1. Blu-Ray discs available here: mikeolbinski.com/shop/
    Song by Kerry Muzzey: "Revenge"/ "Revenge: Epilogue" (on iTunes: bit.ly/KM_TM3 Amazon: bit.ly/KM_REVENGE)
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    If you asked the average person, many would characterize this summer's monsoon as a down season. Not a lot of storms overall and it seemed generally more quiet. And in many ways it actually was a slower season. All told I chased about 36 days for this film, which was less than the 48 in 2015. We had an early start in late June, and then it was dead for almost three weeks. When I looked back and realized I chased 12 less days...yeah, it definitely had less action than normal.

    But to a storm chaser, none of this really means anything. Sure there were days when nothing was remotely possible to chase, but most of the time the monsoon can be found in the far corners of the state even when Phoenix and Tucson are dry as a bone.

    For me personally, I loved this season. Maybe because as a filmmaker, having put out a few of these films now, I'm beginning to focus and hone in more on what I really love to time-lapse. My early scenes years ago had a lot of average clouds and distant rain that didn't have a lot of excitement or energy. But as the years go on, and I learn more and more about chasing storms here in Arizona...I've found myself in better spots to capture the stuff I really enjoy. Strong downbursts of rain, building clouds, lightning...and yes, dust storms.

    The one thing I was hoping for in 2016 that the previous years have lacked: Haboobs. Dust storms. Rolling walls of dirt and sand engulfing the deserts and even Phoenix itself. And my wish came true in that regard. Even a very late season, September 27th haboob that I captured right at sunset with glorious colors.

    Coming off the heels of filming Vorticity in the spring, with monster supercells and tornadoes, the monsoon is a totally different beast and you'd think it would be less exciting. I don't know. I find them both amazing and inspiring. Weather to me is weather. No matter how mind-blowing it was to witness the Wynnewood tornado this past spring, standing in front of a rolling wall of dust, or a distant lightning storm under the stars...it's all a blast to me and I never get tired of it.

    So Monsoon III...the credits will say it, but it was around 36 days of filming, I shot over 85,000 frames and am not sure how much made it into the final cut. The song I used was "Revenge" and "Revenge: Epilogue" by Kerry Muzzey, and I took both of them and sliced and diced until I actually had a six-minute version to fit in with all the footage I captured. I love it.

    As always...THANK YOU to Kerry Muzzey for supporting my work by letting me use his music once again. I don't even have enough words for this man for doing this for me. It means more than anything! Please buy his work!

    I started editing this film mid-summer once I figured out the song I was using. And as days went by and more clips were rendered, I kept adding them and re-arranging them all the time, trying to get every clip to match the tone and feeling of the music. And then I'd think I was done and more storms would come and I'd have to move things around again, and even drop stuff. I have a lot of fun scenes that are not in this film because I only wanted the very best.

    Special thanks to Bryan Snider and Dustin Farrell for some tips this summer on editing out dust spots and birds better than I had been doing. Appreciate it fellas!

    My wife takes the brunt of what I do, especially when I'm gone for days at a time. Filming in Arizona is easier because I'm usually home at some point in the evening and at least around in the mornings. But it's a lot of work and a lot of time being away. She supports me like no other and I can't believe how lucky I am to have someone with that much faith in what I do.

    And a lot of these clips will forever hold memories for me because my two oldest kiddos were there for them, and at times even all three were nearby. My littlest guy who just turned three, sits on my lap a lot when I edit, listens to the music and loves watching the final product. And he wants to keep watching it...over, and over and over.

    Makes a daddy proud.

    I hope you enjoy this latest installment. I'm not sure how it compares to years past, but for better or worse, this was Monsoon 2016 for me!

    Please let me know if you have any questions about anything! Most of these clips were shot in 8K with some 4K stuff thrown in there as well.


    Captured with a Canon 5DSR, two 5D3's, 11-24mm, 16-35, 35mm, 50mm and 135mm.
    Processed using Lightroom, LR Timelapse, After Effects and Premiere Pro

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  2. Lost in Light, a short film on how light pollution affects the view of the night skies. Shot mostly in California, the movie shows how the view gets progressively better as you move away from the lights. Finding locations to shoot at every level of light pollution was a challenge and getting to the darkest skies with no light pollution was a journey in itself. Here’s why I think we should care more.

    The night skies remind us of our place in the Universe. Imagine if we lived under skies full of stars. That reminder we are a tiny part of this cosmos, the awe and a special connection with this remarkable world would make us much better beings - more thoughtful, inquisitive, empathetic, kind and caring. Imagine kids growing up passionate about astronomy looking for answers and how advanced humankind would be, how connected and caring we’d feel with one another, how noble and adventurous we’d be. How compassionate with fellow species on Earth and how one with Nature we’d feel. Imagine a world where happiness of the soul is more beautiful. Ah, I feel so close to inner peace. I can only wonder how my and millions of other lives would have changed.

    But in reality, most of us live under heavily light polluted skies and some have never even seen the Milky Way. We take the skies for granted and are rather lost in our busy lives without much care for the view of the stars.

    How does light pollution affect the night skies and quite possibly our lives?

    For licensing inquiries - sriramnitt.pm@gmail.com
    Website - srirammurali.com
    Instagram - instagram.com/sriram_murali
    Music - A Thousand Years by David A. Molina(musicbed.com)

    To order prints - pramfotos.com

    Copyright © All Rights Reserved

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  3. A visual piece by the creators of True Skin.
    Director: Stephan Zlotescu (stephanzlotescu@gmail.com)
    Cinematographer: H1 (info@H1FILMS.com)
    Produced by: Carlo Trulli, Stephan Zlotescu
    Associate Producers: H1, Vlad Caprini

    Brought to you by Spy films and Punk City Productions
    Project Represented by Scott Glassgold (info@groundcontrol-la.com)

    # vimeo.com/183520231 Uploaded 137K Plays 24 Comments
  4. In this 10 minute mini documentary, Thurston Photo takes you on the experience of a lifetime; swimming with the gentle giants of the sea in the beautiful archipelago's of Vava'u, Tonga.

    Shot on assignment with Whales Underwater, Thurston tells the story of what it felt like to be that close to a wild humpback whale, and annotates on their beautiful nature and kind-hearted instincts.

    Filmed and produced by Philip Thurston.
    Additional Footage by Abraham Joffe
    Music by Hiatus - Becoming | Groundfold - All We Had Is Gone | Biotones & Nazca - How Far Can We Go

    # vimeo.com/181455873 Uploaded 17.6K Plays 14 Comments
  5. Timelapse taken from the International Space Station over the earth at an average altitude of 300km (190 miles). Orbiting at 27,600 km/h (17,100 mph), the ISS circles the blue planet in only 90 minutes. This giant space station is equivalent in weight of a Boeing-747.

    ► Follow me:

    ► Music: Yuna - Lullabies (Adventure Club Remix)
    Adventure Club:

    ► Hardware and Image Source:
    A huge thanks to the astronauts who took the time in their busy schedules to shoot these amazing timelapse.
    Mostly shot with Nikon D3S. A few shots with Nikon D2x and D4.
    Image courtesy of the Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit, NASA Johnson Space Center eol.jsc.nasa.gov

    ► Software:
    - Adobe Premiere & After Effects
    - Adobe Lightroom
    - LRTimelapse 4

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