(please click to view on black and fit your screen // canon 5d mark ii, canon 85mm 1.8, f/7.1, iso 200, 8 sec // buy print)

We had some winter storms blown through the state last night, and there was even lightning strikes south of Phoenix in Casa Grande. Needless to say, it got me impatient for the monsoon season to arrive this summer. So I dug up this shot from last July. For those that have a copy of my stormchasing book, you’ve likely already seen it!

It was one of my first experiences shooting lightning down in Tucson and especially the Catalina Mountains. The strikes are just so intense there.

I love this shot. Depending on your monitor and how it’s calibrated…you’ll either see the lower right cactus really well, or not that well. I loved all the layers I got, starting with the Saguaro, then going to the mountain, the strikes, the lower clouds and the flowing ones at the top.

I said it above, but sometimes that text it’s hard to see. These portrait compositions on my blog are HUGE, so click on the image to have it fit your monitor!

  • http://www.richmcpeek.com Rich McPeek

    Wow! Awesome shot Mike! Amazing! I was stationed at Ft Huachuca 25 years ago and the monsoons were pretty intense as I remember.

  • http://www.jimdenhamphotography.com Jim Denham

    Awesome shot Mike! The layering is quite cool and adds good depth to the image!

  • http://www.markblundellphoto.com mark blundell

    Another awesome lighting shot, monsoons will come soon I’m sure!
    I’ll check out the image on my monitor at home to see the full effect, the cactus is quite dark on my work monitor.

  • http://www.hansrico.com Rick Louie

    This is one thing I’ve never gotten a great image of. I’m going to have to do some storm chasing this summer.

  • http://www.goldenhourstudios.com Jesse

    Love the layers. Really well framed shot.

  • http://www.doephotog.com A.Barlow

    That’s one cool shot man. Like how the cactus looks.