Vorticity 2 by Mike Olbinski

I love a good summer storm and the physics involved is always fascinating to me, but nothing quite brings home the sheer immensity and power of a storm like time lapse photography. Mike Olbinski spent two years putting together this compilation of storms he filmed into one incredible YouTube video in 4K.

I made the tough decision last year to save everything I shot that spring and combine it with whatever storms I captured in 2019 and make the best possible time-lapse film I could. It was incredibly difficult to sit on that collection of footage for over a year, but I’m glad I did. When you’ve done a few of these, at some point you gotta work even harder to top yourself and I did my best to make that happen. Even though I’ve lost all perspective at this point having watched this a million times during editing, I do feel it has some of the best footage I’ve ever compiled into one of these films. I had such a high bar set and many, many clips did not make the cut.

You really need to watch this full screen to appreciate it fully. Better yet, if you have a streaming device hooked to a big screen TV that will playback YouTube then watch it on that. This took my breath away. Best of all, it’s one of two:

You can read more about what he uses to capture these stunning events and see other clips at his YouTube channel.

There’s something about a bad girl that appeals to me.

I’ve got to give Disney credit. I’m not a huge fan of their classic animated features as I find them just a bit on the saccharine side for my tastes, but their live-action twist on Sleeping Beauty where we see the story from the villain’s point of view has me very intrigued:

For all I know the movie may end up being crap, but the casting of Angelina Jolie as Maleficent seems absolutely spot-on. The CGI is a little dodgy, but I’m willing to cut that some slack to watch her tear up the scenery. The new rendition of Once Upon A Dream by Lana Del Ray is just chilling. Oh, and that smile! She’s living up to her name with that smile.

Yeah, this looks like a must-see.

We live on an amazing planet.

Couple of folks have been passing this around on Google+, but it was so amazing I thought I should repost it here. It’s a series of storms filmed in time-lapse so you can see the power that rolls through them that is both terrifying and beautiful at the same time. You’re going to want to watch this in HD and fullscreen to really appreciate it:

You really get a feel for the complexity of the physics that takes place in your average thunderstorm. They can be stunningly destructive and are also essential for life on Earth. The world is a pretty amazing place when you stop long enough to look around you.

Hat tip to Dave and George who alerted me to it.

Alex Cherney’s beautiful Ocean Sky time lapse video.

I never grow tired of watching the night sky or, for that matter, watching videos of the night sky. Especially when they’re as beautiful as this:

Ocean Sky from Alex Cherney on Vimeo.

At a star party in August 2009 I took my first long exposure photograph of the night sky. I was so thrilled with the results that I dedicated most moonless weekends since then to photographing two things I love the most in nature – the night sky and the Ocean.

Taking series of images and combining them into a time lapse video sequence made it even more interesting. I have since experimented with all-night time lapses, panning motion, etc. But most importantly I’ve enjoyed the journey immensely.

This time lapse video is the result of almost 1.5 years of work, 31 hours of taking images during six nights on Southern Ocean Coast in Australia.

You really need to watch this in HD and in full screen mode to really appreciate the stunning beauty of it all. The universe is an amazing place when you stop long enough to notice.

“Insert Coin” looks like CGI, but it’s not.

I don’t even want to think of how long it took to make this stop-motion animation using coins. Check it:

As you can see at the end, the method they used was very clever and the end result is just amazing.