It Started Out As A Nice Day…
It was a pleasant afternoon yesterday at the salt marsh so I decided to set up a time lapse to run while I was watching and photographing the various birds that were out enjoying their day. The black skimmer photos from my previous post were taken while the time lapse was running. Notice in the time lapse video how you can see the tide coming in and gradually covering over the oyster beds and filling in the marsh. In the beginning you can also see some wood storks and egrets fishing in the lower right corner.
The white fluffy clouds began to thicken and get darker and I knew a storm was moving in. You can see the darker clouds come in from the left side of the time lapse. The storm was coming from the southwest and the time lapse was pointed north toward the salt marsh. When I started to hear the thunder and saw some lightning I turned around and saw this shelf cloud rapidly move in and practically roll right over my head. At this point I stopped the time lapse and went to quickly grab a few shots of the shelf cloud before the sky opened up on me. The first photo was taken with a regular wide angle lens and the second one was taken with the 8mm fisheye.
The 42 second time lapse video was made using just over 1,000 photos, one taken every five seconds for a bit less then an hour and a half and processed at 24fps. I wish I could have let the time lapse go on longer but with the lightning and coming heavy rain I really had to get out of there!