The sunset before the haboob

So last week when I was asked about the big haboob timelapse, I usually started off with saying “I was in the backyard doing another timelapse…”

This is that one.

I had been out stormchasing 4-5 nights already and was pretty beat. I figured I’d stay home that night and let the storms come to me, perhaps shoot some lightning from my balcony or the parking garage down the street. When I saw the clouds building out west, I thought to myself “Hey, I can just do a timelapse and then hang out inside, relaxing, watching TV, whatever.”

Of course, a bit later, a text message sent to me with a picture of the dust storm over the San Tans forced me to leave and shoot that.

However…I was really torn. I actually was around a 60/40 between going and staying. The orange/red glow towards the end was so beautiful, I wanted to keep it going.

But my favorite part of this is the thunderstorm that builds on the right horizon and then releases rain like someone dumped it out with a giant bucket. I also dig the soundtrack a lot. My buddy Brian Matiash will want to take credit for it because he told me to use something from Inception sometime, so that’s part of why I used it. But I also already have the album on my iPhone and was just searching for a minute-long song.

This track fits just perfectly with the way the sky unfolds.

The wind picks up a bit towards the end and my ex-tripod head let the camera move around somewhat. That problem has now been remedied!

  • http://www.brianfurbush.com/blog Brian Furbush

    This is a sweet sunset man, must have been hard to break away to shoot a possible haboob 🙂 Really dig it, and it the music is a nice accompaniment.

  • http://www.chrisnitz.com Chris Nitz

    Your timelapse stuff is really impressive. I couldn’t imagine having to break away from that amazing sunset, but glad you did. Oh, and now I have to go listen to the Inception sound track…thanks!

  • http://www.jameshowephotography.com J Howe

    Very cool timelapse. Perfect choice on the music as well.

  • http://hdrexposedphotography.com Dave DiCello

    Damn man, the way the clouds are forming and the light is streaking out, just so impressive! Great work Mike!

  • http://www.chrisfrailey.com Chris Frailey

    Pretty cool Mike. The music does fit perfectly.

  • http://www.murphyz.co.uk murphyz

    Certainly the calm before the storm…I think I really need to try a timelapse soon, these have been great and pretty inspiring.

  • http://www.cdeangelisphotography.com Chris DeAngelis

    Awesome timelapse! Love how the clouds seem to be heading to join up on that storm!