Storm chaser and videographer Dustin Farrell who hails from Arizone has just released “Transient 2″. This sequel to his 2017 short is approximately 3.5-minutes long and features the skies opening up to reveal flashes of lightning as well as puffed up clouds rolling across open plains. Capturing all this wasn’t easy, as he had to travel 35,000 miles over the span of 2-years to get the raw footage, and that’s not including the 300 hours spent editing. Read more for the video and additional information.
He used a Phantom Flex 4K to record the slow motion footage of lightning, and for those unfamiliar with this camera, it delivers low noise, high resolution 4K imaging at super 35mm format. How much does one of these cameras cost? Well, the 128GB model is currently selling for a whopping $108,600, but many photography shops will rent one to you for substantially less.
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 view finder 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 85mm lenses wide open at f/1.4,” said Farrell.