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USA Storm Chasing
Photography Tour 2020
Join Rod Thomas on this thrilling, all inclusive storm chasing adventure through tornado alley in the United States of America.
Beginning and ending in Denver, Colorado, our storm chasing adventure will see us traverse our way across the USA chasing mother nature where ever she decides to show her face. Typically, a chase could see us explore Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, The Dakotas, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas and / or New Mexico.
Storms tend to typically fire later in the day so our mornings will be spent making our way to the target location and the waiting for mother nature to do her thing. Watching a storm from its infancy turn into a super cell is amazing. Getting to capture this all on camera is even better.
Days can be long, and sometimes there are down days where no storms are forecast. We can use these down days to either chill out and rest, or we can explore the local area in search other things to photograph. Motels will be clean and comfortable, Meals will be arranged on the go.
Our guides are well experienced in storm chasing and will get us to the best locations for photographing these epic structures. Some tours get you up close and personal and while this is ok, we prefer a wider view to get us the best photographs we can possibly get.
It is an awesome feeling standing there watching these storms unfold and to witness this is something you wont forget in a hurry. We invite you to join us on this 12 day epic road trip/chase-cation across Tornado Alley in the USA.
3 Jun – 15 Jun 2020
Join Rod Thomas
on this thrilling chase
through Tornado Alley.
Always in the
right place at
the right time
- A DSLR Camera with lens/lenses
- Spare batteries, there will be a long days with plenty of shooting.
- A sturdy tripod.
- Remote shutter release.
- Filters if you have them (Polarizer/Graduated/Neutral Density).
- Supportive boots/shoes.
- Wet weather gear & a compact umbrella.
- Your creative brains.
- The weather will change very quickly on this tour, layering is best.
- Good windbreaker/waterproof jacket
- Comfortable warm clothing.
- Layering your clothing is best.
- Good supportive boots. Warm and waterproof would be best.
- Building Storm Cells
- Potentially Street Photography
- Stunning Landscapes
Breakfast, lunch & dinner will be provided each day.
Meeting time & place
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A normal photography tour has a fairly structured itinerary with specific detail on locations and travel, this tour is unique in the sense that our intinerary will be set on the fly, we will be following the call of nature and booking accomodation and dining as we move between storm cells.
Typically, a chase could see us explore Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, The Dakotas, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas and /or New Mexico.
As is with the unpredicability of mother nature, we will have a number of back up plans for photographic opportunity should no storm cell be brewing on any particular day. This could include shooting open plains, native wildlife, street photogrphy, or if the group decides we can have rest day and explore local culture.
Tornadoes can be detected before or as they occur through the use of Pulse-Doppler radar by recognizing patterns in velocity and reflectivity data, such as hook echoes or debris balls.
There are several scales for rating the strength of tornadoes. The Fujita scale rates tornadoes by damage caused and has been replaced in some countries by the updated Enhanced Fujita Scale. An F0 or EF0 tornado, the weakest category, damages trees, but not substantial structures. An F5 or EF5 tornado, the strongest category, rips buildings off their foundations and can deform large skyscrapers. The similar TORRO scale ranges from a T0 for extremely weak tornadoes to T11 for the most powerful known tornadoes. Doppler radar data, photogrammetry, and ground swirl patterns (trochoidal marks) may also be analyzed to determine intensity and assign a rating.
A supercell is a thunderstorm characterized by the presence of a mesocyclone: a deep, persistently rotating updraft. For this reason, these storms are sometimes referred to as rotating thunderstorms. Of the four classifications of thunderstorms (supercell, squall line, multi-cell, and single-cell), supercells are the overall least common and have the potential to be the most severe. Supercells are often isolated from other thunderstorms, and can dominate the local weather up to 32 kilometres (20 mi) away. They tend to last 2-4 hours.
Services of professional photographic tour leaders, professional storm trackers, photographic tuition and workshops (suitable for any levels or ability). Internal travel and transfers. Accommodation and all meals are included (breakfast, lunch, dinner).
International flights, alcohol, extra drinks, room service, laundry, gifts, souvenirs and any extras purchased. Travel insurance – a compulsory condition of booking. Camera or other optional insurances are not included.
*TOUR ITINERARY IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE AT THE DISCRETION OF FOTOWORKSHOPS. PLEASE READ OUR T&C FOR MORE INFO.
Imagine combining a dream holiday with your passion for photography. You will explore secret locations and gain new expertise in one of the greatest art forms ever created. With Fotoworkshops, you will be personally mentored by some of the most highly regarded professionals in the industry. A truly immersive experience that is sure to check off on the bucket list. Our itineraries and experience in handpicked locations will ensure you never miss an opportunity, you can capture everything from breath-taking waterfalls, wild bears, quiet and serene sandy beaches, snow-capped mountains, volcanoes, diverse and wonderful local people, streetscapes and ancient cultures – the list is endless.
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All of our Photo Tours require a moderate level of fitness. There are no major walks but where possible we would like our guests to be able to walk for about an hour if needed. Check with your tour guide before leaving and we can give you a better idea of any special fitness requirements you may need to complete the Tour.
If groups are not for you and you would prefer to travel by yourself or with a group of friends and family then we can accommodate your needs by customizing a Photography Tour to suit your individual needs, schedule, budget and interests.
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