Adventures into Darkness - Warren Faidley - Page 3


storm-clouds-picture

      "The Southern Plains of the United States are a chaser's paradise. The generally flat, open ranges, groomed farmland, endless horizons and gridded road network were made
      for intercepting bad weather."
      (West of Dumas, Texas).



lightning striking picture

      "My career was launched in part by a single photograph. I shot this lightning bolt hitting a light pole in an oil and gasoline tank farm in Tucson, Arizona. A secondary lightning bolt
      hit near me, delivering a jolt that could have killed me. Life Magazine published this image in 1989, billing me as a "Storm Chaser." I suddenly had people from all over the world
      calling me to find weather pictures and the rest is history!""



wildfire picture

      "Pursuing wildfires is similar to chasing storms. Both are destructive, fast moving and often unpredictable forces that can take your life in an instant. I became a Wildland Firefighter
      so I could learn as much as possible about wildfires. I took this image as an inferno headed in my direction. The heat was so intense it singed the hair on my arms as I took the
      picture. I never underestimated the speed or intensity of a violent wildfire again.
(Rodeo Chediski Fire. Northern Arizona. 2008)."



tornado stock picture

      "The Wizard of OZ was one of my favorite movies when I was young. I always found the tornado quite mesmerizing. I have no doubt the OZ twister is partially to blame for my
      obsession with tornadoes." During the period of May 12 through May 29, 2004, I intercepted over 15 tornadoes in Kansas and Nebraska. I captured this OZ-like twister near
      Hastings, Nebraska on May 29th. It was so mesmerizing, I lost track of it's motion and almost let it move over me.



joplin EF5 tornado

      "Before video cameras could shoot quality footage, 35mm motion picture film cameras were a must-have during storm chasing expeditions. Although heavy and technically
      unforgiving, the footage was spectacular. In 1996, I was able to capture the first-ever tornado shot on 35mm film footage.
  (Near Attica, Kansas. May 2004).



stock lightning picture

      "Hurricanes have a common goal in mind whenever I show up to bother them -- kill Warren. Hurricanes are by far the most dangerous storms to pursue. Massive storm surges of
      over 15 feet, winds of over 160 mph and flying debris make for a hazardous work zone."
   (Hurricane Ike. Galveston, Texas 2008).



Lightning warren faidley

      "Lightning photography requires three things to survive: Lack of metal on one's body, a safe distance from your subject and knowing when to leave. I was casually
      focused on the 'distant' lightning hitting a far-away mountain side, when an unexpected mega-bolt hit about a half mile away."
  (Tucson, Arizona).



large hail stones warren faidley

"Size matters when it comes to hailstones. Falling at over 100 miles per hour, these baseball-sized ice balls are always looking for a
juicy windshield or chaser's head. I came dangerously close to having a softball-size stone come through a windshield and hit
my chest in 1993 while chasing a storm in western Kansas.
  (East of Lubbock, Texas).


tornado chaser warren faidley

      "The Central Plains of the United States produces some of the most violent thunderstorms on earth. The combination of storm systems moving in from the west and moisture
      traveling north from the Gulf of Mexico sets the stage for explosive storms. This storm was sculpted by extreme, low-level wind shear.
"   (Near Greensburg, KS - June 2009).




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