Storm photographers gear up for a great shot

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While many in the Valley are looking forward to getting some rain, storm chasers are looking forward to getting a great shot. (Source: Mike Olbinski) While many in the Valley are looking forward to getting some rain, storm chasers are looking forward to getting a great shot. (Source: Mike Olbinski)
Mike Olbinski has been photographing storms for years. He packed up Saturday afternoon in hopes of finding some action in Southern Arizona. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Mike Olbinski has been photographing storms for years. He packed up Saturday afternoon in hopes of finding some action in Southern Arizona. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
(Source: Photo by Mike Olbinski) (Source: Photo by Mike Olbinski)
Mike Olbinski, storm photographer (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Mike Olbinski, storm photographer (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

While many in the Valley are looking forward to getting some rain, storm chasers are looking forward to getting a great shot.

Mike Olbinski has been photographing storms for years. He packed up Saturday afternoon in hopes of finding some action in Southern Arizona.

“Sometimes you get a dark sky and a lightning bolt hitting by a mountain and it's just like ‘OK, a good lightning strip but not a whole lot going on,’” says Olbinski. 

“But if you can get gnarly clouds or blowing dust or a microburst crashing around anything, that adds a little bit more drama to it.”

Some of Olbinski’s time-lapse videos have been featured in commercials and feature films. His career took off when his 2011 video went viral showing a dust storm swallowing Phoenix.

“You don’t know where you’re going to be, you don’t know where you’re going to end up,” says Olbinski. “That’s what makes it so much fun."

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