A lightning strike near Eloy

A lightning strike near Eloy, Arizona

(please click to view on black // canon 5d mark ii, canon 50mm 1.4, f/16, iso 250, 5 sec // buy print)

July 3rd felt like the first real day of storm chasing. We were out late in the afternoon, watched a cell build up and drop a bunch of rain near Casa Grande, even helped some people who flipped their car they hydroplaned on Interstate 8.

Yeah, that accident was a bit surreal to say the least. We missed it by roughly 10 seconds, and by the time I pulled over to help, the couple was crawling out of their vehicle. But their Honda was upside down in the median. Crazy. The girl called her mother first, so I called  911. They were totally fine.

Later on, the sun went down and the sky got dark. I had planned to hit Tucson, but the storms right here in Eloy were perfect. Finally was able to shoot some lightning via long exposure for the first time this year. Always a good feeling.

Got a couple of okay images, nothing earth shattering, but here’s one from the night.

Hoping to get a few more days in before Sunday when we hit our week-long vacation to Missouri.

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

    I like the bw on this one Mike. That was a crazy night with all the potential clouds around but not much action.

  • http://www.bryansnider.com Bryan Snider

    I absolutely love lightning shots that are bright enough to highlight the clouds above. I also love how you can see the power lines at the bottom. Gives the photo a sense of distance.

  • http://www.naturaltouchphotography.com/blog steve

    Awesome, awesome image !!