Kelvin-Helmholtz sweep over Birmingham

That’s Not Why We Think You’re Crazy, Stacey…

Clouds that look like a series of breaking waves are known as ‘Kelvin-Helmholtz’ formations. They can appear at the low, middle and high cloud levels. This video, filmed from Birmingham, Alabama, US, shows a particularly low example of Kelvin-Helmholtz clouds. So dramatic were the waves that they were featured in the local news, described by reporters as the ‘tsunami clouds’. We like dialogue between the cloudspotting couple. She want’s him to call the TV weather man to ask what they are. He seems to be too busy using his power tools to put up some shelves at the same time as he’s filming them…

The Sky at Day

Jesse Hannell, Member Number 19,583, recently sent us this video about cloudspotting that he filmed, presented and edited himself. He was 13 years old when he made it. It shows a great understanding and appreciation of clouds and we love it.

Fohn Home

Fohn Home

Anita Evans, Member 16612, sent us two time lapse films of a cloud formation known as the Helm Bar, which forms over the Pennines, the low mountain range that runs down the middle of the north of England. Caused by the wind blowing from the East, at right angles to the hills, the effect is of a rolling cloud bar, viewed here from the window of her workshop.

The first is high-energy Helm:



The second, a relaxed, contemplative Helm:

Alien Skies

Mark Dymond, Member 16120, sent us his ‘Alien Skies’ video, in which the colours of the time lapse clouds are inverted to eerie effect. The music is by The Silk Demise.


Silver Lining

Paraglider Kym Fielke‘s beautiful 4-minute film, Silver Lining, is showing at the 38th annual Coupe Icare 2011 Free Flight Film Festival at St Hilaire in France. He shot the film in South Australia during 2010 around Adelaide, Mt Lofty Ranges, Fleurieu Peninsula, and the Mid North and Flinders Ranges. Over 8800 photos were used to construct the master timelapse sequences.



Camera: Canon 7D
Lenses: Canon EF-S 17-85mm & 10-22mm
Software: Digital Photo Professional, Photoshop, VirtualDub and Premiere Pro CS5
Music: Phorous, by L.S.G. from the album Into Deep (discogs.com/​LSG-Into-Deep/​master/​46740)

Close Encounters of the Stormy Kind

Benjamin Turquet, Member No. 27,655, sent us his video showing time-lapse footage of an evening Cumulonimbus cloud developing over Montreal, Quebec, Canada, along with film of the lightning storm that followed. Was the thunderhead trying to communicate something to us Earthlings?

Sun, Rain & Clouds over the Avoca River, Ireland

This time lapse of the changeable skies over Arklow, Co. Wicklow, Ireland was sent in by Steve Potter, Cloud Appreciation Society Member No. 27,500. “I shot it on 16 June 2011,” he said, “using my Nexus1 Google Android phone and the Time-Lapse app. The music is by Cara Dillon. This really shows you why Ireland is so green!”

Time-lapse of Sun, Rain, & Clouds over the Avoca River, Ireland from Steve M. Potter on Vimeo.

A Head in the Clouds

Denis Farmer posted this YouTube video from his back garden when he saw a face appearing in the storm clouds over Grand Falls, New Brunswick, Canada. We think his comment half-way through rather sums it up: “Hoooooly Freak!”.

Jurgen Klimpke

The Sun Will Shine Brightly

Sent in by Juergen K. Klimpke, Member No. 22868.



Time-lapse recording of the morning sky over Schleiz (Thuringia, Germany). The clouds give a view of the sun. Aeroplanes hurry scurry across the screen and produce aircraft contrails. This pull over before the sun and then finally make space for a blue summer sky.
Footage and music by Juergen K. Klimpke.
Shot on Canon EOS D300.

The Unseen Sea

Here is a fantastic time lapse cloud video by Simon Christen. We are big fans.

A collection of time lapses I took around the San Francisco Bay Area roughly shot over the period of one year.
Please watch in HD :-)
Find more of my work on my website www.simonchristen.com
Follow me on my Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Simon-Christen-Photography/183499695028114
or on my flickr account: www.flickr.com/seemoo
Music by Nick Cave – Mary’s Song from the Soundtrack of “Assassination of Jesse James”

Summer of 2010

Summer of 2010 – A Time Lapse Edit

This time lapse video by Ian Provo from the summer of 2010 has plenty of fantastic cloud sequences. Of particular interest are the lapping wave effects of some Stratocumulus clouds, which are a great reminder that the atmosphere above us is an ocean of air, which contains waves similar to those in the oceans of water around us. Most of the time, these waves of air are unseen by us – except when they are rendered visible by their effect on the glorious clouds.

Summer of 2010 – Time Lapse Edit from Ian Provo on Vimeo.

During the summer of 2010, I began shooting time lapses. Its a pretty neat form of cinematography thats slowly becoming an obsession of mine. While the rewards are sometimes quite nice, it can be very time consuming and frustrating, particularly during the learning stage. They seem to give you a perspective on the landscape that you could never get otherwise. All the clips in this piece were shot with a Canon 5D Mark II, on various camping, fishing, and skiing trips in Utah, Colorado, and Chile.

London Eye in 2 Mins

The London Eye in two minutes

Cloud Appreciation Society member Mark van der Vord sent in this video of the sunset from the London Eye.

The London Eye in two minutes/Inside by Sepalcure from mach v on Vimeo.
Mark told us:
A week before my birthday, I learnt that I’d won some tickets to The London Eye, courtesy of The Thames Festival on the condition that they were used by Feb 24th. Not wanting to miss the opportunity to do something cinematic with it, my wife and I wanted to either catch a sunset or a night-time ride so I could film it and Miko could take some pictures. However the weather wasn’t being our friend. Each day rolled by and the blanket of dull, grey skies (OH HAI nimbostratus!) seemed like it would never break. What we wanted was the pressure to drop (opening up the skies to more exciting cloud formation) and a warm front start to move in from the west, preferably around tea time. It looked like it wasn’t to be until the very last day of our ticket, so on 24th February, I managed to take an hour off work early and I met up with Miko at The Eye at 5pm. just as the sun was rolling over the horizon. We exchanged our tickets and queued… and prayed that we got on the ride before the sunset got any good. I think that we got the perfect view.

Clive Blundell's Die Walküre

A Cloud Opera

Clive Blundell's Die WalküreCloudspotter, Clive Blundell, sent us a link to his film, Gods, Mortals and Morals. It depicts Richard Wagner’s opera Die Walküre, but with the characters represented by shapes in the clouds. We think the operatic tale of Norse mythology seems to fit rather well with his images of clouds shaped like gods. What do you think?

Click here to see Clive’s Gods, Mortals and Morals.

Hector Thunderstorm Project

Camera Murray Fredericks
Editing Lindi Harrison
Original Sound Tommy Shutzinger

This time-lapse assembly is part of the Hector Thunderstorm Project being produced in northern Australia. The first exhibition of stills from the project are on exhibition in Melbourne at Arc 1 Gallery from the 24th of May until the 18th of June.
Special thanks to the Tiwi Land Council, Phase One and L&P Digital Photographic for their support of the project.