Valley photographer creates Monsoon movie

- In his 9 minute movie, Mike Olbinski captures the overwhelming power and beauty of the Arizona Monsoon. For 3.5 months, Mike traveled all over the state capturing dust storms, lightning, and torrential downpours. And he says this year's monsoon provided him with the best footage he's ever shot.

Traveling 48 days and 17,000 miles, Olbinski captured the beauty of the 2015 monsoon.

"Look at it blowing through here, here it comes, wow," said Mike Olbinski.

Mike's latest film Monsoon II takes viewers across AZ. With stunning timelapse of torrential downpours ominous shelf clouds and epic displays of lightning.

"So I've always like couldn't help but run outside and take a picture of a storm, but no one ever told me there was anything you could do with it, or that you know there was money to be made," said Olbinski.

This monsoon, Mike hit the road full time with his laptop radar, chasing leads from weather experts. Some, very rare like a supercell, just outside Cottonwood.

"It was amazing on the time lapse it looks great because you get a sense that is spinning and as it comes off the mountain and all the rain drops, and that was incredible," he said.

While Mike awaits feedback for his film, he says it's already brought his mom to tears.

"I got to see it through her eyes and it kind of choked me up as well, so sometimes it is hard to see your work as someone who has never seen it before, but it still gets to you," said Olbinski.

Mike has already seen some of his weather footage featured on ESPN and in the first Thor movie. He hopes Monsoon II will get picked up by some of the film festivals, like the Sedona Film Festival where he showed his first Monsoon film last year.

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