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2014-01-23 18:22:02 (32 comments, 44 reshares, 141 +1s)Open 

Barrage

An enormous amount of lightning strikes hit the area just south of Casa Grande, including Arizona City and the Tohono O'odham Nation. This image is made up of about 30 separate photographs all stacked to show the amount of lightning that can hit in the same general area over about 26 minutes.

More about it on the blog: http://www.mikeolbinski.com/theblog/2014/01/barrage/

#arizon   #photographer   #storms   #monsoon   #stormchaser   #lightning  

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2014-01-23 18:22:02 (32 comments, 44 reshares, 141 +1s)Open 

Barrage

An enormous amount of lightning strikes hit the area just south of Casa Grande, including Arizona City and the Tohono O'odham Nation. This image is made up of about 30 separate photographs all stacked to show the amount of lightning that can hit in the same general area over about 26 minutes.

More about it on the blog: http://www.mikeolbinski.com/theblog/2014/01/barrage/

#arizon   #photographer   #storms   #monsoon   #stormchaser   #lightning  

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2014-01-23 18:22:02 (32 comments, 44 reshares, 141 +1s)Open 

Barrage

An enormous amount of lightning strikes hit the area just south of Casa Grande, including Arizona City and the Tohono O'odham Nation. This image is made up of about 30 separate photographs all stacked to show the amount of lightning that can hit in the same general area over about 26 minutes.

More about it on the blog: http://www.mikeolbinski.com/theblog/2014/01/barrage/

#arizon   #photographer   #storms   #monsoon   #stormchaser   #lightning  

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2015-08-02 02:30:53 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Hey Jack! Curious...this may sound weird. But I want to lock a Canon lens aperture (16-35) but then use a manual adapter ON a Canon 5D3. Do you know if there are any adapters out there to connect a Canon lens to a Canon camera? :) Sounds weird I know.

Hey Jack! Curious...this may sound weird. But I want to lock a Canon lens aperture (16-35) but then use a manual adapter ON a Canon 5D3. Do you know if there are any adapters out there to connect a Canon lens to a Canon camera? :) Sounds weird I know.___

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2015-07-22 15:34:45 (7 comments, 10 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

THE CHASE

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The music in this film was composed by Kerry Muzzey and is a track called The Secret History from the album The Architect. Please consider purchasing this album over on iTunes: http://bit.ly/PAT_MO 

I am forever in Kerry's debt for his kindness and generosity in donating this song for my film. I do not have enough words to thank him!

If you'd like to purchase a digital download of the film for your iPhone or iPad, please visit http://www.mikeolbinski.com/theblog/2015/07/the-chase. 
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This past spring I spent more time chasing storms on the plains than ever before. The most I had spent prior to this was seven total days and that was last year. What I came away with from that short time made me realize that if I could double that...the stuff I couldc... more »

THE CHASE

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The music in this film was composed by Kerry Muzzey and is a track called The Secret History from the album The Architect. Please consider purchasing this album over on iTunes: http://bit.ly/PAT_MO 

I am forever in Kerry's debt for his kindness and generosity in donating this song for my film. I do not have enough words to thank him!

If you'd like to purchase a digital download of the film for your iPhone or iPad, please visit http://www.mikeolbinski.com/theblog/2015/07/the-chase. 
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This past spring I spent more time chasing storms on the plains than ever before. The most I had spent prior to this was seven total days and that was last year. What I came away with from that short time made me realize that if I could double that...the stuff I could capture would be amazing. Of course I long to be out there for a month or longer, but when you live in Phoenix and have a wife and three kids...you have to be realistic.

I turned 40 years old this year and I told my wife all I wanted was 10 days chasing on the plains. She loves me though and it ended up being 14! Two days in April and then 12 straight days from May 23rd - June 3rd. Those 12 days were absolutely incredible. I'm friends with other chasers via social media, met them on the side of roads while chasing, even grabbed dinner together...but never have I felt more of a part of the chaser community than being out there for almost two weeks. Living the life...seeing the same amazing chasers over and over...it was overwhelming to me. I missed my family, it was hard at times, but it was one of the best experiences of my life.

Both chases originated from where I live in Arizona. In April I drove out all night to Colorado, slept maybe an hour, chased all day, got a good night's sleep, chased the next day in the Texas panhandle and drove home that same night, stopping only for a quick nap in New Mexico. The second chase was the same. Left Phoenix late on the evening of May 22nd, never really slept and the chase was on the next day. All in all I drove well over 12,000 miles over the course of those two weeks, visited 10 total states (New Mexico, Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma, Colorado, Nebraska, South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana and North Dakota) and shot over 45,000 frames of footage for this film.

I have many people to thank. Pat O'Brien for being my first private tour attendee this spring. Mike Mezeul II for one very big tip on a spot above Rapid City, SD. To James Langford who not only guided me to that spot over the phone, but "now-casted" for me many, many times. I may have missed out on four crucial clips in this film if it wasn't for him suggesting I punch the core in South Dakota. Thank you sir. And to my pal Andy Hoeland...who was with me for over a week of my time out there, driving, looking at forecasts, talking to weather experts and always helping us have a great target for that day. He's become my chase partner for most of these big plains trips and I wouldn't have it any other way.

Also thanks to Cinetics (http://cinetics.com/axis360) for sending me their Axis 360 to play with. I used it one time in this film and wish I had used it more. I love that scene.

Finally...above everyone else, of course...is my wife. To let me go for that long, to never complain, to never discourage me...but to only believe in me...how could I be so lucky to deserve a wife like that? We have three kids and that's tough on a parent to have her husband away that long. It will never cease to amaze me that I would not be here, doing this, if it wasn't for her support and encouragement.

Technical details...everything was shot on Canon 5D3's, along with an array of Rokinon lenses. I got sick of lens-twisting (mostly of FORGETTING to lens twist) so I mainly used those manual lenses on this trip. Everything was processed using LR Timelapse, Lightroom, After Effects and Premiere Pro.

I'm in absolute love with this film. The stuff I saw rivaled anything I've ever seen on the plains minus that insane Booker supercell in 2013. We saw four tornadoes (one of them appears in a deleted scene at the very end of the film), countless supercells, gorgeous shelf clouds, stunning mammatus and some awesome lightning shows. The song..well, the song for this film blew my mind. I loved it when I heard it, but then seeing how everything started coming together on the timeline, the pace, the slow build-up, the huge ending...I've said it before, but the song is 50% of the film. Thank you again Kerry for everything!

All this movie does it fuel me to want to do better next year and this summer in Arizona. Stay tuned for Monsoon II and for The Chase II next spring!

I sincerely hope you enjoy and share this film around. Thank you! ___

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2015-07-18 18:34:08 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

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2015-04-29 18:22:21 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

A dad and three kids (or mostly dad) build the giant, 1869 piece Lego Tumbler. Hope you enjoy!

Roughly five hours of real world build time. 

Music by the always great Kevin Macleod

A dad and three kids (or mostly dad) build the giant, 1869 piece Lego Tumbler. Hope you enjoy!

Roughly five hours of real world build time. 

Music by the always great Kevin Macleod___

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2015-04-20 20:34:09 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

My first ever tornado sighting on a plains chase...and even though this was rated an EF0, it was still fun to see and a little nerve wracking to chase since it's the first time for me to be around something actually touching down to the ground. 

I was along Highway 70, south of Pampa, just to the northeast of Groom, Texas. The area that the tornado forms had been mostly outflow-dominant for the hour before...but while I was out taking some photos of the windmill at the start, the wall cloud tightens up and suddenly a brief tornado forms. 

Later on, towards the end...my truck gets hit with some strong winds and suddenly there is circulation off on the other side of the road, which I think was a gustnado, but can't be sure. May have been a weak tornado touchdown.

My first ever tornado sighting on a plains chase...and even though this was rated an EF0, it was still fun to see and a little nerve wracking to chase since it's the first time for me to be around something actually touching down to the ground. 

I was along Highway 70, south of Pampa, just to the northeast of Groom, Texas. The area that the tornado forms had been mostly outflow-dominant for the hour before...but while I was out taking some photos of the windmill at the start, the wall cloud tightens up and suddenly a brief tornado forms. 

Later on, towards the end...my truck gets hit with some strong winds and suddenly there is circulation off on the other side of the road, which I think was a gustnado, but can't be sure. May have been a weak tornado touchdown.___

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2015-03-25 21:42:39 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

A March supercell in Arizona

Last week we were out chasing storms and saw a bonanza of shelf clouds south of Phoenix...later in the afternoon I went south past Picacho Peak and watched two large cells move closer and closer together until suddenly they merged into a large thunderstorm, with a hail core and structure. It look completely like a supercell and on this time-lapse, you can see the back end of it rotating for a little bit. Early on in both clips you can also see the bluish hail core dump on the right side of the base!

I have a few other clips of the shelf clouds, but really wanted to show this guy. Awesome to see this kind of storm in Arizona...and especially in March! Great start to the year already.

A March supercell in Arizona

Last week we were out chasing storms and saw a bonanza of shelf clouds south of Phoenix...later in the afternoon I went south past Picacho Peak and watched two large cells move closer and closer together until suddenly they merged into a large thunderstorm, with a hail core and structure. It look completely like a supercell and on this time-lapse, you can see the back end of it rotating for a little bit. Early on in both clips you can also see the bluish hail core dump on the right side of the base!

I have a few other clips of the shelf clouds, but really wanted to show this guy. Awesome to see this kind of storm in Arizona...and especially in March! Great start to the year already.___

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2015-03-12 01:05:45 (8 comments, 3 reshares, 39 +1s)Open 

Uploading a big album of all my images from last year's storm chasing across Arizona. Mostly so I can have these as a screensaver on Chromecast :)

Uploading a big album of all my images from last year's storm chasing across Arizona. Mostly so I can have these as a screensaver on Chromecast :)___

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2014-10-15 17:14:26 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Nice job man!

Nice job man!___

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2014-09-25 16:32:44 (6 comments, 2 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

Monsoon \ a time-lapse film

Follow me: https://twitter.com/mikeolbinski, http://www.mikeolbinski.com, https://www.facebook.com/mikeolbinskiphotography

All summer long when I'm chasing storms, I'm also time-lapsing. It's actually my main goal when I'm out there. A clip here and a clip there. Some days you get nothing great, some days you get SIX amazing scenes in a single afternoon. A powerful rain shaft. An intense hail core dump. Shelf clouds. Dust storms. Lightning. The Milky Way. That's what I'm capturing out here in Arizona between June 15th and September 30th every year, which is our official monsoon window. And this is the result of all that time spent.

My favorite part of capturing all this is when I sit down to create this final film. While some scenes are worthy of standing on their own, a lot of them need to be part of something... more »

Monsoon \ a time-lapse film

Follow me: https://twitter.com/mikeolbinski, http://www.mikeolbinski.com, https://www.facebook.com/mikeolbinskiphotography

All summer long when I'm chasing storms, I'm also time-lapsing. It's actually my main goal when I'm out there. A clip here and a clip there. Some days you get nothing great, some days you get SIX amazing scenes in a single afternoon. A powerful rain shaft. An intense hail core dump. Shelf clouds. Dust storms. Lightning. The Milky Way. That's what I'm capturing out here in Arizona between June 15th and September 30th every year, which is our official monsoon window. And this is the result of all that time spent.

My favorite part of capturing all this is when I sit down to create this final film. While some scenes are worthy of standing on their own, a lot of them need to be part of something bigger. And when I start laying it out, they suddenly morph into this collection of storm imagery that tells the story of my summer.

This year I wanted to raise the bar. Not compared to everyone else, but my own personal bar. I licensed music this time. I wanted two amazing songs and I think I found them. Powerful, fast-paced, intense. Nothing gives life to your clips like a beautiful soundtrack.

I'm incredibly proud of this film. I've probably felt the same way every year in the past, but there is something about this summer that blew away the others. And I think it's because I'm better at what I do. I'm finding the structure in storms like I never have before.  Our haboobs (dust storms) were limited this year, but those days were amazing, as you'll see.  And I caught even more lightning this summer than the last two years combined. I think the scenes are more powerful and cinematic than ever. And for this final product, I've quickened the pace and I believe I'm finally showing the monsoon in all its beauty and glory.

There are over 45,000 frames in this film. I drove over 14,000 miles across Arizona. This takes work, time and patience. The month of July felt like a huge failure. It was a rough start. It seemed as if the year was going to be brutal and I'd be lucky to capture anything good. And then it all changed and I'm here now releasing what I feel is my best overall work to-date.

I'd like to thank a few people. Dustin Farrell, Sean Parker, Jesse Attanasio, Joel Schat and Bryan Snider. All of you helped me in some way. Answered my technical questions, helped me switch to better software, enabled me to take another leap in quality and inspired me. I appreciate your friendships and willingness to share.

Mostly though, I have to thank my family. My two older kids, Lyla and Eli (6 and 2 1/2) were along for the ride for many of these storms. The final shot in the whole film was one where my wife was out of town and I took all THREE of the kiddies with me, including my youngest who just turned one. I'll always remember that moment. The Milky Way blazing in the sky, I was feeding the baby a bottle, and taking turns with Lyla who did the best she could until her arm got tired and I took back over. Out there on a dark road off Interstate 10. Meeting another photographer named Val and just enjoying a spectacular moment with my kids all being a part of it.

My wife though. Jina. Wow.  She believes in me like no one else could or ever will. She knows what I have to do and empowers me to do it. In fact, while I want this film to be amazing for everyone watching, I truly want to impress her the most. It means that all the time away this summer was worth it. Because life is a little bit nuts during the monsoon in our house, where I've returned from a chase at 6:30am having being out for 16 hours straight, only to go back out later that night after only a two hour nap.

I say it a lot and I'll say it again. I wouldn't be here without her. And I love her for it.

Technical Details and Credits

This past spring I purchased an eMotimo and Dynamic Perception rail system…but I ended up not using them. At all. I wanted to. Believe me. But many of these clips aren’t very long in real time. Sometimes less than 15-20 minutes in a lot of cases. If I took the time to set-up a rail or panning head, I’d be missing a lot. So none of the clips this year use outside motion control.

I used two Canon 5D Mark III's along with a Rokinon 14mm 2.8 and Canon L lenses, like the 17-40mm, 16-35mm, 50mm, 35mm and even the 135mm.

Songs: Bernini's Angels by Kerry Muzzey and Inertia by Dexter Britain

Thank you for watching. All clips are available in 4K resolution. Please email, comment or message me on Vimeo for questions, licensing inquiries and whatever else you might need___

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2014-09-07 17:35:48 (3 comments, 3 reshares, 26 +1s)Open 

September 6th, 2014 Haboob over Phoenix

The season opened with an epic haboob (or dust storm) over Phoenix on July 3rd, and it may have just capped off the monsoon with another beautiful dust storm yesterday evening.

I was behind this thing after chasing down south for most of the afternoon, and it was all I could do to make my way through the dust safely and come out on the other side to time-lapse this bad boy.I stopped first near Riggs Road and I-10 to get it marching through the desert, and then raced to my favorite spot downtown to get it with that epic view of Phoenix.

This guy was moving fast…the video is only from 6:21 to 6:44pm…but I’m glad I got there when I did. The way it comes over the mountains always blows my mind, and then watching Phoenix get completely engulfed is something I never get tired of seeing.

If this indeed near the end ofthe m... more »

September 6th, 2014 Haboob over Phoenix

The season opened with an epic haboob (or dust storm) over Phoenix on July 3rd, and it may have just capped off the monsoon with another beautiful dust storm yesterday evening.

I was behind this thing after chasing down south for most of the afternoon, and it was all I could do to make my way through the dust safely and come out on the other side to time-lapse this bad boy.I stopped first near Riggs Road and I-10 to get it marching through the desert, and then raced to my favorite spot downtown to get it with that epic view of Phoenix.

This guy was moving fast…the video is only from 6:21 to 6:44pm…but I’m glad I got there when I did. The way it comes over the mountains always blows my mind, and then watching Phoenix get completely engulfed is something I never get tired of seeing.

If this indeed near the end of the monsoon, it sure is going out with style!___

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2014-07-31 02:02:01 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 64 +1s)Open 

A 10-image, roughly 180 degreee panorama of a gust front making its way over the Rincon Mountains near Benson, Arizona area on July 27th.

You can see how it's curved from the right side all the way to the left and then back again over the mountains to the right. That was the outline of the gust front moving towards us.

Stunning sunset...a timelapse of this will be on my end of year film I release at some point!

#storms   #photography  #monsoon #sunsets   #stormchasing  

A 10-image, roughly 180 degreee panorama of a gust front making its way over the Rincon Mountains near Benson, Arizona area on July 27th.

You can see how it's curved from the right side all the way to the left and then back again over the mountains to the right. That was the outline of the gust front moving towards us.

Stunning sunset...a timelapse of this will be on my end of year film I release at some point!

#storms   #photography  #monsoon #sunsets   #stormchasing  ___

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2014-07-24 20:43:00 (9 comments, 1 reshares, 58 +1s)Open 

Answered

Sometimes when you get such an amazing sunset going on and a storm is right there in front of you...a prayer escapes your lips. Please God...give me a lightning bolt right where I need it to be. Make it awesome.

And that's what I did while standing here last night. 

Thanks for the answered prayer.

#arizona   #monsoon   #lightning   #sunset  

Answered

Sometimes when you get such an amazing sunset going on and a storm is right there in front of you...a prayer escapes your lips. Please God...give me a lightning bolt right where I need it to be. Make it awesome.

And that's what I did while standing here last night. 

Thanks for the answered prayer.

#arizona   #monsoon   #lightning   #sunset  ___

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2014-07-22 19:49:00 (6 comments, 4 reshares, 62 +1s)Open 

Inferno

An amazing sunsets east of Sonoita, Arizona. The sky was on fire from a monsoon thunderstorm and the setting sun of course, but an actual wildfire was off camera left of this image, which created a sky full of smoke and only enhanced the colors this night. I was amazed when I turned from the fire to look at this mountain...that the field of grass was actually reflecting the reds and oranges. It was stunning.  A rainbow can faintly be seen over the mountain peak.

Inferno

An amazing sunsets east of Sonoita, Arizona. The sky was on fire from a monsoon thunderstorm and the setting sun of course, but an actual wildfire was off camera left of this image, which created a sky full of smoke and only enhanced the colors this night. I was amazed when I turned from the fire to look at this mountain...that the field of grass was actually reflecting the reds and oranges. It was stunning.  A rainbow can faintly be seen over the mountain peak.___

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2014-07-15 20:22:02 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

July 2nd was amazing. On my way south from Benson chasing some storms, I found myself noticing some dusty outflow to my west. As I got further south, I realized it was smoke from a fire. Since it looked fairly fresh, it appeared to have been caused by lightning.

I sat and time-lapsed from the east at a location just north of Whetstone, AZ from 5:40 to 6:20 pm.

I knew the road went west a few miles south and curved back to the north, so I assumed we'd be in a good spot to shoot more of the wildfire and a lot closer. I was stoked about the sun setting soon, thinking it would really make for some spectacular colors.
It was incredible. The fire was burning on its own for awhile, not moving to vigorously in any direction...UNTIL a storm approached from the east and a strong outflow exploded the first to the west. You can see towards the end where I zoom in...how quickly the fire... more »

July 2nd was amazing. On my way south from Benson chasing some storms, I found myself noticing some dusty outflow to my west. As I got further south, I realized it was smoke from a fire. Since it looked fairly fresh, it appeared to have been caused by lightning.

I sat and time-lapsed from the east at a location just north of Whetstone, AZ from 5:40 to 6:20 pm.

I knew the road went west a few miles south and curved back to the north, so I assumed we'd be in a good spot to shoot more of the wildfire and a lot closer. I was stoked about the sun setting soon, thinking it would really make for some spectacular colors.
It was incredible. The fire was burning on its own for awhile, not moving to vigorously in any direction...UNTIL a storm approached from the east and a strong outflow exploded the first to the west. You can see towards the end where I zoom in...how quickly the fire overtook the side of that hill. It was mind-boggling.
I had to fly east if I wanted to stay in front of the fire and the storms...and that's where the video ends.

Check my blog for more photos!
mikeolbinski.com/theblog___

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2014-07-04 06:27:36 (6 comments, 3 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

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2014-06-29 23:21:57 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

You guys rock, these are awesome!

You guys rock, these are awesome!___

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2014-06-02 21:51:44 (7 comments, 6 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

Seven Days on the Plains

One of my favorite things after a summer of chasing storms in Arizona is to release a short film of my time-lapse work during that time. I've released two of those now and I can't wait to see what happened this coming monsoon season.

Last year was the first time I was able to time-lapse while I chased outside of Arizona, on the central plains, which ended up being a very short film of a single, amazing storm near Booker, Texas: https://vimeo.com/67995158

This year on the plains, I wanted more time and more clips of the wide variety of weather out there. So between two trips in April and May, I spent a total of seven days in the central plains of this country, which included Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico and Texas. From I-70 to I-10. And everywhere in-between.

It was an amazing time and I essentially got something everyday we... more »

Seven Days on the Plains

One of my favorite things after a summer of chasing storms in Arizona is to release a short film of my time-lapse work during that time. I've released two of those now and I can't wait to see what happened this coming monsoon season.

Last year was the first time I was able to time-lapse while I chased outside of Arizona, on the central plains, which ended up being a very short film of a single, amazing storm near Booker, Texas: https://vimeo.com/67995158

This year on the plains, I wanted more time and more clips of the wide variety of weather out there. So between two trips in April and May, I spent a total of seven days in the central plains of this country, which included Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico and Texas. From I-70 to I-10. And everywhere in-between.

It was an amazing time and I essentially got something everyday we were out. Some days were amazing...like wall clouds with reported tornadoes approaching the Denver International Airport...or an awesome, red sunet on a marginal day in western Kansas. On one of our last days, it was a ridiculously blue hail core which you'll see in a few separate clips. 

My journey wasn't solo...my buddy Andy Hoeland helped forecast and get us to the storms, and Matt Granz was a fellow photographer who made sure we pulled over at certain spots when I was too intent on chasing down a storm.

I brought along an eMotimo for the trip, but I forgot my power cord for the battery and wasn't able to get a replacement while out there. Regardless...most of the clips you see would have been lost if I'd taken even an extra few minutes setting up a panning head or dolly. Time-lapsing storms is a different beast than setting up for a Milky Way shot over the course of the night.

I used two Canon 5D Mark III's, along with a Canon 17-40, 16-35 and a Rokinon 14mm. A couple of Manfrotto tripods and mainly a Pixel Intervalometer along with a Promote Control when I broke the Pixel :)

This trip took us over 3000 miles in the course of those seven days. It was something I wont forget and I hope this film showcases a lot of the hard work that went into chasing the storms themselves, getting ourselves in the right spots for the best shots and recording them as quickly as I could.

If I have any regrets...it would be that I wish I would have seen another more picturesque supercell mothership and maybe a tornado. 

On the first trip I also failed to clean my sensors, which resulted in a few dust spots. My second, five-day trip, I cleaned them before I went and during the trip. I struggle with dust spots, because if you spot remove in Lightroom, you can get funny results...so which is better? The dust spot or funky changing dots that might be even more noticeable?

I also used Adobe Premiere Pro for the first time ever and I have to say, it was a way better experience than editing in Final Cut Pro. In fact I'm uninstalling that here in a bit. 

If you have any questions about this short film, how I captured it, edited it, etc., please ask below and I'll do my best to answer.

Hope you enjoy!

You can find some still photos from the trip over on my blog: http://www.mikeolbinski.com/theblog/

(Edited using Lightroom 5, LR Timelapse, Quicktime Pro 7 and Adobe Premiere Pro)___

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2014-05-28 00:44:39 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

You really think you'd get away with stealing one of the most popular supercell timelapses of last year and not think someone would recognize it as mine? Nice try.

You really think you'd get away with stealing one of the most popular supercell timelapses of last year and not think someone would recognize it as mine? Nice try.___

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2014-05-12 19:15:58 (12 comments, 11 reshares, 124 +1s)Open 

Lightstorm

A few weeks ago I went on a last minute trip to the plains to chase for two days. The first day was marginal for eastern  Colorado and Kansas…it was the next day that I was stoked about. But as things usually work out…day one turned out to be the best. Not only did I get some good structure with some crazy shelf clouds and lightning, but I also captured this guy…probably one of my all-time favorite lightning strikes.

I’m kinda proud of this one. Sometimes you see lightning and you just stop, pull out the camera and hope you get something without thinking much about where you are. But for this one…I saw the sun setting and knew a line of storms were coming towards me. As I passed this field, I saw those trees out there and pulled off the shoulder. I backed up and backed up until they looked just like this. I set up the best composition I could think of andthen praye... more »

Lightstorm

A few weeks ago I went on a last minute trip to the plains to chase for two days. The first day was marginal for eastern  Colorado and Kansas…it was the next day that I was stoked about. But as things usually work out…day one turned out to be the best. Not only did I get some good structure with some crazy shelf clouds and lightning, but I also captured this guy…probably one of my all-time favorite lightning strikes.

I’m kinda proud of this one. Sometimes you see lightning and you just stop, pull out the camera and hope you get something without thinking much about where you are. But for this one…I saw the sun setting and knew a line of storms were coming towards me. As I passed this field, I saw those trees out there and pulled off the shoulder. I backed up and backed up until they looked just like this. I set up the best composition I could think of and then prayed for lightning.

It was actually amazing. Even without the lightning, this scene was breathtaking. The sun was setting, and illuminating the falling rain…and the trees isolated by themselves made it feel like it some kind of picture or painting right there in real life.

#phoenix #azchasers #kswx   #lightning   #kansas   #trees   #plains   #stormchasing  ___

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2014-04-03 17:37:07 (5 comments, 4 reshares, 71 +1s)Open 

Squiggly

This was the best storm I saw all of 2013 in Arizona. At the very least it was in the top 2. The low shelf cloud that appeared out of the rain was an amazing surprise, but there was also blowing dust and crazy lightning strikes. You can see the other shots from this cell right here.

I captured this one using a Nero Lightning Trigger...although I wouldn't recommend one. I was actually surprised I got this because I had a lot of bad luck with it, loose cables and eventually it just stopped working. I recently picked up a Lightning Trigger IV and am looking forward to that this spring and summer.

The fun part of this strike is that it's VERY close. A lot closer than it looks. 17mm lens on a full frame sensor...and it almost takes up the entire field of view. Not only that, but in the picture on my blog... more »

Squiggly

This was the best storm I saw all of 2013 in Arizona. At the very least it was in the top 2. The low shelf cloud that appeared out of the rain was an amazing surprise, but there was also blowing dust and crazy lightning strikes. You can see the other shots from this cell right here.

I captured this one using a Nero Lightning Trigger...although I wouldn't recommend one. I was actually surprised I got this because I had a lot of bad luck with it, loose cables and eventually it just stopped working. I recently picked up a Lightning Trigger IV and am looking forward to that this spring and summer.

The fun part of this strike is that it's VERY close. A lot closer than it looks. 17mm lens on a full frame sensor...and it almost takes up the entire field of view. Not only that, but in the picture on my blog (http://www.mikeolbinski.com/theblog/2014/04/squiggly/), you can see the orange spot where the lightning strike hits the tree line...and that tree line was about 1/4 mile away from me if that.

A fairly unusual looking bolt as well...almost looks like a squiggly line, not the jagged strikes you usually see.___

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2014-03-26 20:01:35 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Arizona Monsoon Workshop 2014

Released the new website and dates for my 2014 Arizona Monsoon Workshop....all about photography, timelapsing, weather, chasing storms, and lots more.

If you are interested, drop me a note, ask a question, or whatever! Three of the eight spots are gone already :)

http://www.arizonamonsoonworkshop.com/

Thanks!

Mike

Arizona Monsoon Workshop 2014

Released the new website and dates for my 2014 Arizona Monsoon Workshop....all about photography, timelapsing, weather, chasing storms, and lots more.

If you are interested, drop me a note, ask a question, or whatever! Three of the eight spots are gone already :)

http://www.arizonamonsoonworkshop.com/

Thanks!

Mike___

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2014-03-10 18:51:24 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 26 +1s)Open 

One frame

An image from Alyssa and Chris' wedding yesterday at The Sanctuary in Paradise Valley.

  #phoenix   #thesanctuary  #weddings #photographer  #paradisevalley

One frame

An image from Alyssa and Chris' wedding yesterday at The Sanctuary in Paradise Valley.

  #phoenix   #thesanctuary  #weddings #photographer  #paradisevalley___

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2014-02-26 18:54:10 (2 comments, 3 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

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2014-02-25 15:31:02 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 25 +1s)Open 

First look at Shannon and TJ's wedding

Love these two wedding photographers from Wisconsin. Had a blast hanging with them...here's a few of my favorites from their wedding this past Saturday - http://www.mikeolbinski.com/theblog/2014/02/first-look-at-shannon-and-tjs-wedding-in-las-vegas/

#ceasarspalace   #lasvegas   #wedding   #photographer   #weddingphotographer  

First look at Shannon and TJ's wedding

Love these two wedding photographers from Wisconsin. Had a blast hanging with them...here's a few of my favorites from their wedding this past Saturday - http://www.mikeolbinski.com/theblog/2014/02/first-look-at-shannon-and-tjs-wedding-in-las-vegas/

#ceasarspalace   #lasvegas   #wedding   #photographer   #weddingphotographer  ___

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2014-02-23 23:32:18 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 33 +1s)Open 

TJ and Shannon...one frame

A frame from TJ and Shannon's wedding at Ceasar's Palace in Las Vegas this weekend. They are wedding photographers themselves, from Wisconsin, and I had a crazy fun time. More to come!

#lasvegas   #weddingphotographer   #photographer   #ceasarspalace  

TJ and Shannon...one frame

A frame from TJ and Shannon's wedding at Ceasar's Palace in Las Vegas this weekend. They are wedding photographers themselves, from Wisconsin, and I had a crazy fun time. More to come!

#lasvegas   #weddingphotographer   #photographer   #ceasarspalace  ___

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2014-01-27 00:11:09 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 25 +1s)Open 

We made it snow in Phoenix yesterday evening :)

Sheleen and Gil's March wedding coming soon!

#phoenixengagementphotographer   #phoenix   #engagement   #photographer   #weddings   #arizona  

We made it snow in Phoenix yesterday evening :)

Sheleen and Gil's March wedding coming soon!

#phoenixengagementphotographer   #phoenix   #engagement   #photographer   #weddings   #arizona  ___

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2014-01-23 18:22:02 (32 comments, 44 reshares, 141 +1s)Open 

Barrage

An enormous amount of lightning strikes hit the area just south of Casa Grande, including Arizona City and the Tohono O'odham Nation. This image is made up of about 30 separate photographs all stacked to show the amount of lightning that can hit in the same general area over about 26 minutes.

More about it on the blog: http://www.mikeolbinski.com/theblog/2014/01/barrage/

#arizon   #photographer   #storms   #monsoon   #stormchaser   #lightning  

Barrage

An enormous amount of lightning strikes hit the area just south of Casa Grande, including Arizona City and the Tohono O'odham Nation. This image is made up of about 30 separate photographs all stacked to show the amount of lightning that can hit in the same general area over about 26 minutes.

More about it on the blog: http://www.mikeolbinski.com/theblog/2014/01/barrage/

#arizon   #photographer   #storms   #monsoon   #stormchaser   #lightning  ___

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2014-01-20 16:58:28 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Sod-laying timelapse for your soul

Nothing is better than seeing a yard go from dirt to green in a matter of a few hours :) We did this to my house on Saturday, here's the resulting timelapse!

https://vimeo.com/84560014

Sod-laying timelapse for your soul

Nothing is better than seeing a yard go from dirt to green in a matter of a few hours :) We did this to my house on Saturday, here's the resulting timelapse!

https://vimeo.com/84560014___

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2014-01-17 15:31:14 (11 comments, 19 reshares, 118 +1s)Open 

Over Booker, Texas

The Booker Supercell (more here: http://www.mikeolbinski.com/theblog/tag/booker) was undoubtedly ranked either 1 or 2 in my experiences as a storm chaser. My only wish is that we had gotten there a few moments earlier, but I'm pretty sure we saw the storm at it's best right before it started dying out. Here's a look at the storm as it was losing strength, finally passing over the town of Booker, Texas. Earlier in the chase we had been north of Booker, watching the storm move to the southeast...and then we raced south into town and blasted east to stay ahead.

This was one of the final moments of the storm before the sun was completely down and dark overtook us.

Over Booker, Texas

The Booker Supercell (more here: http://www.mikeolbinski.com/theblog/tag/booker) was undoubtedly ranked either 1 or 2 in my experiences as a storm chaser. My only wish is that we had gotten there a few moments earlier, but I'm pretty sure we saw the storm at it's best right before it started dying out. Here's a look at the storm as it was losing strength, finally passing over the town of Booker, Texas. Earlier in the chase we had been north of Booker, watching the storm move to the southeast...and then we raced south into town and blasted east to stay ahead.

This was one of the final moments of the storm before the sun was completely down and dark overtook us.___

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2014-01-12 22:24:39 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

I don't think anyone gave you permission to use my footage for your song. Please take it down and email me about it. 

I don't think anyone gave you permission to use my footage for your song. Please take it down and email me about it. ___

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2014-01-08 20:56:14 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

Benicia and Thomas' wedding at The Icehouse

One of my favorite wedding venues and two awesome people. Here's the story of their day:

http://www.mikeolbinski.com/theblog/2014/01/benicia-and-thomas-wedding-at-the-icehouse/

#weddings   #phoenix   #photographer   #theicehouse   #arizona  

Benicia and Thomas' wedding at The Icehouse

One of my favorite wedding venues and two awesome people. Here's the story of their day:

http://www.mikeolbinski.com/theblog/2014/01/benicia-and-thomas-wedding-at-the-icehouse/

#weddings   #phoenix   #photographer   #theicehouse   #arizona  ___

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2013-12-31 15:26:33 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

The year 2013 in photographs

Here is a lengthy, but hopefully enjoyable, look back at my year in photographs :) Personal, weddings, lifestyle and of course, storms!

Hope you enjoy!

The year 2013 in photographs

Here is a lengthy, but hopefully enjoyable, look back at my year in photographs :) Personal, weddings, lifestyle and of course, storms!

Hope you enjoy!___

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2013-11-08 17:22:51 (17 comments, 3 reshares, 35 +1s)Open 

Been waiting months to share one of the most exciting things to happen to me (other than the kids of course!)...my supercell footage made it to the big screen! You can see about 4-seconds of it in Thor 2 this weekend :)

The entire scoop is below...so crazy proud of this...hasn't really sunk in it. 

Been waiting months to share one of the most exciting things to happen to me (other than the kids of course!)...my supercell footage made it to the big screen! You can see about 4-seconds of it in Thor 2 this weekend :)

The entire scoop is below...so crazy proud of this...hasn't really sunk in it. ___

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2013-09-15 02:17:39 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

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2013-08-29 06:54:16 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

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2013-08-29 06:41:52 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

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2013-08-07 00:57:04 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 25 +1s)Open 

A new storm timelapse today!

A new storm timelapse today!___

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2013-08-06 22:47:53 (13 comments, 16 reshares, 128 +1s)Open 

A hail core near Douglas, Arizona

A rare sight in Arizona...a storm with strong hail and that telltale sign...blue colors emanating from the core. Such crazy motion and structure with this one, I'm stoked to have found it yesterday.

Taken in far southeastern Arizona...a beautifully green place that I really didn't know existed until yesterday. 

#monsoon   #thunderstorm   #arizona   #hail  

A hail core near Douglas, Arizona

A rare sight in Arizona...a storm with strong hail and that telltale sign...blue colors emanating from the core. Such crazy motion and structure with this one, I'm stoked to have found it yesterday.

Taken in far southeastern Arizona...a beautifully green place that I really didn't know existed until yesterday. 

#monsoon   #thunderstorm   #arizona   #hail  ___

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2013-07-26 15:35:31 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 54 +1s)Open 

Africa: Sinazongwe Part 2

This is one image from a bunch I posted from my recent trip to Africa...the kids were amazing...the smiles, the laughter...

See more about the trip over on my blog - http://www.mikeolbinski.com/theblog/2013/07/africa-sinazongwe-part-2/

#africa   #hoopsofhope   #zambia   #sinazongwe   #children  

Africa: Sinazongwe Part 2

This is one image from a bunch I posted from my recent trip to Africa...the kids were amazing...the smiles, the laughter...

See more about the trip over on my blog - http://www.mikeolbinski.com/theblog/2013/07/africa-sinazongwe-part-2/

#africa   #hoopsofhope   #zambia   #sinazongwe   #children  ___

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2013-07-24 17:27:05 (8 comments, 5 reshares, 93 +1s)Open 

Lightning near Camp Verde

Well, it didn't take that long to get back into the swing of things after Africa.  This was from last night south of Camp Verde along Interstate 17. I've always dug this spot and couldn't believe I got a storm there. 

This came just after the sun went down, which is such a perfect time to shoot lightning if you can.

#monsoon   #lightning   #arizona   #thunderstorm  #rain #stormchasing

Lightning near Camp Verde

Well, it didn't take that long to get back into the swing of things after Africa.  This was from last night south of Camp Verde along Interstate 17. I've always dug this spot and couldn't believe I got a storm there. 

This came just after the sun went down, which is such a perfect time to shoot lightning if you can.

#monsoon   #lightning   #arizona   #thunderstorm  #rain #stormchasing___

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2013-07-22 18:22:14 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 43 +1s)Open 

My first night in Twachiyanda, Zambia...which was July 17th...I started kicking the soccer ball around with some local kids and then we all walked over to a nearby field to start a legit game.

After I took this, I joined the action. And at some point the ball was down the field away from me and I stopped for a second to soak it all in.

Here I was...in Africa. Out in the middle of nowhere. I mean, it took hours on a "paved" road and then a dirt road with no signs telling us how to get to our destination. You just had to know.

I looked around...beautiful little children running and playing, laughing and smiling...the sun setting like a giant orange globe on the horizon...and I got tears in my eyes.

I was half a world away from my family, playing soccer with kids in Africa at sunset. It's a moment I wont ever forget. 

This is just a single... more »

My first night in Twachiyanda, Zambia...which was July 17th...I started kicking the soccer ball around with some local kids and then we all walked over to a nearby field to start a legit game.

After I took this, I joined the action. And at some point the ball was down the field away from me and I stopped for a second to soak it all in.

Here I was...in Africa. Out in the middle of nowhere. I mean, it took hours on a "paved" road and then a dirt road with no signs telling us how to get to our destination. You just had to know.

I looked around...beautiful little children running and playing, laughing and smiling...the sun setting like a giant orange globe on the horizon...and I got tears in my eyes.

I was half a world away from my family, playing soccer with kids in Africa at sunset. It's a moment I wont ever forget. 

This is just a single frame of hundreds and hundreds of images from Zambia over the last 11 days. I can't wait to share them in the coming weeks. ___

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2013-07-09 20:33:42 (12 comments, 11 reshares, 122 +1s)Open 

Distant Thunder

A plethora of lightning strikes hit just south of Casa Grande as the sun sets and gorgeous mammatus spread out into the upper levels.This is a stack of about 8 images.

Distant Thunder

A plethora of lightning strikes hit just south of Casa Grande as the sun sets and gorgeous mammatus spread out into the upper levels.This is a stack of about 8 images.___

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2013-07-08 16:07:20 (4 comments, 14 reshares, 102 +1s)Open 

Lightning over Casa Grande

A friend named Sarah texted me last night about a completely other subject, and then added something about beautiful, huge clouds over their area…which was Queen Creek. I opened my front door from downtown and saw a monster cloud looming over the Sacaton area. Pulled up radar and wow, storms had just popped up out of nowhere down there, all the way to Picacho Peak and Marana.

Threw my gear and daughter in the car and blasted south. I sat in this one spot for about an hour and just photographed lightning as it was almost stationary for the entire time. It did get a bit closer towards the end, and this is one of the images from that time.

Those are the lights of Casa Grande and I’m sitting just north of there. You can also spot some blowing dust on the horizon where the strikes landed.

A bunch of stuff from this night, more tosha... more »

Lightning over Casa Grande

A friend named Sarah texted me last night about a completely other subject, and then added something about beautiful, huge clouds over their area…which was Queen Creek. I opened my front door from downtown and saw a monster cloud looming over the Sacaton area. Pulled up radar and wow, storms had just popped up out of nowhere down there, all the way to Picacho Peak and Marana.

Threw my gear and daughter in the car and blasted south. I sat in this one spot for about an hour and just photographed lightning as it was almost stationary for the entire time. It did get a bit closer towards the end, and this is one of the images from that time.

Those are the lights of Casa Grande and I’m sitting just north of there. You can also spot some blowing dust on the horizon where the strikes landed.

A bunch of stuff from this night, more to share at a later time!

#arizon   #monsoon   #photographer   #thunderstorm   #lightning  ___

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