BY: KAROUN CHAHINIAN
While most people’s first reaction to a storm would be to find shelter, Mike Olbinski has fallen in love with the thrill of chasing them with a video camera, and the product is breathtaking.
Olbinski, a storm-chasing wedding photographer and father of 3 from Arizona, drove over 10,000 miles through 10 states. Over 2 weeks, he collected remarkable footage of summer storms and cloud formations.
After time-lapsing approximately 45,000 frames of storm footage, he created his popular video The Chase, and described it as “one of the best experiences of [his] life.”
“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,” posted Olbinski on his website. “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.”
Throughout his journey, Olbinski witnessed 4 tornadoes, supercells (rotating thunderstorms), shelf clouds, mammatus clouds, and breathtaking lighting shows.
“All this movie does is 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!” he posted.