by Mike Olbinski
My storm chasing/interest in photography began back around the time my daughter was born (2008) and I started chasing storms about 7 years ago. It’s hard to describe why I’m drawn to weather and storms, it’s just what I’ve known my whole life. When I was little I would watch storms with my dad on the patio and grew up learning about them. It wasn’t until later in life that I really got interested in storm photography and started learning more about it and things exploded from there.
After my daughter was born I started my journey into portrait photography and eventually weddings, of which I shoot about 30 a year. But at the same time, I was getting into storm photography as well. We sold our entire DVD collection to help pay for a Canon Rebel, my first DSLR. From there things grew into chasing storms further and further from home, more and more miles, and even progressed into chasing tornadoes on the plains.
Storm Chaser is a beautiful full color conversation piece for a coffee table. This book is extra wide and landscape orientation for maximum effect. Landscape photography is not easy as it would seem. Trying to capture the landscape and capture the feeling of awe you get when your standing there is not easy. Olbinski captures the landscape and the weather formations beautifully. Most of the pictures are on the right with descriptions on the left. Each picture is described with details about his adventure to get the picture. In many cases, he also gives information on how he got the images. So, for anyone interested in photography, this is great! Also, my two toddlers are getting interested in weather: talking about it, getting excited about rainy days or sunny days, etc. They were actually very interested to see this and it seemed to work well as a teaching tool describing different cloud formations and storms. Excellent photo book!