A hundred million fingers

Fingers - Arizona Monsoon Lightning

(click to view on black // canon 5d mark ii, canon 35mm 1.4, f/5.6, iso 100, 30 sec // buy print)

My favorite band in all the world is Snow Patrol. I’ve loved them for years now. Most of the time when I like a band, I end up being bored with them after listening to their CD for awhile. Not so with this group. They’ve never, ever gotten old to me. I was finally able to see them in concert a few years back and wish they’d return to Arizona soon.

The reason I bring them up is because the title of this image is a take-off of their album, “A Hundred Million Suns“, which came out in 2008. I always though that title was so interesting and when I saw the image of this lightning strike on the back of my camera, it only took me a second to know what I’d dub it on the blog.

This strike is kind of unique in the amount of tendrils or fingers that are exploding all over the place. It was an intense bit of electrical release.

And stuff like this isn’t always visible to the naked eye. It’s so quick, so bright, you can miss most of what a camera picks up. Especially if you aren’t already looking in the right spot.

Which is why I love shooting it!

  • http://heathofee.com Heath O’Fee

    Wow – that’s intense, man. Love it.

  • http://www.markblundellphoto.com Mark Blundell

    Dude! You keep knocking out these awesome lightning images. This year whilst I’ve been following you I dont think we’ve had one thunderclap here in London.
    The lightning is spectular as are the clouds above.
    Keep up the awesome work!

  • http://www.brianfurbush.com/blog Brian Furbush

    This is great man, such an epic sense of scale on this burst of lightning. Really awesome stuff.

  • http://goldenhourstudios.com Jesse

    Ridic. The color gradient is splendid.

  • http://straylightdata.com Eje Gustafsson

    man. way sweet. another brilliant one.

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

    Man, the gradient of color is so darn gripping, and then the crazy light show in front just exemplifies the scene. I do believe that Crayola called and they want their advertising piece back 😉

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

    Crazy good Mike.

  • http://www.curtfleenor.com Curt Fleenor

    Awesome catch Mike! The lightning is insane but the tones across the image are just beautiful.

  • http://www.doephotog.com A.Barlow

    Crack! Damn that’s one bright flash. Nice capture man!

  • http://www.wix.com/corallehmann/digitalprints/ Coral

    That is just fantastic.

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

    That is just intense.

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