Specializing on Nature, Birds and Weather
In David's photographic and video presentations, you will see some of the most beautiful collections of thunderstorms, northern lights and other weather phenomena found in southern Ontario. David has photographed Northern Lights over Toronto which many people do not think is even possible. He explains why we sometimes see Northern Lights in southern Ontario, but why most of time they are not visible to us here. David, together with his father, Brian, have been documenting the northern lights since 1999 and have witnessed over 100 displays from southern Ontario. David has learned a lot from his father, who is an an aviation artist. Brian taught him to think like a painter, to compose a scene as if you were painting it. After that Brian would look at David's photos and say wouldn't it have been nice if it had been snowing at the time or another form of weather phenomena was occurring. At the age of 17, it would even frustrate David a bit because nothing ever seemed good enough or how do I make that happen? Naturally, wanting to be better, he would study the weather conditions that would create the picture perfect moment. Years later, David feels grateful that Brian took the time to say what would improve his photos, whether it be composition or different weather. He now looks at his photos the same way and is constantly trying to bring more natural elements together to maximize the beauty of a subject. Further below you will find information on ways to book it him for speaking events.
David's most popular presentations include his storm photographs and video. Ranging from monstrous shelf clouds, funnel clouds, and a tornado start to finish, to some of the most breath-taking photographs of lightning, he not only shows you the images but describes what it took to get them. He explains how he was able to read the storms so that he could place himself in the perfect position to capture his shots. David has documented over 20+ tornadic supercells in Ontario.
David's work has been featured on The Weather Network, Global, CTV, CTV National, City TV, CBC Toronto, CP24 and WeatherNationTV. The CBC Toronto did a feature on an unexpected display of Aurora Borealis that hit in the Summer of 2013. David was able to forecast both where it was clear and the Aurora Borealis so accurately that him and Brian Chapman were one of the only people to see them in the southeastern half of Canada that night. That night they both drove 5.5 hours to see a what they expected and that was a beautiful display that ran right through until dawn.
If you are interested in having David speak at an event your hosting. Feel free to contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org for pricing as well as subjects to choose from. It ranges from jaw dropping scenery to some of the most beautiful and extreme weather we see experience in Canada. At his presentations both video and photos are displayed on a projector in Full HD.
Storm Chasing in Ontario
Experience the entire life cycle of thunderstorms with this exciting and educational presentation. See how they form and develop into powerful lightning and wind storms. Watch an Ontario supercell tornado from start to finish as it cuts a path through the countryside near Arthur, Canada as well as two other tornadoes to hit our province. A very powerful presentation explaining the effects storms have in Ontario.
Superstorms of Ontario
Enjoy seeing a wide variety of severe weather including thunderstorms, ice storms, wind storms, snow storms and solar storms all from the beautiful province of Ontario. Enjoy the winter storms from the comfort of your seat and experience the excitement of chasing some of the province's biggest supercell thunderstorms. Watch the graceful beauty of the Aurora Borealis as it dances over the lights of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. See all of this and more in this thrilling visual presentation.
Seasons of Ontario
The Seasons of Ontario presentation is by far the most comprehensive look at the changing beauty of this province month by month. You will see both amazing scenery and the weather extremes which are constantly affecting the landscape. A well balanced presentation of the adventure including some of the more peaceful beauty this province has to offer.
The Beauty of the Niagara Region
In this presentation, you'll not only experience one of the natural wonders of the world, Niagara, but also some of the hidden treasures, which can be found in the surrounding area. As a specialist in finding unique weather, David has combined Niagara's natural beauty with rare yet interesting compositions. see the power and contrast this region has to offer from thunderstorms to the Aurora Borealis. In addition, some of the most colourful birds in Canada can be see in the Niagara Region. Share the experience of watching a family of owls develop from babies to young adults and successfully leave the nest.
"Wild, Weird & Wacky Weather"
"Wild, Weird and Wacky Weather" formally known as "Exploring All Forms of Weather"
In a country that is so vast and surrounded by large oceans, it is no wonder we have some of the most interesting weather in the world. It offers such a variety all year round because of its terrain, temperature variations and location. Learn about Fallstreak Holes, Superior Mirages and discover how far south the Aurora Borealis can actually be seen. This presentation covers North America's weather uniqueness, power and beauty all wrapped into one.
Exploring the Birds of Ontario
If you enjoy bird watching, then this is the presentation for you! Everything from the small backyard visitors that we all know and love, to some of the largest birds like the Bald Eagle and Great Blue Heron. Check out rare visitors to our area like the Painted Bunting and Northern Hawk Owl. Watch an owl family grow up and leave the nest. Learn how you can enhance your birding experience. See both still images and video of these fascinating and colourful characters and more.
Photography in Motion
In this presentation, the audience can experience life in motion. It provides an opportunity to see how everyday things develop and finish. It includes what goes on in the daytime but also the impressive changes that occur at night. Everything from shooting stars, Aurora Borealis, thunderstorms and cities that come to life after the sun has gone down. Many people look at fog as a stationary thing. In this feature, you get to see fog come to life and watch it dance from one end of a field to the other, creating various different optics in the process. Watch sunrises evolve into day and sunsets disappear into the night. This presentation is a real crowd-pleaser because of its constant movement involving interesting subjects. It enlightens the imagination.
Holy Clouds "The Wonders of the Sky"
When one looks at the sky, it can lead to endless wonder and inspiration of what God has created. I have experienced this many times through the years of doing photography and working outside. I have often thought to myself, "Did I just see that?". That moment, so inspiring, so rich in beauty that you just can't help but thank God that you were there for it. In this program, I will share with you my wealth of knowledge through both my education and my vast collection of photos and videos, so that you can also learn how to be in the right place, at the right time, to witness some of God's most inspiring views. From sun pillars, superior mirages, crepuscular rays, coronae, rare lightning types, halos to so much more. this is a show you won't forget!
"The Magic of the Night Sky"
Ever wonder what the sky is doing above while you are sleeping? This program offers an indepth look at the night sky. Everything from beautiful northern lights and shooting stars, to the intense activity of thunderstorms -- see not only incredible displays of lightning but also the developing structure and movement of the clouds above. Have you ever looked up at the moon and seen a ring around it and wondered what caused this to happen? This program will answer that question. Enjoy time lapses of shooting stars -- watch dust and smoke from their impact as they move across the sky, well after the meteor has burned up in our atmosphere. See the only waterspout caught over Lake Erie at night. All this and more in one exciting presentation demonstrating the beauty and the Magic of the Night Sky.
"Winter, the Forgotten Power & Beauty"
Winter is a truly magnificent time of year that can show us many different things at ground level as well as in our atmosphere. For years now, I have worked out in the elements experiencing its power & breathtaking sights. In this program, you will see both the wicked weather as well as some of the most unique sights that winter has to offer. From blizzards, sundogs, ice caves and arctic sea smoke, this show has a lot of what you can experience right here in Ontario when it comes to our coldest time of year.
Locations David T. Chapman has Presented
Port Dover Public Library
Delhi Public Library
St. Marys Public Library x 2
Stratford Public Library
Aurora Public Library x 2
Newmarket Public Library x 2
Ramara Public Library x 3
Hanover Public Library x 3
Port Colborne Public Library x 2
Fort Erie Public Library x 2
Caistorville Public Library
Beamsville Public Library
Kincardine Public Library
Southampton Public Library
Teeswater Public Library
Wiarton Public Library x 2
Tobermory Public Library
Ajax Public Library
Meaford Public Library x 7
The Blue Mountain Public Library x 3
Severn Township Municipal Library(Coldwater)
Ingersoll Public Library x 4
Tillsonburg Public Library x 3
St. Thomas Public Library
Smithville Public Library
Milton Public Library x 6
Lion's Head Public Library
Woodstock Public Library x 3
Welland Public Library (All 3 branches) + 3 more
Whitby Public Library x 3 (All 3 branches)
Guelph Public Library x 2
Arthur Public Library
Palmerston Public Library
Shelburne Public Library
Southgate Public Library x 2
Grand Valley Public Library
Walkerton Public Library
Lucknow Public Library
West Gwillimbury Public Library
Brantford Public Library
Plattsville Public Library
Peterborough Public Library
West Grey Public Library x 2
Parry Sound Public Library x 2
St. Catharines Public Library x 2
Stratford Public Library x 2
Burlington Public Library x 2
Halton Hills Public Library
Owen Sound Public Library
Shelburne Public Library
Thorold Public Library
North Perth Public Library
Dunnville Public Library
St. Thomas Field Naturalists
Bert Miller Nature Club x 2
United Mennonite Home x 30
Stratford Field Naturalists
Morgan's Point United Church Banquet
Shalom Manor x 4
Milton Escarpment Probus
Simcoe Field Naturalists x 2
Kirkton Fall Fair
Hamilton Continuing Care x 3
Otter Valley Naturalists
Niagara Falls Nature Club x 2
Peninsula Field Naturalists
Georgian Bay Photo Club
Bancroft Nature Club
Niagara Falls University Women
Huron Fringe Field Naturalist
Bruce County Museum
Tillsonburg Horticultural Society
Pearl Retirement Home x 4
Collingwood Home Schooling Group
Barrie Photo Club
Lynne River Probus Club
Ingersoll Cheese Museum
KW GRIPS Photography Club
Hanover Probus Club
Hamilton Camera Club
Toronto Camera Club
Hamilton Camera Club in Stoney Creek Special Event
More from 2019 to be added soon to the list.
Woodstock Sentinel: https://www.woodstocksentinelreview.com/2018/06/13/storm-chaser-david-chapman-provides-first-hand-look-of-all-things-storms/wcm/3b3acf86-b61c-8d53-b93b-80c8cd2332f1
The Silo: https://www.thesilo.ca/chasing-ontario-tornados/
Niagara Escarpment Views: https://neviews.ca/Samples/40%20stormy%20weather.pdf
Erie Media: https://eriemedia.ca/a-passion-for-weather/
Shelburne Freelancer: http://shelburnefreelancer.com/2018/11/21/david-t-chapman-storm-chaser-visited-the-shelburne-public-library/
University of Waterloo Weather & Society Advisor: https://uwaterloo.ca/centre-pavement-transportation-technology/sites/ca.centre-pavement-transportation-technology/files/uploads/files/ws_summer2013.pdf
Huron Fringe Field Naturalists: https://www.kincardinerecord.com/story.php?id=7267
CBC: Kitchener and Waterloo https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/kitchener-waterloo/tornado-sighting-near-arthur-1.1409211
Shelburne Freelancer: https://shelburnefreelancer.com/2019/04/12/bird-lovers-flocked-to-shelburne-public-library-to-see-bird-watcher-david-t-chapmans-presentation/
Bradford Today: https://www.bradfordtoday.ca/local-news/why-does-the-sky-turn-green-before-a-tornado-1123465
The Brantford Expositor: https://www.brantfordexpositor.ca/opinion/columnists/series-puts-speakers-on-the-lunch-hour-menu
Welland Tribune: https://www.wellandtribune.ca/news-story/8331373-storm-chaser-shares-his-experiences-with-welland-children/
The Voice of Pelham: https://thevoiceofpelham.ca/2014/12/04/storm-chaser-display-art-keiths/
Attending David's Superstorm presentation is a must for anyone interested in the extreme side of weather in Ontario. From the brutal cold of wintertime and snow squalls to supercell thunderstorms and tornadoes in the heat of summer. David covered it all and did so with an array of amazing photographs and phenomenal videos he has taken which had me on the edge of my seat at times! You can also tell how passionate and dedicated he is about weather by the wealth of facts and information he is able to provide with the subject matter, all while even throwing in some humor here and there. At the end of his presentation he even took time to answer any weather related questions which was also beneficial and helpful. All in all, a very professional guy and I was very happy I was able to attend and would go again in a heartbeat.
What a thrill it is to learn from an expert weather photographer and storm chaser like David T. Chapman. His storm presentations are thorough yet exciting as he explains cloud formations and how storms are created. His lightning photos over land and water are striking! ( pun intended ) �� I promise you'll be looking at clouds in a whole new way once you've soaked up information from David. I now look for shelf clouds which is so cool. Who knew? Definitely attend one of his presentations if you get the chance. You won't be disappointed as it is so worth it.
Fear and fascination best describe my attitude toward weather and weather chasing. What to look for and what to be wary of in the skies has become ever more important in these days of climate change and increasingly violent weather. David Chapman’s presentation on weather chasing gave me first hand visuals of the power of weather as well as an education on how these storms change and develop, sometimes very quickly. David presents a seamless video through which he describes various weather phenomena and relives the action of his many storm chases. I learned a great deal through his excellent photography and look at clouds in a whole new way now. A great show!
Going to David Chapman's presentation on Storm Chasing in Ontario was not only informative but fascinating as well. He is knowledgeable and delivers information in a way that makes you appreciate and respect the power of nature. David has changed the way I now look at clouds.
David held two programs with us at the Newmarket Public Library and both were full houses. The images he sent us for marketing the programs brought delight from staff even before we could use them for promotion! His photographs of wild weather and birds are amazing. David is a great and knowledgeable speaker and his presentations will appeal to people of all ages. We look forward to having him back for a third program as soon as we can.
The Hanover Public Library has hosted presentations by David Chapman three times. Every time, we are impressed, not just with the exciting presentations and his knowledgeable discussions of the topics, but also his kindness and generosity. He makes a point of encouraging audiences participation, especially from youngsters; and he treats everyone with respect and understanding. We always get an excellent turnout for David's talks at our library, because he speaks on topics that interest a wide range of people. I have recommended David as a presenter to several other public libraries in our region and many of them have taken my advice and booked him for talks.
I have found David to be an absolute pleasure to work with: he is punctual, prepared, and ready for whatever the audience gives him. I can unreservedly recommend David Chapman as a speaker for any group.
Norma Graham, Assistant Librarian, Hanover Public Library
David T. Chapman is a very energetic and engaging presenter, who combines his passions and expertise on the subject matter at hand, whether it be the Birds of Ontario or Superstorms. He has always been able to keep his audience interested and engaged for every presentation. I have been lucky enough to work with David on several occasions and as soon as one presentation is over, we already book the next. He is a pleasure to work with. His presentations are original, well crafted for the audience demographic, and creative. Love that he incorporates his amazing photography along with his stories. We enjoy working with him and can't wait to host him again.
Emma Barker, Manager of Public Services and Community Outreach, The Blue Mountains Public Library.
David Chapman’s presentation to the Stratford Field Naturalists on Storm Chasing in Ontario provided us with a glimpse into the world of weather phenomenon that we all take for granted in our day to day lives. We thoroughly enjoyed his insights into this subject as well the visuals of the various phenomenon that he had observed over the years. The fact that he earlier in the day had followed a quickly emerging weather system just north of our area made the whole presentation more exciting for the group.
David Chapman has done two different presentations about Storm Chasing for the Norfolk Field Naturalists in Simcoe the past few years. Both were extremely well done and thoroughly enjoyed by our membership; lots of questions from the crowd each time. Really great turnouts from both our members and the general public which is always welcome to our events. Besides his fabulous photography there was lots of info on the science of weather. Various members approached me afterwords to say how much they enjoyed David and that they would like to have him back again, which I plan to do in the near future.
Len Grincevicius, Program Director, Norfolk Field Naturalists
That evening was such a success for our Club. We started a Facebook page after that night and right now our Club is stronger than it has ever been. Everyone enjoyed your topic and your dynamics and personality. I especially enjoyed getting to know you better over breakfast and our discussion.
Terry Bradt, Past President, Bancroft Field Naturalist Club
David's "Storm Chasing in Ontario" presentation is an absolute must for anyone interested in photography, weather phenomena and excitement in general! His incredibly amazing images and the stories he shares on how these images were captured will keep you on the edge of your seat!
Anne Blanchard, Past Program Director, Grand River Imaging and Photographic Society
David T. Chapman presented "Storm Chasing" for the West Grey Public Library in 2019. The presentation was well attended. Mr. Chapman was very engaging. He included a video presentation and a Q&A session and the audience, all of which was very well received. I would not hesitate to recommend this presentation to other groups.
I have a quote from someone who attended your session. "David's presentation contained many wonderful photos and explanations of various cloud and weather formations. There was something in it for a wide range of age groups. Always a timely topic.”
Kim Storz, CEO / Chief Librarian, West Grey Public Library
David Chapman provided an informative and enthusiastic presentation about Storm Chasing in Ontario to the Otter Valley Naturalists. His photographs and first-hand experiences greatly added to the interest in the presentation.
Bruce Bolin, Otter Valley Naturalists
David never lets bad weather stop him from speaking to an audience.
He delivers an educational segment with amazing storm photography. He has a hands on expertise in the field of storm chasing. We at the Georgian Bay Photography Club highly recommend you have an enjoyable presentation with David T. Chapman.
Judy Raymond, President of GBPC
Mark Murphy: Amazing!
Warren & Denise Greitz: Great show and pictures!
Al & Joanne McLaren: Fantastic Pictures!
Dave Willis: Great work & informative
Barbara Lousbery: Very enjoyable presentation.
Hazel & Jim Maxwell: Interesting & Very Enjoyable