The Most Incredible Timelapse & Photography Storm Chasing Adventure Workshop
In Partnership with the #1 storm chasing team in America!
Base City: Denver
June 21 - 29th, 2019
Includes lodging & transportation from Denver
All Lodging (8 Nights, $650 Value)
All Transportation from base hotel
Daily education weather briefings
In-field photography instruction
Exclusive 2019 Chase T-Shirt
Dedicated classroom sessions (shooting & post processing)
Storm chasing with the industry's most experienced chasers!
Experienced Storm Chasers
Photography & Timelapse
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 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 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. When we last did this trip in 2017 we witnessed tornadoes and spectacular lightning displays that are on many photographer's wish list.
The video above was captured during the storm chasing trip with Tempest Tours last 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.
This is our first year offering this trip to new photographers. Previously, this trip was only available to Timelapse Workshop alumni.
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 tripods and camera bags.
The van is equipped with Wi-Fi (via 3G hotspot) and a flat panel display that will allow everyone to follow along with storm tracking. During the day we'll stop for gas, food, and bathroom breaks fairly often - so that once we're upon a storm we can chase without interruption.
Experienced Storm Chasing Team
Our storm chasing charter is operated by a team of experienced and respected meteorologists and storm chasers who understand every facet of storm chasing. Their goal is to share their knowledge and appreciation for storms while creating our itinerary each day based on their storm forecasting skills.
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.
All you need is one camera, but if you have access to a second camera body (or point & shoot) I highly recommend bringing it. With two cameras one can be set up to capture timelapse or video, while the second camera can be used to capture photographs.
Award-winning cinematographer & time lapse specialist Ron Risman has created this special tour exclusive for photographers & cinematographers who are looking to learn how to best capture mother nature (Lightning, rotating super cells, etc.) at her finest. Ron's work has been licensed and commission by HBO, The Discovery Channel, Land Rover, and many others.
What makes this time lapse storm chasing trip
different than one of Tempest Tours regular trips?
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 usually very minimal, making it nearly impossible to compose your shot well, capture professional quality (stable) video, or time lapse.
On a standard storm chasing tour the vans try to stay just ahead of the rain line, which is why you only have a minute or two to get out and capture something. When you join this exclusive Timelapse & Photography workshop tour our goal will be to get us into position to give us more time to capture the beauty of the developing super cells - with their incredible cloud formations, lightning, updrafts and downdrafts, and spawning tornado's - all helping to create stunning images, video and time-lapses. Having a bit more time will also allow you to think about composition, getting sharp focus, and actually capturing something worth sharing.
Before the tour even begins we'll have a photography prep class to get you comfortable with the proper settings, getting your gear in order, and making sure you're ready to go when the storms are upon us. You'll learn about camera intervals, best settings to eliminate time lapse flicker, and when to shoot video footage instead of time lapse. We'll also have at least one more classroom session on post processing, workflow, and advanced editing techniques such as stacking, and likely two more based on the events of the day.
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 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. The best way to view storm development and tornado's is from a safe distant. There is still some risk with any outdoor activities, and storm chasing brings it's own inherent risks when lightning and wind gusts are prevalent.
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.