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Mind-Blowing Supercell Thunderstorm Filmed Near Booker, Texas

It took Mike Olbinski 4 years of failed attempts before he actually got his dream: on June 3rd he and Andy Hoeland managed to capture an unworldly time-lapse video of a rotating supercell thunderstorm near Booker, Texas.

Even though the chase started off from the wrong side – north – the two storm chasers took their chances and actually drove through storm system to the other side of it. The risk paid off, and Mike could film the cloud formations with his Canon 5D Mark II and Rokinon 14mm 2.8 lens.

“There are no words really to describe the moment we saw this storm. Seeing something like this has been a longtime goal of mine. This was my fourth year chasing in the plains and I’ve never come CLOSE to this kind of structure. Pictures don’t do it justice. This was with a 14mm lens. It seems like it’s far away and safe, but in reality it was crazy close and we were ready to bail at any moment,” says Mike.

How does it feel to finally get what you’ve been seeking for? “When I finally had all the cameras going and sat back to just take it all in…tears filled my eyes. I yelled with joy at the top of my lungs, I gave Andy a big hug, thanking him for picking this spot almost a week before as our target location. It was a magnificent moment.” Make sure you watch the footage full-screen and in HD!

Website: mikeolbinski.com (via: twistedsifter, thisiscolossal)

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  • Mary Clough via Facebook

    for some natures beauty.. for others natures fury..

  • JuJu Dao via Facebook

    Man that looked so cool!

  • http://www.facebook.com/Mahendra.Prasad Mahendra Akkala via Facebook

    Karthik – You should check this out. Mind blowing! Apparently this marvelous video was shot by 5D Mark II.

  • Betsie Akins Gingrich-Coppola via Facebook

    saving my pennies for a 5D Mark II…amazing!

  • http://www.facebook.com/carrie.sanders.777 Carrie Sanders via Facebook

    That is mind-blowingly beautiful!

  • http://www.facebook.com/meatghost Su Young Choi via Facebook

    Floris Gierman

  • http://www.facebook.com/flotographer Floris Gierman via Facebook

    Very amazing timelaps. I’m sure he got a lot of practise with the haboobs and monsoon lightning in Arizona

  • http://www.facebook.com/marleneelizabethmorris Marlene Morris via Facebook

    nice shot..

  • Regina Van Cura via Facebook

    Awesome

  • Ida Abrego via Facebook

    Breathtaking!

  • http://www.facebook.com/paul.miskinis Paul Miskinis via Facebook

    I need to have that done soon!

  • Jeffrey Phamigo

    Caution: Ufo is coming… or Death Eaters are coming… btw awesome!

  • Lukas Jo via Facebook

    ir as noriu taip pamatyti… :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/katarzyna.skonieczny.1 Katarzyna Skonieczny via Facebook

    beautiful!

  • http://www.facebook.com/fowler.sheila Sheila Fowler via Facebook

    oooooeeeeeee :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/yeechoy.ho YC Ho via Facebook

    Thats where we live the planet earth, love it or hate it we have to take it, ALL….

  • Chris O’Neill via Facebook

    AMAZING… Absolutely AMAZING

  • Helen Clark via Facebook

    Mother Nature at her most beautiful best.

  • Juan Gaco via Facebook

    Impresionante!!!

  • Sheik Yerbouti

    Wow. I thought that was technically a wall cloud — but either way, truly awesome.