Tag Archives: clouds

Ominous Supercell Thunderstorms Animated from a Single Photograph by Mike Hollingshead

storm-1

storm-2

storm-3

storm-4

storm-5

Weather photographer Mike Hollingshead, whose impressive storm photography we first featured around this time last year, has taken his editing a bit further by importing his supercell thunderstorm photos into Photoshop and setting them in motion. Hollingshead says these animations aren’t created like more traditional cinemagraphs, where moving elements from a video are isolated and the rest of the image is masked out. Instead, he uses only a static image and creates the animation from thin air. Most of the photos you see here were shot in Nebraska between 2004-2013. You can see many more examples on his website.

See related posts on Colossal about , , .

Temperature Inversion Causes the Grand Canyon to Flood with Clouds

canyon-1
Photo by Maci MacPherson for Grand Canyon National Park

canyon-2
Photo by Maci MacPherson for Grand Canyon National Park

canyon-3
Photo by Maci MacPherson for Grand Canyon National Park

canyon-4
Photo by Maci MacPherson for Grand Canyon National Park

canyon-5
Photo by Maci MacPherson for Grand Canyon National Park

Almost a year to the week after an extremely rare temperature inversion caused the Grand Canyon to fill with clouds, the phenomenon happened again. The Grand Canyon National Park had cameras at the ready and shot some fantastic photos from around the canyon as well as a timelapse video. (via Neatorama)

See related posts on Colossal about , , , .

Stormscapes 2: An Amazing Severe Weather Time-Lapse by Nicolaus Wegner

storm-1

storm-2

Filmed last month by Nicolaus Wegner in Wyoming, Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Colorado, Stormscapes 2 is a gorgeous timelapse of severe weather events. Wegner deftly captured lightning strikes, rainbow formations, tornadic activity, and rolling thunderstorms in a way I’ve never seen before. Well worth a watch. (via Jason Sondhi)

Storm Chaser Films Rolling Cloud Formations That Make You Feel like You’re Underwater

clouds

Earlier this summer, storm chaser Alex Schueth managed to capture a timelapse of a rare cloud formation called a undulatus asperatus during a storm over Lincoln, Nebraska. The rolling pattern formed by the clouds almost gives the impression you’re underwater looking up at the surface at waves. (via PetaPixel)

Clouds Cast Thousand-Mile Shadows into Space When Viewed Aboard the International Space Station

clouds-3

clouds-4

clouds-6

clouds-1

clouds-2

clouds-5

One of six astronauts currently on board the International Space Station, geophysicist Alexander Gerst spends much of his free time staring out the window as the world zooms by 205 miles below, camera in-hand. Since arriving at the ISS in June of this year Gerst has taken tons of photographs that document hurricanes, floods, dust storms, and oil fields.

One of his favorite things to shoot are the shadows cast by clouds, something that appears surprisingly dramatic from space. Dense cloud formations can create long shadows that stretch for thousands of miles across the Earth’s surface as they eventually disappear into a black horizon. You can see new photos from Gerst daily on Twitter. (via Stellar)

See related posts on Colossal about , , , , .

A Sculptural Cloud of Plastic Bottles Illustrates One Hour of Trash in NYC

Studiokca_Exterior 6

All photos by Chuck Choi courtesy Studio KCA

STUDIOKCA_HIC_Exterior

Head in the Clouds_StudioKCA_6

STUDIOKCA_Head in the Clouds_StudioKCA_7

STUDIOKCA _rocessed Material_Navy Yards

Head in the Clouds_StudioKCA_10

If you visited Governor’s Island in New York last summer you most certainly saw the billowing, cloud-like structure that sits in the middle of the lawn. And if you’re anything like my kids you probably dashed up to it to see exactly what thing was. But it’s not until you get up close that you realize it’s made from many, many plastic bottles stringed together. “53,780 used plastic bottles,” says designer Jason Klimoski, “the number thrown away in NYC in just 1 hour.” Klimoski and his team at STUDIO KCA collected the bottles – a combination of milk jugs and water bottles – and lashed them together to create “Head in the Clouds,” a pavilion people can walk into, sit inside, and contemplate just how much plastic is thrown away every day.

The structure, however, was temporary and the team is now looking for its next home. If you’re interested in having this in your back yard get in touch with the designers.

See related posts on Colossal about , , , , , , .

The Cloud: An Interactive Thunderstorm in Your House

cloud-1

cloud-2

cloud-3

Multidisciplinary designer Richard Clarkson experiments with products, lights, and furniture in time split between his New York and New Zealand studios. One of his most elegant creations is Cloud, an interactive light shaped like a cumulus cloud that simulates a thunderstorm both in light and sound based on external input from either a remote control or motion sensors. From Clarkson’s website:

The Cloud is an interactive lamp and speaker system, designed to mimic a thundercloud in both appearance and entertainment. Using motion sensors the cloud detects a user’s presence and creates a unique lightning and thunder show dictated by their movement. The system features a powerful speaker system from which the user can stream music via any Bluetooth compatible device. Using color-changing lights the cloud is able to adapt to the desired lighting color and brightness. The cloud also has alternative modes such as a nightlight and music reactive mode.

Watch the video above to see how it works, and see the different variations in his online store. (via Really Sh*t!)

See related posts on Colossal about , , , .

Page 1 of 51234...»