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Crawlers over the Rincons

Crawlers over the Rincons
(please click to view on black // canon 5d mark ii, canon 17-40mm f/4 l, 24mm, f/8, iso 100, 25 sec // purchase print)

I snagged a bunch of fun lightning images way back on July 1st over the Rincon Mountain southeast of Tucson. I had been timelapsing from A-Mountain, but decided to fly southeast when I saw storms moving down from the the northeast.

It was a fantastic spot to be in because the storms just marched right at me for over an hour. The lightning was striking behind the Rincons for awhile, but finally it began to move to my side of the mountain range and the show got better.

This was one of the bolts that night. Rare for me to have one like this…a strike hitting the ground along with giant crawlers across the sky. This was a 25-second exposure, so I don’t remember if this was all a single strike or if they happened at different times during the exposure. But I love seeing the mountains looking kinda small in the lower left of the frame and then how simply massive the crawlers were to stretch across the sky. .

 

Some lightning down on the Rincon Mountains

Lightning over the Rincons
(please click to view on black // canon 5d mark iii, canon 50mm f/1.2 l, 50mm, iso 100, f/5.6, 25 seconds, cropped // buy print)

I am not sure I’ve ever made a panoramic lightning image before, but this one naturally called for it.

Back on July 1st, I set-up here just south of the Rincon Mountains and waited for a storm to come my way. And the timing was perfect…the sky got dark and the lightning finally started moving over the tops of the mountain range. I had  field day and literally have 10-15 more shots from around this area. Was insane.

This was cropped to a panoramic of course. I loved the symmetrical curve of the mountains the way nature of the lightning bolt started way on the left and landing in three spots on the far right. Such a unique looking strike and I dug the illumination of the mountain as well.

More to come from this stuff and the monsoon season thus far!

 

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!

The cotton fields

The cotton fields - monsoons arizona

(please click to view on black // canon 5d mark ii, tamron 17-35mm 2.8, 17mm, iso 100, f/16, 1/125 // buy print)

If you ordered a copy of my Stormchasing Arizona book, or happened to see my Best of 2011, you may have seen this image already.

But it was one of my top five probably from last year’s monsoon season, so I felt like it was owed it’s own blog post. Right?

Am I the only one that believes his images have feelings and would feel shunned if they didn’t get their own blog time? I mean, yes, this one made it into the book, but they all know the blog is the shiznit. The place you want to be. Where the magic happens.

So ANYWAYS, this is from north of Tucson overlooking a huge cotton field. Awesome storm on the horizon dropping rain. Nothing I like more than a wide vista or landscape with a distant rain storm.

There was also a timelapse to go with this.

I humbly apologize to this image for taking so long to give it the honor it so richly deserved. You weren’t forgotten. Just lost in the shuffle. I wont let it happen again.