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High and Low
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Feels like it has been awhile since I posted a lightning photo from this past summer and I still have gobs that I haven’t shown yet…so here is another.

Last year I decided to do a “square collection” of lightning photos all processed in black & white. This is the second in that series. I love the mood that monochrome creates for lightning images and I think the square format kind of isolates the subject in a unique way. This was taken out along Interstate 8 east of Gila Bend. I dug the juxtaposition of the one strike hitting the flat desert while the other appears to land on those two small hilltops.

Summer feels like it’s so far away.

 

 

Crossing Interstate 8

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This is my second go at stacking lightning images (first is here)…I tend to avoid this but sometimes when a single shot of lightning is kind of boring and doesn’t make the cut, it’s interesting to see what happens if you put a bunch of those together into one final photograph.

I shot this back on September 4th while this storm crossed over Interstate 8 from right to left across the frame. The nine images were captured from 9:15pm to 9:21pm.

I’m neck deep in weddings and family photography right now, but yeah, I’m kind of excited already for next summer!

 

Top to bottom

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One of my favorite kinds of lightning shots are from a distance when you can see the entire profile of a thunderhead. If you can capture the strike coming out from the cloud and then hitting the ground…well, it’s just a fantastic display of nature. I’ve seen quite a few of those floating around from my storm chasing friends but I never have quite been able to capture it that way that I wanted.

This one is about the closest I’ve come to it. A twenty second exposure, you can see the one strike on the left actually originate near the top of the thunderhead, curve to the left, burst through the ceiling of clouds and then hit the ground. Was an amazing storm to watch as it crossed interstate 8 from the north. The mushrooming clouds were absolutely sick and I kept praying to get a great shot.

Taken on September 4th, this was a week before the season ended. I kind of miss it already, but am loving being neck deep in family and wedding photography right now!

 

 

Thor

Thor - LIghtning on Interstate 8

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It’s been awhile since I’ve done a Movie Title Wednesday and I’ve missed it. So today we’re back with a flash and a bang and a crackle…a lightning strike worthy of the gods.

I’m a huge comic book fan and everything Marvel has done with their superhero movies has been amazing. Creating these separate movies like Iron Man, Captain America…the Hulk…Thor…and then throwing them together into The Avengers was perfectly executed and unlike anything we’ve seen before. The Hulk movies may not have been awesome, but they made up for it with the Hulk stealing the show in The Avengers.

So I dub this lightning photo “Thor“…because it could actually serve as a scene of the god of war coming down to earth. At least I think so. This is one of my favorite strikes to-date. I took a chance here with ISO 800, but I really wanted to illuminate the clouds on an awesome strike and I got lucky enough to not have a blown-out scene. I love the way it starts up high, you can see it in and out of the clouds and then it crashes down to earth with multiple bolts.

And this was 17mm too, uncropped…pretty dang close!

A fantastic storm in the vicinity of Gila Bend last night. I had given up after some other storms died without me even taking the camera out of my bag…but then I looked west, high-tailed it that way and got a couple of awesome strikes on camera.