Timelapse: Monsoon storm rolls into Phoenix

A couple of days ago we had a fairly epic looking storm roll into Phoenix right at sunset. The clouds were just amazing. There was a dust storm. You can see lightning on the left horizon towards the end of this video. The setting sun creating beautiful red tones was awesome. I’ve been torn lately between photographing things like this and doing timelapes, because I really, REALLY love seeing cloud movement afterwards. One of my favorite things in the world are timelapes of storm and cloud motion. Something we just can’t see too well with the naked eye looks so incredible sped up a bit.

That being said, I’m still learning. This particular one was an experiment in using Aperture Priority. I wanted to lock the aperture and ISO, but let the shutter speed vary. Well, turns out while my controller is running, AV mode doesn’t seem to change the SS unless I stopped the controller and started it again. Doh!

I’m figuring all this out as I go. I kind of like it this way. Making mistakes, figuring out why something didn’t work right. Reading up on new things and not being afraid to try them out. Makes me a lot more intelligent about it all instead of just having all the answers right up front.

My goal in all of this was just to have fun and put together a cool video at the end of the storm season with a bunch of monsoon storm clips so people can see how they look out here.

I hope you enjoy this one…despite some of the varying exposures you’ll get. The music is the theme to the recent Battlestar Galactica TV series because I’ve been dying to find a way to use it. The composer of that series, Bear McCreary, is one of my favs. He’s awesome.

  • http://www.larryreeves.info larry

    This is seriously awesome…just a side note, I was one of the photographers at Bear’s wedding. 🙂

  • http://lussierphoto.com Bob Lussier


  • Capnschwartz

    Someones gotta say it…. Frakkin Awesome!

  • http://ginameolablog.com Gina Meola


  • Mike

    Thank the Lord someone said “Frakkin'”!!!! 🙂

    Thanks all!

  • http://www.hellmanphotography.com/ Bryan Hellman

    Very cool time lapse! I like the lightning flashes as the Haboob rolls in.

  • http://photostry.com/ Kristi Hines

    Epic indeed – you obviously have the best location for this kind of thing! 🙂

  • http://www.myblueheaven.com Scott Wood

    Pretty freaking sweet. I was beat to the punch of Frakkin, even thought I always thought it was Frack!

  • Mike

    Actually, it’s “frak” 🙂

  • http://www.avestyles.com Alex Evjen

    so cool, mike. i think i like this one even better because of the angle and music. =)

  • Mike

    Alex, impressed that you like the BSG song 🙂

  • http://imagesbyjw.com Jan Winther

    Very cool timelapse, Mike. The colors in the sky are just sick.

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

    Great timelapse and perfect music choice.

  • http://goldenhourstudios.com Jesse

    You are killing these. I can see the growth you have shown in getting the technique down. So awesome.

  • http://stillmotion.tumblr.com Tommaso

    Wonderful view and timelapse. Also the music is perfect

  • Eje G

    Glad to see I’m not the only one that likes BSG.. Either way really nice work of you again. Love how the sky goes orange there for a while. Keep up the work. Love it to read that your out hunting because there is almost always something good posted that or the next day.. =)

  • http://davewares.wordpress.com Dave

    Great stuff Mike, I must do some more time lapse stuff soon as well.

  • http://www.murphyz.co.uk murphyz

    Lovely looking timelapse Mike – I still need to try one of these, but your recent storm ones are just wonderful.