Back in November, I visited northwest New Mexico and thought immediately I had to absolutely return to shoot in the summer.
I didn’t know it, but that was exactly where my first full purposeful day of monsoon shooting in 2019 would lead me. The San Juan Basin is generally wide open with incredible rock formations and jagged monoliths — its the ideal place to shoot storms out west. The weather setup was simple, an upper storm system was passing to the north and despite only having mid 30s to lower 40s dews, there was going to be instability and thunderstorms.
Now don’t get me wrong, this whole concept was so foreign to me but I was super intrigued, so much so that I forgot about the possibility of chasing supercells on the Plains on this day and went for it. The storms weren’t completely dry but they had tiny cores that actually reached the surface and the scenery was fantastic.
I am a photographer and filmmaker based in New Mexico. I love adventure and travel and exploring my state. Previously I worked in online media in OKC, winning an Emmy for my work on breaking news.
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