Storm of Dreams


Wont soon forget standing in front of this supercell near Denver City, TX on May 4th. My absolute favorite moment chasing this year. Seeing this sculpted beast was like something out of a dream. I stood here as long as I could as the hail started to fall around me, hoping to get a photo before I had to run. Thanks to one of the camera crew who were following me for hitting the shutter button!

Sammy & Ben’s wedding in Tempe

Sammy and Ben. Hilarious from their engagement photos to the wedding. Loved every second of hanging out with them. Hope you enjoy this! Ceremony at Our

Vorticity 2

The premiere of this video is tonight, July 22nd, 11:45pm!

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Two years in the making. I made the tough decision last year to save everything I shot that spring and combine it with whatever storms I captured in 2019 and make the best possible time-lapse film I could. It was incredibly difficult to sit on that collection of footage for over a year, but I’m glad I did. When you’ve done a few of these, at some point you gotta work even harder to top yourself and I did my best to make that happen. Even though I’ve lost all perspective at this point having watched this a million times during editing, I do feel it has some of the best footage I’ve ever compiled into one of these films. I had such a high bar set and many, many clips did not make the cut.

My storm chaser friends will recognize some memorable supercell/tornado events like Tescott, Tahoka, McCook, Hoisington, Cope, Imperial, Quinter, and Denver City (my personal favorite). I was lucky to be on those days, even though I did miss a few that I would really have loved to have been able to capture.

None of these clips would come alive without the right music and I searched and searched and searched for months until landing on the right tracks back in May. Luke Atencio has such a gift and two of his songs were blended to create the track for this film. Proud and thankful to be a Musicbed Ambassador. They have collected some of the best artists and musicians anywhere, and it’s an honor to be able to use their songs.

I want to thank some people here who helped me along the way. My tour guests from the past two years who came from all over the world and spent their hard-earned money to join me for storm chasing adventures…you all are amazing. Marko Korošec, a friend and epic storm chaser from Slovenia, who helped me with some forecasting last year when I was leading tours by myself and starting to get drained. You saved my butt on a few days.

Brett Wright…who has become a close friend of mine and is one of the best chasers/forecasters I know. Thanks for joining me for the grind of essentially four tours over 38 days this spring. I mean…I never could have done that without you buddy…you have my eternal gratitude. I learned so much.

To all of you watching, who follow me on YouTube, Vimeo, Instagram, Twitter and those who support me on Patreon…thank you SO MUCH for all of it. You guys are amazing and your support and kind words over the years has been an incredible motivator. I am humbled and honored.

Finally, to my amazing wife Jina and the kiddos…it was really hard being away, especially this past spring. I made it back more than I thought I would, but it was still grueling and difficult. Thank you Jina for everything you do to help make this happen. And for supporting me no matter what. Even encouraging me when I sometimes feel like quitting. As I always say, and is the absolute truth, I never would be where I am without you.

There is also a special “post-credit” dedication someone who has always pulled for me and been in my corner since the beginning of this journey 🙂 We are both huge Marvel fans so he will definitely get a kick out of that!

Okay, rambling is over….hope you enjoy!

Technical Details:

Everything shot with two Canon 5DSRs and various Canon lenses. A couple lightning sequences with the Sony A7R3

All clips available in 8K Resolution

Processed in Lightroom, LR Timelapse, After Effects and Premiere Pro.

Whitt & Matt’s wedding in Paradise Valley

A ceremony in her parents backyard, where she grew up…and some photos next door at a newly remodeled home. And Camelback Mountain in the distance. Can’t ask for much better.

Anna & David’s wedding at Chapel of the Holy Cross

This was my last wedding of the spring this year. It was an amazing Polish traditional wedding, with fantastic people, many of whom only spoke Polish. It ended with a stunning rain shower and epic rainbow in the red rocks of Sedona at the Chapel of the Holy Cross, and we were running around like little kids so excited for what we were seeing.

Brittany & Jim’s wedding at The Paseo

Not gonna lie, this was one of my favorite weddings of the spring! Love The Paseo venue, such great desert scenery around it for photos at sunset! Brittany and Jim were wonderful to work with, such great, kind people…and their wedding was a blast. Lots of tears, especially between Brittany and her two dads…love all of those images!  Hope you enjoy these!

Kelsey & Thomas’s wedding at the Scottsdale Resort

A stunning wedding photographed by my associate Courtney Larson! Wonderful job, I know Kelsey and Thomas were overjoyed with their images!

Brownsfield, TX

Finding clear skies and beautiful, isolated supercells was tough this past week, but Thursday gave us a nice one west of Brownsfield, TX for a little bit before it got messier looking later on. We jumped on this as early as we could and because of the haze, had to get pretty close to see the structure. But once we all got setup, the bolts began to drop near and far, and finally one behind us, which caused us to reposition. This one was spectacular though, landing just a few miles away.

A great way to end tour one…now I’m back flying to Denver for two days of chasing with Brett Wright and Brad Sevy, before our next tour officially kicks off on Monday. Gonna be 10 days of hilarity I’m sure with the five people we have coming 🙂

Andrea & Chad’s wedding at Desert Foothills

Another beautiful wedding at Desert Foothills. Andrea and Chad were such a blast to work with!

Launched a Patreon page!

Hey everyone, my loyal blog readers! I’ve launched a Patreon page which I’m real excited about…you can see it all at the link below, as well as a video introduction as to why I’m starting this up!

Mike Olbinski’s Patreon Page