Tempest Milky Way timelapse video shows epic storms in South Dakota

first_imgYou don’t have to look much further than Randy Halverson’s Vimeo page to continually find a great time-lapse video. It wasn’t until we looked back at all our Randy Halverson posts that we realized we’ve posted on three other Halverson videos, and each have been as amazing as the one before it.The photographer first wowed us with his winter time-lapse video shot in -25 degree temperatures during the cold South Dakota winter. Halverson then impressed us with his “Orion” time-lapse shot with the Orion, otherwise known as the Merlin or Celestron, telescope. His third video we featured was also shot in the plains of South Dakota, this time capturing some amazing shots of the Milky Way.The “Tempest Milky Way” again features the South Dakotan plains (after all, his production name is DakotaLapse). This time, Halverson shot the video between June and August and, in addition to getting more amazing shots of the Milky Way Galaxy, concentrated on capturing storms. South Dakota summers bring frequent and sometimes severe thunderstorms with high winds, thunder, and hail. South Dakota experiences about 30 tornadoes a year, and the eastern part of the state is considered part of Tornado Alley.Halverson said that the storm has to be moving at the right speed and the lighting can overexpose the long exposures, so these are difficult shots to get. He said that in one instance, within a minute of picking up the camera and dolly, 70mph winds hit him. In the video below, you can see a storm brewing around the 44-second mark, and another awesome storm hits at about 1:28. A great lightning storm makes an appearance at 2:22, and the grand finale storm starts at 3:00.Another pretty neat thing to look for is the Whitetail buck at 1:57 that makes a quick appearance. The buck was about 50 yards from the camera, and was caught on 20 frames. He was there for about 10 minutes, but, of course, in the video, it’s there for less than a second.As for the technical aspects, he shot the video using a Canon 5D Mark II, a Canon 60D, and Canon T2i with Cannon 16-35 and Tokina 11-16 lenses. Everything was shot in RAW format, and, like in past videos, he used the Dynamic Perception Stage Zero Dolly.last_img

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