Purple Rain

Purple Rain - Arizona Monsoon Lightning

(click to view on black // canon 5d mark ii, canon 50mm 1.4, f/6.3, iso 200, 25 sec // buy print)

Let me just get this out of the way. It’s Movie Title Wednesday. I needed something to go with this shot from Tuesday night.

Purple Rain. I mean, what else could possibly work right? Although I will say this…it’s obvious to me, but I had my buddy Jacob Lucas try to guess it last night and he didn’t come close to the right title. In fact, he didn’t even know that was rain falling. So maybe it’s just me.

But the caveat is this: I’ve never seen the movie. I don’t want to see it. I wont ever, ever see it. But I had to use it.

Another reason Jacob said he couldn’t guess the title was because he thought the lightning was the subject of the photo, not the rain. Well…that was a good point. But the reality is…I framed the shot the way I did because I WANTED the rain to be the star here, and was hoping for some lightning to compliment it and give it some punch.

Otherwise, it’s just rain falling.

Granted, this was a fairly epic curtain of precipitation. It’s not always so well defined.

Lastly I’ll say this…the color is not enhanced. At least, not with any color slider. I upped the contrast and then ran it through Silver Efex and blended the layer. The background of the image is that ugly orange-ish color because of the distant Phoenix city lights. And sometimes lightning does light up a sky in crazy colors.


  • http://hdrexposedphotography.com Dave DiCello

    I don’t know how many times I can say that this is my favorite shot of yours, but I will say it again…wow man, this is just incredible! Almost looks like aliens are invading!!!

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

    I’m with Dave. Every time I think you have posted the best one yet, you outdo yourself Mike.

  • Mike

    Seriously, thank you guys. Such a passion for me to do this and to have people appreciate it so much means the world.

  • http://robhansonphotography.com Rob Hanson

    Very nice! I don’t think you could have nailed it any better. Oh… definitely don’t waste your time watching the movie.

  • http://ramblings.chriswray.net Chris Wray

    Mesmerizing! You need to have a one-man show of your amazing storm photos. Seriously.

  • http://straylightdata.com Eje Gustafsson

    That is one absolutely insane picture. Anyone want a D80 and bunch of lenses and stuff? Either I just give this stuff away or I have to move and become apprentice to the Lightning master Mike.

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

    Perfect title for a perfect shot. Well done sir.

  • http://www.doephotog.com A.Barlow

    This is an amazing shot man, but why in the world did you have to go and get Prince stuck in my head!

    Purple rain.. Purple Rain! Ugh…

    Freaking EPIC bolt!

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

    Ok, first off lets not start hating on Prince. While I might not have appreciated him when I was young, as I got older I have come to realize that he really is a musical genius. 🙂

    I typically hate the purple that comes into longer exposed night shots, but with the orange from the city lights, it works well on this one.

  • http://jasonhines.net Jason Hines

    Great catch Mike!

  • http://www.larryreeves.info larry

    Great photo, Mike!

  • http://www.stevebeal.com Steve Beal

    I’ve never seen a photo quite like it. Beyond sick.

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  • http://www.lightasmagic.com Justin

    Holy Crap! The doves are crying. That is awesome. Glad to see the SEP technique in action.

  • http://johnfarnsworth.com John Farnsworth

    Wow! Great shot. You make me homesick for those great Valley storms.

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

    That’s one huge curtain of rain!

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

    Crazy sheet of rain! That is a fantastic shot. The lightning is amazing too!

  • http://www.heathercaptured.blogspot.com Heather

    Amazing shot. Epic movie 🙂

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

    This has the awesome factor all over it.

  • http://heathofee.com Heath O’Fee

    So great, Mike – just EPIC.

  • Capnschwartz

    {in the voice of Keanu Reeves} ‘Whoa’…

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