The name Mike Olbinski has become fairly synonymous with with amazing weather timelapse films. And he’s kicked 2017 off to an amazing start with Pulse, a 4K black & white timelapses showing some absolutely incredible storms and tornadoes.
We’re so used to seeing these things full of vibrant colour, that black & white often looks quite dull by comparison. Pulse, however, is beautifully processed, adding nothing but drama and a heightened sense of nature’s overwhelming power.
I’m normally not a huge fan of digital black & white conversions, but this just blew me away. You can pick almost any single frame from this video, and it would stand up on its own.
For quite a few years now I’ve been wanting to do something different with my time-lapse films. I love color. Storms are full of color. The blues, the greens, the warm oranges and reds at sunset. The colors are sometimes what make a simple storm into something extra special.
But black and white speaks to my soul. I love it. There is something when you remove the color that lets you truly see the textures, movement and emotion of a storm.
I also went with a much wider aspect ratio than I’ve ever done before. I feel like it actually feels like it brings you in closer to the action, almost like you were standing right there with me.
It all comes together to produce a wonderful final film. I could just sit and watch it on repeat for hours.
As a big fan of storm chasing, this theme is common to Oblinski’s work. While I do like his pass work in colour, I really hope he starts to do more of them like this.
What do you think? Do you prefer the drama of black & white? Or do you think the vibrance of colour better suits the subject matter? Let us know in the comments.