasing time-lapse series. And this year, he’s upped the ante.
In the six minute video, Wegner shares his run-ins with nighttime mesoscale convective systems, double rainbows, crepuscular rays and even a Wyoming tornado. In addition to the incredible visuals, Wegner has included a soundtrack that accentuates the experience, so be sure to put on your best pair of headphones.
For this series of time-lapses, Wegner used his trusty 6D, as well as a newly acquired 5DS R. The incredible resolutions of both of these cameras, the latter in particular, ensure he’ll be ready when 8K, 16K and even 24K footage comes around.
It might seem like the key to good storm photographs is getting close, but Wegner says it’s quite the opposite.
If you roll the dice, there is no chance to get decent footage. Just have a look at all the screaming tornado videos out there. Makes for nice viral videos, but quality usually is lacking. Having distance on these structures is what allows you to concentrate and plan properly. Too much adrenaline otherwise.
Unsurprisingly, it wasn’t easy compiling all of the images together. Wagner says he spent over 300 hours editing out ‘birds, bugs, and dust spots.’ That doesn’t include the time he spent color grading the footage to perfection.
As for how he achieved the crisp shots of the clouds in motion and lightning strikes, Wegner says he used a relatively fast shutter speed, as opposed to using a longer shutter speed, which ‘made the pace feel a little more manic.’
As a precaution, Wegner notes ‘if you suffer from any negative photosensitive reactions to strobing or flashing lights, it might be advisable to skip the night focused lightning sequences’ that make up the last two minutes of the video – they’re intense.
To see more of Wegner’s work, you can head on over and follow him on Vimeo.