Tornadoes can be beautiful in their raw power and the epic scope of their parent storms as they sweep across the Plains. However, capturing them on camera is notoriously difficult; nonetheless, the skill of one storm chaser put him at the right place at the right time, and the time-lapse he captured is simply stunning.
Wedding Photographer Mike Olbinski also shoots storms. Tornado chasing is an incredibly difficult task that takes a lot of meteorological knowledge and good instincts to be in the right spot at the right time, which Olbinski was recently, when a tornado touched down right in front of his cameras as he was filming a time-lapse. The wedge tornado descended from the clouds on May 1 at 7:41 pm CDT in northern Saline County, KS. It had a path length of 14.5 miles and a maximum width of 880 yards and was rated an EF-3 with estimated maximum winds of 140 mph, making it a strong tornado and providing quite the photogenic material for Olbinski. At the time, he was shooting with two Canon 5DS Rs paired with the EF 11-24mm f/4L and 50mm f/1.2L lenses, each shooting at one frame per second. Thankfully, no one was injured or killed by the large tornado.