planetMitch note: guest post by Ron Risman
I have been in love with severe weather ever since I was about 4 or 5 years old, so to finally go storm chasing was a thrill.
Just the mention of storm chasing to other people instantly brings up comments about tornadoes, safety and how “you have to be nuts to do that”, but for me, it was less about seeing a tornado and more about seeing the development of storms, the clouds and lightning associated with supercell thunderstorms. Sure, I had hopes of seeing a tornado, but if it happened that would just be icing on the cake.
This was also a photographic and timelapse trip for me. Going in, I had no idea how challenging it would be to capture timelapses of the storms, since our stops often times only lasted 1-3 minutes before we had to jump back into the van in order to stay ahead of the storm. I quickly learned that I had to capture as much as possible as quickly as possible if I wanted to capture some great footage for this promo film.
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I captured video and timelapse using a mix of DSLR's, OSMO,and a GoPro. Audio was captured using a Shure Lenshopper and Tascam DR-05 with a lav mic. Timelapses were captured with a Sony A7R II, RX10 Mark III, and Canon EOS 5D Mark III. I also captured a few timelapses using the DJI Osmo and GoPro.
The Storm Chasing Experience
(cover photo credit: snap from video)