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Jim Reed, one of the world's most accomplished extreme-weather photographers, has spent two decades documenting almost every type of meteorological phenomena. He has appeared on Good Morning America, the Today Show, the 700 Club, 20/20,and numerous other TV and radio programs to discuss his work. He is the author of Hurricane Katrina: Through the Eyes of Storm Chasers, and lives in Wichita, Kansas.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Abrams; 1, paperback with 16 additional pages edition (May 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810921472
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810921474
  • ASIN: B0057DA8LG
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,468,418 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By W. Hark on November 27, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Jim Reed is a well-known storm chaser, author and weather photographer whose credits include National Geographic and Time Magazine. As a storm chaser and photographer, I have always appreciated Mr. Reed's images and have been eagerly awaiting this book. I was not disappointed. Storm Chaser, A Photographer's Journey is a coffee table book documenting 15 years of extreme weather photography. This volume is really a giant photo album with some amazing images. He has selected a variety of hauntingly beautiful photos of severe weather. Of course, my favorites are the tornadoes, supercells, lightning and hail. He has several tornado images though I would like a few more. Mr. Reed captures the dark intensity of tornadic storms contrasted with verdant fields or angry reds and yellows of the setting sun. He has chased hurricanes including Katrina. The photos illustrate the intense rain and wind associated with those tropical storms. There are many other images of weather including ice storms, drought, floods, dust storms and snow-covered landscapes. Examples of rare phenomena include hoarfrost in Kansas and aurora viewed from South Carolina. Although the focus is on the photos, the text is very interesting with descriptions of his storm chases, journal entries and interactions with meteorologists, storm chasers and those affected by the weather. I really enjoyed reading about Mr. Reed's early experiences with storms, photography, and writing and how those experiences led him to storm chasing and weather photography. The book is organized by season. Although there is a general theme of global climate change affecting weather patterns, the book is not a technical analysis. Those wanting detailed information on tornado formation, weather forecasting or global warming should look elsewhere.Read more ›
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The title "Storm Chaser" might lead one to believe this is a book about tornado chasing. It is but it's a whole lot more! Photographer Jim Reed takes his readers on a journey of land, sea, and sky covering the four seasons. Along the way we learn how Reed, once an eight year old boy, quickly became hooked on weather and began keeping a diary of events. As an adult he's traveled across North America photographing devastating tornadoes, hurricanes, raging flood waters, spectacular lightning displays, and blinding blizzards. Yet he also focuses on more benign (yet still beautiful) events such as rainbows, aurora, fall foliage, and migrating butterflies. Perhaps the book should have been titled "Open your eyes and take a look at all the interesting weather out there" because Reed shows us that there's natural beauty and wonder everywhere --if one just takes time to stop and smell the roses. Storm Chaser makes a great coffee table book but it's also a good study guide for those looking to improve their skills in photographing nature.
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Jim Reed's new book STORM CHASER: A PHOTOGRAPHER'S JOURNEY is nothing short of amazing. WIth breath taking photos and insightful anecdotes, the book takes the reader into the forces of nature that shape our lives and create historic, defining moments in time. I met Jim on the ground in Greensburg, KS and he was exceedingly kind and allowed me to spend a very enjoyable afternoon with him chronicling the aftermath of the tornado that struck there. Jim's soul shines thru in every photo and his passion for weather, photography and in the end people is wonderfully displayed in this work. I have his two previous works and all are works of art! Heed Jim's advice to get a weather radio- he knows what he is talking about! I don't look at the sky the same way after meeting him and seeing his work!
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My wife bought this for her father, who is impossible to buy gifts for. She read it first and loved it. Anyone who is interested in nature or science will like it very much.
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By Jim696 on September 29, 2011
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This is a must read for anyone interested in weather. Jim Read's photography is absolutely stunning and the book makes a great addition to the collection of anyone interested in weather and photography.
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Jim Reed is a very gifted photographer and his fascination with severe weather is right up my alley. This is the second copy of this book i have owned. When the first copy was destroyed I knew I had to replace it asap. Highly recommended!
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This is a superb book. Worth every penny. I bought this for my 8 yr. old grandson who inherited my love of weather science. He loved it! Photography was superb, writing terrific. Hope Jim Reed does a sequel.
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I received this book as a gift. The photos in the book are very good. Excellent in most cases. My only complaint, and it a very minor one, is that as an amateur photographer, I would love to have seen the EXIF data (i.e, shutter speed, ISO, F-Stop, etc.) from the camera published at the bottom of each photo. However I understand this is a book of photos, not a photography book. Given the photos, the author must have a lot of waterproof equipment.
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