First lightning bolt of the 2014 monsoon

Over the Chiricahua Mountains
(please click to view on black // canon 5d mark iii, canon 50mm f/1.2, f/5.6, iso 400, 20 sec // buy print)

Nothing is better than snagging that first lightning strike of the monsoon season. I honestly didn’t think this would happen, as I sat on another story before this, and saw strikes on radar, but nothing actually hitting the ground.

And this storm was 50 miles to the east moving away from me, but I raced east anyways, put my camera on the roof of the Runner when I was finally in a spot to shoot. I had a tall fence in front of me, so I had to get the camera up high. Thus my aim was off and I had to crop this shot to get it to work right, but I love it! The ISO was a bit high because the lightning was mostly off in the distance, but I like it anyways.

This was a long ways off in the Chiricahua Mountains of southeastern Arizona. My first time shooting lightning over these hills…was pretty amazing.

A great start to the season, cannot wait to get back out there.