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Dead Horse Point Lightning Strike by Steve Perry
Tuesday, 2nd August 2011

Dead Horse Point Lightning Strike

by Steve Perry

This photo was taken at Dead Horse Point State Park during an intense afternoon of thunderstorms. We had just been out scouting around for new location in nearby Arches National Park and had decided to come back to camp for a break when these thunderstorms really began to pop (late afternoon). By the time we arrived at the Dead Horse Point, I couldn’t get to the overlook fast enough. We scrambled down the sandstone to a spot that I had scouted out the day before and started shooting. The conditions were tough – high winds were busting in from the canyon, we had the occasional light spray from the rain, and of course the lightening (which was actually a lot further away then it appears in the photo). Although my son was just about screaming for me to leave (he was low and under a small recess), I kept at it until I had a shot with some lightning action. I must have shot 20 or 30 photos before this came together. It’s funny, after I showed him the final shot he was glad we stuck around long enough to catch the lightning too.
Equipment: Nikon D3x, Nikon 24-70
Steve Perry
I'm just a guy in the backcountry with a camera trying to share what I see as best I can with others.

Dead Horse Point Lightning Strike by Steve Perry was photo of the day on Tuesday, 2nd August 2011. It is tagged , , , , , . You can leave a comment below.


Andrew Thomas

2nd August 2011 at 2:27 am

Wow! I don’t know what to say but, Wow!

Phil Quinton

2nd August 2011 at 3:29 am

Great job, great photo. You stayed with it until you got the shot. Nice blending of calm and storm, with beautiful colors adding to the sum of the whole.


2nd August 2011 at 5:23 am

I live about 3 hours north of this beautiful “point” in this beautiful state of Utah. I’ve seen this place a dozen times, but never have I seen such a beautiful photo like this. You did a splendid job, the colors are amazing. You definitely earned the glory today with your talents.

2nd August 2011 at 6:07 am

Love it! Nicely done.

2nd August 2011 at 6:50 am

Holy cow that is awesome!


2nd August 2011 at 7:11 am

Beautiful! I love lightning photography. Did you use any filters here? And how long were you keeping your shutter open for? As this looks like daylight hours it must not have been for very long.

2nd August 2011 at 8:18 am

Great sky and great light and colours!

2nd August 2011 at 8:29 am

Truly beautiful image!

2nd August 2011 at 8:48 am

Stunning shot, what a moment!

2nd August 2011 at 8:52 am

This is Brilliant. Blown away.


2nd August 2011 at 8:56 am

An extraordinary photogragh, worthy of mounting in an exhibition. Congrats!

2nd August 2011 at 10:59 am

What a great shot! I’m glad you ‘stuck it out’ to get the bolt in your shot! Good colors in this one.

2nd August 2011 at 1:15 pm


Helen Hart

2nd August 2011 at 1:55 pm

I especially love the color of the water, it shows how much rain we’ve actually gotten. I live in a “rain mostly goes around us” spot south of there, haven’t gotten but a couple of inches spread over 2 weeks or so, but this year especially, every drop counts! Thanks for sharing this shot.

2nd August 2011 at 2:01 pm

Talk about being at the right place AT the right time. Very well done Steve. Don’t you love it how Mother Nature makes you scramble to capture her?

2nd August 2011 at 2:34 pm

Good shot!

J Waddell

2nd August 2011 at 2:47 pm

Backcountrygallery, thank you SO much for getting this shot. My husband and I did a great road trip last year, finally making it to Moab. We found Dead Horse Point Park “by accident” and were stunned at the beauty of it all. I could have stayed there forever! DHHP runs a close second to my favorite place in our road trips. Number one is Signal Point (Grand Tetons). Thank you again for this picture!!! Take care and stay safe.

2nd August 2011 at 4:12 pm

Great image Steve. I love the tone and definition as much as the lightning.

2nd August 2011 at 4:18 pm

Marvelous image, Steve. Glad both you and your son stuck it out until you got this! Congratulations.

James R. Kyle

2nd August 2011 at 4:45 pm

Totally – WoW….

Great shot there Jerry… I camped at Dead Horse a few months ago and got some great shots as well. “Chance Favors the Prepared Mind”… ;-) )


2nd August 2011 at 5:04 pm

A great shot in a beautifu place, have been there and loved it ,colors are awesome.thank you.


2nd August 2011 at 6:56 pm

Fantastic Shot. I wonder why it’s Dead Horse Point…??

2nd August 2011 at 7:27 pm

It was well worth it. Beautiful saturated colors and great composition of the lighting strike.

2nd August 2011 at 8:36 pm

Excellent capture!
I really enjoyed the galleries on your website as well.
Thanks for sharing and congratulations for POTD!


2nd August 2011 at 8:48 pm

Love the colours and dramatic visual contrast!

2nd August 2011 at 9:31 pm

Thanks for the kind words everyone :)

Eva – I wondered the same thing when I was there. The reason it’s named Dead Horse Point isn’t pretty. My understanding is that they used to corral and trap wild horses on that butte at the “horseshoe” of the river. They picked the good ones and left the rest to die out there in the open.

3rd August 2011 at 4:43 pm

This is a really good shot; the lightening makes it; well done!


4th August 2011 at 6:55 pm

You have a beautiful eye. Your shots are amazing. Thank you for sharing. I was just in your website and found some fantastic screen savers. Thanks for sharing those as well. It makes for a much more pleasant work day :-)

Samantha Jennings

5th August 2011 at 5:26 am

I’d love to have this photo in my home. What beauty! thank you back country guy!

7th August 2011 at 1:12 pm

I can’t stop watching it!

7th August 2011 at 11:20 pm

An awesome picture. The colors are so vibrant. I’d say it was a shot worth waiting for!

8th August 2011 at 11:48 am

Super, Electrifying shot!

10th August 2011 at 8:29 pm



12th August 2011 at 10:38 pm

f a n t a s t i c a !

18th August 2011 at 7:28 am

Wow! This has to be one of the best shots I have ever seen. Absolutely incredible work!

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