Thunderstorms over the Catalina Mountains

Back on July 30th, my buddy Ken and I spent most of the afternoon and evening around the Tucson area stormchasing. On our way down there we stopped by this little agriculture field growing who knows what and watched the clouds building over the Catalina Mountains.

At first we just took pictures and tried to keep the bugs off our necks, but then I decided to do a timelapse. I think we hung around for another 45 minutes to an hour to capture the 1018 shots that went into this one.

I love the multiple downdrafts of rain you can see in this timmelapse…some of them moving, some new one forming and then dropping, it’s just so beautiful to see these things in fast-motion.

I love Battlestar Galactica in general but the music by Bear McCreary is just fantastic, so he’s always someone I turn to for my timelapses. I’m not including them in the video itself for copyright issues, but if you listen to “Under the Wind” by Bear McCreary from Season 3, you’ll get it 🙂

(canon 5d mark ii, tamron 17-35mm 2.8, 17mm, iso 100, f/16, 1018 images)



  • Heath O’Fee

    So cool to see those clouds just let loose with those giant downpours. Very cool stuff.

  • Dave DiCello

    Seeing the rain fall like that is just incredible Mike, glad you decided to do that timelapse! The clouds rolling through the scene are awesome, another epic work!

  • Case

    Thanks Mike, that was Awesome, I love time lapse movies!

  • Scott Wood

    I could sit and watch that all day. Great job.

  • A.Barlow

    That is freaking amazing man!

  • Rick

    Another winner Mike.

  • Capnschwartz

    Luv these, they never get old, awesome job!

  • murphyz

    I do enjoy your timelapse shots – I may be in touch for tips in the near future. Great work.

  • Chris Frailey

    Nice job Mike.

  • Jesse

    Youre really getting this down to a science. Such a smooth timelapse and really cool to see.

  • Scott Ackerman

    Awesome as always man! Nicely done.

  • Jon Stolarski

    Diggin your time-lapses. Keep ’em coming!

  • Chris Nitz

    Man, I am just mesmerized by this. So cool to see nature doing what it does best: providing you stunning images to share!

  • Len Saltiel

    This is freaking amazing time lapse Mike. Love it.

  • Bryan Snider

    Stunning! Arizona is so beautiful

  • Larry

    excellent timelapse, mike! thanks for sharing man!

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