Hole in the sky

After the Storm - Arizona Monsoons

(please click to view on black // canon 5d mark ii, tamron 17-35 2.8, 17mm, f/16, iso 100, 1/80 // buy print)

I’ll always remember this day as one of my favorites of the 2011 monsoon season. I had gotten away by myself, alone on the road, not a soul with me, no one tagging along…just me going where I thought the storms would be. It felt liberating for some reason.

It also turned out to be the second day in a row where I found myself on a tornado-warned storm. The structures from the midwest weren’t there necessarily, but the exploding tops were gorgeous, the lightning vicious and the clouds magnificent. I kept an eye out for funnel clouds, but never saw anything. Still, the thrill of the chase was why I loved it so much.

This was a stretch of State Route 79, looking south at the Catalina Mountains. I loved the darkness on the left in a juxtaposition to the gorgeous blue sky on the right, plus the bit of sunlight on the mountain range.

  • http://www.goldenhourstudios.com Jesse

    Really like that too. Makes this totally different than a usual storm image. Well seen.

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

    Nice one Mike. The contrast of the sky really stands out.

  • Ken Waters

    That is one of my favorite roads in Arizona, partially because you see few cars and have some wonderful views. It’s a much more enjoyable way to get down to Tucson from Phoenix. Here’s hoping for some great pictures this year, Mike.

  • aaron levy

    Loved the photo..I wish I could be there w you..wonderful photography and reflects your visual creativity..Much thanks

  • http://www.doephotog.com A.Barlow

    Really cool the way it all conflicts and contrasts.

  • jina

    Wow… cool! I haven’t seen this one before. Have you been hiding it from me?

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

    Damn! How did I miss this! Awesome shot bud!

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

    Very nice.