For years, I've been trying to catch lighting in a bottle. Not literally, but I've been trying to capture that stunning photo of a lightning strike, splintering the sky while the world below braces for the shock. The problem is that timing it is impossible. I can, and have used a long exposure to test my luck. I've come so close, at times even capturing the last faint glimpse of lightning, but nothing in the way I envision it. One of the first place I tried to capture it was in Arizona, in the middle of the night during an intense lighting session. My timing was off and I got nothing worthwhile. Since then, I've attempted in multiple parts of Washington to no great success either.
The forecast today in Phoenix called for rain. Back and forth the radar wavered, at times telling me the rain was going to pass before an hour later, the forecast was completely different, predicting rain, lightning and an intense dust storm.
Much like lightning, for years, I've also been trying to catch these two in a photograph. With every visit they make to Washington, our timing has always been off. She comes back to visit family once a year since she originally hails from the unbeatable PNW, but now lives in the Phoenix area. This year, I was shooting all across Washington the week she was in town and it wasn't able to happen again. But yesterday, that had the potential to change. I put out a call on FB to anyone in the PHX/Scottsdale area who would want to shoot and then I immediately thought of Lacey and her son Kaeden. It finally worked out. I flew in last night. She had Kaeden through today. And we set about shooting some photos of the two of them after she got off work, rain be darned.
Within 20 minutes, I'd gotten some stellar photos of the two of them, a few individuals, and then the lightning started. A double rainbow had already been photobombing our shots, but once the bolts started getting thrown around, we all just stood in awe. And in one fleeting moment, I put the camera to my eye and took two photos at 350th of a second. One photo missed, but the other one didn't. For every missed opportunity, for all the times that my timing wasn't perfect, tonight it was and it was magic, and in the company of these two, who were finally able to have me shoot their photos. I call that a win-win.
#UntilWeMeetAgainProject Day 17. Shot on my Nikon D800 with a Sigma Art Series 50mm f/1.4 at f/4.8 and 250th of a second. Post was edited to the sounds of Coldplay, specifically their song "Magic", which you can find below.