Traveling over 20,000 miles around Arizona and the Great Plains in just 30 summer days, filmmaker and photographer Dustin Farrell captured some incredible bolts of lightning with a Phantom Flex4K high-speed camera. The footage was filmed at 1,000 frames per second, allowing us to see the energy trails snake unpredictably through the air with sharp twists and turns. The shots are intermixed with sped up and slow-mo footage and set to some intense action music: Transient. Farrell writes:
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. There were also a couple of days that I drove home with an ear to ear smile that lasted for hours…
Lightning is like a snowflake. Every bolt is different. I learned that lightning varies greatly in speed. There are some incredible looking bolts that I captured that didn’t make the cut because even at 1000fps they only lasted for one frame during playback. I also captured some lightning that appear computer generated it lasted so long on the screen.
Learn more about lightning on Wikipedia, and watch more awesome lightning videos on this site, including lightning storm recorded at 7,000 frames per second and Two Triple Lightning Strikes in Chicago.