However fearsome and destructive its power, extreme weather possesses a rare and striking beauty that commands our attention. Photographer Mike Olbinski understands and embraces this beauty, devoting his career to seeking out and recording those massive storm systems while everyone else gets the hell out of the way.
In this clip, which features a thunderstorm supercell in the Central Plains of Texas, the awe-inspiring structure and dynamism of nature’s wrath is on full display. By shooting with a 14mm lens and time lapsing the footage, Olbinski casts a strange, inexplicable serenity upon his violent subject. From the safety of our computer screens, the effect is hypnotic and breathtaking.