There is nothing quite as exhilarating to someone who loves storms as watching them as they move across the Great Plains in late spring! This is prime time to see supercell storms with incredible structure, vast skies filled with bubble-like mammatus clouds and of course, lightning and the possibility of spotting a tornado. If this is something you have always wanted to witness, then this is the tour for you!
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
This tour will start and end in Denver, Colorado. Participants will learn not only how to photograph and time-lapse storms, but also how to find and track storms using radar in order to chase them, how to recognize and “see” storm structure in order to create more compelling compositions, how to create panoramic images of large storm cells, and much more. We will also be teaching some post-processing techniques when possible so that your storm images really shine. Storm chasing often means long days – and nights – in the field, driving over long distances for many hours, especially in the Plains. It truly is addictive though and we find that people who love this type of photography pay little attention to time and can’t wait to go out on the next chase!
May 16 – The chase begins early in the morning as we head toward our target area for the day. Please plan your flight to arrive May 15, the day prior to first tour date.
May 17 – 21 – We will be chasing storms every day wherever we find them which could encompass anywhere in the northern, central and southern Plains. We will be breaking for meals when possible but on very active days we may be eating a lot of fast food. We will also have snacks available in our vehicle.
May 22 – We will end our chase late in the evening in Denver. Please plan your return flight to depart May 23, the day after the final tour date.
- Transportation throughout the workshop.
- Daily personalized one-on-one instruction with Tina and Kevin in the field, post-processing classroom instruction and constructive critiques.
- Water and snacks.
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED
- Airfare to and from Denver, Colorado.
- Hotel accommodations. We will be stopping nightly wherever our chase takes us, so don't plan on staying in the same hotel every night. We often look for inexpensive, clean hotels with good ratings and it is not uncommon for us to stay at Super 8’s and Motel 6’s. You are free to stay in a different hotel in the immediate area if you would like and we will drop you off.
- Transportation between the Denver airport and your hotel.
- Daily meals and beverages.
WHAT YOU WILL NEED
- DSLR or Mirrorless Camera.
- Lenses ranging from wide angle to telephoto (wide angle lenses are especially useful in this workshop.)
- Sturdy Tripod.
- Intervalometer if you are doing time-lapses.
- External cable release is highly suggested.
- Filters (split neutral density). These are not mandatory but can be helpful, especially with time-lapses.
- Lightning trigger is suggested but not required (important if you want to try to capture lightning during the day, but not needed for capturing lightning at night.)
- Rain Cover for your camera; lightweight rain jacket or poncho.
- Laptop with Photoshop (trail versions are usually available if you don’t already have Photoshop.)
A deposit of 50% of the workshop price is due upon registration and is non-refundable or you can choose to pay the total amount up front. Final Payment is due 30 days prior to the workshop event. If the final payment is not made by the due date your space will be forfeited.