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Greetings all,

I'll be on the road looking for super cells as soon as I know what one is. My object is to photograph with stills or time lapse, and make videos of those magnificent visions of creation. I'm a bit passionate about it. When I was a boy, I spent an evening I'll never forget, sitting on the front porch of our home in Dallas. Watching a huge storm. Hail, literally horizontal rain, lightning. Power. Massive power. And not long ago I began watching storms on YouTube. And at 74, I caught the bug.

I'll start the season photographing the Milky Way next week (March 14-20) at Big Bend National Park, then head north in search of storms.

Hope I'm posting this in the right place.
 
Welcome! All I can say on the photography/video side is you'll get good shots and you'll get bad shots, but as you practice more you will get a better idea on how to set yourself up for the good shots. Zoom lenses are your friend, as it will allow you to stay in one position for longer because you're at a greater distance, especially for time lapse.
 
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Hi Jim,

Welcome to Stormtrack. We're glad to hear you caught the bug! The best place to start is reading through the educational materials that are listed as stickies at the top of the introductory weather and chasing forum. Also, there are some great videos as a sticky at the top of the advanced weather and chasing forum. Look through these to find the sites that appeal to your learning style and start watching or reading through the material. There is a lot of information out there. Know that it'll take a long time to get comfortable with the principles of meteorology and the methodologies and tools that help us forecast.

Also, try to go out and Chase with an experienced chaser. I partner with beginners and people overseas to teach them how to forecast and Chase successfully. They always tell me that they learned much faster when they had me there to teach them meteorology and forecasting. I've also seen that a great chaser named Chad Cowan, who specializes in time lapses photography, is offering photography weather tours this season. I believe he has some openings. You will find that most tours are very expensive but the fact that Chad focuses on photography and time-lapses sounds like it will really cater to your needs. Good luck and happy chasing!

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Hi Jim,

Welcome to Stormtrack. We're glad to hear you caught the bug! The best place to start is reading through the educational materials that are listed as stickies at the top of the introductory weather and chasing forum. Also, there are some great videos as a sticky at the top of the advanced weather and chasing forum. Look through these to find the sites that appeal to your learning style and start watching or reading through the material. There is a lot of information out there. Know that it'll take a long time to get comfortable with the principles of meteorology and the methodologies and tools that help us forecast.

Also, try to go out and Chase with an experienced chaser. I partner with beginners and people overseas to teach them how to forecast and Chase successfully. They always tell me that they learned much faster when they had me there to teach them meteorology and forecasting. I've also seen that a great chaser named Chad Cowan, who specializes in time lapses photography, is offering photography weather tours this season. I believe he has some openings. You will find that most tours are very expensive but the fact that Chad focuses on photography and time-lapses sounds like it will really cater to your needs. Good luck and happy chasing!

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This is great advice. The further I go into this, the less I know I know. So. I'll be looking for some help.
 
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