A lucky lightning strike at sunset

(click to see on black // canon 5d mark ii, canon 35mm 1.4, f/5.6, iso 200, 1/1000th // buy print)

If you watched my timelapse last week, then you’ve already seen this image. I also posted it it on 500px, so you may have seen it there too. But I felt like this still frame deserved it’s very own post on my blog because I absolutely love it and it’s why I am so obsessed with storm chasing.

One thing that’s always been true for me when I’m out chasing…is that I tend to get my best images where I least expect them. Last Thursday my goal was to blast down to Tucson right at sunset to shoot some lightning. That was my whole reason for going. And yet, I was stopped just short of Casa Grande when I saw this cloud turning into something amazing right before my eyes. Whatever I had planned down in Tucson suddenly evaporated and I knew this was the best thing going on at that moment.

It’s kind of what I dig about chasing the monsoon. And it also makes it hard sometimes. I leave the house a lot completely unsure of myself. Will I get anything tonight? Will it be a bust? How can I get something new or different? What if last season’s lightning barrage was it for me?

And then as I’m driving I see a cloud like the one above and I remember why I do this and how it usually works.

Just to speak about the image for a second. This was part of the timelapse as I said. So at this point in the capturing process, I was taking a photo every 4 seconds. The shutter speed was 1/1000th. I shot for around 40 minutes. And in that time I saw less than three lightning strikes.

And somehow…I got lucky enough to get one here. I mean…4 seconds apart at 1/1000th! The odds must be incredibly high. It makes me so incredibly proud of this one!

So thrilled to get this last week…on only my second day out chasing. Going to be a fun season!

  • http://heathofee.com Heath O’Fee

    I like this quite a bit.

  • http://www.goldenhourstudios.com Jesse

    I’m with Heath. This is incredible. Between the scale and color, this wins.

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

    Awesome! Great perspective!

  • Chandra

    Great shot!

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

    Dude you should of played the lottery that day. Talk about lady luck being with you!! Beautiful shot.

  • http://www.sessionninephotography.com Jessica Williams

    This is amazing!! Love it!

  • http://www.lussierphoto.com Bob Lussier

    Killer shot!

  • Ken

    Unbelievably awesome!!!

  • http://chrisdmrf.wordpress.com/ Chris Maskell

    This is fantastic mike, the chances are immense but the photographic gods were smiling

  • Bill

    Nice work Mike!

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

    Can’t begin to tell you how much I like this image. Absolutely nailed it.

  • http://www.kriskoeller.com Kris Koeller

    Incredible shot. Well done.

  • http://www.ukstormchaser.com James Menzies

    OK i just came!! WHAT….A….SHOT!! WOOOWWW!!

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