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Storms across the Arizona desert by Mike Olbinski

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The morning I took this, I woke up, looked outside and saw fluffy clouds. The photographer switch inside of me was instantly ignited and I left the house after a few minutes.

We just hadn’t seen any weather in weeks and weeks…for a guy like me, that’s an eternity! It didn’t even look that spectacular out there, and in fact, the clouds you see above were the stormiest of anything and they didn’t even drop any rain.

This picture almost didn’t happen. In fact, most of my best shots end up being unplanned. I had been shooting the clouds, the sky and some rays of the sun shining through. As I was leaving, I noticed this dead log just a few feet from where I had been standing. How on earth did I miss it before???

Anyways, I ran up and snapped this photo. Love the sky framed with the foreground. I also love the golden field in the distance…which was green just a few weeks ago. You can already see dead tumbleweed next to this log. That tire hanging off the branch just adds an interesting element.

I shied away from HDR on this one and instead just went with an exposure blend.


clouds, desert, trees, sky, rain, arizona, log, storms


  • Curtiss Simpson
    Curtiss Simpsonabout 4 years ago

    Yep the log is a great anchor point for this. Beautiful view !!

  • Thanks man…the log did make the picture for sure :)

    – Mike Olbinski

  • UnEasy
    UnEasyabout 4 years ago

    Love the POV, the sweeping vista, tones – everything!!!

  • Thanks!

    – Mike Olbinski

  • anisja
    anisjaabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful mood and composition. Great story going by.

  • Gotta have a story behind it :)

    – Mike Olbinski

  • Regenia Brabham
    Regenia Brabhamabout 4 years ago

    Fantastic POV!! I love those golds against the stormy blues!

  • Thank you Regenia!

    – Mike Olbinski

  • gail anderson
    gail andersonabout 4 years ago

    we desert ppl have to take any weather when we can get it! great shot and light!

  • No kidding! I’m sort of a storm chaser at heart, so looking forward to the monsoon season :)

    – Mike Olbinski

  • Susan Littlefield
    Susan Littlefieldabout 4 years ago

    Your photos are always amazing! You see things that so many would pass by. I have come to love your HDR work, but even without the HDR, this one is incredible.

  • Susan, you are always too kind to me, thank you so much! You make me laugh everyday!

    – Mike Olbinski

  • Bradley Nichol
    Bradley Nicholabout 4 years ago
    • Wonderful work :-)
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