“Prairie Wind,” lovely high-res storm photography

Sure, you might say: spending hundreds of dollars on a 4K monitor only to touch it to your expensive work Mac & have the latter apparently fry its circuit board, leaving you to gimp along for an indeterminate amount of time, sounds like a crappy idea–but hey, this footage sure looks good on it (plugged into loaner Chromebook), amirite?

From the description on Vimeo:

Directed and photographed by veteran storm chaser Martin Lisius, “Prairie Wind” represents the world’s first film produced on 16K video. His goal was to photograph the storms of America’s Great Plains on the largest canvas possible. “These amazing storms offer us a glimpse of what our world once was, and inspires us to protect and preserve what remains,” Lisius said. “The sky over the prairie is huge. I wanted to create a medium large enough to capture and properly present it on.”

Lisius shot the production utilizing two side by side 50MP Canon DSLRS. Shooting required the use of a custom-made mount to keep the two cameras perfectly aligned, 8,000 miles of travel through six states, and dozens of carefully prepared weather forecasts.

During post-production, 12,000 images were stitched together to create one 15,985 x 5792 pixel image using a Mac Pro workstation. Each shot required a minimum of 5 days to prepare with the computer working around the clock. To keep the processors from melting, the Mac was cooled by two powerful external fans.

Directed and photographed by Martin Lisius.

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