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Photographing the West podcast

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Jan 15, 2018

Mike Olbinski is a storm chaser, lightning photographer, time lapse photographer, film festival photographer and more. Mike shares his secrets for finding and photographing storms in his native Arizona and the Great Plains. We talk about everything from weather forecasting models to life on the road as a storm chaser. There's info about lightning photography, time lapse photography and how to get into film festivals.

Mike's Website:

Mike's Photos:




Storm Chasing

Grand Canyon

Lightning 2

Mike's Time Lapse:

Mike throws out a lot of acronyms in our discussion of weather modeling, so here are a few references:

NAM - North American Mesoscale Forecast System (NAM

GFS - Global Forecast System

HRRRThe High-Resolution Rapid Refresh (HRRR) Radar

Storm Prediction Center