STORM CHASING ADVENTURE
Severe Weather Timelapse Photography Workshop
Reserve Your Spot
Advanced Photography & Timelapse Instruction
Advanced Post Processing Techniques
Learn in the field chasing real storms
Partnered with #1 Storm Chasing Company
6-Nights lodging INCLUDED ($600+ Value)
Special hotel rate for first night
Storm Chasing in the Plains
Join professional time lapse photographer and educator, Ron Risman, for this incredible 7-day stormlapse adventure, which includes 6-days of photography and storm chasing and a first night post processing and shooting classroom session.
Summer is the best time to capture storms in the plains. And we'll be traveling to the best storms each day in order to capture breathtaking light, rotating supercells, mesocyclones, lightning, and even tornado's.
Knowing which storms will turn into supercells and which will quickly fall apart takes years of experience. This is why I continue to partner with the industry's leading, and most experienced, storm chasing team and meteorologists - to ensure you're in the right place at the right time.
Each year we only have 6 spots for our storm lapse trip, so reserve your spot early. The limit of 6 photographers guarantee's that each photographer has a comfortable window seat in the van - along with room for luggage, camera backpack & tripods. Registration for this trip also includes 6-nights lodging (during the 6 chase days) as well as a special group rate for the hotel on the day of your arrival.
Photography & Timelapse
This storm lapse adventure combines storm chasing and classroom sessions with Ron Risman 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 tiny sample of Ron's most recent work.
Daily Weather Briefings
Each morning we will have a weather briefing where the tour director / meteorologist will analyze and forecast potential targets for the day and will present a forecast 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 priority. While we drive toward developing storms, we stay a safe distance away from the storms in order to be able to capture them and see the full expanse of the storm. What few people know is that the best way to view and capture 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 more specifically).
Our partner storm chasing team has an impeccable safety record, and the companies president is known throughout the storm chasing community for being tough on safe and responsible conduct. He is also the author of "The Ultimate Severe Weather Safety Guide," a book that teaches how to mitigate the risks of potentially dangerous weather.
6 Nights Lodging Included
This trip includes all lodging expenses during the storm chase days of April 21 - April 28th. And a special discounted group rate has been secured for the hotel on the day of arrival. We will arrive back at the base hotel on April 29th by 1pm so that you can catch a flight home that afternoon or evening.
Trip Date: June 24 - July 1, 2023
Our 2023 storm lapse adventure starts on June 24th with an evening classroom session, followed by 6 full chase days (June 25 - July 1, 2023) combining hands-on instruction with incredible image capture. The photography adventure ends back at the base hotel in Denver on July 1, 2023.
Late June offers some of the best storms of the year with frequent storm intercepts in the plains. At this time of year strong updrafts and wind shear often produce severe thunderstorms, mesocyclones and tornados in the plains, famous for their breathtaking storms.
What Makes This Trip Different?
During a storm, light can change very quickly, and storms can move very quickly, so the time you have with each opportunity is valuable and precious. This is where our storm lapse workshop comes into play.
Our workshop puts you into the best position possible to have more time to capture the beauty of these developing super cells - with their incredible rotating cloud formations, lightning, updrafts and downdrafts, and tornado's - all helping you to create stunning images, video and time-lapses. We'll also look at the compositional value of the landscape in order to know where to stop to capture each storm.
On a traditional storm chasing trip the goal is to try to stay just ahead of the rain line, but this only gives you a minute or two to view the storm and take a few photographs before getting back into the van to stay ahead of the storm. But on THIS trip we work hard to get you more time shooting so that you have the time to properly set up, find a composition, and capture incredible timelapses and stills of these incredible storms.
On the evening before we head out for our 6-days of capturing storms, we'll have an evening 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 my 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 get shooting when the storms are upon us.
6 Nights Lodging Included
Throughout the week we will hold post processing sessions as we travel to our next storm intercept. The van is equipped with mobile power for your laptops, as well as fast 5G wi-fi, and a flat panel television for on the go classroom sessions and storm tracking. Ron will also provide one-on-one post processing instruction throughout the trip.
If mother nature takes a breather, so do we. If this happens, we'll stop at famous landmarks such as state parks, national parks and museums - or even old abandoned shacks that often make for great photography. You'll also have opportunities to try out delicious local delicacies. We make sure every day is a day of wonder!
Cancellations & Travel Insurance
Reservations are only refundable if we can find someone else to take over your spot. We highly recommend that participants obtain travel / trip cancellation insurance to cover any unforeseen circumstances that require the cancellation of the workshop or your participation in the workshop. Some credit cards offer trip cancellation and rental car insurance if you use their card to book the trip or the car. Credit card fees charged to use (3.6%) are never refundable