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Science

A Triple Lightning Strike on Three of Chicago’s Tallest Buildings

July 3, 2014

Christopher Jobson

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Even by Chicago standards the weather here in the midwestern U.S. has been bizarre and extreme lately. We’ve seen giant walls of fog caused in part by a bitterly cold winter that chilled Lake Michigan, and numerous lightning storms that last for hours. Local videographer Craig Shimala was filming a timelapse of a derecho from his home this week when he managed to capture a triple lightning strike on three of Chicago’s tallest buildings: Willis Tower, Trump Tower and the John Hancock Building. Even more incredibly, he filmed the same occurrence almost four years ago to the day back in 2010.

To see more examples of our wild weather, check out recent photos by Nick Uliveri and Pete Tsai.

 

 



Science

Incredible Supercell Thunderstorm Time-lapse Over Kansas by Stephen Locke

May 21, 2014

Christopher Jobson

Over the past few days there have been several time-lapse videos circulating around the web of a supercell storm forming over the skies in Wyoming. While that video is incredible, this footage by photographer Stephen Locke, captured near Climax, Kansas on May 10th of this year, is even more astounding. A massive vortex of clouds, rain, lightning, and a clearly visible sunset to boot. (via Vimeo)

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Photography

Severe Skies: The Photography of Storm Chaser Mike Hollingshead

January 15, 2014

Christopher Jobson

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Just a cursory glance at a few storm photos by Mike Hollingshead and it’s clear this guy has probably seen it all, and probably put his life at risk to do so. The intrepid storm chaser has been enduring foul weather since the late 90s, clocking some 20,000 miles a year in his car as he stalks thunderstorms and other extreme weather occurrences waiting to capture the perfect shot. Hollingshead shares his story with Jakob Schiller over at Raw File, and you can see hundreds of his photos, many available for purchase as prints, over on his website. All images courtesy the artist. (via Raw File)

 

 



Photography

Polar Vortex 2014: Photos of a Chicago Deep Freeze

January 7, 2014

Christopher Jobson

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A quick local news segue, the wintry assault here in Chicago as a result of the Polar Vortex has been bitterly cold and dangerous as temperatures plunged to historic lows over the last 48 hours. Despite the life threatening temperatures, it’s also been strangely beautiful. The landscape, especially along the Lake Michigan shore, has been transformed into an Arctic wonderland the locals are calling CHIBERIA. Here’s a collection of some of the best photos I’ve seen from Chicago’s most intrepid photogs who braved the absurd weather to snap a few amazing photographs. Am I missing any great shots? Get in touch. A huge thanks to all of the photographers for providing images for this post.

 

 



Amazing

Into the Atmosphere: A Breathtaking Timelapse of the Skies Above California by Michael Shainblum

December 13, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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Into the Atmosphere is the latest timelapse tour de force from photographer and filmmaker Michael Shainblum (previously), shot in numerous locations around California over a period of year. For the nearly four minute clip Shainblum payed special attention to the clouds and ever changing atmospheric conditions above the Golden State, shooting some 75,000 photographs which he edited down to 12,500 for the final cut. Of the work he shares:

“Into The Atmosphere,” is my tribute to the state of California and the beautiful deserts, mountains and coastlines that exist there. This video showcases a variety of national/state parks as well as less recognized natural areas. The video also focuses on clouds, fog and interesting atmospheric conditions. Although California is known for blue sunshine skies, seeing a colorful storm cloud over Half Dome or an incredible sunset at the La Jolla Coves is really a sight to see. The goal of this video is to show these environments in their best possible light.

Additionally the Creator’s Project sat down with Shainblum to learn more about how he works and shot some fun behind the scenes video.

 

 



Photography

Rare Temperature Inversion Creates River of Clouds Inside the Grand Canyon

December 3, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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Erin Whittaker via Grand Canyon National Park

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Last week on November 29th the Grand Canyon experienced a rare temperature inversion where cool air began to rise from the bottom of the canyon and met warm air above creating low level clouds. Apparently this type of thing happens once or twice a year, but almost never with clear skies which provided an unprecedented once-in-a-decade view of the canyon filled to the rim with fog. Several photographers were on hand including Ben Mayberry who captured some amazing panoramic shots, and Paul Lettieri managed to shoot a timelapse of the event. (via My Modern Met)

 

 



Art

A Tornado of Repurposed Wood Sweeps through Art Bogotá

October 10, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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Created by Colombian artist Otoniel Borda Garzón, this towering 40 foot (12 meter) torando of scrap wood was installed last year as a centerpiece at the Bogota International Art Fair. Garzón is known for his twisting organic vortices constructed primarily from old pieces of lumber that seem to dominate gallery spaces, an ongoing series of work he refers to simply as Reserva. You can see more of this twisting sculpture over on Behance.