The hobby of storm chasing is a mystery to me. Ever since watching the movie Twister, I vowed to never, ever move to a state that had tornados. I can understand the adrenaline rush and the beauty and drama of storms, watching them develop and then envelope the sky. It’s a dangerous, yet beautiful process to watch the clouds take on a life of its own, churning and swirling touching down on the Earth, doing its best to leave a wake of destruction in its path. I’m just too much of a wimp to do much but watch movies and time-lapse videos about them.
But there are many people that love the recreational sport of chasing storms, Arizona-based wedding photographer, Mike Olbinski, being one of them. Earlier this year, Mike spent a total of 14 days, driving over 12,000 miles, over ten different states to capture the footage for the following time-lapse. Between naps, Mike shot over 45,000 frames in New Mexico, Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma, Colorado, Nebraska, South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana and North Dakota to create the 6 minute time-lapse below, The Chase.
Using Canon 5D Mark III‘s and a selection of manual Rokinon lenses and processing with LR Timelapse, Lightroom, After Effects and Premiere Pro, Mike captured 4 tornadoes, numerous supercells, shelf clouds, mammatus clouds, and nature’s stunning light show in his 2 weeks of chasing. Along the way, he caught up with numerous chasing friends that he met on social media, and together they shared the adventure and the thrill of the chase.