The Arizona Monsoon - A Time-lapse Film

by Jerrod harris July 01, 2016

The Arizona Monsoon - A Time-lapse Film

Today I am so happy to share with you my monsoon 2015 experience in Arizona. So much went into making this film, but the best part was actually being there in the moment and capturing the beautiful summer storms in Arizona in 2015.

Arizona is so diverse, the lowest elevation in Arizona is the Colorado River at just a mere 70 feet above sea level, the highest point is Humphrey's Peak, Northwest of Flagstaff at over 12,633 feet above sea level. Within these extremes lies beautiful deserts filled with Saguaro Cacti and and at the highest regions soaring beautiful pine trees and even aspens at the highest elevations.

That is a 12,563 feet difference! It is just crazy to me seeing the deserts down by Yuma and then in a span of a few hours you can be in a up in forest somewhere on a desert mountain island surrounded by thick pines.

There is just so much to see in Arizona, that is half the journey for me.

I love seeing it all. So I drive, and I drive, hoping a storm will end up being where I think it should be.

As I share this film now a new monsoon season is here upon us in Arizona.

I couldn't be happier.

With this new season is a reason to explore new areas, a purpose to turn down a dirt road to nowhere, and to find a new vantage point to witness a storm that has never been there ever before.

That after all is the beauty of weather, whether it is here in Arizona or anywhere else, It is never the same storm, and is never in the same place.

The nerd in me loves this.

The other half of the journey is a relatively new one for me, which is learning photography. I feel like I've learned so much the last two years and really all I hope is that you find that this film is better than the last. It is not that I don't like the last one but honestly I had no clue what I was doing with a camera then. I still have a lot to learn right now as well. I want to thank everyone that has taken the time to share their photography tips and tricks with me over the last two years. You know who you are and really I can't thank you enough.

I also want to thank all my friends, family, and chaser buddies that support my obsession with weather, I love you guys!

Most of all, my wife Jamie has been amazing through this whole journey. To say she is supportive is an understatement. One of my favorite sequence of this whole film is the Grand Canyon one, it was so beautiful as it unfolded before us and I love that she was there to experience it with me!

Last but certainly not least, I want to thank YOU for watching this. I hope you enjoy the film!

Social Media info and Websites:
twitter @monsoontracker

Some specifics...

65 time-lapse clips.
About 50,000 used in the final film.
23 days chasing out of 108 monsoon days.
Gas was $2.00 cheaper over 2014!
All shot with a Canon 70D and a Nikon D610.
Lenses: Canon 50mm, Rokinon 14mm, 16mm, Nikkor 28mm, 55mm, 105mm

Copyright 2016 - Jerrod Harris Photography LLC - All rights reserved.

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