Storm Chase Information
Date of Tour
June 21 - June 29, 2019
All Lodging Included
Tour Cost: $3695
8-Nights Lodging and Transportation
is included from base hotel in Denver
Storm chasing with the industry's most
experienced chasers. Lodging. Daily weather briefings. Free on-board Wi-Fi. Exclusive 2019 chase T-shirt, and hands-on timelapse
& post-processing instruction.
Use Code "ALUMNI200" to SAVE $200
Experienced Storm Chasers
Timelapse Workshops - the leader in time-lapse photography education has once again teamed up with Tempest Tours, arguably the best storm chasing team in America, to create this one-of-a-kind storm chasing time lapse and photographic workshop adventure.
This adventure workshop will be strictly limited to only 6 Alumni. We'll travel in a roomy and comfortable, smoke-free van where each guest will have a window seat and room for luggage, camera backpack, and two tripods.
Adventure Date: June 21 - June 29, 2019
We chose June for this adventure since it offers the longest chase days of the year with frequent storm intercepts in eastern Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska and the Dakotas. These locations also offer the photographer much better visibility and picturesque landscapes.
Our first Alumni trip last year was a great success. We captured incredible cloud formations, lighting displays, and four tornadoes in one day while traveling through western Iowa.
Once again I have reserved a van for workshop Alumni. Speak to any of the six that attended last year and you'll find out why you should be attending this year.
This is truly an experience that is unequaled anywhere else, so if you are interested in joining us on this trip please do not wait as these seats will not last.
The chase van is equipped with 3 rows of bench seating with lots of windows. Each person will have a window seat (2 people per row) and there's plenty of room in the back of the van for two tripods, camera bag and one luggage bag.
The van is equipped with Wi-Fi (via 3G hotspot) and a flat panel display that will allow you follow along with storm tracking and for any 'classroom' presentation material. During the day we stop for gas, food, and bathroom breaks fairly often -so that when we're upon a storm we can chase without interruption.
Tempest Tours and Timelapse Workshops
TempestTours is operated by a team of experienced and respected storm chasers who understand every facet of storm chasing. Their goal is to share their knowledge and appreciation for storms with others.
Timelapse Workshops has been leading advanced time-lapse workshops in the American Southwest since 2013. Our goal has always been to teach the art of time-lapse in environments that are conducive to creativity and learning. This trip fits that requirement in every way possible. While in the chase van you'll get a chance to rest, to work on your images, to learn time-lapse, and to learn a lot about storms - all the while putting into practice what you have learned.
This is a workshop experience that very few will ever have the opportunity to experience. To chase severe weather with trained and experienced storm chasers, while perfecting their time-lapse skills and walking away with some incredible photographs and time lapses.
Customized for Photographers
During this photography centric storm chasing trip the focus will be to get us into a storm viewing position that will allow us more time to capture the beauty of the developing storms, with their incredible cloud formations, lightning, updrafts and downdrafts - all helping to create breathtaking time-lapses. This will also allow us more time to not just get our camera's going, but also to think a little bit more about composition before starting to capture.
We will have a photography class the night before the trip to get everyone comfortable with setting up their gear to prepare for the trip, and to talk about intervals, timelapes flicker, and when to use (and not to use) video for timelapse. During the trip we'll spend a night or two going over post processing, workflow, and advanced editing techniques such as stacking. We will also try to grab a night or two to shoot some night sky timelapses, if weather permits.
Daily weather briefings
Each morning we will get together before we hit the road to get an educational weather briefing, where the storm chasing meteorologist on our trip will analyze and forecast a target for the day and will present a forecast package to the group prior to each day's chase. You will definitely leave with a better understanding and appreciation for our dynamic atmosphere.
Once the weather briefings are over we'll load up into the van and be on our way to intercept that day's storm or storms. During our travels we'll discuss time lapse and post-processing techniques, and you will get to apply what you've learned during our daily shoots. If there's a day without a storm, then we'll head out to capture the night skies if the location and weather allows or we'll hold a post-processing session to get a jump start on transferring and processing our captures from the trip.
If Mother Nature takes a breather, so do we. If this happens, we'll stop at sites like Mt. Rushmore, Badlands National Park, Devils Tower, Pyramid Rocks, Palo Duro Canyon, the Cadillac Ranch, The Big Texan, Chimney Rock, local National Weather Service offices, or take a personal guided tour of the Lisius Farm in Nebraska. And on these days, we eat delicious local Tornado Alley delicacies like chicken fried steak, some of the world's best BBQ and our legendary Tex-Mex cuisine. We make sure every day is a day of wonder!
Lighting, Mesa Cyclones & More!
Lots of storms. That's what we do best.
The safety of the participants and staff is our number one concern. We track storms close enough to view tornadoes, but far enough to be safe. We do not "drive into" dangerous weather and do everything possible to avoid these hazards. In fact, it is common to see other motorists driving into large hail, etc. when we are safely out of the way.
Tempest Tours has established a safe record and has maintained a commercial grade insurance policy since we began operating in 2000. All driving records are checked and cleared each year by their underwriter. And, their staff receives a thorough and updated safety orientation annually. In addition, all participants are presented with an in-depth safety class prior to each tour. Tempest Tour's president, Martin Lisius, is also our risk manager. He is known throughout the storm chasing community for being tough on safe and responsible conduct. Martin is the author of "The Ultimate Severe Weather Safety Guide," a book he wrote to mitigate the risks of potentially dangerous weather.
I highly recommend that participants plan to bring two cameras with them, one for capturing time lapse and the other for either time lapse or video. Anything more than two cameras end up being a distraction for you and will only serve to slow you down during setup or when having to break down quickly to get back into the chase van.