The Dance

Symmetry - Arizona Monsoon Lightning

(click to see on black // canon 5d mark ii, canon 70-210mm f/4, 205mm, f/5.6, iso 400, 30 sec // buy print)

The one fun thing about stormchasing…whether it’s photographing monstrous thunderheads, dust storms, or lightning strikes…is that it’s always different. Something new, something exciting…something you learn.

For instance…lightning strikes. They are never the same. Which is why I love it so much. And even when two lightning strikes almost appear to be mirror reflections of each other, they are still different. Like in this photo.

But it’s still kind of interesting to look at from a sort of “un-microscopic” eye. These two bolts really appear to be doing some kind of dance together…mirroring each others moves. Almost perfect symmetry.

  • Dave DiCello

    What a perfect title here Mike! I love how you can see the rain falling too!

  • Eje Gustafsson

    Another really cool shot. How come you went iso400 and f4?

  • Mike

    @ Eje – It’s actually f/5.6, but I was at ISO 400 because this was so far away from me, I was thinking in my head I’d need a bit more sensitivity…but I really didn’t. Turned out okay though.

  • Jesse

    Ive never seen anything like this, perfect symmetry. Its beautiful.

  • Curt Fleenor

    Amazing catch! I love that you see the rain bands surrounding the strikes.

  • A.Barlow

    I see where you were going with the title just by the way they formed. Nice shot.

  • Steve Beal

    This image is beyond breathtaking… Signature shot.

  • Jacob Lucas

    One of my favourites from your storm-chasing this year. Great shot mate.

  • http://none aalevy

    Again a brillant shot. You continue to outdo yourself. Man, you are so good!!!
    Thank you for the opportunity to see your excellent photos.
    Mouth watering!!!

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