Storm Cloud Lightning_

Micro burst in Southern Arizona

Micro burst in Southern Arizona
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11 Comments | Report
gk1701 December 30, 2016
Stunning shot and gallery
Neve_maguire February 17, 2017
Amazing shot!!
Treecy February 22, 2017
This is truly amazing!!!
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photoluv March 28, 2017
andreasdude May 25, 2017
Amazing picture mate
Neckbone June 03, 2017
Awesome image and edit! Congrats!
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petercundill September 04, 2017
Magnificent capture and an Awesome gallery! :)
MisbahMeraj December 28, 2017
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eric62265 August 11, 2018
Beautiful capture.
Gabby_grace September 14, 2018
Stunning 😍
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margitulstrup November 18, 2020
awesome wow
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Behind The Lens

I took this near Buenos Aires Wildlife Refuge in Southern Arizona
This is a favorite image as I was going down looking for storms as it was Arizona's Monsoon Season.
With Storm clouds moving so rapidly, the light changes are constant so be ready to snap when the light is most effective to your composition. Being on the opposite side of the cloud from the sun allowed the rays to shine through enhancing this image.
I shot this with a Canon 5DIII F13 1/90 sec ISO 100 16-36 f2.8 @ 16mm RRS Tripod and I did use a lightning Trigger for this since it was day time lightning.
The Monsoon season in the desert as it brings us much needed water also great weather to take powerful photos like this one. I was going to Southern Arizona after watching the weather forecast with the intent of finding dramatic storm clouds. I saw the storm clouds building up steam and pulled over to find a good composition that framed the Rain Shaft Cloud. Then the topper was the lightning started and was able to capture a bolt hitting the ground.
I use Lightroom for standard adjustments and then added some enhancements for detail in Color Efex Pro
In my camera bag
I always carry a few of my favorite lenses ranging from a 16-35, 24-105, my favorite long lenses including the ultra sharp Canon 70-200 along with the big boy Sigma 150-600 in case I find selective scenes or wildlife.
I base my destinations on weather especially during Monsoon Season, be flexible and be ready to change plans as the storms fades or increase. Having a smart phones with a good weather App is a bonus and I use a paid version of Weather Scope to help follow storm cells and lighting strikes. The biggest tip is being there ready for weather to happen as well as being flexible to completely change direction following the storm.

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