Photographer Mitch Dobrowner has spent the past decade shooting storms likes this one, which he captured near Guymon, Oklahoma.
Dobrowner works with storm chaser Roger Hill to capture images of supercells like this one in Moorcroft, Wyoming.
According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Hill has seen more tornadoes—like this one in Eads, Colorado—than anyone else.
Dobrowner isn’t a thrill-junkie. He wants to capture the majesty, not the danger, of extreme weather like this storm in Northfield, Oklahoma.
Although tornadoes get more attention on TV, Dobrowner is more interested in supercell thunderstorms like this one in Hendrum, Minnesota.
Supercell thunderstorms like this one in Mobridge, South Dakota can last up to 12 hours and produce grapefruit-size hail.
“I see them as living things,” Dobrowner says of storms like this one in Goodland, Kansas.
Dobrowner says some storms, such as this one in Peckham, Oklahoma, are “gorgeous and beautiful.” Others are tornadic and violent.
Dobrowner says he tries to take portraits of supercell thunderstorms like this one in Bolton, Kansas.
Riding along with an expert like Hill allows Dobrowner to focus on shooting images like this one, captured in Lordsburg, New Mexico. “There’s a lot of chaos going on—there’s wind, there’s lightning, there’s noise, hail,” Dobrowner says. “I’m just listening for when Roger says, ‘We gotta get out of here.'”
“I know they’re destructive at times,” Dobrowner says of tornadoes like this one in Regan, North Dakota. “But I don’t want to photograph that.”
Riding along with a storm chaser like Hill gives Dobrowner the freedom to photograph storms like this one in Texline, Texas.
Sometimes, Dobrowner says, watching storms, like this one in Laramie Range, Wyoming, can feel “like being in front of King Kong.”
“I don’t get scared—I feel kind of honored to be standing in front of it,” Dobrowner says of shooting storms like this one near Guymon, Oklahoma. “Sometimes I don’t even photograph the storm because I just want to enjoy it.”