A Tucson strike at sunset

(please click image to view on black // canon 5d mark ii, rokinon 14mm 2.8, iso 50, f/16(ish), 2 sec // buy print)

After I took this shot, I gave a high-five to a Frenchman who was standing beside me who captured it as well. I met Dimitri up on Tucson’s A-Mountain last night (check out his website) and we had a blast hanging out for almost 2 hours. He was actually on vacation from France in Arizona for the sole purpose of shooting lightning. I mean…how awesome is that?

He had a serious setup…two full frame cameras each with a lightning trigger, plus a major HD video camera.

Anyways…we’d been shooting for a long time when suddenly this rain falling over metro Tucson started turning orange. A beautiful sunset was in store for us. And then the lightning started And while you may have a hard time seeing it because of the intense orange color of the sky, there is a rainbow in there running vertical alongside the right edge of that bolt.

I looked over at Dimitri and asked if this was his best shot since he got here a week or two ago…and he said yes. He was a lot like me…hooting and yelling everytime he got a great strike. Was so very cool to see the same passion I have in a guy visiting from France.

Good luck my friend, hope the rest of your trip rocks!

Also…on the full-sized image…you can make out where every strike lands…pretty amazing.

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

    HOLY #*$(#!

  • http://heathofee.com Heath O’Fee

    Yeah, that’s awesome.

  • http://brianfurbush.com/blog Brian Furbush

    Holy hell, that is awesome.

  • http://www.scottackermanphotography.com Scott Ackerman

    What Jesse said! WOW!

  • http://www.davewilsonphotography.com Dave Wilson

    There’s not much more I could say other than “Wow!” Another keeper, for sure!

  • http://www.cdeangelisphotography.com Chris DeAngelis

    Sick dude, you have out done yourself once again! Dimitri has some pretty cool weather stuff on his site too – the French’s equivalent of you, I guess 🙂

  • Randy Bayne

    Wow! That is one sweet shot.

  • http://rey2cute.com Reyna

    Very cool!

  • http://thegoldensieve.com Justin


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

    This is simply stunning Mike. I love every element of the shot. Amazing

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