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Five Years or 1825 Days Later — Clouds 365 Project is Done


I started the Clouds 365 Project on July 1, 2009, and on June 30, 2014 —FIVE years or 1825 days later — Clouds 365 Project will end, allowing my cloud and weather photography to grow in new ways. It’s difficult and bittersweet, saying goodbye to the routine of Clouds 365. And I won’t really be saying goodbye. After all, clouds are imprinted on my mind and deeply rooted in my life and the life of my family. Every day will find me carrying my camera and looking up at the sky. And I will continue to share images through Facebook, Google+, and regularly.

I love this project; I always will. I love the support I have received over the years, which has been amazing and humbling. I love what the project has taught me about myself and what I am capable of, and I am proud of the level of creativity I have been able to maintain. I love what it has taught my children and how it has allowed us to play and learn together. What I have learned in the past four years has been astounding (about my equipment, processes, weather, printing, social media, myself, and on and on).

I’m proud of what the Clouds 365 Project has accomplished, for me and for the community. Because of the work I started in Clouds 365, I have become an environmental/ weather photographer. It’s who I am now. And I’m grateful for what you’ve done for me as well. You have pushed me, and you have made me a better person, artist and photographer.

So why close the Clouds 365 Project? While most days it was a joy. I would jump out of bed ready to photograph the sunrise or travel hundreds of miles in search of a great location or storms. I truly love what I do. There were those days, though: the sixty days out of the year that have clear skies, smog, 110° days, birthday parties, illness, etc. that sometimes made it difficult. Moreover, the areas around me—my favorite fields for sunrise and sunset, for capturing the flight of a hawk or the quiet of a misty morning—are disappearing. Trees are being bulldozed here, roads paved, and houses built on what once felt like my windows to the sky.

But that’s not all there is to it, either. The pressure to post a new picture every day was important for developing the discipline and awareness that was essential to the project, but now that those things have become ingrained in me, I also need a chance to reflect on what I’ve done—on what we’ve done. I’m excited about having the time to explore clouds in new ways, to go back and reflect on the images I’ve taken and how they fit together. Taking this time to reflect will only improve my future work.

I’m ready to step out as myself and develop my own identity as a photographer. That’s what I’ve become through this project. Clouds will remain a project for me, a very dear one; but it’s not all of who I am. Don’t think I’ll be far away, though. I have big plans for Clouds once I can step back and work on it with a fresh perspective. I have dreams for a book, a show, prints, etc. Having amassed a huge collection of photographs that reflect the many moods and spirit of clouds, many of which have not been published, I look forward to showing my work in new ways.

Making this difficult decision has also made me appreciate anew the community and the people who have supported me over the years. There are many who have touched me deeply with their comments and their loyalty. Some have followed since day one and shared their clouds, their hopes and losses. I have made many new friends because of the Clouds 365 Project and hope that I have inspired you to take a moment to look up.

And of course, there is no one I have to thank more for their commitment to this project that my wife Stephanie, who is also a photographer and the project editor and my two daughters, both of them artists already.

June 30 will be a celebration of all we’ve done together (and look for something special to celebrate the occasion!). I thank you from the bottom of my heart for the richness of the experiences and relationships I’ve had. June 30 also marks the beginning of the next stage of my journey as a photographer, and I hope you’ll come along with me on the ride!

- Kelly

Texas Lightning

Another shot from the amazing lightning storm outside Throckmorton, Texas last night. I could not believe how many branches and forks the lightning had. This was just a flash, it happened in a blink of the eye! So powerful!

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Supercell Panorama – Courtney, Oklahoma

Here is another from the Courtney, Oklahoma supercell Sunday at sunset. This tornado warned storm highlights its dynamic structure, complete with a large bell shaped mesocyclone and inflow band. Amazing to witness!
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Supercell - Courtney, Oklahoma

Panoramic Supercell

Chased this LP supercell on April 1st this week. Found this fantastic view just outside of Throckmorton, TX. This storm was tornado warned and reportedly produced up to tennis ball sized hail. This panoramic image is 16 frames stitched together with PTGui Pro. Finished with +Nik Photography  tools and +Adobe PhotoshopClick to enlarge!

Come with me on a storm chasing adventure!

Witness incredible storms and big skies. Be my special guest on the Tempest Tours / Clouds 365 Project storm chasing expedition April 20-27, 2014. I’ll introduce this amazing and wonderful experience to you!

Limited spots remaining, Book Now! (Tour 1)

The images below was from one day storm chasing with Tempest Tours this past May in Ness City, Kansas. A day I will never forget! Hope to see you on this tour!


Astrophotography in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

In the summer of 2013 my family and I took our vacation to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. I took the time to go out on the beach to capture the milky way. The cloud cover and light pollution was making it difficult for astrophotography, but perfect to be a little creative :)


Featured at the Omni Dallas Hotel this month

This image of a isolated supercell in Haswell, Colorado was one of the most popular prints at my Dallas Omni opening last night. Looks good printed large with a elegant black frame. Send me a message to kelly(at) if you are interested or simply visit Collections at the Omni Dallas Hotel through the month of November.

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Revisiting: Supercell over Melon Mesa in Capulin, NM

Revisiting images from earlier this year and adding to my my “favorites” portfolio. Captured this beautiful supercell over Melon Mesa in Capulin, NM, across the highway from Capilin Volcano Monument earlier this year. I love this area so much.


Before and After – Gypsum Hills Lightning Revisited

Earlier this year, I chased storms in and around the beautiful Gypsum Hills, Kansas with my friend Jim Reed. This was one beautiful sunset, the colors and the lightning was amazing. I loved this shot, but the power lines always bothered me. I left them in when I posted this shot. For fun, I spend a couple of hours taking the lines out with Photoshop CS6 and my Wacom Intuos tablet, must tools for detail work like this. I like this image it so much better. Drag the slider back and forth to see the difference.

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Supercell at night last year – Olney, Texas

Love these storms at night! Can’t wait to start chasing supercells again this fall! Here is a extra image from my chase this time last year in Olney, Texas.


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