Storm Chaser (Kindle)
Author Mike Olbinski awarded Emmy for time-lapse work he did on a TV special in Arizona
National Publicity: as featured in the International Business Times
The storms that cross the Great Plains of North America each spring are some of nature's most spectacular. They can also be some of the most dangerous. Most people who live in areas susceptible to these storms keep a close eye on the weather reports and take cover or evacuate when one is on the way. Storm chasers keep an even closer eye on the weather data, but for a different reason: they don't run away when they see a storm approaching, they follow it!
Professional photographer and Emmy Award winner, Mike Olbinski has chased storms throughout his native Arizona, as well as even further afield, including Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Colorado. Whether he's photographing lightning, tornadoes or even cloud formations, his remarkable images are able to convey the awesome power and beauty of nature in its most dramatic and impressive forms.
With over 100 stunning colour photographs, this book brings together some of Mike's most breath taking images from the past five years as he describes his love of the open road and the thrill of capturing the perfect storm on film.
★★★★★ Awesome on the Kindle, I'm going to have to get the hardcover now!Amazon Customer
★★★★★ The illustrations are breath taking! Such a great book by a great author. This is a must have for those interested in both weather and photography!Amazon Customer
★★★★★ Great quality book.... Impressive photos... amazing texts and stories with each photo...A must have for all stormchasers, storm lovers, photographers, etc... Love it!Amazon Customer
As featured on...Seattle Book Review
If you live in California, you never really get to experience true weather, such as Arizona’s monsoons or the Great Plains’ spring storms. Compared to those places, our weather is mundane. This beautiful book further proves that if you truly want to experience weather and all its power and majesty, you have to go somewhere else. And photographer and storm chaser Mike Olbinski brings us along for the ride as he chases after storms and sandstorms. Most of the photos are in Arizona, where he lives, during Arizona’s annual monsoon season, and if you have ever lived in that area around that time, you know that thunderstorms can pop up quickly. Mr Olbinski also took several trips to the Great Plains, and these are some of his best pictures, like the one of super cells just taking out the horizon as they march with their fury and power across the flat landscape. These pictures are truly fascinating; they show just how small we are and how little control we have over the environment and that these storms can pack a wallop. For fans of weather and spectacular photos, this is the book for you.San Francisco Book Review
Each flawlessly reproduced and truly memorable image is accompanied by a succinct commentary, making "Storm Chaser" an inherently fascinating volume from cover to cover… very highly recommended.Midwest Book Review
A book open to the imagination with some magnificent photographs.José Manuél Rico Cortés (Mister JM) - Miniaturas JM
Read the full Spanish review here.
Great quality book, Impressive photos, amazing texts and stories with each photo. A must have for all stormchasers, storm lovers, photographers etc... Love it!Bruno G, Amazon
This volume is unashamedly a ‘Picture book of storms’: Dust storms, Electrical storms, Thunder storms and Tornadoes. Lightning strikes abound, as towering banks of clouds, many in full-colour and of immense dimensions. The book is beautifully illustrated and although concentrating on storms in Arizona (the author’s home state) it also contains examples of storms photographed in the adjacent states of New Mexico, South Dakota, Texas and Colorado. If a reader is seeking beautiful and impressive photographs of cloudscapes, lightning strikes, dust storms and tornado's in a western-American setting, then this book will certainly meet those requirements.NZ Crown Mines
This book contains some of the most staggeringly beautiful photographs of mega-storms I have ever seen. Stupendous photography!Books Monthly, March 2017 - reviewed by Paul Norman
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 book!Goodreads, Michelle McMenamin
As Featured In.The Daily Mirror 13/2/17
As featured in.International Business Times 13/1/17
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