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Of all the things I saw during my trip to Nebraska to chase around some storms, this scene was one of the best. I don’t even know if the HDR processing can convey what it looked like in person, but it was breathtaking. The sun back-lighting the falling rain, the scud clouds moving quickly along the surface…the dirt road running into the distance…the grass was blowing, the clouds churning…it was a sight to behold.

Myself and another stormchaser were just standing here, talking, looking in awe and snapping photos. A good guy too, from the town of Ogalalla where I shot the feed mill photo posted yesterday. Love the people in Nebraska, just good, kind folk.

Technically this was just a hand-held, 3-bracket HDR using Photomatix, CS5, Imagenomic and Topaz.


  • Regenia Brabham
    Regenia Brabhamover 4 years ago

    It is incredible!! It makes me think of hope.

  • Really…hope? I’d love to hear why :)

    – Mike Olbinski

  • Angel Warda
    Angel Wardaover 4 years ago

    ooooh! this is so beautiful!!!! love it….

  • Thanks, my Angel :)

    – Mike Olbinski

  • Regenia Brabham
    Regenia Brabhamover 4 years ago

    There is such a storm over head. Darkness and fear but off in the horizon there is light. A calm after the storm. A light to rid the darkness. Much like life.

  • Beautifully put, thank you Regenia!

    – Mike Olbinski

  • Laurie Search
    Laurie Searchover 4 years ago

    Outstanding, as always!!! :)

  • Thank you Laurie!

    – Mike Olbinski

  • Mark Ramstead
    Mark Ramsteadover 4 years ago

    You did good.

  • Good :)

    – Mike Olbinski

  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaover 4 years ago

    great work

  • Appreciate that!

    – Mike Olbinski

  • thywickeddragon
    thywickeddragonover 4 years ago

    Would love to see this in person <3 it….

  • It was a lot of fun :)

    – Mike Olbinski

  • Patty Gross
    Patty Grossover 4 years ago

    You’ve really outdone yourself with this shot, Mike! Very intense and palpable photo with great movement! Love it!!!!!

  • I love intense, dramatic storm photos, so thank you Patty!

    – Mike Olbinski

  • Judy Wanamaker
    Judy Wanamakerover 4 years ago

    Stunning and dramatic! Beautiful and threatening. Great work!

  • JohnDSmith
    JohnDSmithover 4 years ago

    Yes,…We have skies in Okla. that look like this,…I believe I know what you were trying to show,…You did very good,..

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