Over the Top

Over the Top - Arizona Monsoon Lightning

(click to see on black and for the image to fit your screen)

I knew when I saw this in Lightroom after dumping my card from that night’s excursion, this would end up being a Movie Title Wednesday.

The sole reason I know the song “Meet me Halfway“…is because of Over the Top. I haven’t seen the movie in awhile, but I can still picture Sylvester Stallone using that pulley in his truck to work out while driving across the country with that song playing in the background. I have no idea if critics thought the movie was good or not, but for some reason it left an impact on me. Not sure if it was the father struggling to connect with his son, the arm wrestling, the clips of guys drinking motor oil or eating lighted cigarettes…or whatever…but I remember loving it and even as a kid, getting a little teary-eyed at the end.

I captured this lightning on the evening of August 2nd, a sort of surprise night where I wasn’t even expecting to go out. It was the second night in a row that an isolated storm cell built up just over Buckeye, west of Phoenix. It was strange…because storms usually start in the high country to the NE, or in the SE deserts, and move towards us. Two straight nights a giant cell just pops up over Buckeye for no apparent reason.

I skipped it the first night, but not the second. I could see it exploding from the backyard, so I bolted west and setup with the 85mm to capture some pretty awesome lightning strikes. In fact, that night turned out to be pretty good and I think I ended up with over 20 decent lightning strikes.

This particular one has a little shoot “over the top” of the cloud, hence getting it’s movie name today.

(canon 5d mark ii, canon 85mm 1.8, f/10, iso 250, 30 sec)

  • http://www.chrisnitz.com Chris Nitz

    I’m just going to sit here and scroll up and down, as this is wicked cool. I think that little bolt is juicin, like Robert Paulson….his name is Robert Paulson. Sorry, got distracted for a moment!

  • http://www.murphyz.co.uk murphyz

    When I looked at this page my (very poor work monitor) screen showed the top half of the image, with a little lightning on top of a cloud, kind of a flipped version of what I would expect to see with lightning.

    Then I scrolled down…

    Wow! Simply awesome!

  • http://heathofee.com Heath O’Fee

    That’s so cool, man. Love it!

  • http://www.chrisfrailey.com Chris Frailey

    Love the action through the clouds.

  • http://www.doephotog.com A.Barlow

    Wow, this is so cool.

  • http://www.cdeangelisphotography.com/ Chris DeAngelis

    Way to tease us with the top lightning and then BAM you hit us with the real show! Impressive! Great reference to the movie! Haven’t seen that in years!!!

  • jina

    Haha…. I love Over the Top! Classic 80’s goodness, with a Kenny Loggins song to boot. Nice pick. Oh, and the shoot is amazing! 😉

  • http://goldenhourstudios.com Jesse

    Im starting to think that you create lightning.

  • http://none aalevy

    Awesome photography…that strike of lightening over and in the cloud is absolutely wondersom.. Thank you for the glorious photography.

  • http://www.lensaltiel.com/ Len Saltiel

    This is simply amazing Mike. The lighting atop the clouds just leaves me speechless.

  • http://www.myblueheaven.com Scott Wood

    Wow, that little wisp of lightning at the top is PERFECT