(click to view on black // canon 5d mark iii, canon 50mm f/1.2 l, f/8.0, iso 200, 1/1000, lightning trigger)

Yesterday as I was time-lapsing a few cells rolling by, I look over to the southernmost one and I see a giant ball falling from the rain. There had been talk from the NWS and the SPC of wet microbursts…and I’ve seen them before, but never like this.

This was just west of Gila Bend over farm lands. The storms were moving to the north, and this back cell was building as I was standing there shooting. And then boom, I see this clump of rain falling. It was incredible to see. It had speed too. Even on video you could really see it going. The shot below gives you a better idea of the “ball” look as it was halfway to the ground…but I like the above one because, well, there is a lightning bolt there 🙂


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