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
I'm just a guy in the backcountry with a camera trying to share what I see as best I can with others.