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The Turbulent and Dramatic World of Storm Chasing |Time-lapse

By Hanssie on July 27th 2015

storm-chasing-timelapseThe 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.

You can see more from Mike Olbinski on Vimeo and on his Instagram here.


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Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at Follow her on Instagram

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Jay Sullivan

    I would love to actually see this someday but this is the next best thing.

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  2. Ralph Hightower

    Absolutely stunning!

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  3. Trey Mortensen

    I love timelapses and this has to be one of my all time favorite ones I’ve ever seen. Saving the link right now….

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  4. Holly Frazier

    So incredibly beautiful!

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  5. Joram J

    Awesome!!!! Stunning footage and the music finishes it off perfectly. Wauw!

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  6. Peter McWade

    I was fully sucked into the moments. Great choice of sounds. Fit perfect.

    Pete :)

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  7. Karthik Thorali

    awesome !!

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  8. Hannes Nitzsche

    Oh, and the music is fantastic as well! :) Suits the mood and cinematography perfectly!

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  9. Hannes Nitzsche

    Wow, nothing quite captured my attention on the web in the past few weeks like this stunning video! Mike did a fantastic job capturing these scenes and I cannot believe he made it out alive lol! Bravo! Absolute wonderful stuff and huge respect to him!

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  10. Paul Bradshaw

    Amazing! I have been wanting to dabble in time-lapse for quite some time now. This video is truly an inspiration.

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  11. Samuel Sandoval

    Nice shoot.

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  12. Trevor Dayley

    Mike is a super rad guy. Love seeing his work get featured!!!

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  13. Brandon Dewey

    awesome! great video!

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