Ty Schmitt (@tyschmitt) — Landscapes & Storms of the American West 🦅
A lot of times towards the end of the chase, I’ll purposely let these shelf’s overrun me to get a good time-lapse and dramatic images. This wasn’t one of those nights. After watching this supercell put down at least three different tornadoes, I was white knuckled down these Kansas farm roads for hours to make sure and stay out in front of her path. Luckily I had a good escape route, and was able to jump out and quickly fire off a few frames before getting back on the gas. 6/17/19
My other favorite subject to shoot. There are a lot of similarities in capturing waves and chasing supercells. Both require complete commitment, a deep respect for Mother Nature and her power. Both bring highs and lows that take a toll on your spirit. As scary as situations sometimes get on the plains, nothing scares me shitless like swimming on big days in Hawaii. The storms bring me to a place of complete awe and surrender, the ocean forces me to go to a place much deeper. There’s no car to hide in, you don’t get the opportunity to panic and loose your focus. Nothing in this life has pushed me further in testing my own limits. I am forever grateful for the lessons the ocean has shown me.
Distant memories of a time Filled with darker days & lonely nights. Midnight lighting strikes Were my only company, The only witness to The sorrow that seeped out of my bones. Thankfully darkness brought with it new gifts. Passion & creativity, A new appreciation for life, And the ability to find God within me.
**Link in bio Hey friends. I just released my first Time-Lapse video on YouTube. I put in 30,000 miles over a 3 month span chasing storms across the Great Plains this spring, and was rewarded with some of the most unbelievable sights my eyes have seen. Would love to hear feedback on what you think of the film. Thank you always for the support of my work! Song - @bush
For a size perspective, those little lights are a car on the run from this tornadic supercell. I watched this monster put down a tornado with a lightning strike directly through it (pic to come someday) as well as two more tornadoes at night. I swear this storm had horns! Hard to believe this is where I feel most holy. The shear magnificence always leads me home to God within. 6/8/19
I take great pride in sharing the moments I’ve had the opportunity to experience out on the Great Plains. I feel eternally indebted to the storms and dirt roads that stretch for thousands of miles across middle America, for they’ve shown me a freedom that I could not find anywhere else. They have been life saving for a soul that will always pursue Liberty or Death. I take great pride when talking about the people I’ve had the blessing to meet while I’m out in the country photographing their ranches & farms. Their conversations have had more of an impact on my life than they will ever know. God willing, I will one day give them a voice like those who live on the coasts. A voice that will show the world the spirit of middle America. I will share the stories of the hard working, humble families who have dedicated their lives for the past century to feed people worldwide. The voice of those who are truly happy living a simple life in a complicated world. Thanks for the picture @loganlambert