Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Michigan City, Ind.

Went up to spend the weekend in Michigan City, Indiana this past weekend. Salmon fishing, soaking up the sun, and swimming with our dogs. Managed to shoot a few images along the way and here they are! This week I'll be shooting at the Brush Creek Ranch in Wyoming so stay tuned for images. Meanwhile give this song a listen by the great Johnny Cash about Michigan City, Ind. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H74mXbpwQ9I

Sunday, June 10, 2012


Last week I shot an assignment for USA Today and the Indianapolis Star at Stericycle, the largest U.S. company handling recalled products based in Indianapolis. They were very protective about not showing specific products so I was limited to a portrait of the vice president of recalls, Mike Rozembajgier. Here is how it ran in the Indy Star today.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

7 days 3709 miles

When a meteorologist yells "Lets get out of here, It's time to go NOW," they mean it. I learned this on a recent storm chasing trip to 
the Great Plains, where on one day a bright-green core of baseball-sized hail was headed directly to us threatening to destroy our truck. 

My goal on the trip with my storm chase team the Severe Weather Alert Team (SWAT) was to photograph tornadoes in the Plains. 
Despite not getting a tornado, photographing severe weather is an amazing experience. Getting up close to these powerful 
performances of nature, watching the beautiful storm structure and rotating clouds come at you and visiting parts of the country few 
venture to are some of what makes it great. 

I find it amazing that you can wake up in the morning, the meteorologist looks over the weather models and pinpoints an area 
to target, then you drive to that area (sometimes 5-6 hrs). Then like it was all planned out perfectly, you sit and watch
 the storm clouds build up just off in the distance.

Shooting storms is a challenge, one minute you feel that you have all the time in the world to watch and photograph the storm
creep up, the clouds becoming more and more dramatic the closer it gets. The next minute it is right on top of you and you have 
to move quickly to reposition yourselves to stay out of large hail and damaging winds, while dealing with an often bad road network.

Overall and despite not getting a tornado to shoot, It was a great adventure and I can't wait to get back out next season.