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This is a project to fund an expedition to document the 2013 storm season in the American Midwest through both still photos & HD video.

                     CHASING MY DREAM

     When I was a teenager, I lived in the towns of Elk City and Independence Kansas for two years. There, I was introduced to storm chasing, quickly became addicted, and have never stopped. The beauty of nature in its most extreme makes me thankful that I have a passion for photography. Whenever there is a storm, I grab my camera gear and head out. Severe weather is something I truly live for.  Storms can be dangerous, but also beautiful. My goal has been to train for the former while documenting the latter. I like to think I've done a pretty good job of it so far.

     This Kickstarter project is to not only help me live a lifelong dream, but also to provide other lovers of severe weather, like you, amazing images and video from the 2013 storm season. Photography is much more rewarding when you know others appreciate your work. The money goal I have set is for a four week storm chasing expedition for Spring, 2013. I will be travelling anywhere the biggest storms develop. I could be in Oklahoma one day and South Dakota the next. For every $3,500 I receive over the set goal, I will extend the expedition by one week, up to a total of 12 weeks. The longer the expedition lasts, the more content you will receive on the downloads and in the DVD beyond what is already promised. Basically, the longer and harder I get to chase storms, the more content everyone will get for their dollar. The expedition will happen between March 1st and June 30th of 2013. The exact start date will depend on the best outlook for severe weather.

     During the expedition, I will begin each day with sunrise photos naturally. Then from sunrise to sunset, I will be using forecasts and radar maps to look for super cells and tornadoes. Then after sunset, I will shift my focus from chasing tornadoes to photographing lightning. To me, there's nothing more dramatic than an up close & personal lightning strike illuminating the night.

     If you live in the Evansville, IN viewing area, you may have seen one of my dozens of weather photos that have aired on the local news, or even a few that have aired on The Weather Channel or Good Morning America. I could go on, but I would rather let my work speak for itself. You can view a sample of my weather photos by clicking here, or view a video slide show on YouTube.

     Nerdist.com has featured this project in an article on their site as well. You can see it by clicking here: http://www.nerdist.com/2012/08/pickstarter-our-favorite-crowdfunded-projects-826/

     I have set up a Facebook page specifically for this project. Even now, I am uploading 1-2 photos a day from my personal library of weather photos. When the expedition starts, I will begin to post daily journal entries, 1-2 images from that day, as well as 1-2 short video clips per week.

     I CANNOT do this with out your help. Please, if you have any friends who are fans of severe weather & photography, please let them know about this project. I will reply to any questions or comments you may have either here or on the Facebook page. I love talking with other severe weather fans and photographers.

     Thank you for taking time too look over this project and considering to help me chase my dream. I hope to be chasing for both of us next Spring.

NOTE: I added a CD-Rom to the list of rewards. Since I can't change the listing of rewards already selected, I just wanted everyone to know that everyone at the $50 tier & higher will receive a copy of the CD which will have 400 additional images not seen in the DVD slide show. Thanks!

ALSO, All the digital prints for the Kickstarter rewards will be printed on archival paper using Epson Claria High Definition ink. This ink is rated not to fade at all for up to 98 years.

FAQ

  • Here's a breakdown of the budget for a 30 day expedition.

    Daily expenses

    Food..............................$25

    Hotel..............................$50

    Rental car.......................$30

    Gas..............................$100

    daily total......................$205

    monthly total ($205x30)...........................................................$6,150

    Equipment................................................................................$4,600

    (DSLR HD Camera...$1,700)

    (DSLR zoom lens....... $600)

    (iPad w/3G..................$700)

    (hard drives.................$200)

    (camera mounts..........$100)

    (memory cards............$300)

    (Batteries....................$200)

    (power inverter...............$50)

    (microphone................$250)

    (miscellaneous............$500)

    Money reserved for producing & shipping rewards.........$3,000

    Kickstarter & Amazon fees.................................................$1,250

    TOTAL................................................................................$15,000

    Equipment expenses would be another $2,000 or more (camera, police scanner, gps, etc., but luckily I already own all that.

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    You will receive a link to download 10 images from the expedition at 1920 x 1200 resolution, great to use as a desktop wallpaper for your computer. (If the expedition gets extended past 1 month, this amount will increase)

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    Same reward as the $1 or more PLUS a 10 minute video clip download from the highlights of the expedition. (If the expedition gets extended past 1 month, this amount will increase)

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    A download of 30 images from the expedition at 1920 x 1200 resolution AND a 20 minute video clip download. (If the expedition gets extended past 1 month, this amount will increase)

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    A 20 minute video download plus a CD-Rom of 400 bonus images from the expedition not seen in the DVD slide show at 1920 x 1200 resolution. (If the expedition gets funded past 1 month, the number of images on the CD will increase as well as the length of the video download)

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    A DVD with a minimum of a 90 minute edited video as well as a slide show of 200 photos from the expedition. (If the expedition gets extended past 1 month, the amount of content on the DVD will increase)

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    A copy of the DVD AND a CD-Rom of 400 bonus images from the expedition not seen in the DVD slide show at 1920 x 1200 resolution. (If the expedition gets funded past 1 month, the number of images on the CD will increase as well as amount of content in the DVD)

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    A DVD plus a signed, limited edition 6 x 9 print on 8.5 x 11 paper. (your choice from the top 30 images from the expedition)

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    1 DVD plus a signed, limited edition 8 x 12 print on 11 x 17 paper. (your choice from the top 30 images from the expedition)

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    Two copies of the DVD, two copies of the CD-Rom, plus a signed, limited edition 8 x 12 print on 11 x 17 paper. (your choice from the top 30 images from the expedition)

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    DVD plus a signed, limited edition 10 x 16 print on 13 x 19 paper. (your choice from the top 30 images from the expedition)

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    Four copies of the DVD plus a signed, limited edition 10 x 16 print on 13 x 19 paper. (your choice from the top 30 images from the expedition)

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    Six copies of the DVD, six copies of the CD-Rom, two signed limited edition 10 x 16 prints on 13 x 19 paper, (your choice from the top 30 images from the expedition), PLUS your name listed on the DVD artwork and in the DVD credits as a sponsor of the expedition.

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    Ten copies of the DVD, ten copies of the CD-Rom, a signed limited edition 16 x 20 print on 18 x 24 paper, (your choice from the top 30 images from the expedition), PLUS your company logo on the DVD artwork, in the DVD credits, & a mention of thanks in the final video itself.

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    Ten copies of the DVD & the CD-Rom for friends, family, or employees, a signed limited edition 16 x 20 print on 18 x 24 paper, (your choice from the top 30 images from the expedition) PLUS I will wear a ball cap with your business logo or website address every time I appear in the DVD. You must provide me with at least 2 hats with your logo on them and no obscene language or imagery allowed. PLUS your company logo on the DVD artwork, in the DVD credits, & a mention of thanks in the final video itself.

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    Ten copies of the DVD & the CD-Rom for friends, family, or employees, a signed limited edition 16 x 20 print on 18 x 24 paper, (your choice from the top 30 images from the expedition) PLUS I will advertise your website on my chase vehicle on the vehicle's rear window and on the left side of the vehicle in a 4 foot wide white vinyl decal for the entire length of the expedition. PLUS your company logo on the DVD artwork, in the DVD credits, & a mention of thanks in the final video itself.

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    Ten copies of the DVD & the CD-Rom for friends, family, or employees, a signed limited edition 16 x 20 print on 18 x 24 paper, (your choice from the top 30 images from the expedition) PLUS I will advertise your website on my chase vehicle on the vehicle's hood and on the right side of the vehicle in a 4 foot wide white vinyl decal for the entire length of the expedition. PLUS your company logo on the DVD artwork, in the DVD credits, & a mention of thanks in the final video itself.

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    Ten copies of the DVD & the CD-Rom for friends, family, or employees, a signed limited edition 16 x 20 print on 18 x 24 paper, (your choice from the top 30 images from the expedition) PLUS I will wear a t-shirt with your business logo or website address every time I appear in the DVD. You must provide me with at least 3 XXXL shirts with your logo on them and no obscene language or imagery allowed. PLUS your company logo on the DVD artwork, in the DVD credits, & a mention of thanks in the final video itself.

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    Are you a patron of the arts & wish to help start the career of an excellent photographer & artist? Fund 2/3 of this project yourself! You will receive ten copies of the DVD, ten copies of the CD-Rom, Ten special 12 x 18 prints on 13 x 19 paper, sequentially numbered & signed. You may choose the same or different images for each print from the top 30 photos of the expedition. This will be an exclusive print run just for you! You will also have my phone number so you may call me anytime, 24/7 during the expedition. Also, if you are willing to pay additional for my travel expenses, I will deliver all of this to you personally and spend a day discussing the expedition or art & photography in general. In addition, I will also advertise for you on my chase vehicle and in the DVD/CD artwork as well as mention you or your business or organization prominently throughout the DVD.

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