I’m excited to be able to chat with Chris Chittick. A man of few word and great skill with a camera. I first saw Chris on TV a few years ago and really liked his quiet presence and passion for what he does. This year he teamed up with Team Tornado Hunter and I was thrilled. He brings a new element to the team and they fit really well together. This summer I really enjoyed watching the three of them banter back and forth while on chases. Chris has been one of my favourite chasers for many years and I was honoured to be able to ask him some questions!
Thank you Chris for being willing to chat with me! Tell us how you got into storm chasing and storm photography?
What made you get behind a camera when storm chasing?
I first picked up the camera in 2008 and shot some things then realized I was really good at framing and just shooting in general.
Did you then take classes on photography or are you self-taught?
I am self taught. I learnt a lot on the road and being next to Discovery Channel camera operators for 4 years.
That’s a great way to learn! What was the most memorable chase you’ve ever been on?
The most memorable chase I have been on was this year May 31, 2013 El Reno. It was unbelievable. The sights and sounds and smells.
That was an intense chase to watch, I can only imagine the intensity of being there. Besides tornadoes, you’ve also filmed hurricanes. What makes a hurricane so interesting?
Hurricanes are interesting to me because it’s a whole other beast…. new things to worry about, like how am I going to get this shot etc…..It’s basically a really big tornado.
Will you be coming up to chase blizzards in the winter?
I live in Regina now, so yes, I will be chasing blizzards with the team.
How did you wind up riding with Team Tornado Hunter?
I had met Greg a couple of years ago and thought he was a great guy. I met Ricky last year in the U.S. Plains and couldn’t get enough of him. So, this winter I left my old team and Greg reached out to me…next thing you know I’m living in Canada.
I had no idea that you’d moved to Canada! Hope that you like it up here! What was the scariest moment you’ve ever had chasing?
The scariest moments I have ever had chasing was in the earlier years when we didn’t know what we were doing out there.
You sure know a lot now! What advice would you give to aspiring storm chasers/storm photographers?
Great advice! If you couldn’t storm chase, what would you do?
If I couldn’t storm chase I would be a camera operator for TV shows.
Is storm-chasing your full-time job? What do you do in the off-season?
Storm chasing is my full time job. In the off season I do speaking engagements and get ready for the next season.
I’m already looking forward to watching you guys chase next year! What do you like to do when you’re not out chasing?
I like to play golf hang with friends and family and most of all hang with my girlfriend.
Thanks again Chris for taking time to chat with me. I look forward to watching you and Team Tornado Hunter chase this winter and, most definitely, next summer!
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