Storm Chaser Turns 2 Years’ Worth of Amazing Lightning Adventures into Epic 4K Video

If you had any doubts about the power of nature, just tune into storm chaser Dustin Farrell‘s new video. In this three-and-a-half-minute highlight reel, Farrell takes us along on two years of storm chasing adventures. Shot with his Phantom Flex 4, the 4K video is a stunning look at lightning strikes and storm clouds as they dramatically take over the environment.

To get the footage, Farrell traveled 35,000 miles traveled, used 30 terabytes of hard drive space, spent 300 hours doing post-production, and only got three speeding tickets. The results are well worth it. Transient 2 combines Farrell's 1,000 fps Phantom footage with traditional time-lapse imagery, creating a mesmerizing video that pays homage to the power of weather. The impressive footage is a sequel to Farrell's 2017 Transient, which currently has over 7 million views.

When he's not chasing storms, Farrell works as a Director of Photography and is a veteran of the film and television industry. His skills as a camera operator and Phantom tech certainly comes in handy for these personal projects. In fact, Farrell put his expertise to good use when selecting the Phantom Flex 4 for the project.

“The Phantom Flex4K is a camera that must be post triggered while shooting high speed,” he writes on YouTube. “This works out well for capturing lightning because the camera is always recording and rewriting to internal ram. As soon as a bolt appears in my viewfinder I trigger the camera to save what has been stored in the ram. Shooting at high frame rates requires a lot of light. Therefore, I mostly used my Zeiss Otus 28, 55, and 85 mm lenses wide open at f/1.4.”

Transient 2 is a powerful highlight reel of two years’ worth of storm chasing footage.

If you can't get enough of these storms, watch Farrell's original Transient.

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h/t: [PetaPixel]

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Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Contributing Writer and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. Since 2020, she is also one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.
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