2014 Epic Storms and Tornadoes from Artbeats

Years ago I met Phil Bates, CEO of Artbeats, one of the most recognized stock footage library companies, to discuss the work he was doing with time-lapse photography that created many of the companies most used and recognized clips. It was interesting getting his take on what can sometimes be a very tedious job of shooting stock footage for sale. This summer Phil spent time driving around the Midwest chasing storms for the company’s new collection. While he didn’t make it as far west as Hays, Kansas. Phil did capture some epic storms, supercells and probably more tornadoes than he cares to remember.

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EXPERIMENT: City Tour (looping footage)

It was such a nice day on Saturday, that my son and I went out to have some fun with my GoPro HD camera.  If you haven’t heard of, or seen, one of these cameras, it is a super small, and lightweight camera that is designed to attached to helmets, bikes, motorcycles, skateboards, and anything else you can think of.

Designed for extreme sport coverage, these little camera’s pack quite a punch when it comes to capturing intense action in high definition.  That’s right, this camera captures HD!  So what did we do with it? Attached it to the front of the car, and took a little trip.

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TEST FLIGHT: The AR.Drone and the GoPro HERO HD

For whatever reason, I decided to break down and purchase the AR.Drone.  Well, it wasn’t really just any reason, I actually liked the fact that it is a fairly inexpensive quad-copter that you can attach a small camera to, and capture HD footage.

One of the most popular stock footage shots on the site happens to be the wheat field video, that filmmakers and commercial producers have been using in their projects.  I was hoping to follow up on that shot this summer/fall during harvest by doing a flyover of a wheat field, and capture it in full HD for you to use.

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