Lightning can be destructive, killing about 2,000 people worldwide each year. But it also can be jaw-droppingly beautiful, illuminating the sky in the blink of an eye.
Photographing a strike on a skyscraper will light up the Internet, while a perfectly-timed shot at a forest preserve can be just as amazing. But none of it compares to capturing the full force of nature on video in super slow motion.
Be prepared to be amazed by an incredible project by Visual Concept's Dustin Farrell, and be sure to have the sound cranked up to get the full effect.
The video, titled "Transient," highlights Farrell's 2017 grueling storm chasing season, compressing it down to just 200 seconds.
"This summer I chased for over 30 days and traveled 20,000 miles," Farrell said in the video's description. "My respect and admiration for storm chasers became even stronger this year. This is one of the most difficult projects I have ever attempted in my career. On several occasions I found myself uncomfortable either mentally or physically."
Most of the footage in the video was shot in Arizona, but many days on the road were complete duds.
"There were at least 10 days where I returned home with my tail between my legs and nothing to show after a ten hour chase and 500 miles," Farrel said. "There were also a couple of days that I drove home with an ear to ear smile that lasted for hours."
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