Another Phoenix Haboob – July 18th, 2011

Another big dust storm/haboob just nailed downtown Phoenix. Nothing as epic as the first one, but it was still pretty cool.

I caught it on timelapse again from the same parking garage. I had wanted to bolt further south, but I had run out of time with rush hour traffic, so I just went to the quickest vantage point and turned the camera on. There was a little dust storm first, then the second, larger one rolls in towards the end.

A few things of note for this one.

1. I killed my last remote timer control, so I purchased a Satechi TR-A Timer Remote Control Shutter for Canon and it was HANDS DOWN better than the junk I had before. Never buy the cheap, sub $20 version. Ugh. The connector for the 5D Mark II was just awful.

2. I hang around until the dust hits this time! Got so much crap last time…of course, the dust was pretty thin, and I knew this *grin*

3. I so badly wanted to pan right, but I held my ground.

4. This was an all-manual timelapse this go-round. The harsh light and shadows made this pretty tough to do that way, think I may have been better off in a total auto mode for something like this, but I think it turned out okay.

I love the cars at rush hour just flooding the freeway. You can’t see it, but a plane flies from right to left and almost disappears inside the wall of dust. I saw one wing rise up kind of fast for a second, must have been a fun ride!


July 18th Downtown Phoenix Haboob - iPhone

  • Michelle Feeney

    Another awesome time lapse Mike. You rock!

  • Brian Furbush

    Nice work Mike! It was weird when I saw “haboob” this morning and grinned to myself because I actually knew what it meant.

  • Chris Nitz

    Another nice timelapse Mike. It is amazing to see so much dust roll through like that. My allergies go nuts just watching this 😉

  • Curt Fleenor

    He shoots, he scores! Nice Mike, hope that fine dust didn’t make it’s way to your sensor!

  • Kristi Hines

    May not have been as epic, but I saw it landed on CNN again. All your storm chasing experience really is paying off! Nice work! 🙂

  • Mike

    Thanks guys! Yeah Kristi, looks like CNN posted it in a story, very cool!

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