You may know Mike Olbinski by his stunning work in creating storm timelapse. He recently presented his latest work, appropriately titled Pursuit. This time, nature wasn’t on his side. It was difficult to catch the storms and shoot them for the film, despite all the effort. So he traveled 28,000 miles across the USA, pursuing the most spectacular and awe-inspiring storms, and not giving up. And he did it – he created another fantastic timelapse video that shows the overwhelming power of nature.
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.
When I’m heading out location scouting or to do a shoot, we often drive through rain 3 or 4 times before we get there. The weather around here is full of all sorts of different microclimates, some small, some large. So it’s not uncommon to see columns of rain coming down in the distance.
Rarely, though, are they as dramatically beautiful as they are in this video from photographer and filmmaker Mike Olbinski. This timelapse film took over 85,000 frames and 36 days of shooting to complete. It’s stunning work, I’m sure you’ll agree.
In Mike Olbinski’s 6 minute video, Vorticity, we’re taken on a whirlwind journey (quite literally) covering 18 days of storm chasing, 20,000 miles through nine states, to produce some of the most incredible weather timelapse footage.