One year ago tonight we were treated with an incredible lightning storm here in the Bay Area. These were the last couple strikes I captured before the storm moved offshore. Correction: this happened one day ago TOMORROW. I thought today was the 11th. I’m brain fried. ✅
Today I’m wrapping up a week long photo tour with Ken from New Jersey. He booked this week three months in advance and managed to score MAJORLY 6 days in a row. I’m still not sure he understands just how lucky he got morning after morning, night after night. I love it when my workshop participants score! Here’s one of many magical moments we witnessed during his stay here in good old Marin County. Fog season is soon coming to a close but the action has been red hot lately. If you’re interested in a workshop or photo tour of the area, see my website for more info!
I chose black and white treatments for these photos because the light was admittedly somewhat dull as I was surrounded by dark rain clouds on all sides. This was the best way I could bring out some contrast and properly display the dynamics of this truly remarkable scene that I was lucky to witness with my own eyes. My girlfriend and I noticed this storm cell moving south from Utah towards the Canyon earlier in the day and decided to make the drive up from #Flagstaff in the hopes that it would stay on course and meet us there. By the time we arrived, bolts were raining down in all directions between 1-10 miles from the visitor center. I had no time to find my choice of point of view or composition—I ran out of the car and setup within footsteps of our parking spot in the first area I saw that had enough space for two tripods on the rim. There weren’t many photographers however dozens, perhaps hundreds of tourists watched in awe as this storm unleashed its fury on the Canyon in front of us. Twice I had to take shelter in the car due to heavy rain and/or strikes occurring way too close for comfort. Eventually during the blue hour the storm continued moving south and we later followed it back down to a pond near Flagstaff where I captured some really awesome reflections of lightning striking in the distance. If I had nothing holding me in Marin County I’d consider living in the Southwest seasonally. It was the most fun I’ve had with a camera in hand in a long time. Can’t wait to go back. Bang!