Here in the Northern hemisphere, it’s summer. We’ve officially made it through spring, and all the beautiful and thrilling storms that it brings.
Each year, there are a few intrepid souls that chase these monstrous cloud formations and storm heads across the Great Plains in search of new data and also to capture it all on camera.
Mike Olbinski isn’t a rookie to this. For the past few years, he’s set out to capture the largest storms of the year and his video from this year is just as spectacular, if not more so than years past.
Monsoon II, his video from last year, was wildly successful across the internet and indeed found some love at film festivals. Vorticity, his new video takes a more realistic approach. [bctt tweet=”Wow, you've GOT to see this storm timelapse! Amazing”]
Dialing back the color grading and instead showing off the formations more, as they were. The music, written by Kerry Muzzy, makes up for any drama that might be missed from the Grade.
I grew up in Kansas City, Missouri and while I’ve never experienced fury like what is captured in these videos, I always feel some connection to the images. If you’ve never seen a real thunderstorm in person,it’s an awesome power to behold. This is as close as most will ever get to feeling that.
Via Mike Olbinski's blog:
Blood. Sweat. Tears. Joy. That's what this spring was for me. The miles, the grind, the failing, the epic days missed, the lack of sleep, the jubilation, the friendships strengthened, and the time away from my family. And when the chasing was all done…wondering, was worth it all?
Heck yeah it was.
I had three goals this spring: Get a tornado on time-lapse, capture the best footage I possibly could, and chase as much as my schedule would allow. That ended up totalling 18 chase days. 20,000 miles driven. Almost 60,000 time-lapse frames shot. Nine total states. Hours and hours and hours of editing. All between April 15th and June 15th.
And the tornado? Not only did I get one, but I got six more. On April 15th, the very first day out, I saw two tornadoes in the Texas Panhandle. May 9th was Wynnewood and Sulphur in Oklahoma (both in this film), as well as Trinidad on June 13th in Colorado. And while most tornadoes will be obvious in the film, you'll have to use a keen eye to spot the first two, which appear at 2:08 and 2:13.
The Wynnewood tornado, which you will see at the very end of the film, was one of the most surreal moments of my life. I was so focused on keeping up with the storm that day, that I barely realized that I had captured what I'd been working so hard to get. I texted my wife a few photos and simply said “Baby I did it”. It wasn't until she responded “Babe, it's beautiful. I'm so happy for you” that I completely lost it – live stream going on in the truck, people watching, and tears streaming down my face.
Read full article at Mike Olbinski's blog “Vorticity: A new time-lapse film”
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(cover photo credit: snap from video)