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Lightning near Casa Grande on July 6th

Lightning over Casa Grande
(please click to view on black // canon 5d3, canon 50mm f/1.2 l, iso 125, f/9.0, 25 sec // buy print)

A friend named Sarah texted me last night about a completely other subject, and then added something about beautiful, huge clouds over their area…which was Queen Creek. I opened my front door from downtown and saw a monster cloud looming over the Sacaton area. Pulled up radar and wow, storms had just popped up out of nowhere down there, all the way to Picacho Peak and Marana.

Threw my gear and daughter in the car and blasted south. I sat in this one spot for about an hour and just photographed lightning as it was almost stationary for the entire time. It did get a bit closer towards the end, and this is one of the images from that time.

Those are the lights of Casa Grande and I’m sitting just north of there. You can also spot some blowing dust on the horizon where the strikes landed.

A bunch of stuff from this night, more to share at a later time!

Playground of the Gods

Dance of the Gods
(please click to view on black // canon 5d mark 3, canon 50mm f/1.2 l, f/5.6, iso 50, 30 seconds // buy print)

Yesterday was July 1st and the monsoon was in full-effect. I’m so excited about the fact that it’s really heating up semi-early this year since I’m headed to Africa on the 11th and would like to get in as much chasing as I can!

The lightning show yesterday over the Rincon Mountains was insane. I was there for about two hours, watching the storms behind the mountains slowly roll over the TOPS of them and then the bolts started raining down in every nook and cranny of those hills.

Not sure why, but the lightning was so intense that I dropped my ISO down to 50 for this shot and the bolt on the left is STILL blown out in a few places. But I love the utter chaos here with the three strikes nailing the tops of the mountain and the rest of the bolts just going everywhere.

More to come!