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Storm Chaser Video: The power of nature's thunderstorms, sans color

Photo from Mike Olbinkski's video "Breathe"

Noted Arizona storm chaser Mike Olbinski is out with another jaw-dropping video showcasing the incredible thunderstorms of the Desert Southwest and Midwest.

"Breathe" features clips from his chases from this past year -- only this time, shown in black-and-white.

"In early 2017, I put together a film called Pulse that was my first ever black and white time-lapse movie. It was so different and fun, I wanted to do a follow-up this year before the next chase season begins," Olbinksi wrote on his Vimeo page. " 'Breathe' is made up solely of storm clips from 2017...either from the spring across the central plains or from the monsoon here in the southwest. Some are favorites, some are just ones I knew would be amazing in monochrome and others I used because they fit the music so well. I also went with a wider aspect ratio on these films to give it more of a cinematic feel."

He said the inspiration for the movie came first from the film's eventual soundtrack, Ex Makina's "Breathe".

"The moment I heard the opening thump of bass...I knew I would be using this song for my film," he said. "But then those haunting vocals hit my ears...and blew my mind. It was like a punch deep in my soul. It's hard to explain that feeling when you first hear a song and you immediately fall in love with it. Almost like you've known it all along."

And it was a way to bide his time until 2018's storm chasing season gets under way in the spring.

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