Storms over Picacho Peak

(please click to view on black // canon 5d mark ii, canon 70-200 2.8 is l, 105mm, iso 100, f/8.0, 1/800 sec // buy print)

Picacho Peak is an iconic mountain between Phoenix and Tucson. People love to hike it. I never have, but to me it’s sort of a midway marker…when I see it, I know half my journey is over.

Despite it being such a popular mountain, I’ve only taken 1-2 images of it and never anything worth keeping. But last week I finally came upon it with boiling thunderstorms building up overhead.

What I didn’t realize until processing this image was that you can actually make out a wall of dust approaching Picacho Peak. It’s low on the left side and higher on the right. After taking the photo, I left and turned back north towards Phoenix and within a few minutes I saw it in my rearview mirror. That’s when I started outracing the thing and then timelapsed it.

Was nice to get an early, monsoon-like sky this year. Usually it’s dull around here until July, so stormy clouds, a dust storm…was all a nice treat!

  • http://wwwbryansnider.com Bryan Snider

    Great image as always! Love the Black and White! I also love the natural light that emphasizes the beautiful clouds.

  • http://www.goldenhourstudios.com Jesse

    Those clouds rule. I dig muchly.

  • jina

    Those clouds are crazy cool!

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

    Awesome clouds. I’m sooo ready for monsoon season.

  • http://adventuresinpointingandshooting.wordpress.com Eden

    Epic shot.