Next up in my OneQuestion guest blog series is Scott Ackerman, my stormchasing buddy from Kansas. You knew I had to include a weather guy, I mean, come on! I love his work, I’ve seen some great strides in his processing and composition in recent months and I’ve been blown away by the images he’s taken. I mean, look at this giant thunderstorm in the photo above (click on it to enjoy the visual with a nice, dark border), with gorgeous light on the anvil and lightning exploding on the horizon. LOVE IT. And without further ado…ScottyAck.
What do you have a passion to photograph? What would make you forego much-needed sleep
because you just can’t help but get out and take more pictures?
Big thanks to Mike for asking me to take part in his little mini series of guest blog posts. I consider Mike to be a premier photographer of all areas of the craft and I know my skill has greatly improved from his knowledge.
Mike recently asked the question: “What do you have a passion to photograph”. For me, this was an easy answer. Growing up in the flat plains of southwest Kansas there really wasn’t a whole lot of scenery to take in. No mountains or lakes to speak of. But every spring, the storms would begin rolling in. Amazing, beautiful storms that would test the heights of the atmosphere and roll with astounding momentum. Frightening and beautiful in the same moment. Each with their own unique structure and strength. From a very young age I was always mesmerized by these acts of nature. We had our fair share of tornadoes, lightning, hail of all sizes and wind that at times felt like it would relocate the house down the block.
Now it wasn’t until after undergrad that I decided it was time to take a crack at capturing these beauties. I can remember spending many hours trying to capture bolts of lightning with very little success. At this point I turned where every one turns, to the internet. I consider myself a self-taught photographer but I have definitely spent a great deal of time reading instructional material and watching many video tutorials. And once you capture your first lightning bolt, you’re hooked.
Getting back to the question at hand, it doesn’t matter if I’ve had a long tough day at work, if there is the slightest chance to capture an amazing storm structure or a complex bolts of lightning I’m there. There’s been times when a storm will sit in one spot and just put on a show for hours. Capturing that show is some times tough, and you may spend hours trying with little luck, but capturing that once in a lifetime shot makes it all worth while.