A Superstition thunderbolt

(please click to view on black // canon 5d mark ii, canon 70-200mm 2.8 is l, 70mm, iso 320, f/16, 0.8sec // buy print)

The last time I chased a storm was a week ago. I needed the break anyways, I was getting burned out and had suffered a few “epic fail” kind of days. Needed some time off to rejuvenate and to process some of the massive amounts of images I took in the past few months.

This was taken back at the end of July along the Beeline Highway. I am not too positive, but that lightning strike could be coming down somewhere near Saguaro Lake along Bush Highway.  I don’t remember even seeing this strike, I had both cameras going in different directions with the shutter releases locked down in continuous shoot mode. Was stoked when I looked back to see this shot on only a 0.8 second exposure!

Our monsoon season ends here in a few weeks, so hopefully we’ll get a few rounds of good storms before it’s over. I have a little more chasing left in me before wedding season starts!

  • http://heathofee.com Heath O’Fee

    Cacti and lightning – love it, dude.

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

    One of your best! Love it!

  • Karen Jackson

    I like the light on the tips of the cacti. This from a non-professional, non-camera person who just happens to like everything Mike does!

  • http://goldenhourstudios.com/blog Jesse Pafundi

    Wow. Really dig the melding of colors on this. Awesome shot, man!

  • jina

    So, I really like the blues in this. They are calming to me, in the midst of lightning craziness. Plus, I’m okay with a slower end to monsoon season… just sayin

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

    This is great Mike. we just don’t get lightning like that over here and I’m always amazed when I see a shot as good as this