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The mother of all thunderstorms - Canon 300D
The Mother of all Thunderstorms 2
The Mother of all Thunderstorms
09-18-04 near Anza, CA

While out at a dark sky site star party
near the town of Anza, I noticed that the
horizon was continually lighting up
almost like the flickering of a huge
candle.  As I came around the side of the
host of this  gathering's house, I saw the
most amazing thunderstorm I have ever
seen rising up about 5-10 degrees above
the horizon.  With 8-10 lightning bolts
going off  
per second, it looked like the
Wrath of God!

Canon 300D and photo tripod
The first image is a stack of 2 frames,
and the second is a stack of 5, all at ISO
200.
Lightning
Lightning over Fountain Valley
09-19-05 Fountain Valley, CA
Canon 300D on fixed tripod, 18mm lens,
f/5.0
22 sec and 14 sec at ISO 100
All processing done in Photoshop 7
Incoming Storm
10-13-06 Laguna Beach, CA
Canon 300D, Tamron 17-50, f/2.8
Images at 17, 30, and 50mm
All at 30 sec, f/2.8 at ISO 100




My friend Rod and I, along with a couple
of Rod's friends, decided on short notice to
got out to "Top of the World" in Laguna
Beach to catch what would probably be the
last decent lightning display of the year.  
We weren't disappointed.

This storm was about 20-30 miles west of
us - well out over the ocean - and at its
peak we were seeing around 6-8 flashes per
minute.  Seeing the anvil-shaped
stormcloud set against the stars and the
lightning flases refecting off of the water
was an utterly gorgeous sight!
Lightning near Flagstaff, AZ - #3
The Portal
07-24-08 Munds Park, AZ
Canon 450D Rebel XSI, Tamron
17-50mm f/2.8 lens at 17mm, f/5.6
30 sec at ISO 200
Processing done in Photoshop CS2
Lightning near Flagstaff, AZ - #4
07-24-08 Munds Park, AZ
Canon 450D Rebel XSI, Tamron 17-50mm
f/2.8 lens at 17mm, f/5.6
30 sec at ISO 200
Processing done in Photoshop CS2
Storm over Mesa, AZ
07-21-08 Scottsdale, AZ
Canon 450D Rebel XSI, Tamron 17-50mm
f/2.8 lens at 17mm, f/5.6
10 sec at ISO 200
Processing done in Photoshop CS2
Tucson Thunderhead
07-21-08 Tuscon, AZ
Canon 450D Rebel XSI, Tamron
17-50mm f/2.8 lens
Processing done in Photoshop CS2
Lightning near Flagstaff, AZ - #1
The Claw
07-24-08 Munds Park, AZ
Canon 450D Rebel XSI, Tamron
17-50mm f/2.8 lens at 35mm, f/5.6
30 sec at ISO 200
Processing done in Photoshop CS2
Lightning near Flagstaff, AZ - #2
07-24-08 Munds Park, AZ
Canon 450D Rebel XSI, Tamron 17-50mm
f/2.8 lens at 17mm, f/5.6
30 sec at ISO 200
Processing done in Photoshop CS2
Payson, AZ Rainstorm
07-22-08 Payson, AZ
Canon 450D Rebel XSI, Tamron 17-50mm
f/2.8 lens
Processing done in Photoshop CS2
Storm Clouds over Williams
07-22-08 Outside Williams, AZ
Canon 450D Rebel XSI, Tamron
17-50mm f/2.8 lens
Processing done in Photoshop CS2
Crescent City Anvil
03-22-09 Crescent City, CA
Canon 450D Rebel XSI, Tamron
17-50mm f/2.8 lens
Processing done in Photoshop CS2
Anvil Panorama
07-19-09 Laguna Niguel, CA
Canon 450D Rebel XSI, Novoflex,
Nikon 180mm f/2.8 lens
Processing done in Photoshop CS2
Saucer
09-05-09 Highway 78 East, CA

Huge storm complex with clouds up to
60,000 feet

Canon Rebel XSi 450D
Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 lens
Processing done in Photoshop CS2
Lightning over Fredonia
07-28-10 Kaibab National Forest, AZ

Canon Rebel XSi 450D, Canon 10-22mm
f/3.5-4.5 lens at 22mm, f/4.5.  30 sec at
ISO 200.
Cape Royal Rainstorm
Grand Canyon North Rim, AZ - Cape
Royal 07-29-10

Canon Rebel XSi 450D, Canon 10-22mm
f/3.5-4.5 lens at 10mm, f/4.  1/4000 sec at
ISO 200.
Encroaching Storm
Eastern AZ 07-30-10

Canon Rebel XSi 450D, Canon 10-22mm
f/3.5-4.5 lens at 10mm, f/3.5.  1/2000 sec at
ISO 100.
Divergence
Winslow, AZ 07-30-10

Canon Rebel XSi 450D, Tamron
17-50mm 2.8 lens at 17mm, f/4.5.  19 sec
at ISO 200.
Rain Shadow
Winslow, AZ 07-30-10

Canon Rebel XSi 450D, Tamron 17-50mm
2.8 lens at 17mm, f/4.5.  20 sec at ISO 200.
Convergence and Refraction
Winslow, AZ 07-30-10

Canon Rebel XSi 450D, Tamron 17-50mm
2.8 lens at 17mm, f/4.5.  11 sec at ISO 200.
Calm Before the Storm
Moreno Valley, CA 10-02-10

Canon Powershot G10
1/800 at ISO 80, 28mm at f/4 equivilant
Adelanto Thunderstorm
Adelanto, CA 10-02-10

Canon Rebel 450D, Tamron 17-50 f/2.8
lens at 17mm, f/4
15 sec at ISO 400
Storm over Needles
Highway 40, CA 07-30-11
Canon 5D Mk II, Canon 24-70 f/2.8L
lens at 24mm, f/4
2 frame composite, each frame 30 sec at
ISO 320
Tesla Coil
Orme Rd, Hwy 17, AZ 07-30-11
Canon 5D Mk II, Canon 24-70 f/2.8L lens
at 24mm, f/5.6
30 sec at ISO 320
Wrath
Orme Rd, Hwy 17, AZ 07-30-11
Canon 5D Mk II, Canon 24-70 f/2.8L lens at
24mm, f/5.6
7 frame composite, each frame 30 sec at ISO 320
Positive Strike
Orme Rd, Hwy 17, AZ 07-30-11
Canon 5D Mk II, Canon 24-70 f/2.8L lens
at 24mm, f/5.6
2 frame composite, each frame 30 sec at
ISO 320
Dash Cam
Hwy 10 east of Tucson, AZ 07-31-11
Canon 5D Mk II, Canon 24-70 f/2.8L lens at
24mm, f/4
2 frame composite, each frame 30 sec at ISO 320
Lightning over Fallbrook
Fallbrook, CA  09-05-11
Canon 5D Mk II, Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L
lens at 24mm, f/4
30 sec at ISO 400
Sierra Storm Clouds
Kennedy Meadows, CA  09-24-11
Canon 5D Mk II, Canon 16-35mm
f/2.8L lens at 16mm, f/16
1/80 sec at ISO 100
Meteor Crater Lightning
Meteor Crater exit I-40, AZ  07-27-12
Canon 5D Mk II, Canon 100-400mm
f/4.5-5.6L IS lens at 200mm, f/10
2 frames of 15 sec at ISO 100
Flagstaff Downpour
I-40 East of Flagstaff, AZ  07-28-12
Canon 5D Mk II, Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L  lens
at 70mm, f/3.5
1/4 sec at ISO 50
Rio Rico Storm
Rio Rico, AZ 08-08-14
Canon 5D Mk II, Canon 16-35mm f/4L IS at
35mm f/4.5, Hoya NDX16 filter, AEO Photo
Micro 4.0 lightning trigger
4 x 1/160 sec at ISO 160
Sierra Vista Clouds
Hwy 82E, AZ 08-09-14
Canon 5D Mk II, Canon 16-35mm f/4L IS
at 35mm f/8, Hoya NDX16 filter
1/125 sec at ISO 100
Double Rainbow
Huachuca, AZ 08-09-14
Canon 5D Mk II, Canon 16-35mm f/4L IS
at 16mm f/4
3 frames of 1/25 sec at ISO 200
Mosaic composed in PTGUI
Striking the Earth
Rio Rico, AZ 08-09-14
Canon 5D Mk II, Canon 16-35mm f/4L IS at
35mm f/4.5, Hoya NDX16 filter, AEO Photo
Micro 4.0 lightning trigger
4 sec at ISO 800
Banded Sky
Hwy 90 south of Benson, AZ 08-09-14
Canon 5D Mk II, Canon 16-35mm f/4L IS
at 16mm f/4
2 x 15 sec at ISO 320
Light Show
Benson, AZ 08-09-14
Canon 5D Mk II, Canon 16-35mm f/4L IS at
16mm f/4
25 sec at ISO 320
Electric Arcs
Benson, AZ 08-09-14
Canon 5D Mk II, Canon 16-35mm f/4L IS
at 16mm f/4
2 x 30 sec at ISO 320
Black Sea Tempest
Techirghiol, Romania 06-12-16
Sony A6000, Sony 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 lens at
16mm, f/5.6
30 sec at ISO 100
Storm Over Constanța
Techirghiol, Romania 06-12-16
Sony A6000, Sony 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 lens at
16mm, f/3.5
30 sec at ISO 100
Distant Storm
GMARS RAS Site, Landers, CA 08-27-16
Canon 5D Mk II, Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L
IS lens at 135mm, f/5
13 images of 20 sec each at ISO 1250
Processed in StarStax and Photoshop CC