These two bolts almost appear to be mirror images of each other at first glance. Of course they are very different...but it's what fun about lightning photography. Finding the hidden shapes and nuances to what you capture.
(please click to view on black // canon 5d mark iii, canon 35mm f/1.4 l, iso 100, f/8, 6.0 sec // buy print)

Two nights ago near Wilcox, Arizona…on my way home from being in New Mexico for two days…some isolated cells kept popping up near here as the sun went down, so we hung out a bit to capture a couple of sweet strikes before continuing on to Phoenix.

This storm was funny though…you can see the rain on the left, which had already moved past me…there appeared on radar to be another cell straight ahead, but no rain…but I saw another bolt here prior to this, so I aimed this way and caught two of them. I normally would have panned left towards the rain where I’d normally expect to see one.

But I LOVE clear air bolts…don’t seem to get a ton of those!

Timelapse of dust storm near Willcox, Arizona

We drove over four hours to get to this spot and somehow timed it perfectly to intercept a dust storm hitting Wilcox, Arizona.

In the video you’ll see it twice…I captured it the first time in Willcox, and then we blasted southwest on Interstate 10, got back in front and timelapsed a little more.

The storms behind it had 1-2 inch hail in them and the winds were strong…especially right at the end of the final clip. You can see on the far left how they suddenly exploded off-camera. Was intense.

First dust storm of the 2013 monsoon season…hoping for more! This was a decent one, nothing to write home about, but definitely will be a nice clip for the 2013 monsoon film I’ll release late this year.