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This ain't Kansas



On April 15, 2016 a beautiful tornado formed near Eads, Colorado. We were lucky enough to witness the entire life cycle of this tornado. The only way this chase...
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On April 15, 2016 a beautiful tornado formed near Eads, Colorado. We were lucky enough to witness the entire life cycle of this tornado. The only way this chase could have been any better was if we were able to get closer.
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Nitka
 
Nitka May 06, 2016
Awesome capture!...:-)
p_eileenbaltz PRO
 
p_eileenbaltz May 11, 2016
Beautifully captured!!! Excellent work.
jries77
 
jries77 May 11, 2016
Amazing!
nina050 PRO+
 
nina050 May 26, 2016
Whoa! Amazing!!!
Mary18 PRO
 
Mary18 May 27, 2016
Wow, what a great shot! While you didn't win my photo challenge, if I could have picked a second, it would have been yours. Nice job, and keep up the great work!
DeonG PRO+
 
DeonG May 30, 2016
This is amazing!!
andreealetitia
 
andreealetitia June 10, 2016
beautiful!
trexkamal PRO+
 
trexkamal June 15, 2016
Beautiful and Timing shot
Bruz PRO+
 
Bruz June 29, 2016
An amazing picture. On my bucket list to do storm chasing. Thanks for inflaming that for me. :-)
howie516 PRO
 
howie516 June 29, 2016
Love your colors in this beautiful photo, lucky you!
charlrohland
 
charlrohland June 30, 2016
Brilliant photography
CherylG
 
CherylG June 30, 2016
Wow! Amazing capture! Congratulations!
lindapersson
 
lindapersson July 09, 2016
Amazing capture! Would have loved to have been there. I chased a wall cloud in Minnesota a few days ago but it never developed more than golf ball size hail before it disappeared (for good and bad).
nataliagomez
 
nataliagomez July 10, 2016
Awesome capture!!
EleventhAndQueensStudio
 
EleventhAndQueensStudio July 22, 2016
Stunning capture.
Byronfairphotography PRO
 
Byronfairphotography August 15, 2016
Very cool, Outstanding capture
thunderlake
 
thunderlake August 17, 2016
Thrilling
forrestcovin PRO+
 
forrestcovin September 16, 2016
Thank you, wonderful capture tones shades of color combination. . . Pleasant for something so destructive to many people, great picture of a tornado!
Beegirl
 
Beegirl October 05, 2016
Wonderful capture
Vanismile
 
Vanismile October 25, 2016
Congrats on nature contest being runner up;) Terrific capture ;)
ReneeBlake PRO+
 
ReneeBlake October 26, 2016
Fantastic capture !! Congrats !
FredBlundell PRO+
 
FredBlundell December 04, 2016
Superb artistry!
DebbieKMiller81 PRO+
 
DebbieKMiller81 January 06, 2017
Awesome capture.
billchildress
 
billchildress January 07, 2017
Great Shot, Jeff. Keep up the good work! Congrats...
villeheino PRO+
 
villeheino January 15, 2017
Fabulous image, excellent work!
stanesumrak
 
stanesumrak January 16, 2017
...1A-100%-!!!
SylviaRourke PRO
 
SylviaRourke January 16, 2017
Wow, wow, an amazing capture!
jamiesarkett
 
jamiesarkett January 17, 2017
Outstanding photo
PinkSinProductions
 
PinkSinProductions January 17, 2017
Absolutely stunning photo!! I think I saw this tornado on YouTube from a few chasers. Thank you for this beautiful photo!!
jessicatownsend PRO+
 
jessicatownsend January 19, 2017
Absolutely amazing!
FredThom
 
FredThom January 25, 2017
Your picture deserved to be the image of the year compaare to the otherss so common. Congrats
kjfishman
 
kjfishman January 25, 2017
Wow !!!!!!
dustingwin
 
dustingwin January 26, 2017
Now this is a tornado picture
Terryh57
 
Terryh57 January 26, 2017
Just amazing capture!
elizwalker1214
 
elizwalker1214 January 26, 2017
I love this picture! Consider entering it in my challenge! https:// viewbug.com/challenge/colors-in-nature-photo-challenge-by-elizwalker1214
darrenbromell
 
darrenbromell January 27, 2017
When i saw this image i let rip with that f word and i think ive said it 4 times since. This is f...ing awesome.
bonniestreets_4963
 
bonniestreets_4963 January 28, 2017
Join the conversation. Add a comment or even better, a critique. Let's get better together!
bonniestreets_4963
 
bonniestreets_4963 January 28, 2017
I have been to close to one of these twice to think that these pretty
chuck54
 
chuck54 February 05, 2017
Awesome photograph!!!!!!!
cerbervs PRO
 
cerbervs February 07, 2017
I'm just going to stare at this open-mouthed for a while
gogosviewbug
 
gogosviewbug February 08, 2017
Wow - just wow!
Neve_maguire
 
Neve_maguire February 11, 2017
Amazing image
bathsalt PRO
 
bathsalt February 24, 2017
Amazing photo!!
maureenrueffer
 
maureenrueffer March 15, 2017
Such a fabulous image!!
dawnhynes
 
dawnhynes March 23, 2017
Awesome image
WeeScottiedug
 
WeeScottiedug March 23, 2017
Absolutely beautiful
heatherjones_3563
 
heatherjones_3563 April 17, 2017
I would be huddle in my bathroom! Not only is this a fantastic capture but shows how brace you are
kathyk_abq
 
kathyk_abq June 01, 2017
Amazing shot! Great light and drama!
MDSPhotography
 
MDSPhotography July 07, 2017
Wow. Nature is the ultimate artist.
adamreid
 
adamreid August 18, 2017
If I had the funds, I would definitely have ordered a print to hang up on my wall. I love thunderstorms and especially tornadoes. My partner thinks I'm insane for wanting to be a storm chaser. However, I'm only 19 and wouldn't know where to even begin. Such an amazing capture.
susieb
 
susieb September 06, 2017
Georgeous! Beautiful!
Alwolfe Premium
 
Alwolfe October 04, 2017
Totally awesome photo!
edrobson Premium
 
edrobson October 22, 2017
AWEsome.
RiViCo PRO+
 
RiViCo April 13, 2018
dangerously beautiful - well done
_sarahs__photography
 
_sarahs__photography June 05, 2018
Superb
_sarahs__photography
 
_sarahs__photography June 05, 2018
Superb shot
Naturegirl85
 
Naturegirl85 June 16, 2018
This is insane shot! Excellent work!
ponymagau PRO
 
ponymagau June 28, 2018
Wow!
karensommerslohre PRO+
 
karensommerslohre October 03, 2018
Great shot!
DWWjr
 
DWWjr October 16, 2018
Great shot!
Aileenmusco
 
Aileenmusco Jan 27
Join the conversation. Add a comment or even better, a critique. Let's get better together!
Aileenmusco
 
Aileenmusco Jan 27
Absolutely the most stunning tornado photo I've ever seen. That amazing layered cloud skirt, and the overall radiance - the composition/contrast between flat motionless prairie and whirling sky - wow!
Weisi PRO+
 
Weisi Jan 29
I can feel the power of nature, super shot,
Thesaltyselkie
 
This capture is nuts! In a good way. This is scary and jaw dropping and beautiful! Tornadoes terrify me. This is amazing!
jessicak_5919
 
jessicak_5919 Apr 21
This photo is amazing
donnakirckof PRO
 
donnakirckof Jun 30
Awesome photo! I have a "Thunder and Lightning Oh My" challenge up right now if you are interested!
BiggShots PRO+
 
BiggShots Jul 22
Storm chasing is on my bucket list...because of breathtaking photo's like yours!! This is fantastic!!
okie918
 
okie918 Sep 24
Awesome shot! That scary green color is something that we here in Oklahoma have come to hate!

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Behind The Lens

Location
Being a storm chaser, I never know when and where I will be shooting. Some days we can drive for hours and never take our cameras out and have to turn around and just head home. Some days the weather doesn't agree and any photos I do take can end up being bad. Then there are days like this one in the image where conditions are almost perfect. No rain, no hail and nothing blocking our view. This was taken near Eads, CO and the only thing that would have made it better in my opinion would be to be closer.
Time
This is one of my favorite images from this year. I remember waking up that morning and looking over the weather models and seeing 2 targets that day. One in eastern Colorado and one in Texas. It was a tough decision to make but decided to take a chance on the Colorado target. As we arrived in Eads, CO I remember feeling a very cold wind which I thought was going to be very bad for any tornado potential. It was pretty early in our chasing season and was our first chase of the year. As the storm approached we decided to go after it and have a better look. It was mid day around 2:30pm. As the funnel cloud dropped out of the sky I quickly stopped the car, grabbed my camera and tripod and took off running through a field towards the tornado. I couldn't run as far as I would have liked because I had been so excited that I forgot to turn off the car.
Lighting
The natural lighting provided wasn't the best but it was enough to shoot at a low ISO. Lighting is rarely great while under a storm and sometimes you don't have much time to get your shot. Many times there will be just enough time to jump out of the car, snap off a few shots and then get to a safe location. I had plenty of time with this storm but with the excitement and adrenaline flowing I tend to forget everything and just enjoy the moment and hope that I get a good shot.
Equipment
I used a Canon 70D and my go to lens while storm chasing is my Tamron 10-24mm lens. I hang my camera on the head rest in my car and my tripod is laying on the back seat. Not having much time I can quickly grab my camera and my tripod. Most of the time I shoot storms handheld and then later wish that I would have used my tripod.
Inspiration
I am inspired by every storm photographer and every storm image that I see. Storms just amaze me. I started out buying a camera only for storm chasing. I wanted to capture images like I had seen in magazines and online. I wanted to be able to share what I see with others that aren't able to go after nature's fury. I am actually very inspired by many photographers. I look up to many and strive to one day produce images as good as the ones that make me go awe.
Editing
I spent many hours in post processing on this one. Even though I have been doing this for a few years I still have so much to learn when it comes to post-processing. I had a certain idea in my head and through trial and error I did my best to bring forward my vision. Like the majority of my landscape work I process the sky and foreground separately with many layers and masking. I usually want my sky to look one way and the foreground to look another. With this one I wanted the image to be dark and moody. I wanted a sense of fear but also a sense of beauty. I did my best to bring that across and I hope others see that in my image.
In my camera bag
I don't have that much but I take everything i own with me. A Canon 70D body and attached to that is my Tamron 10-24mm lens. I have a Canon 35-80mm lens that I rarely use but got it dirt cheap. I recently purchased a Canon 55-250mm lens because my wife has one and I get jealous of her great close up shots. I have a couple cleaning cloths to wipe the rain from my lens and the typical things to clean my lenses. I also have my lightning trigger packed. Sometimes after dark the sky lights up with a beautiful display of lightning. One day I will capture that. Can't forget to have a spare SD card. Seeing a tornado and then realizing that you left you SD card at home is like a punch in the stomach. All of this is packed in a Lowepro camera backpack along with bug spray and a flashlight.
Feedback
My number one piece of advice would be to be safe. When it comes to severe weather you never know what could happen. Besides the danger of a tornado there is other dangers like hail, lightning and flooding. Always have an escape route. When it comes to the photography part my advice would be to be aware of your surroundings. Look around to see if there is anything that would make the scene better like a barn, a tree or anything of that matter or something to show scale of the storm. There wasn't anything around for this image and that is the case a lot of the time for me. Experiment with your camera and try different settings and angles. Most of all just have fun with your camera.

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