Urban Stormchasing

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© Mike Olbinski

Photo license: © All rights reserved

So with my sudden move to the downtown Phoenix area, I vowed to at least ATTEMPT to capture some storms from the cement jungle down here. For a guy like me who never has his 17-35mm lens on anything BUT 17mm...it's a struggle to find wide open spaces to really give an idea of what a storm is doing.

Time to get creative...and prove to myself that I can be a photographer in any setting.

I shot this last week during the rash of severe weather we had (It's now up to EIGHT confirmed tornadoes in northern Arizona). The location is a very tall parking garage that is near by office and is a place I've been tobefore whilst searching for high ground. It's got to be at least a 10-level parking structure...so the height is perfection. However, just because you are up high doesn't mean you go to the edge and shoot. I still feel a strong desire to ensure I have some kind of foreground element, one that's hopefully interesting.

We'll be having some more storms next week, so I am going to try and take the opportunity to shoot a few more scenes like this...if I can hold back from taking a drive out to the deserts!

8 responses

  • Phil Sykes

    Phil Sykes said (14 Oct 2010):

    Sweet

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield   gave props (14 Oct 2010):

    I just knew that moving to the city wouldn't cause you any problems....your photos are amazing no matter where you are! This one is fantastic!!

  • Pedro Portillo Stremp

    Pedro Portillo Stremp said (14 Oct 2010):

    ESTUPENDO CONJUNTO. ARMONIA, LUZ COLOR Y CALIDEZ.
    SALUDOS

  • Bruce Miller

    Bruce Miller (Deleted) gave props (16 Oct 2010):

    The amazing work you do with skies!

  • Carlo Pagan

    Carlo Pagan gave props (31 Oct 2010):

    Awesome !!!!

  • Jean Pierre Vacherot

    Jean Pierre Vacherot (Deleted) gave props (4 Dec 2010):

    Great!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (14 Jan 2011):

    I hope you don't delete these pics Mike...I'll miss them if you do...

  • David Delannoy

    David Delannoy said (2 Apr 2012):

    impressionnant ! Bravo David

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