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…

Snow Videos: Heavy Lake Effect Snow + Snow in Super Slow Motion

Here are a couple of videos from February 3, 2013 of Lake Effect Snow that I recorded. The first video shows heavy lake effect snow. I recorded the first video in 1080p HD, so be sure to watch in HD for best experience. The second video is the first ever super slow motion snow video I have ever shot. This video is just a test, so it isn’t the best quality. Plus, when recording in super slow motion, my camera shoots at 200fps (frames per second) and records at 320p. So the video is very small. I will continue testing with the super slow motion video, and also the slow motion video, just to see what I can come up with. Enjoy the videos! … Read More…

Light Snow Event 12/8/12

We had some light snow in areas of Michigan on December 8, 2012. This is only the second light snow event for the winter season so far. The first snow was back on November 25, 2012. After about 4 days of tracking a low pressure system on the computer models, I decided on a forecast of 1-3 inches of snow at best for my area, and areas nearby. My forecast definitely verified although I was skeptical. I ended up with 2.3 inches (final official average measurement result) and surrounding areas ranged between about an inch to 2 inches. South of I-96 had mostly rain or a rain/snow mix, and little to no snow accumulation. The precipitation began as snow here in Greenville, MI and stayed snow throughout the event. ( … Read More…

New Product Line: Snowflake Postage Stamps!

Hello everyone!! As many of you may know, I have been working very hard on my online store. I’ve also been editing and posting a lot of photos, and even some videos lately. Among all of the things I am doing, I am releasing a new product line of Snowflake Postage Stamps for all of you to purchase! Just in time for Christmas and the Winter season! Accent all of your mail this winter with these custom Snowflake Postage Stamps. This collection of stamps features my best snowflake macro photography from 2007 to Present. No snowflake is exactly the same as another, and the same goes for these stamps. The image at the top of this entry is the collection at a glance. Below this text are smaller versions of the stamps that you can click on to “Buy Now!” I hope you enjoy them as much as I do! Click any stamp below to be directed to my online store where you can purchase it! Want more official Charlesimages-Stormedia … Read More…

First Accumulating Snow!

At around 2:00AM EST in Greenville, MI we had our first accumulating snow of the 2012-2013 Winter season! I had been monitoring the potential for snow a couple of days prior. The computer models showed a clipper system coming out of Canada, moving ESE toward Michigan. The WRF had a pretty good handle on what this clipper was going to do. I waited all night, watching the radar, and sure enough, light snow began to steadily overspread the area. One batch of heavier snow 26dbz to 32dbz developed right on top of me and gave me some heavier snow showers to get video and pictures of. This is also the first real snow test for my Canon PowerShot SX40 HS digital camera. So I was quick to take advantage of this opportunity. I snapped 3 or 4 images of the snow, and recorded a couple of short video clips. I didn’t have the best lighting possible, but I’d say this first test was a successful one! Below are images of … Read More…

Snowing in April (VIDEO + PHOTOS)

Pictured left is a car driving in some heavy snow in Greenville, MI on April 10, 2012. Now you might be wondering, how it could be snowing in April after nearly reaching 90 degrees during a string of days in March with highs that reached well into the 80s. A simplistic answer would be “Well, this is Michigan. Wait 10 minutes and it will change.” But the more specific and correct answer lies within the current weather pattern. A decent low pressure system has been sort of cut off over eastern Canada, we have been on the south and west side of this feature, and low pressures rotate counter clockwise. So being on the backside of a low, usually brings down cold air from Canada, and that’s what has been occurring over the course of the last few days. Check out this Quicktime Movie from the GOES Project Science page showing the cut off low. Today was among the coldest of the past few, with snow showers developing, some heavy … Read More…

West Michigan In Motion (VIDEO)

My friend Ryan Klackle (who is also credited in this video) posted this wonderful video on facebook this evening. This video was created by Chris Myers. In this video you will see many beautiful scenes from West Michigan. Living in Michigan, I have been witness to many beautiful sights myself, and I personally liked this video very much. So much, that I decided to share it with all of you! Watch and feel inspired, I did. These scenes are from right here in Greenville, MI, by folks who live here. You can also watch this video in HD, but not just HD, but super HD. The video quality exceeds 1080p! (click on “Original” quality to watch in super HD) You may also visit http://www.tumbleweedimagery.com/ for more info. Feel free to share this entry around with your friends! … Read More…

Best Snow Footage Collection | 2/23/12

This blog is dedicated to showcasing some of my best snow footage. The videos include heavy lake effect snow, a large snowflake, and more! Also in this entry, exclusive footage of the Groundhog day Blizzard of 2011! I guess it would be more appropriate to call this a vlog, instead of a blog. Enjoy! (make sure to watch videos in HD for best effect!) … Read More…

Cold Front Passage on GRLevel3 | 2/10/12

I captured this series of images while viewing GRLevel3 (a product of GRLevelX). I put them into a video animation. It is showing a cold front dropping through (and enhancing) snow. The first set of images is the base reflectivity, the second set is the base velocity. I highlight where the front is in the video. Look for the line dropping southeastward, pretty cool stuff! … Read More…

Extreme Lake Effect Snow Intercept | 1/2/12

Pictured left is a parking lot full of vehicles at Meijer in Holland, MI (click for larger). The closest vehicle is a Ford F-150, which was only about 50 feet or so away from my photographing locale in my own truck. Talk about heavy snow! Visibility was under 300 yards at times in the main band. For this chase I planned ahead. I was living in Morley, MI at the time (between Big Rapids, MI and Howard City, MI) and I knew there was going to be potential for heavy snow to usher in the new year. I followed the forecast models and upper atmospheric patterns carefully as I planned for a potential snow chase. Now, I won’t just chase anything, especially when it’s about 60 miles to drive one way. But I just knew that with the relatively warmer waters of Lake Michigan (lower 40F range), the dynamics of the low pressure system that was going to move through, and the cold air and wind it would bring in … Read More…