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A hundred million volts, three hundred thousand amps – thunder, storms and tornadoes have fascinated me since I was a child. Even then, I was heavily into meteorology and wanted to understand the physical causes behind weather phenomena. I started actively looking at spectacular weather phenomena early so that I could photograph them. Today, I travel more than 40,000 kilometers every year on the hunt for supercells and storm fronts.

When I find a photogenic landscape, I immediately think about what weather phenomena I'd like to photograph here. Then, I look at the weather forecast charts to find out when the landscape will be misty or when there might be a breathtaking sunset. Only when the weather conditions are right do I jump in my car and start taking photos.

Many of my most spectacular shots were taken with the SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (Model A041). This ultra-wide angle zoom lens is ideal for weather photography with its maximum angle of view of 110 degrees. That lets me capture a large part of the sky and the landscape at the same time. The resolution is impressive. The enormous richness of detail in the pictures still amazes me even today.