Look Up: Cloudscapes

Timelapse Video

Brief

Tools

Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Audition

Date

Summer 2015

Process

These time lapses were shot over one summer in Vancouver, British Columbia. We had a few high/low pressure weather events that led to incredible cloudscapes over the mountains, which inspired me to buy an intervelometer to capture the movement of clouds over time. This turned into an obsession. Every formation fascinates me; the way they move and transform is incredible, as is the way the light shines through, and the way they make airplanes look so small. I decided to capture the movement of clouds through time lapse to show what is difficult to see and hard to notice—how clouds move above our heads, whether we notice them or not.

The timelapses were shot with a Nikon D3100, tripod, and intervelometer. Depending on the speed of the clouds, I'd set my interval somewhere between 2 and 5 seconds, but sometimes up to 10 if I really needed to compress time. I usually shot for 10-15 minutes at a time, favouring billowing cumulonimbus formations before they reached full bloom—shooting clouds, you develop an eye for how different formations transform and evolve over time.

Music Kai Engel