8K Storm Chaser Time-lapse in Breathtaking Black and White

Barely two weeks into 2018 and celebrated storm chaser Mike Olbinski has once again electrified the time-lapse scene with a short video that is equal parts breathtaking and beautiful. Draped in gorgeous black and white, this 8K time-lapse reminds us of the ferocious yet stunning spectacle of nature’s most brutal storms.

Titled Breathe, the film is a follow up to his first black and white short ‘Pulse’. Olbinski was inspired by band Ex Makina’s song of the same name in creating the time-lapse.

“The moment I heard the opening thump of bass…I knew I would be using this song for my film. But then those haunting vocals hit my ears…and blew my mind. It was like a punch deep in my soul,” writes Olbinski.

“About halfway through editing, I knew the song title would be my film title as well. It was so perfect I couldn’t believe it.”

Witnessing the visuals of the time-lapse, we can see why. From a lone tree shuddering in the presence of a coming storm, to the beat of white lightning emerging deep within a monstrous swirl of black cloud, this time-lapse is brimming with sights set to take your breath away.

Shot during the 2017 US storm season, the film features clips from spring over the central plains and the monsoon in the Southwest.

For all you curious gear-heads out there, Olbinski utilised two Canon 5DSRs, Canon 11-24mm, 35mm, 50mm, 135mm lenses, and a Sigma Art 50mm lens in making the time-lapse. Shooting with a wider aspect ratio, he hoped to give a more “cinematic feel” to this time-lapse – an effect we can confirm he has achieved, to a spine-tingling degree.

Check out Olbinski’s website, Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram for more.

Want your own taste of the time-lapse? Then make sure to watch our helpful video tutorial from photographer Matthew Saville.


Ed Carr is a Yorkshire-born landscape photographer and nature writer. Having spent his youth in the North Yorkshire Moors National Park, he takes any opportunity to don his hiking boots and head out, camera in hand. When not out taking pictures or hastily scribbling down his thoughts, Ed’s halfway up a hill out chasing after his dog, Hendrix.