I recently did a blog post, and shared an image, of some lightning near Camp Verde, AZ. That shot was captured while on a storm chasing trip to the Grand Canyon area of Arizona with some long time storm chasing / photography / all around good friends. This image of late night lightning was captured hours after the Camp Verde image after we had returned back to the Phoenix area.
For a few years now my friends Bryan Snider and Chris Frailey have gotten together for an epic day of storm chasing, normally in Northern Arizona, and this year we invited Jon Stolarski into the fun. We had an epic day or chasing, had a lot of fun, and when all was said and done got some great images. This trip each year has turned into a tradition that I really look forward to.
As this years trip was winding down, and it was late at night, we had just finished dinner and noticed that a storm was starting to pop up west of downtown Phoenix. We decided to head over to one of Bryan’s goto photography places to see if we could capture the storm with the Phoenix Skyharbor control tower and the city of Phoenix in the foreground. While we were shooting this storm, which is featured in this image, a storm popped up to the south of us so I started setting up a camera to shoot that direction, at which time I wasn’t really paying much attention to the camera that was aimed to the west. I got the camera pointing south setup and turned my attention back to the camera pointing west just as this image was captured.
What I didn’t know at the time, and discovered later, was that while I was setting the other camera up some wind blow a bunch of rain onto the front element of the lens, and every shot that I got after that had the water spots that you see in the above image. Initially I was pissed that this had happened, but after I was able to re-group and cool down a bit, I got to looking at the images and ended up really liking the water spots. IMO they add another level of interest to what I hope is an already interesting image.
I have a lot more from that day chasing that I will be sharing soon, but in the meantime I hope that you enjoy this image and please feel free to click on it to see a larger version.