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Title: John's US storm photos
Post by: JohnC on May 29, 2010, 09:55:20 pm
Here's the photos for May 10th. the first chase day and we stayed in Oklahoma. Needless to say the mammatus was the highlight of the trip for me. I've only ever seen it like this in books.
As I process/delete and edit the photos on a day by day basis, that's how Lightroom catalogued them,I'll post them. I took 837 .

The first photo is the radar image taken inside the van of the tornadic storm at Enid OK. at about 4.00pm. We were told later that a tornado emerged from this storm but we didn't see it,it's really down to good luck as well as good judgement.These things just came and went verty rapidly and most storms were HP and moving at between 35-45 mph..The tornadoes would touch down and back up and if you weren't in exactly the right location at the right tim,e you'd miss it,also there were often times when there were several storm in relatively close proximity,the most was 7 so Bill and Brian had to sort of pick a storm which they believed had the most potential but sometimes we'd leave behind a 'dying' storm to get to another winding up only to hear that the one we had left re-energised and spawned a tornado..such is storm chasing. I managed to take a photo of the bending tree as we ran back to the van at double quick speed, no time to frame it, just get it whatever, and the storm was to out over the fields where you see the rain shafts but it was the inflow that was bending that tree-it was a gale force wind-unbelievable to think that the storm was pulling in air at that rate.wind, we had a job to stand still and photograph.I turned round and looked down the road and saw white 'cloud' inflow as it rushed across the road and when we left we drove through it and the van shook with the battering, an absolutely amazing experience. It was far better (for me) than standing a mile or so from a tornado in a calm area-with this we felt part of the storm, in 2008 I recall feeling the strong wind on my back as we looked at a storm but this was like being in a gale at sea,we were just short of being battered by it.

Is that a wall cloud I see in photo 5 ?

The mammatus was taken after a storm at Henryetta OK. at about 6.00pm.We had stopped at a diner to eat but I looked up and saw the mammatus approaching - it was moving over at about 5mph. so I stayed put. I'm quite pleased that we weren't out on the Plains as I think the urban foreground gives the photo some perspective

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Title: Re: John's US storm photos
Post by: JohnC on May 29, 2010, 11:08:00 pm
This photo was taken near Washita OK. Is it just convection ? A severe storm with large golf ball size hail developed from it later on. This was taken with a Canon 15mm fisheye lens. on a 5D11...What do you think ? I really don't mind if anyone doesn't like it like this - my wife doesn't.

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Title: Re: John's US storm photos
Post by: martinastro on May 30, 2010, 11:27:09 am
Hi John - I see the fun now begins with the images, I have been looking forward to seeing them since you arrived home so thanks for posting them up here. As always, excellent images to get our attention from the very start, I love the thought that went into the blowing tree - that says a thousand words!. The mammatus show is spectacular, I would have stayed out there too, I like the forground, it sort of reminds me of the 'Twister' movie. Those radar grabs are tasty!. My fav image is number 2 showing that menacing dark convection with the rock solid towers sporting knuckles - fantastic threatening storm scene  :)


Title: Re: John's US storm photos
Post by: rjgjr on May 30, 2010, 04:00:57 pm
Great images John, as Martin, I've been waiting for your images to arrive. It does take time to go through and prepare a report like this. I think my favorite image is the mammatus view, with what looks like a somewhat shredded "Old Glory" trying to wave on the flag pole. The bending tree characterizes great action and movement, and I happen to like the fisheye view representing the immense Okie sky with the threatening cumulus buildup streaming from over the horizon. Looking forward to your next installment.


Title: Re: John's US storm photos
Post by: paulster78 on May 30, 2010, 09:54:12 pm
These are really good John, just mouthwatering in anticipation of more. The fisheye perspective is class i think, it throws a new angle on things.


Title: Re: John's US storm photos
Post by: JohnC on May 31, 2010, 10:31:31 pm
Glad you enjoyed day one's photos I'm done with the editing. I't so boring ,I find,  to post a link - not that I have one yet Lol. I do have MobileMe with iPhotos so they'll go in there soon but let's enjoy therm here without going down that route and having to click on them to enlarge them Hope that;s, ok and I'll just post them throughtthe week

So-here we go with May 11 and the photos of the tornado damage,which occurred the dat before -we were near Midwest City OK, were taken through the window (smoked glass too ..ugh) as we drove at 50mph. along  I 40. The shutter speed was 1/4000sec. on the first one, ISO 500 if I recall correctly and the reason I mention it  is I'm astounded at how well it's turned out. Let's hop Tinypic does the biz.   Written under each photo is where it was taken but the problem,as Tyler and Richard will tell you is that most of the photos were taken away from towns so when you read the name it means we were 'near' that town not at it,the only exception was Guthrie and Dumas in TX when we were in the town with the storm there too.          

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The following were taken on the 12th. starting near  Cheyenne OK.

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Title: Re: John's US storm photos
Post by: JohnC on May 31, 2010, 11:06:24 pm
Ok-they're not showing the location.I'll say where they were taken. The third from last (above) was taken from the van again,hence the blurred out of focus trees and a wee reflection off the glass,it just wasn't practical to stop at everything I thought deserved a shot so I took one and hoped for the best-most of them have had to be binned. The last 3 were taken near Carter OK. We spent most time in OK and TX and slipped into New Mexico later on in the Tour.

This first one 'anvil at sunset' is the only one I have from the 13th. Not a good day for us atall. It was taken near Garden City OK.

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Well, you don't need me to tell you what the first two photos are and they were taken from the van of course ,as we drove towards Clinton OK

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The following photos up to and including TIV2 were taken near Goldsmith TX

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This railway track photo has a story. Just after I took the photo I moved to a position behind me to take a photo in another direction when there was a bolt of CG-I mean it was right there near  us and to the right of where I had just been on the track,it was so vivd and it was followed,not by a rumble of thunder but a very loud whiplash crack and I remember thinking that it was superb,wonderful and I then started to frame my next shot but was never allowed to take it lol. We got the order to get back in the van sharpish,that bolt was, according to Brian, about 200 yards from us and far to close for comfort so we drove a mile down the road opposite and you can see the white inflow cloud.

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Title: Re: John's US storm photos
Post by: JohnC on May 31, 2010, 11:12:49 pm
These next photos were taken near Clinton OK. They told us that the tops of the storm clouds had reached 60,000 ft.

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Title: Re: John's US storm photos
Post by: JohnC on May 31, 2010, 11:24:39 pm
The following photos were taken in SW Texas(still on the 14th...it was a great day). They were mainly taken near Iraan TX . and the Cg's over the hills were taken hand held such was the length of time they flickered. The colouring,beige/orange ,in the other photos was exactly what it was like-it was unbelievable even Brian M. said it was one of the best evening lightning displays he'd seen-it was like looking into another world. Some parts of the Tour were memorable and this was up there at the top. Once again the CG's got a bit close and we had to move on a bit.

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....and the last two of the day taken near Andrews. TX.

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Title: Re: John's US storm photos
Post by: martinastro on May 31, 2010, 11:54:02 pm
John, all I can say is 'wow' - those are fabulous images!, I love those solid anvils, however the lightning captures are outstanding!, would you mind sharing how you got those?, aperture stopped down with longer shutter?, was that twilight? - excellent results, great crisp focus on these too. I''m going to have to go back over these again for another look  :) - thanks for posting.


Title: Re: John's US storm photos
Post by: rjgjr on June 01, 2010, 06:15:27 am
All the shots are great John, love the big rolling anvils. But the lightning shots are breathtaking. Here in the Northwest we never get to see anything like that, just beautiful. As Martin mentioned, I have to go back and look at these a little better again. I'm sure Tyler will have a lot of input on these. You mentioned a lot of " near here and near there", even where I live it's 30 miles either direction to the next towns. Great job and interesting report!


Title: Re: John's US storm photos
Post by: markt on June 01, 2010, 09:05:55 am
Wow!!!!   :o 8)

What a fantastic series of photos, thanks for sharing.  Stormchasing is something I really want to have a go at myself, and after seeing your photos and reading your report this has reinforced this to me. 

Mark :)


Title: Re: John's US storm photos
Post by: JohnC on June 01, 2010, 02:51:06 pm
Thanks for  great comments. I'll look at the apertures Martin. and let you know.

I see that one of the CG's ,the last before the beige/orange sky was from the moving van,once again  it flickered long enough for me to press the shutter but I hadn't noticed the left side of the window till now, so I'll crop that out.

Yes, that was sunset, Martin, a really weird colour as you see and changing too quite quickly,that last CG was very close I can remember it, I didn't think I'd caught it, I thought it would have blown out - just got  lucky.

If you want any info. Mark just get in touch.The only problem is that had you seen my 2008 photos then gone in 2009 you'd have most likely been very disappointed as it was a poor season, I go expecting little and anything beyond that is a bonus and that applies to tornadoes too, I don't expect to see one,I mean a rope or wedge, the classic shapes but if I do- a bonus,it's the storm structures and Cg's I go for.

So, here we go with the 15th. We were either in or very close to the Big Bends national Park,this is the Chihuahuan desert and 70 miles from the Mexican border where we were stopped on the way back.I probably shouldn't have taken a photo Lol.

I do like my middle of the road /railtrack photos Lol.


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Title: Re: John's US storm photos
Post by: JohnC on June 01, 2010, 03:31:34 pm
Now for the 16th.Sunday. Well, I've just looked at the folder to see what's in it as they look the same area as the 15th. but it ties up with the date in camera.We had a quiet day in the Big Bends area on Sunday and I photographed rusty old cars at a  disused old railroad station at Marathon TX  which is described as the gateway to the Big Bends Nat. Park.so we obviously stayed in the area the next day. I kept a pretty good log but sometimes tiredness caused me to overlook an entry or rather a proper entry. I'll stick a couple in for interest (even though it's the weather forum  ::)  -hope that's ok)

Once again another photo from the moving van-the massive CB over the hill,I really am surprised at how some of the photos from the van,which usually travelled at 50mph. minimum, have turned out.

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Ref. these last two photos  below,we were,as you see ,at the end of the day 'somewhere' in SW TX. All the others had finished photographing as the Cg's were well apart ,a dying storm but Bill,one of the guides decided to stick it out with his video camera (more like a big movie camera Lol) for a bit longer, even Brian M. had packed up his camcorder gear so I stayed alongside Bill and got this  last photo -I just recall a flash on the horizon and was so pleased when I looked at the LCD,not to mention surprised !

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Title: Re: John's US storm photos
Post by: martinastro on June 01, 2010, 05:24:49 pm
These are brilliant John, love them all, hard to pic a fav, I love the one looking down the road towards the horizon with storm clouds aloft, like a scene from the movie 'the hitcher' - please keep them coming, you are providing me with plenty of eye candy  :)


Title: Re: John's US storm photos
Post by: paulster78 on June 01, 2010, 07:17:35 pm
Some excellent lightning shots from the 14th there John.  Great shot of deep convection looming over the hilltops as well and the image of the rusty car is super :)


Title: Re: John's US storm photos
Post by: JohnC on June 01, 2010, 07:54:11 pm
Just taking  a break Lol. Glad someone liked the rusty cars. They're all over the Midwest, Paul. Maybe it costs too much to get them to a scrap place. It's really noticeable out that way,rusty cars,trucks, derelict buildings.I think the good times in the Midwest were the 50's and 60's when it was the bread basket of the US until draughts hit.


Title: Re: John's US storm photos
Post by: JohnC on June 01, 2010, 10:20:07 pm
This is the 17th. and we had several storms going and in photo  4 you can see that two of them were about to collide but they didn't quite make it.This is at Artesia TX

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Title: Re: John's US storm photos
Post by: JohnC on June 01, 2010, 10:31:30 pm
This was an incredible sight -it was rotating but never  got it's act together for a tornado.It was at Dumas TX

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Title: Re: John's US storm photos
Post by: markt on June 02, 2010, 09:12:46 am
Wowzers!  :o

Keep em' coming John, these are fanstastic pictures to see!  8)


Title: Re: John's US storm photos
Post by: JohnC on June 02, 2010, 11:02:35 am
Cheers Mark..I was getting a bit concerned in case they were getting boring. I have the 19th.-a good day and 20th.  not so good, left  so I may as well finish the job. Maybe next time I'll just post the best dozen and then add a link but if everyone prefers them this way then no probs.
 I better do a few home jobs first..(it's 11.00am)..be back later.


Title: Re: John's US storm photos
Post by: martinastro on June 02, 2010, 04:25:28 pm
John - these are most definitely not boring!, please keep posting your images on here, I much prefer seeing an image than having to click on a link anyway.

The latest update is absolutely stunning!!, these are the kind of storm structures which I adore - nasty, low to the ground, black and green - and rotating!. The rear of the updraught/anvil regions on those cells at the top are incredible. - love it. Looking forward to the next treat  :)


Title: Re: John's US storm photos
Post by: rjgjr on June 03, 2010, 07:42:14 am
Great images in the latest batch John, keep them coming. Rusty cars and trucks are worth thier weight in gold now days, to the right buyer. In the Southwest, where the climate is very dry, those vehicles will last forever in someones front yard. Even the old buildings are bought up, dismantled and relocated for other purposes, very lucrative buisiness.


Title: Re: John's US storm photos
Post by: Paul on June 03, 2010, 09:54:49 am
John, these are fabulous shots - I especially like the lightning shots, but they're all a superb record of what must have been a terrific holiday. Oh yes, the "Darth Vader" truck is something else - this man is deadly serious :)

Excellent, and thanks for sharing these with us.

Paul.


Title: Re: John's US storm photos
Post by: Conor McDonald on June 03, 2010, 03:55:49 pm
Im looking but I keep forgetting to reply! John those shots are awesome! I love the old house and the convection with lots of foreground in them! Keep posting these man there excellent to see your accounts!


Title: Re: John's US storm photos
Post by: JohnC on June 03, 2010, 11:19:14 pm
Ahh..many thanks to all,much appreciated- that's cheered me up .I've been doing a lot of gardening and patio cleaning - too much really and now I have a stinker of a cold.I'll post the last two days now.The 19th. was a very busy day. My real failing is that I doi't know enough about the structures to say what they are so I'll have to leave that to the experienced on here and there's a set of 4   about which Id'  like to know what was happening. I'll ask as I  post  them.

Bear with me ,Martin,I'll mail you the Cg photos with the settings  you asked me about,they'll have them on the photo -I get this in the LR  Develop mode,I'll screen grab them,when they go back into Library you don't see them. There's Shutter speed, ISO, focal length f-number. If anyone would like to know settings of any particular one please shout up and I'll post it but I think Martin would like to know them all Lol.

 We were in west Oklahoma on the 19th. and the CAPE was 3500 south of Witchita Falls. .There was a storm east of OKC with a composite scale number of 12-I was told that anything over 10 is very good..So w passed Woodward OK at 1250,this is the sort of area we were in.This first one isn't anything special really but it was quite impressive and was taken at Clinton OK.Next is ther radar showing the gathering storms -it was taken at 4.25pm.  The rest of the photos were taken at Guthrie OK. at around 5.52pm. and a TV  news/weather  helicopter was above us as they were expecting  a tornado.The other guests knowing my appetite for photos (as I meneioned I took 837)  shouted to me to photograph the helicopter so I obliged them Lol.

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I'll post the next 4 as a 'set' These are the ones I was asking about. I assume this is the makings(the funnel cloud I assume) of a tornado - our guides were driving away fast as one said to the others ,van to van by CB radio-get moving the cone's right above us. I went to the side window of the van as it was being driven away ,crouched down and tried to get a good a set as I could through the smoked glass. I'd have loved to have stopped ,got out and photographed it with the tripod but so often we weren't in a position for the niceties of setting up a tripod and framing correctly etc. it was a case of grab a shot or miss it. I'm sure we'd just passed through the town of Guthrie when we saw this lowering.



Title: Re: John's US storm photos
Post by: JohnC on June 03, 2010, 11:32:37 pm
So, here we go with what appears to me to be the makings of a tornado-it didn't materialise though so I suppose it's a funnel cloud - am I correct ? I was able to photograph it 4 times as we were behind other chasers trying to get away from Guthrie. I photographed the other chasers ahead and behind us. Look at  the radar photos  to see how the storms developed as the afternoon early evening wore on.

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I'm not sure what's going on here but we didn't have long before the hail came.

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This last one for the 19th. was taken from the rear balcony of the hotel we stayed at that night.

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Title: Re: John's US storm photos
Post by: JohnC on June 04, 2010, 12:22:51 am
This is the last day-20th. We drove south from OK to south of Dallas Fort Worth and the CAPE was 3500.Here's a radar from 5.25pm. As you see in photo 2 I was lucky enough to get one of the CG's.

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This is a  mexican cafe at Malone TX and I left my meal to photograph this wonderful end to the day.

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That's it folks. A great trip and I have to say it's been great to share so many photos with you , I was a bit worried as you saw about posting so many-I think it's 103 Lol..but those last comments dispelled any reservations I had about  it becoming boring for you-.you've obviously really enjoyed them.

What you've seen here is really a  photo journal of the Tour day by day,there's nothing I saw  that you haven't seen here. except the group photos  of course but they're people you don't know anyway. but the group is another experience  as you meet people from all over the world.We had one Canadian lady- wow..she lives in Thunder Bay ,Ontario and her husband is a doctor , originally from Glasgow but many years in Canada and she runs art classes and she said that when 'her girls' as she called them, finished the classes she would ring the bell on the porch to let the black bears know the girls were leaving in their cars so as not to frighten them (the bears). Also, she has to clean the patio door glass a few times a week as the bears press their noses on it to look into the dining room. That must be fantastic. I belong to WSPA and part of it,called 'Libearty' rescues bears from all over the world so I was particularly interested to hear her story. To see bears in the wild (maybe at Dennali Nat. Park-Alaska ) is on my 'to do 'list but she's offered anyone on the Tour a stay at her home so we might take her up on that for a day or two.I think they're wonderful creatures. There was a young man from Switzerland a couple from Australia, a Vet from Norfolk way, a young lady from Kent and  an 23  year old   from New Jersey who was about to take his Bar exams to become a qualified lawyer,so a great mix.- It's May 16th. next year so we may get a trip into the High Plains.I've made notes on how to improve the photography-the most important being to get the Manfrotto 458B fast collapsing tripod-not lock clips to either unclip or as with the Gitzo twist  to unlock - I was getting in the van as the  Tour guides shouted to hurry,  with a  camera still on the tripod and the  first legs still extended.sometimes both legs(that's 5' 10 !and all this was to the amusement of the group in our van ( we had two personnel carrier type vans.) I need to make more notes about where we were at what time and also note what photos were taken but I erred  a few times because sometimes we rushed so much and drove a short distance where we could get back out again (forever getting out of the reach of hail and Cg's) that I didn't have time to  take the necessary (for me ) notes. Everyone else just  got out,enjoyed the scene,took a few snaps and were ready for the next stop whereas I was dashing barely legible notes off in my notebook- it was more like an exercise  than a Tour  for me. Lol....having said that quite a few would really like me to send them the photos Lol..which I certainly will. There was Dave too  from London and he and Carol (from Canada) go every year so I'll meet up with those two again next year. The guides were Brian Morganti (stormeffects.com) who's photos I've previously posted on here ,weather and astro.... Bill Reid (stormbruiser .com) he's from california and Rob Petit- all well known and well respected in the US chase circles.The Tour company was Tempest Tours (Tempesttours.com)

If anyone would like a full sized photo just let me know, I don't bother trying  sell them,you're welcome to have one.









Title: Re: John's US storm photos
Post by: paulster78 on June 04, 2010, 12:53:36 am
John what can i say, totally amazing report and images- I just went over them all again there.  I have enjoyed this thread immensely and it has strengthened my desire to follow in your footsteps one day. 
From the shots it looks like a funnel dropping down all right John - it looks a typical rotating updraft at the rear of the storm, with the downdraft and rain/hail core visible to the right in the last image. Its a pity it didnt produce the goods for you.   Great job again :) :)


Title: Re: John's US storm photos
Post by: martinastro on June 04, 2010, 03:39:02 pm
These are awesome John!!, love that last image with the updraught base under the convective line with colourful anvil overhead. That shelf cloud is nasty looking!!, thanks for the radar grabs to accompany these.


Title: Re: John's US storm photos
Post by: rjgjr on June 04, 2010, 09:15:35 pm
Not much more that I can add John. That was simply an outstanding report and the images really tell the whole story. Living here in the Northwest, I'm literally 2 days drive from Tornado Alley, really don't know why I've never done a trip before. Something to think about! Great job. Now back to the safe, old boring BIF photos lol !!!


Title: Re: John's US storm photos
Post by: markt on June 05, 2010, 01:49:59 pm
Fantastic stuff John!  Thanks for taking the time for posting such a great recollection on here for us all to see.  :)


Title: Re: John's US storm photos
Post by: JohnC on June 05, 2010, 09:26:31 pm
Many thanks  .It's the first time I've gone through them all  and been able to sit back and enjoy them. Let's see what next year brings- planning on a back to back May 16-June 3rd.

'll get on with the CG's exif data for you,Martin.