The Hills are Alive

Lightning over the Catalinas

Man. It’s been awhile since I’ve been that sick. Strange abdominal pain. 103 temp. Trip to the ER. Almost 10 days being completely away from the online world. And the whole time with the iPad on my lap re-watching Battlestar Galactica. God bless Netflix.

Happy to report I got through all 76 episodes. And yes, it was awesome as always.

Anyways, despite being sick, it was a nice break from everything. Cleared my head a bit, stopped thinking about what I’m usually obsessed about(photography) and just laid around, soaking up up some time off. Felt good.

Also feels good to be back posting again. This particular image was shot on July 30th down in Tucson over the Catalina Mountains. My buddy Ken Peterson and I left around 1-2pm and spent the day timelapsing and waiting for the sun to go down so we could shoot some lightning.

Witnessing lightning over these mountains is something to behold. I assume the people living down there are used to it, but the sheer power and frequency was amazing.

Normally to get these many strikes in one shot takes a long exposure, maybe one around 30+ seconds. This was only 10 seconds. That’s it. Five strikes. And this is actually cropped a bit, losing another strike that was off camera left.

(canon 5d mark ii, canon 85mm 1.8, f/7.1, iso 100, 10 sec)

19 replies
  1. Heath O'Fee
    Heath O'Fee says:

    Wow, dude. That is a ridiculous amount of lightning in one frame! Nicely done.

    Glad you hear you’re back in action and feeling better. We’ve missed you here on the interwebs 🙂

  2. Chris Nitz
    Chris Nitz says:

    Welcome back, and it is good to hear you survived the plague 😉 Also, BSG while sick is the best cure ever. Great shot to start the week, and that is just a crazy amount of lighting in one frame.

  3. Ron
    Ron says:

    Good to see you’re back. I’m still strugling to catch 1 strike, but Italy is more specialised in another type of strikes. Great photo.

  4. A.Barlow
    A.Barlow says:

    Really cool shot Mike. Nice job. Hope you’re feeling better. Sometimes you just gotta lay around. I was just sick also, starting to get better, and yeah… exactly what I did!

  5. Toad Hollow Photography
    Toad Hollow Photography says:

    Really sorry to hear you weren’t well, Mike! I am really relieved to see you back again, my friend. This place was not the same without you, that is FOR SURE!

    What a fabulous image, my friend! It’s like the sky opened up and just let loose!! Great shot!

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