Rogue Storm timelapse movie.
ROGUE STORM is the second movie of my Bagan timelapse pentalogy. The movie is built around a rare night with 3 lightning storms passing over Bagan. In this dry zone very little rain falls, even in monsoon season. The chance of capturing a storm over Bagan is next to nothing. I was devastated to find out! Trying to capture Milky Way skies during a monsoon season was going to be very challenging, so I hoped that at least I might be able to shoot some storms. When locals made all my hope evaporate, I didn’t give up, checking my weather apps continuously/desperately to see if I’d get lucky after all. You never know! I always say, ‘when you least expect it, the best things happen’. For weeks I witnessed on my radar apps how massive storms would bend off to pass Bagan or either fall apart right over it. Until one day, after shooting sunset, BOOM! A strike! Between 6pm and 11pm I was able to capture 2 of 3 storms that passed right over Bagan. Armed with 3 cameras, I was able to shoot a bunch of timelapses and make this movie of that lucky night!
The craziest of things happened that night. As I was taking shelter in a temple during the rain, I accidentally (of course) stepped on a snake. Did I tell you yet Myanmar is the deadliest country with roughly 7500 people a year dying from snakebites? OMG. It’s a too long story to tell here, but read all about it in my Behind the Scenes post.
If you ever plan on visiting Myanmar, please be sure to spend your money at the smaller local-run businesses. It really helps support the local people and their families. Please care.
Nikon D750 & D850, Nikkor 20/1.8, 16-35/4, 28-300/3.5-5.6.
Sony RX100iv, Mavic Pro, Syrp Genie Mini Pan-Tilt
Photoshop for editing timelapses
Bridge for image viewing / organizing
Photo Mechanic for quick image viewing
Lightroom + LRTimelapse for editing timelapses
After Effects for noise reduction and editing final movies
Rogue Storm Music
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