Boise City Tornado by MattGranz

This shot was taken only seconds after the birth of the final tornado this monster cloud would produce. Where I was standing, there was no wild winds or violent sounds to be associated with this twister, it actually seemed gentle and peaceful from my vantage point, though the winds inside it were spinning at well over 200mph.

I shot this picture wide angle @ 12mm, and then after shooting a dozen or so pics realized that I forgot to being my 200mm zoom with me, so I ran back to my car and as I approached it, a kindly Sheriff informed me that I missed the funnel "rope out" and when I looked back it was completely gone.

I held out on hope that another vortex would appear but none did. Lesson learned. There was still much to photograph and I had a good time, but I am still, many months later, kicking myself for that mistake.

Hopefully I will be back out in Tornado Alley Spring 2012.

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  • Manon Boily
    Manon Boilyover 4 years ago

    Matt! lucky you, I’m so jealous!! lol. great shot

  • I was pretty lucky indeed. I was only out on the chase for five days, and many people who chase a whole month see nothing.

    – MattGranz

  • Daniel J. McCauley IV
    Daniel J. McCa...over 4 years ago

    Too Cool!!! That’s awesome, Matt! Must have been a blast… Great shot!

  • It sure was! It was also exhausting. I traveled an average of ten hours a day alone through some of the most boring landscapes you could ever imagine. The storms made it all worthwhile.

    – MattGranz

  • D Byrne
    D Byrneover 4 years ago

    That would be something to see. Nice one.

  • It definitely was. Thanks!

    – MattGranz

  • John  De Bord Photography
    John De Bord ...over 4 years ago

    Very nicely done! Just one quick thing, you have a typo in your title ;)

  • LOL! Thanks! Corrected on the spot!

    – MattGranz

  • Stuart Chapman
    Stuart Chapmanover 4 years ago

    Real shame you missed the shot you wanted but as you said there’s always next time. Still a fantastic shot in itself, lots of power and that cloud does look very menacing indeed. The more you shoot something the more you understand it and i’m guessing tornados have their own unique properties that once understood will help you heaps in the future.

  • Polly x
    Polly xover 4 years ago

  • Polly, you’re the best!

    – MattGranz

  • ThePhotoMaestro
    ThePhotoMaestroover 4 years ago

    Oh wow! That’s so cool! I’ve always wanted to see a good-sized tornado from a safe distance

  • Me too, and it was nice to finally realize my dream. I hope you get the chance as well. Thanks for the kind words!

    – MattGranz

  • SamTheCowdog
    SamTheCowdogover 4 years ago

    October 21 2010 – Congratulations on your feature! :)

  • Thanks so much! I’m very honored!

    – MattGranz

  • joycee
    joyceeover 4 years ago

    Amazing capture!!

  • Thanks!

    – MattGranz

  • Penny Odom
    Penny Odomover 4 years ago

    Awsome! Congratulations on your RB Feature!

  • Thanks Penny!

    – MattGranz

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