Epic Time-Lapse of Lightning Storms Under the Milky Way

Time-lapse photographer Randy Halverson spent three months hunting thunderstorms at night in central South Dakota using a Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 60D, and Canon T2i. Capturing both the storms and the Milky Way in the same shots proved to be a difficult task:

One of the challenges in making this video, was trying to get good storm and star shots. The opportunity doesn’t come along very often, the storm has to be moving the right speed and the lightning can overexpose the long exposures. I had several opportunities this summer to get storm and star shots. In one instance, within a minute of picking up the camera and dolly, 70mph winds hit. One storm was perfect, it came straight towards the setup, then died right before it reached it. [#]

In the end, he captured enough photographs to create this 3-minute-long time-lapse video showing the galaxy floating overhead while storm clouds roll in. Lightning photos are one thing, but seeing storms sweep across the scene at night is incredible.

(via Laughing Squid)

  • Btrotta

    Is that a deer or a moose at about the 2 minute mark?

  • ABabaerrrrr

    Cool video, horrible music selection, poorly mismatched with the mood of the film.

  • Plurkle

    Nice catch.  Yeah, looks like a buck just walked out into the shot.

  • Joeblow

    always a critic.  nice work.

  • outofthestudio

    I agree music selection is not good. Beautiful to watch. If this a contemplation on the life of storms. I  would offer it could move more slowy….as for criticism… nothing wrong with healthy critical thought-

  • MSDP

    who cares about the music…this is a photography site you idiot…congrats Randy, your technical understanding and framing was really quite stunning….keep it up!!

  • myopinion

    Absolutely stunning!  Great work!

  • Kim

    Absolutely fantastic. Must have some fancy kit to do those camera movements. ….. Oh … and btw ….. I particularly enjoyed the music selection.

  • Mbell33

    nice work!