JULY 4 - 11, 2020 DENVER, CO
STORM CHASING 2020
NATURE'S FIREWORKS PHOTOGRAPHY & TIMELAPSE WORKSHOP
Reserve Your Spot
6-Nights Lodging Included
Transportation from Hotel Included
Post Processing Classroom Sessions
On the go, one-on-one Instruction
Daily weather briefings
Chase with the most experienced team
Very Limited Availability
Experienced Storm Chasers
Join professional photographer and educator, Ron Risman, for this incredible 6-day + 1 storm chasing workshop. Once again we have partnered with the industry's leading, and most experienced, storm chasing team to ensure you're in the right place at the right time.
This adventure workshop is strictly limited to just 6 photographers, which will provide each photographer will their own window seat in the van - along with room for luggage, camera backpack & tripods. Private lodging is also included for each photographer, so that no one has to share a room.
Workshop Begins: July 4th, 2020
This storm chasing adventure & workshop starts in Denver, Colorado on July 4th with an afternoon classroom session, followed by 6 full chase days (July 5th - 11th, 2020) that combines instruction with storm chasing. The workshop ends back in Denver, CO on July 11th by 1:00 p.m.
July 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 a much bigger view of the sky and picturesque landscapes.
Photography & Timelapse
This workshop adventure combines storm chasing and classroom sessions to help you create better storm chasing photographs and time lapse films. Rons work has been licensed & commissioned by HBO, The Discovery Channel, Land Rover, NHK Japan, and many others - and the films on this page are a few examples of the work Ron has captured and produced over the past few years.
Daily Weather Briefings
Each morning we will have an educational weather briefing, where the tour director / meteorologist will analyze and forecast a target for the day and will present a forecast package to the group prior to each day's chase. Throughout the week you'll learn a lot about predicting storms and what atmospheric conditions to look for before heading out to capture storms.
Lightning, Cyclones & More
Lots of storms - that's what this trip is all about! And we have teamed up with the best storm chasing team to ensure that you come home with incredible footage of lightning, meso cyclones, and hopefully some tornadoes.
The safety of the participants and staff is our number one concern. We do not "drive into" dangerous weather and do everything possible to avoid these hazards. What few people know is that the best way to view storm development and tornado's is from a safe distant. Of course, there is risk with any outdoor activities and storm chasing brings it's own inherent risks with it (driving, lightning, and wind).
Our partner storm chasing team, Tempest Tours, has an impeccable safety record the companies 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.
What Makes This Trip Different?
Storm chasing is exciting, and when you're chasing storms everything happens quickly. The time you have outside the van when the chase is on is incredibly valuable and precious. This is where our photography & timelapse workshop adventure comes into play.
The goal of our Timelapse & Photography workshop adventure is to put us into the best position possible to have more time to capture the beauty of these developing super cells - with their incredible cloud formations, lightning, updrafts and downdrafts, and spawning tornado's - all helping you to create stunning images, video and time-lapses.
On a traditional storm chasing tour the vans try to stay just ahead of the rain line, giving their tour participants only a minute or two to get out, view the storm, and take a quick photograph or video. But the goal for our Timelapse & Photography workshop adventure is to position our van a bit further away from the approaching storms in order to have a wider composition of the entire storm, as well as extra time to compose, focus, and capture incredible content - worthy of sharing or turning into a film.
BEFORE the storm chasing begins we''l have our first classroom session, where you'll learn shooting and post processing techniques to help you make the most out of your time in the field. You'll also learn Ron's post-processing workflow that will help you create spectacular footage and images from the trip.
By the end of this first class you'll be ready to go when the storms are upon us.
Mobile Classroom Instruction
Each day we will hold mobile training sessions as we travel to our next storm intercept. The van is equipped with mobile power for your laptops, as well as a flat panel television for on the go class room sessions and storm tracking. Ron will also provide individual sessions throughout 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!