A lightning strike over Tucson

(please click to view on black // canon 5d mark ii, canon 17-40 f/4 l, 39mm, f/10, iso 200, 20 sec // buy print)

My frenzy to catch up on what I missed last week has left me sleeping basically 7 hours the past two nights. I arrived home around 1am this morning from a long drive to hopefully catch up with a lightning barrage in far southern Arizona, but it proved to be a #fail.

But earlier in the evening was fun. I arrived in Tucson as the sun went down and a severe storm developed just to the south. I was struggling to find a place to shoot in the city because I don’t know it well at all and all the little hilltops have buildings and it makes it tough. Luckily I spied this short “mountain” that was very close (A-Mountain), and I drove up to the top and had this amazing view of southern Tucson.

Hopefully I get to shoot here again, it was such a great location. Downside is the park ranger came by to announce the gates were closing right around 8:30! A bit too early, but luckily I grabbed this one before I had to bail. I also met another photographer up there who has been shooting lightning around Tucson since at least 1991.

The image above, when zoomed in on the full resolution version, shows the impact point of the lightning on a building. Nothing I love more in a lightning photo than to see where the bolt lands.

 

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

    Awesome vantage point and capture!

  • http://www.edithlevyphotography.com Edith Levy

    Incredible capture Mike.

  • http://www.goldenhourstudios.com Jesse

    This picture made me say “holy shit.”

  • Jade

    Love it!

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

    Love it. That was one of my favorite places to shoot, even if it wasn’t a storm, when I lived in Tucson.

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

    That is one stunning and awesome capture Mike.

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

    There is nothing better than urban lightning shots! Probably my favorite lightning image you’ve produced so far!

  • http://wezwanders.com Nathan (Wez)

    Absolutely amazing shot here Mike. Love the blue/purple around the strike. Keep up the awesome lightning photos.

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