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Isolated

Impact
(please click to view on black // canon 5d mark ii, canon 50mm 1.4, iso 200, f/6.3, 25 sec // buy print)

Last summer I decided to take a few of my favorite, semi-isolated lightning strikes and turn them into a black & white, “square” collection just for fun. I’ve seen another guy’s work where his lightning strikes are almost solely square crops and I dig that style.

I’ve posted a few already since the monsoon season ended in 2012 (click here to see the others), but I think this is my favorite of the bunch.

I am not sure I can really tell you why either. I know that I love being up high and seeing lightning strike between mountains. That is something I always strive for. It gives a sense of distance and power. But what I also love about this one is the clouds above the strike. I would have a hard time describing to someone the specific kinds of clouds I like when I storm chase, but there is something about these coupled with the strike that I find awesome.

This was from east of Mammoth, Arizona last year…that single storm churned out about three of my favorite lightning images from 2012.

 

Juxtaposition

High and Low
(please click to view on black // canon 5d mark ii, canon 70-200 f/2.8 is l, 100mm, iso 125, f/6.3, 20 sec // buy print)

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.

 

 

Double Impact

(please click to view on black // canon 5d mark ii, canon 70-200mm f/2.8 is l, 70mm, iso 200, f/5.6, 25 sec // buy print)

Last year I was inspired by the photography of Drew Medlin, specifically his black & white work with lightning. He almost always sticks to a square crop which I thought was super cool and made it a goal this year to process a handful of my own lightning images with this crop.

So this is the first in my Square Series. First off I absolutely love what B&W does to a lightning bolt…creates a darker, mysterious scene…and the square crop to me adds an isolation to the entire frame.

I shot this back on July 23rd, early in the season, up along the Beeline Highway. There was an incredible show going on and strikes were hitting the mountains everywhere.

More to come!