Introducing the world's first
Timelapse Photography Experience
In Partnership with TempestTours - the best storm chasing team in America!
Experienced Storm Chasers
Storm Chase Information
Timelapse Workshops - the leader in time-lapse photography education has 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 adventure.
This time lapse adventure tour will be strictly limited to just 6 guests. We'll travel in a roomy and comfortable, smoke-free, van where each guest will have a window seat and room for their camera backpack and tripods.
Adventure Date: June 24 - July 1, 2017
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 more scenic and beautiful foregrounds.
Incredible Lightning (See video above)
The video above was captured during the storm chasing trip with Tempest Tours this past July. I captured the lightning show with one camera doing time-lapse and another recording video. I ended up using the video footage due to the amount of lightning strikes. It was the most incredible display of lightning I have ever seen.
Due to the limited seating and the fast paced shooting environment, this tour is being offered first to Time-lapse Workshops Alumni. If you have attended any of our past workshops you will have access to one of the 6 spots on this incredible trip.
This is truly an experience that is unequalled 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 tripods and camera bags.
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.
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.
Date of Tour
June 24th - July 1st, 2017
7 Chase Days / 6 Nights
Adventure Tour Cost:
$3495 (Double) / $3695 (Single)
Lodging is included
Storm chasing, the industry's most
experienced staff, lodging, daily weather briefings, free on-board Wi-Fi, exclusive 2017 chase tam T-shirt, and hands-on timelapse
& post-processing instruction.
Storm Chasing Trip for Timelapsers & Photographers
What makes this time lapse storm chasing trip
different than one of Tempest Tours regular trips?
This past July I spent a week storm chasing with TempestTours while working to capture the experience for the promotional film you see above. Since this was my first storm chasing trip I didn't know what to expect, but quickly learned that capturing time-lapse was going to be a very difficult proposition.
Why? When storm chasing, the chase team's goal is to keep us out in front of the storm as the storm heads toward us. When we were about a minute or two ahead of the rain line we'd all get out of the van to watch the storm and take some photographs. With time-lapse I needed a couple of minutes to set the tripod, set up the intervalometer, get a decent composition, and start the camera. By the time I was ready to start capturing the storm the rain line had caught up to us and we had to jump back into the van to stay ahead of the storm.
Day one was pretty much a bust for me with regard to time-lapse so I had to quickly adapt. On day two I kept one camera on a tripod in the van with me - all ready to go. When the doors to the van opened I was able to quickly spread the tripod legs, level the camera, and start shooting. By capturing at fast intervals I was able to get just enough footage in that one or two minute stop to create a 2-3 second time-lapse. Obviously, this is not an ideal situation for time-lapse. The footage was so incredible it's hard knowing you only got enough footage for 2 or 3 seconds of it.
After talking with the crew I knew that if I really wanted to be able to capture time lapses while storm chasing I would have to commission one of their vans and dedicate it to capturing time-lapse and photographs. This is how this workshop tour came to be.
During this trip the goal of the chase will be to get us into a position that will allow us more time to capture the beauty of the storms, with their incredible cloud formations, lightning, updrafts and downdrafts all helping to create breathtaking time-lapses.
Daily weather briefings.
The storm chasing will analyze and forecast a target early in the morning and will present a forecast package to the group prior to each day's chase. It's important to us that our guests leave with a better understanding and appreciation for our dynamic atmosphere.
On the go time-lapse and post-processing instruction
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 you'll learn time lapse and post-processing techniques, and will be able 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.
When Mother Nature takes a rest, so do we. On those days, we 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!
Lots of storms. That's what we do best.
The safety of our guests 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 our underwriter. And, our staff receives a thorough and updated safety orientation annually. In addition, all guests are presented with an in-depth safety class prior to each tour. Our 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.