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Doug Kiesling, The Weather Paparazzi

Welcome to the personal blog, photo and video gallery website home page for Douglas "Lightningboy" Kiesling, The Weather Paparazzi.

Doug is a freelance videographer who specializes in capturing footage of all types extreme weather situations from blizzards, flooding, hurricane’s lightning, tornadoes and various other meteorological events and news footage. 

His work has been featured on ABC News, CBS News, CNN, Fox News, NBC, Associated Press, The Weather Channel, Discovery Channel, National Geographic Channel and dozens of various other news shows and television networks around the world.

He is also the founder of BNVN or Breaking News Video Network, Inc. which helps up and coming videographers break into the news stringer and stock footage industry.

 Please note, as of 01/11/2011 (1/1/11) all of the photo gallaries have now moved and are now hosted on SmugMug

The stock video is still at but I will be making catalog pages for my footage on this site in the coming weeks.


Working on the site update this weekend.

I know it has been month's since I have posted to the page but right now, I'm in the process of rebuilding the site off line and I hope to have everything back up and running on a clean news setup the early next week. 

Auroras in western Minnesota.

One of these days I will have free time to finally get the updated setup for the page.  I'm finally getting caught up on a lot of the behind the scenes work for SCV to get ready for spring. 
So here is the latest Aurora video and a still from last night out west.

Finally, the clear sky and the Aurora Borealis

After what seemed like a lifetime of overcast sky and above average temps in central Minnesota, we are finally back to real winter sub zero temperatures.  Now don't start yelling at me saying you hate the cold.  If you hate the cold, leave, move to South Florida.   I personally love the cold weather for one simple fact that we don't have any bugs flying around for half the year.  I'll put on a coat, hat, and gloves if it means don't have to cover myself in chemicals like Deet.

Another great thing about winter is the long nights and the chance to get to watch the Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights. 

Tonight was another one of those rare nights were just north of Saint Cloud, MN the lights were visible once again.  

Below is the video I shot and one of the photographs form this mornings Aurora event.  Time for me to get back to working on the new website.  I hope to have it completed by the end of next month if not sooner.

WTF, were are you blog posts?

Ok, so I get a lot of people wondering WTF, where are the updates to your blogs? What are you up to? Where are the new photos and video? Short answer, I'm over worked and doing the work of a two or three people to run my company and soon I will have a full time assistant helping me run the company. Check to for the updates. Right now, I'm trying to get this website software up to date with the current versions of the CMS or content management setup software. The problem I'm having is there is some bugs in the software from much older versions of it from way back in 2006 and it has to do with stuff in the SQL database that is pretty much just a pain in the ass to try and solve. Next week, if the weather is mellow, I'm going to be working on a ton of accounting stuff and website upgrade stuff so come 2015, I'll have a lot of to do lists stuff off the list and ready to go chase and grow into something much larger and more fun. Hope everyone has a safe and fun holiday week. Doug

Very busy week

Just a quick post, it's been a very busy week with the winter storm that hit the Saint Cloud, MN area.  I have been out working in the weather almost every day.  Check out for all the latest videos.

Also working on a site upgrade so I have not posted much since I have been busy behind he scenes.

Busy but great week.

As the season's are changing and the temps are getting colder out. 
So this week, I finally did it.  I asked Neva to marry me.  I had some friend's help out and I put together a cool little video for Neva to show her before asking her.

10/23/2014 Eclipse

I know I have not blogged a lot in the last month but I have been extremely busy behind the scenes working on new stuff and traveling.

Today we had clear skies and at 5:30 local time tonight, Neva and I were able to go out and watch the eclipse.  In the photo below, we were not the only ones watching it in the Saint Cloud, MN area because to the lower left, there is a Crane flying past the sun.   Click on the image below to see the full size image.

9/26/2014 Stearns County, MN Vivid Fall Colors

If you are taking a drive up north this weekend, check out the fall colors along Interstate 94 in Stearns County between Saint Cloud, MN and Avon, MN. 

This is the weekend to get out and check out the fall colors that are now at 50% to 75% peak with Saturday and Sunday looking to be the best days to get out and view the show.

Footage shot around central Stearns County, MN near Avon, MN with various clips of the vivid fall foliage changing colors.

Clip 1 Static shot overlooking the fall colors.

Clip 2 Pan left shot of some vivid fall colors that pans to on old farm house.

Clip 3 Medium shot of vivid fall colors.

Clip 4 Tight up-close shot of vivid red Maple leafs

Clip 5 Tight panning shot of vivid red Maple leafs.

Clip 6 Static shot of various colors along Interstate 94

Clip 7 Static shot of traffic on Interstate 94 with vivid colors

Clip 8 Vivid yellows and reds.

Clip 9 Pan left of all the vivid colors over Achman Lake. 

Clip 10 - 15 Static clips of the vivid colors over Achman Lake which is located along Interstate 94 just southeast of Avon, MN.

Clip 16 Wide shot of vivid fall colors.

Clip 17 Very wide shot of vivid fall colors.

Clip 18 - 20 Tight and medium shot of yellow Maple leafs.

Clip 21 POV left driving shot along an area of vivid colors.

9/22/2014 First Day Of Fall and Fall Colors from Collegeville, MN

I needed to get out of the office today and get back to doing some creative work. I saw that it was the first day of fall so what better excuse then to go out and document the fall colors just northwest of town.

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