Welcome to the blog for Mike Olbinski Photography

Hey there...my name is Mike and you've arrived at my blog. If you came from my main website, awesome...take a look around and see all the latest weddings and engagements, lifestyle shoots and of course...storm images.

Filaments

(please click to view on black // canon 5d mark iii, canon 50mm f/1.2 l, f/8.0, iso 100, 13 seconds // buy print) My favorite focal length to shoot lightning with is 50mm. I dunno what it is…but if you get a bolt that fills the frame, it’s pretty much the perfect distance for me. You see the filaments more than if you are using say a 200mm or even a 135mm. That closeness to the storm and to the strike gives you that much more. This was taken last night north of Sierra Vista, Arizona. We got caught in…

A Bolt at Sunset

(please click to view on black // canon 5d mark iii, canon 35mm f/1.4 l, iso 100, f/16, 2.0 sec // buy print) Sometimes when you get such an amazing sunset going on and a storm is right there in front of you…a prayer escapes your lips. Please God…give me a lightning bolt right where I need it to be. Make it awesome. And that’s what I did while standing here last night. Thanks for the answered prayer.

El Relámpago

(please click to view on black // canon 5d mark iii, canon 135mm f/2 l, iso 200, f/8.0, 1/6th, lightning trigger // buy print) Yesterday I took a bit of a gamble and headed south mid-afternoon to hopefully get near the border by 6-7pm. There was agreement between a few models on some storms moving into southern AZ around that time and I was hoping to snag some lightning before everything died out. This was taken southeast of Sierra Vista, but looking into Mexico. That’s a first for me. Basically the top 95% of this image is all Mexico. You…

On Fire

(please click to view on black // canon 5d mark iii, canon 16-35mm f/2.8 l, 16mm, iso 400, f/4, 1/100th // buy print) An amazing sunsets east of Sonoita, Arizona. The sky was on fire from a monsoon thunderstorm and the setting sun of course, but an actual wildfire was off camera left of this image, which created a sky full of smoke and only enhanced the colors this night. I was amazed when I turned from the fire to look at this mountain…that the field of grass was actually reflecting the reds and oranges. It was stunning.  A rainbow…

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Just a little something for your Friday.

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Words cannot describe what it’s like to be published in Arizona Highways. Even people who don’t live in Arizona have heard about this magazine. It’s historic. It’s been around forever. I grew up looking at these amazing photographs and gorgeous landscapes because of course my dad had a subscription. I’ve made it into the magazine twice before this current August issue. Once for their centennial issue with my July 5th haboob image and then a random bridge photo I took in Two Guns, AZ made it into the back of their magazine’s “Where in Arizona is this? feature. I’m proud…

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Last year on this date I was in Zambia along with Hoops of Hope. I was gone for 10 days, it was one of the most amazing times of my life and also one of the toughest. I was blown away by what I saw, the images I was able to capture and the people I met. But at the same time, I missed my family dreadfully. Looking back now, it feels like the distant past…so I wanted to remind myself of the adventure I had a year ago. I went through my 900+ images and tried to narrow it down…

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I thought I’d finally take the GoPro Hero 2 into the pool to see how it did. I had no clue about sharpness or anything, I just went with it. Afterwards I realized you need a special lens cover to get it sharp underwater…BUT…I don’t really mind the results! I can’t put my finger on it, but I love these images. They feel warm and full of emotion. I did edit with my normal Lightroom preset, but otherwise, most of the film-ish look is right out of the GoPro. Needed to get some personal work up here, hope you enjoy!

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Andrew and Carolyn are two of my most favorite clients ever (they paid me to say that)…but seriously, I love these two. From the moment I met them, they were a blast to hang with. Their engagement session was full of laughs and even helped give birth to the #hiwerethecheneys hashtag they used for their wedding. There was so much love and laughter, and lots of tears throughout the day on Friday.  We started at a rental house in La Jolla and ended up at the Darlington House closer to the coast. It’s a beautiful little venue, with all kinds…

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We chased this dust storm from Picacho Peak all the way into central Phoenix. It was pretty nuts…the outflows flying all over the place, colliding. Dust storms were going west/northwest, then north and northeast, and then back northwest again. Made it tough! So tough that we got too far east along Hunt Highway, and so it took us a bit of time to get back out of the dust storm in order to race in front of it to downtown Phoenix. We had intended to go to another parking garage that I like, but the ol’ standby is right off…