Today, Reed, 45, shoots weather full-time. He is on the road year-round as a freelance stormchaser for clients ranging from private scientific firms to The New York Times and National Geographic. He's fled Category 4 hurricanes several times -- once, he even videotaped his goodbye to his mother under a carport as trees and homes were uprooted around him. His photographic specialties read like the departments of Hell: "Lightning, blizzards, floods, tornadoes." Yet he also loves capturing rainbows -- "Every single one is different" -- and thinks that serene subjects, such as fog, are beautiful.