The thunderstorm. Each spring signals a new beginning as the plants and animals awaken from hibernation and with this new beginning, the thunderstorm roars to life on the High Plains of the United States. These storms not only bring life sustaining moisture to a area of the country that gets by on very little of it, but at times, these storms are very destructive in nature. Since I live in an area where thunderstorms are somewhat prevalent, I decided that I would start capturing some of these storms with my camera. Storm photography though is one of those activities that can be somewhat dangerous. From the lighting to the hail to the destructive winds, a photographer must be on their toes when it comes to shooting these monsters of Mother Nature as they roll through the countryside. Although I have yet to venture too far away from home, I have been lucky enough to have been at Lake Etling near Kenton, Oklahoma when a large storm rolled in over the lake at sunset.
I do not classify myself as a storm chaser though. I am purely a storm photographer. To become what I refer to as a storm chaser, a person has to be educated in the ways of the thunderstorm. Although I would encourage any and all photographers who wish to shoot storms to attend one of the many storm spotter classes held by The National Weather Service, sometimes these classes may be somewhat lacking in information, while others can be pretty decent. Even then, there is a lot more that goes into being a storm chaser. One of the best pieces of advice I have ever received was from Jason Weingart, a photographer and respected storm chaser. He told me to buy the book, The Storm Chasing Handbook by Tim Vasquez. Although I have read through the book, the book contains a lot of material that will allow a person to become better at chasing storms; but that is not all. One should definitely have at least a smart phone with some sort of radar app such as RadarScope and be able to read the storm so they do not get caught in harm’s way.
Anyway, welcome to my stormscape gallery. This is a collection of my best and favorite storm images that I have produced over the last several years and I will be adding to the gallery periodically. In this gallery, you are able to purchase prints of these images. Several of these images have been featured on the Mr. Twister website. The images were shot in Oklahoma, Kansas and New Mexico. The prints are not watermarked, and available on archival print paper, canvas and metal and will come to you ready to hang, unless you purchase just a print by itself. To enter the online shopping area of the gallery, just click on any of the images and it will take you right to the cart and you can make your purchase there.