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Lighting Stikes and Rainbow, Grand Canyon NP

Posted by
Don Smith (California, United States) on 28 July 2016 in Landscape & Rural.

Now that I have returned from my 5-week travel stint, I am resuming my "Throwback Thursday" feature. Capturing daytime lightning can be both exhilarating and dangerous. To learn how I do it, please read this blog post. This image was made on the last morning of Gary Hart and my annual Grand Canyon Monsoon Workshop on August 23, 2013. Our intent was to take the group out to Bright Angel Point along the north rim of the Grand Canyon for a sunrise shoot to close out the workshop. Clear weather was forecast; however, as you see here, we had a very active cell that was firing along the south rim. Then, almost without warning, this lefthand portion of a rainbow appeared just as a multiple lightning strikes fired. I couldn't have set it up any better. Sometimes Mother Nature really shows off!

Lighting Strikes and Rainbow, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

Canon 5DMKIII, 70-200mm, f/13, 1/4th sec., ISO 100, Singh-Ray Polarizer, Lighting Trigger IV

Canon EOS 5D Mark III 1/4 second F/13.0 ISO 100 75 mm

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