Not all who wander are lost… some are just storm-chasing.

~Mike’s wife, Jina


Check out my brand new Storm Photography and Time-lapse Masterclass! Released spring of 2024.

The trailer for the masterclass is below. This is a culmination of nearly 15 years of storm chasing knowledge all crammed into one giant masterclass encompassing everything I know about this style of photography.

Why Do I Chase Storms?

The short answer is that I can’t help but chase. I’ve loved the weather since I was a kid. As I grew up, I wanted to learn more about it. I really enjoyed sharing it with people, even if it was just to call a friend and say a storm was “incoming.”

It wasn’t until my early 30s when I picked up a camera and started snapping away at lightning bolts, did I realize I could combine those two passions into one creative outlet.

My wife Jina’s quote above says everything you need to know about me for about five months out of the year. From late April until early October, I wander around the central plains of the United States, from Montana to Texas, and all summer across the desert southwest. Time-lapse, photography, workshops, tours, consulting… it’s what I do.

I am Mike Olbinski, Storm-Chasing Photographer
This is me chasing the Storm of Dreams.

Time-Lapse Photography

Time-lapse is what I love, what I crave and for nearly a decade now, putting those stormy clips to music is one of my favorite things. My films have been seen around the world, in festivals, theaters, museums, vineyards and so many other places. See them all below!

Fine Art & Installations

Switch up your interior design with something a little stormy! For your home office or living room, to your corporate headquarters, restaurant or dentist office, we can work together to figure out what you need, be it metal, canvas, acrylic or something custom.

Storm-Chasing Photography by Mike Olbinski


My work has been licensed for almost everything, from landmark nature series, to major motion pictures, commercials, documentaries, museums, magazines, TED talks and more. Storm footage and stills images that are unparalleled in quality and scope.


Filming storms is a difficult task if you’re new to it, so hiring a guide or consultant is a must. I’ve worked with the BBC, PBS, National Geographic, IBM, Silverback Films and others, in Arizona and across the central plains chasing tornadoes.

Storm-Chasing Photography Workshop by Mike Olbinski

Workshops & Tours

Every year I lead workshops and tours, from the monsoon in Arizona to supercells and tornadoes across the central United States. Some adventure, some learning, some virtual, some crazy good times. Click below to learn more!

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Connect With Me Directly

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(480) 220-1604