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!

7 replies
  1. Brian Furbush
    Brian Furbush says:

    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.

  2. Chris Nitz
    Chris Nitz says:

    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!

  3. murphyz
    murphyz says:

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

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