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Sunset over Tempe Town Lake

Sunset over Tempe Town Lake
(please click to view on black // canon 5d mark iii, canon 35mm f/1.4 l, f/5.0, iso 800, 1/160th // buy print)

Life is so busy right now that I rarely get out to take photos unless it’s a wedding or lifestyle session. Let’s just say I’ve seen a ton of great sunsets and sunrises from my house lately.

Even last night I had a photoshoot. So normally I wouldn’t get to take a photo like this, but I happened to be returning from Mesa and the sky went NUCLEAR and I flew to the off-ramp at Scottsdale/Rural, parked in a spot I probably shouldn’t have and ran like an idiot about 500 feet to the water’s edge.

It felt amazing to actually be in a spot with a lake, a reflection of the sky, Tempe and A-Mountain in the background and a gorgeous sunset. Made me realize how much I’m missing just being out in nature capturing awesome skies and beautiful landscapes.

Going to have to go on a road trip soon.

Trifecta over Tucson

A trifecta
(please click to view on black // canon 5d mark ii, rokinon 14mm f/2.8, iso 50, f/16, 2.0 sec // buy print)

This photo may look familiar if you follow me regularly…it was taken roughly four minutes after this other one I posted last summer.

The amazing thing is how the colors change in a matter of minutes. While I loved the other one, this one is my favorite of the two. I dig the purple tones and also love how the rainbow is much more defined and easier to see here. I am showing my work in an art show this Friday and Saturday and this just got printed on a gorgeous 20×30 canvas.

I still find myself so blessed that I was somehow in the right place on this night. I’ve never been able to capture lightning like this against an amazing sunset …but to get a rainbow tossed in was just a bonus.

The bottom of the barrel of storm images from last summer is starting to become visible…but there are a few more coming over the next couple months!

Touchdown in Tucson

Touchdown in Tucson
(please click to view on black and so it fits your screen // canon 5d mark ii, canon 17-40mm f/4 l, 39mm (cropped), iso 200, f/10, 20sec // buy print)

Ahh…south Tucson. This was the first time I’d ever ventured up to A-Mountain and I barely had time to setup before the lightning rained down. I loved being up so high, but was also pretty close to this strike. It was a bit nerve wracking…this was only 39mm (albeit cropped to the left side of the frame), but I felt a weeee bit exposed up there.

The bright line of city lights next to the landing of the bolt is Interstate 10 as it turns and heads off towards New Mexico.

Nothing I enjoy more in a lightning strike than seeing where it lands.

Make sure to click on the photo to see it fit your screen if you happen to be on a smaller monitor.

A couple of bolts over Tucson

(please click to view larger // canon 5d mark ii, canon 17-40mm f/4 l, 26mm, f/14, iso 100, 4 sec // buy print)

The evening of 8th of August was an extraordinary one up on A-Mountain on the western edge of Tucson. This was the same night with the sunset-rainbow-lightning combination and I actually have 2-3 more shots I will share at some point down the road.

This was when the color was just about gone, so I opted for B&W, which is one of my favorite ways to process lightning photos anyways. You gotta love Tucson with the city lights, but also majestic mountains right on the north and east sides of town. Makes for such an awesome skyline.

The monsoon is on a break now and I’m hoping and praying that we still have a few days left before the winds shift and I don’t get to shoot lightning for another 9 months!

Sunset behind the old Hayden Flour Mill in Tempe

Saturday night I went out for a little photowalk of downtown Tempe and started the little excursion by climbing up A-Mountain to watch the sunset over the city.

This building on the right is a 100+ year old structure called the Hayden Flour Mill which began construction in 1872. You can read all about it on the Tempe.gov website.

It was a great night for a sunset and I’ll post a few more later this week. I also have another shot of the flour mill after dark, but I just could not find a way inside the perimeter fences. I’d be too terrified to go inside at night anyways *grin*

It definitely begs for some external HDR exploration, but it’s hard to get too close.