See More Photos From ‘Colorado Twin Tornadoes’ Photographer Kelly DeLay

See More Photos From ‘Colorado Twin Tornadoes’ Photographer Kelly DeLay
Colorado Twin Tornadoes Kelly DeLay / Twitter

Kelly DeLay immediately knew he was about to shoot an “image of a lifetime” when he spotted the twin tornadoes in Simla Colorado on June 7. After all, he had waited for 6 years to capture the moment.


Colorado twin tornadoes is an image of a lifetime

DeLay posted the picture of the twin tornadoes on his Twitter account and it has been retweeted and shared since then. However, DeLay knew by heart that this photograph will capture hearts even before he shared it via social media channels.

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“I am about to post what I think is my best shot ever,” DeLay wrote in an email to DL Cade of 5ISO.

DeLay said the storm happening at the time in Colorado was a beautiful storm for being “very large and powerful.”

“When I chase storms, I like to stay back for the most part so I can see structure. I am interested in the whole picture not just if it produces a tornado,” he wrote.

To be able to get the best shot, he worked around the road network in the location.

“I chose to come up from the back side of the storm, which put me into the hail, But what a view! There is nickel to golfball-sized hail in every shot I took,” he described of what he saw.

“From the moment I was on the storm, the cone tornado was on the ground, I chased up a dirt road that turned to mud. I was on the storm and close for about 30 minutes, then had to turn back because the road was so bad.”

In a separate interview with the Los Angeles Times, he said he wore a helmet and stood outside despite heavy rain and hail. The result was breathtaking as he “ended up with twice as many twisters as he had wished for.”

In the six years that he waited to get a shot of a supercell tornado, DeLay has collected shots of other amazing tornadoes in the past.

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