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Published June 25, 2012, 04:38 PM

ND Man Captures the Art Behind Severe Weather

(WDAZ-TV) - When severe weather hits most people run for cover. But a man from Penn, ND, with a passion for weather is committed to capturing Mother Nature at her worst.

By: Adam Ladwig, WDAZ

(WDAZ-TV) - When severe weather hits most people run for cover. But a man from Penn, ND, with a passion for weather is committed to capturing Mother Nature at her worst.

Warren Parsons says his photographs show people the beauty behind the storm.

Parsons' love of weather goes back 30 years.

"I got back in storms at UND, working with the Severe Weather Analysis Center," Parsons said.

He has always been interested in photography. After taking some classes at Lake Region State College, he decided to marry his two passions.

Parsons puts his camera on the window of his truck and opens the camera's shutter for up to 30 seconds. That allows him to capture multiple lightning strikes. The results are striking.

"If I get a shot, I move onto the next one. If I don't, nothing happens, then I just close the shutter again and erase that photo," Parsons said.

Parsons says only 20 percent of his shots turn out well.

"Nowadays with these new digital systems, you don't like what you take a picture of, you just erase it and go do it again," Parsons said.

But he says photography classes at the college help him add an artistic touch to his photos.

"You learn to be more aware of what settings you're using. It's not just you point and shoot a picture and you think it's gonna be great. There is some composition to it," Parsons said.

Parsons says storm photography is a relatively inexpensive hobby almost anyone can pick up. His camera costs about $400 and takes beautiful photos.

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