Monsoon II Is Another Weather Time Lapse Video That’s Anything But Just Another Weather Time Lapse Video

by Bret Hoy3 Comments

A few weeks ago, we posted an article covering some gorgeous weather time lapses. You might have seen it. It involved lots of tornadoes specifically and was must have been incredibly difficult to capture. Being in the right place at the right time. Monsoon II was captured in a relatively similar way to this video, but shows what can be accomplished if you dedicate your entire summer to capturing timelapses as Youtube-r and Photographer Mike Olbinski explains at the end of the video:

“Dedicated to my wife Jina who has given up keeping track of me during the summer months.”

I’m happy to say that his effort wasn’t wasted. The timelapses captured in this epic ten nine minute video are unbelievable. The way the rain is captured changes the way I saw rain. In many of the more intense storms it looks like the cities below are getting blasted with a hose from the heavens.

What’s even better about this is what it was captured with. Two Canon 5D MkIII’s and a MkII with a Canon 16-35, Rokinon 14mm, 24mm, 35mm and 85mm. A relatively cheap set up most especially when you consider the final product. A stunning 4k video that sets quite a standard for what constitutes, “Weather time lapses.”

Monsoon II (4K)

Via Mike Olbinski Photography:

I've been chasing the monsoon in Arizona for about 6-7 years now. This summer was different though. Back in late July, I was wondering why it felt like I was out chasing more than ever before. And then I remembered. I had a job last summer. This year I didn't. I went full-time photography in November of 2014 and haven't looked back.

I was free to roam and had virtually no limitations. I even had multiple chases where I never actually wend to bed, but instead chased all night. I took the kids to New Mexico at one point early in the season.

Last year I counted roughly 31 total days that I chased a storm during the monsoon. This summer: 48. Yikes.

17,000 miles driven, which was about 3,000 more than last year. Perhaps the biggest difference this year was shooting nearly 60,000 more time-lapse frames than I did in 2014. 105,000 total. And what sticks out to me even more than any of the other numbers above, is that only 55,000 of those 105,000 frames made it into Monsoon II.

What that means is I was able to stuff this new film with only of the best of the best. We missed out on some of the huge dust storms like I've captured in years past, but overall, I think this represents some of the best weather I've ever photographed in Arizona. There are stunning shelf clouds, gorgeous rain shafts, lots of blowing dust, tons of lightning, and even multiple mini-supercells/mesocyclones. The brief meso over Cottonwood at the 3:38 mark is one of my all-time favorites.

Read full article at Mike Olbinski Photography “Monsoon II”

(cover photo credit: snap from the video)


  1. R u kidding me ……………………boy oho boy…thanks for giving me the opportunity to see this

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