Stormy Pleasures Partners With Live Storms Media!

Hello everyone! I have an exciting announcement. Stormy Pleasures has partnered with Live Storms Media! As you may know, I have always done everything myself. From forecasting to chasing, to shooting footage, and more, including brokering. Most notably, I brokered my footage out to 60 Minutes in 2013. A big accomplishment for me. But as time has gone on, I didn’t feel as though I could handle the brokering aspect of it any longer. I knew of a few different brokering companies with decent track records. But I never really had a gut feeling about them. So I’ve sort of shopped around for a couple of years. Sent out a couple of emails to try and connect with others in the brokering world. But never really got anywhere. Over the past few months however, I had been noticing what was happening over at Live Storms Media. Seeing lots of good facebook posts about how people had made sales and such. It appeared to be a fast growing company, and I … Read More…

Hailstorms (Time Lapse + Photos) 5/30/13

After a long day of waiting for storm initiation, one cell finally decided to develop. I discovered it while it was in the towering cumulus stage, as prior to this cell firing I had pretty much given up on the day, and stopped paying attention. All of the other cells had developed several miles away throughout the day, and this one decided to pop up closer to my chase range. I quickly gathered my equipment and headed to a spot with good visibility. I was also treated to views of some distant storms as well, and a very nice sunset. I decided that I would do a time lapse on my cell. One of my goals for this year is to put together a video of thunderstorm time lapses, so this was definitely a worthy candidate for that. I setup my Canon SX20 for the time lapse video footage, while shooting stills with my Canon SX40 at the same time. (both of which are point and shoot cameras) I tried … Read More…

Kansas Tornadoes, Supercells, and Mammatus

May 19, 2013 – After scoring big on May 18, 2013, we started day 2 of our chase a little less frantically. We had some time to position and go over data and surface observations that morning, and also post up a few photos on facebook from the day prior. We knew that it would be another good chase day, but we also knew that storm modes would be different. Faster motion, and storms would congeal into an MCS faster than the day before. So we were prepared for what was in store for the day. We drove a bit further east from where we ended up the day before. The SPC had once again issued a Moderate Risk for the day. We staged in Newton, KS, and had a friend visitor. A Grackle. Then we made our way down to an RC plane park in Wichita, KS to hang out with Michael Phelps for a bit before initiation. Justin Hoyt and Bill Kirkpatrick showed up as well, and we … Read More…

Rozel and Sanford, KS Tornadoes 5/18/13

May 18, 2013 – Earlier in the week, I had been asked if I wanted to accompany my friend Michael Gavan on a storm chasing trip for the weekend. The computer models were in good agreement that there would be severe weather on the weekend of May 18-19. The SPC had put out convective outlooks during the 4-8 day period also. They were talking about the potential for severe weather, including large hail, damaging wind gusts, and of course, tornadoes. After much thought and planning, I accepted Michael’s invitation, and on Friday afternoon, we left Michigan en route to Kansas. We stopped in Springfield, Illinois and stayed overnight for some shuteye, knowing we’d have a marathon drive the next morning to get to our target area. On Saturday morning we made our way through the remainder of Illinois, and into Missouri. We experienced some dense fog on the way there. Less than 1/4 mile visibility in western Illinois. Once we crossed the Mississippi River the fog decreased significantly, and with … Read More…

Showery Sunset 5/14/13

The day began with plentiful sunshine and warm temperatures, but later in the afternoon and evening, some elevated clouds with scattered rain showers and virga moved in. This was the general weather scenario through sunset and beyond. So I was anticipating a decent chance of some sunset photography. I decided to stay home for this photography session as I felt I had a decent view from the balcony. As the evening progressed, what I thought was going to be a relatively boring day, started turning into a good chance to shoot some amazing photos. The showers and clouds cooperated very well, and the following set of 12 photos shows just how stunning and amazing this sunset was. One of the best sunsets I’ve ever had the pleasure of photographing. Enjoy these photos, and feel free to share this article with your friends! (click any photo to enlarge) … Read More…

Marfa, TX Storm Chasing Footage on 60 Minutes! (VIDEO)

In case you missed it last night, my storm chasing footage from Marfa, TX was aired on 60 Minutes! I would have gotten the word out, but had been told that the airing was moved to April 21st. Fortunately though, the Marfa story can be found on www.cbsnews.com! I have embedded the video below so you can watch it right here if you’d rather. It’s a very nice story about Marfa, TX. A place I would definitely return to and spend more time in one day. The weather down there certainly is like nothing I’ve ever seen before. It has a certain special feel to it. I have included my full chase video below the 60 Minutes video, and a few photos below that as well! Enjoy! Feel free to share this blog article with your friends!! Below is the full chase video from Marfa, TX. Photos are below the video, enjoy! … Read More…

Sunset Icicles, Prism Effect, and More! (PHOTOS + VIDEO)

Icicles at Sunset

I have been watching closely for icicle photography opportunities this winter. On February 8th and 9th, I had two of my best icicle photography days ever. I even captured what I’m calling my “crown jewel” of icicle photos. Icicles At Sunset is by far, the best icicle photo I have ever captured. The colors, the lighting, the sharpness, just everything was absolutely perfect for this shot. I also was treated to a very nice Prism Effect with first one icicle, and then two at the same time! The icicles are gone now as we had some warmth and rain. But I will be watching closely for more opportunities to add to my icicle collection. Below are the images from February 8th and 9th in order of time/date. Below the photos is a short YouTube video of the Melting Icicles. Enjoy!! (Winter Photography Photo Gallery) … Read More…

Storm Chasing 2012 – The Best Chases

Today is December 31st, the last day of 2012. For some it was a good year, for others it was a bad year. For me, it was a mix of both. This year wasn’t friendly to all storm chasers. The nationwide drought situation played a huge role in the lack of storms in the United States. One thing we didn’t have a shortage of, was heat, and dry air. It was extremely difficult if you were a chaser to get footage of tornadoes this year. I mean certainly, many chasers did intercept tornadoes this year, but overall, it was a lackluster year. That’s great for the general public, but sucks for a storm chaser. This year I was able to do a proper US plains tour through tornado alley, thanks to my friend, and chase partner, Michael Phelps of stormscapelive.tv, my sponsor Mike Curtis of Farm Bureau Insurance, and all of my friends and fans who have donated to me over this past year. This tour took us everywhere from … Read More…

The Early Years: Digitally Retouched Storm Photos of 2003-2004

Recently I was going through boxes I picked up at storage and found my collection of weather images, snapped with various 35mm cameras, from my early years of interest in storm chasing and photography. I finally was able to get Mom’s scanner working, after discovering that my scanner, for whatever reason, is broken. It was a long process and it took a lot of troubleshooting but I was able to get it all done. I went through various photo albums and photo packs to find some of the better images from 2003-2004. Now of course, this isn’t close to all of my images, I still have a whole bag of 35mm film that needs to be developed. I just haven’t been able to afford to do it. I ran all of these through extensive editing in Paint.net, a free editing software, more advanced than Microsoft Paint, but less advanced than say, Adobe Photoshop or something similar. But it does a very good job. I enhanced the color and balance of … Read More…

Google AdSense – My Experience

So earlier today as I was editing my website I noticed my Google AdSense Ad on my Videos page was showing an ad for Google AdSense Ads. (click left image for larger view) I found this humorous personally, but also pretty cool. I figured I’d share my experience with Google AdSense here, and also link some info if you are interested in signing up. First of all, I was skeptical, as I am with anything online, especially making money online. But I figured what the heck, might as well do some research and just see what all the fuss was about. I had noticed many ads on websites and YouTube videos, and a number of folks talking about this thing called Google AdSense. Back in October 2011 after loads of research and information gathering, I strongly considered signing up, once I found out how easy it was, I was sold, and have been signed up to Google AdSense since October 2011. Google AdSense is very easy to use from my … Read More…