Storm chaser and time-lapse photographer Mike Olbinski has been turning his camera lens on the monsoon in Arizona for about 7 years, and this past summer he spent a whopping 48 days chasing storms. After 17,000 miles driven and 105,000 photos captured, Olbinski combined 55,000 of the best shots into the eye-popping time-lapse video above, titled “Monsoon II.”
“I think this represents some of the best weather I’ve ever photographed in Arizona,” Olbinski writes. “There are stunning shelf clouds, gorgeous rain shafts, lots of blowing dust, tons of lightning, and even multiple mini-supercells/mesocyclones.”
Gear-wise, Olbsinki was shooting with a Canon 5D Mark II, a Canon 5D Mark II, a Canon 16-35mm, and Rokinon 14mm, 24mm, 35mm, and 85mm lenses. Afterwards, the shots were edited in Lightroom, LR Timelapse, After Effects, and Premiere Pro.
“My hope is that you can see and feel that love in this film,” says Olbinski. “The beauty of the monsoon in Arizona. This is where I’m from and this is home.”
P.S. Back in 2013, we shared a time-lapse by Olbinski that showed a massive supercell thunderstorm rotating over Texas.
Image credits: Video and still frames by Mike Olbinski