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Jim Reed

Photo Credit © Katherine Bay

A veteran full-time storm chaser, Jim Reed is recognized as one of the world’s most accomplished weather photographers and has a unique and interpretive approach to America’s changing climate. Over two decades, he has documented almost every type of meteorological phenomenon, including fifteen hurricanes, tornadoes, blizzards, electrical storms, and floods. His credits include live television appearances on every major network and projects for America Online, Microsoft, National Geographic, the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, Nikon, The New York Times, Reader's Digest, Time, and the World Meteorological Organization. He is also the author of several books, including Storm Chaser: A Photographer's Journey, Abrams, 2007



Driving into the Storm

Jim Reed was on a storm chase with tornado researcher Jon Davies when he captured this dramatic lightning bolt from the passenger seat of a car driving at 55 miles an hour. The storm was producing frequent cloud-to-cloud lightning and there was very little rainfall. With his camera and tripod wedged between the car’s dashboard and the seat, Reed played with the pan-tilt head for this dramatic angled effect. He bracketed exposures, averaging between overexposed shots and others that were too dark, until he saw this bolt flash. Illumination of the road and landscape is from the brightness of the lightning. The dashed yellow road markings record as a continuous stripe because of the long exposure.

© Jim Reed
Camera: Nikon D2X, Lens: Nikkor 17–55mm 1:2.8 at 17mm, ISO: 250, Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure: 1.4 seconds

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