Leaning - Arizona Monsoon Lightning

(click to view on black // canon 5d mark ii, tamron 17-35mm 2.8, 17mm, f/22, iso 400, 5 sec // buy print)

The thing about wide angle lenses is that they give you the perception that things are far away. Like these lightning strikes. They probably were a decent distance aways, but I was hanging in there and hanging in there hoping to get a photo with strikes as big as possible. I was ducking down, hunched over as the storm crawled towards me and the lightning going nuts all over.

This was not just a normal thunderstorm…this was a severe warned cell down in Tucson and therefore intense. The clouds that I had just shot off to the left were some of the spookiest I’ve ever seen in Arizona and I’ll post those sometime soon.

The Saguaro on the left…that isn’t the fault of the lens, it was just a leaning cactus.

Probably one of my favorite images from the season. A mean, beautiful looking storm with unusual colors, gorgeous textures, lightning strikes and a well-lit desert foreground to display the awesomeness of Arizona.

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

    This is slick dude – all sorts of crazy elements throughout the frame, but your eye is completely drawn into the lightning cell. Love it.

  • http://scottwyden.com Scott Wyden Kivowitz

    Stop it already, you’re making us all look bad 🙂

    Rock on dude!

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

    Another great image Mike. The clouds and cactus with the lightning – a powerful combination.

  • http://hdrexposedphotography.com Dave DiCello

    Now this is something a little different that is still just so awesome Mike. I love the inclusion of the cacti in the foreground!

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

    Nice comp Mike. Dig the clouds!

  • http://www.doephotog.com A.Barlow

    Well man, this is officially my fav shot of yours. Epic!

  • http://www.kriskoeller.com Kris Koeller

    Great shot. Lightning is tricky, but well captured.

  • http://jasonhines.net Jason Hines

    Another great capture Mike!

  • http://natur-highlights.de Mathias Csader

    Yep, definitely one of your best images I’ve seen so far!

  • http://www.chrisrobinsphoto,com Chris Robins

    i need some time in the desert to compose and shoot some of these cool images. another winnuh!!!

  • http://goldenhourstudios.com Jesse

    Couldnt place that strike any better. Love the balance of elements in this frame.

  • http://imagesbyjw.com Jan Winther

    Beautiful and powerful.