I was home over the holidays in Toronto during the epic ice storm of 2013 and I managed to bundle up and face the insanely cold temperatures to get some timelapses and document the damage—including a massive tree that crashed through the fence in our OWN yard (0:28-0:35) and a huge array of destruction unlike anything I’ve ever witnessed. As documented elsewhere, the ice storm also brought much beauty, with a blue blanket of transparent ice not seen since Schwarzenegger in “Batman and Robin.”
Loving the surreal lighting effect of the ice on the trees, I experimented with utilizing/enhancing this in the second half of the video with a cocktail of light rays/zooms/rotations/saturation—creating the kaleidoscopic “icelighting” effect you see. I imagine it’s gonna be a “love it or hate it” effect, but I found it very transfixing, with a similar trippy rotational buzz I get from watching star trails.
Try to watch the short in HD with headphones on and volume cranked if you can, for maximum immersion!
Camera: Canon EOS 6D with Canon 24mm/1.4F lens and TC-80N3 Intervalometer.
Music: “Mistake,” courtesy of MobyGratis.com. Music Performed by Moby.
Shot and Edited by: Gavin Heffernan / Sunchaser Pictures