Everything about this picture was a surprise. It was literally hitting me like lightning, showing me that moments of significance cannot be planned or forseen, they can only be received. My friends and I were like children, shouting out when we saw a specially strong lightning in the distance. And of course, we didn’t know what the cameras were recording until we saw the digital files at home.
Among the dozens of shots we took I’ve got this incredibly beautiful photo were everything is right. I feel very lucky!
This shot was taken at 9pm with a Nikon D800 and a Nikon 24x85mm lens at 24mm, f/8, ISO 400 using a 25 sec. exposure. The long exposure made it possible to catch three lightning bolts with one shot!
On August 30th, I invited Scott Stulberg and Holly Kehrt to the Grand Canyon to get some sunset shots. I like to take pictures there and I know all the good photo points and for them everything was new.
After a short time, we noticed that we couldn’t get what we wanted because of the very hazy light.
So we decided to return to Sedona, just shortly checking out some more viewpoints. On the Moran Point we saw that far away a lightning storm was building up. That was much more than we expected, so we started setting up our tripods and started to take pictures! The long exposures made it possible to catch multiple lightning bolts with one shot!
For this shot, I took the risk to change to a 70x200mm lens at f8, 25sec. In the night, it is very tricky to focus with a long lens, and to set the right exposure during lightning strikes makes it even more difficult. I’m happy that I got this shot, even so it is not 100% sharp like the othes.