Incredible time-lapse captures supercells, tornados and double rainbows as they form across the Great Plains

Dec 7, 2015

Gannon Burgett

Gannon Burgett is a communications professional with over a decade of experience in content strategy, editing, marketing, multimedia content creation. He’s photographed and written content seen across hundreds of millions of pageviews. In addition to his communications work for various entities and publications, Gannon also runs his multimedia marketing agency, Ekleptik Media, where he brings his expertise as a full-stack creator to help develop and execute data-driven content strategies. His writing, photos, and videos have appeared in USA Today, Car and Driver, Road & Track, Autoweek, Popular Mechanics, TechCrunch, Gizmodo, Digital Trends, DPReview, PetaPixel, Imaging Resource, Lifewire, Yahoo News, Detroit Free Press, Lansing State Journal, and more.

Incredible time-lapse captures supercells, tornados and double rainbows as they form across the Great Plains

Dec 7, 2015

Gannon Burgett

Gannon Burgett is a communications professional with over a decade of experience in content strategy, editing, marketing, multimedia content creation. He’s photographed and written content seen across hundreds of millions of pageviews. In addition to his communications work for various entities and publications, Gannon also runs his multimedia marketing agency, Ekleptik Media, where he brings his expertise as a full-stack creator to help develop and execute data-driven content strategies. His writing, photos, and videos have appeared in USA Today, Car and Driver, Road & Track, Autoweek, Popular Mechanics, TechCrunch, Gizmodo, Digital Trends, DPReview, PetaPixel, Imaging Resource, Lifewire, Yahoo News, Detroit Free Press, Lansing State Journal, and more.

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Stormscapes 33Nicolaus 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.

Stormscapes 32In 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.

Screen Shot 2015-12-08 at 10.09.10 AMIt 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.

Screen Shot 2015-12-08 at 10.09.15 AMUnsurprisingly, 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.’

Stormscapes 31As 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.

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Gannon Burgett

Gannon Burgett

Gannon Burgett is a communications professional with over a decade of experience in content strategy, editing, marketing, multimedia content creation. He’s photographed and written content seen across hundreds of millions of pageviews. In addition to his communications work for various entities and publications, Gannon also runs his multimedia marketing agency, Ekleptik Media, where he brings his expertise as a full-stack creator to help develop and execute data-driven content strategies. His writing, photos, and videos have appeared in USA Today, Car and Driver, Road & Track, Autoweek, Popular Mechanics, TechCrunch, Gizmodo, Digital Trends, DPReview, PetaPixel, Imaging Resource, Lifewire, Yahoo News, Detroit Free Press, Lansing State Journal, and more.

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