September 7th, a day when I felt late to the party southwest of Gila Bend, yielded a favorite time-lapse near the town of Tacna, AZ along Interstate 8. After the incredible amount of blowing dust was semi-cleared, I saw a blip on the radar form right above the outflow boundary and as I set-up my camera just about a mile away from it, I saw the first bolt explode from the cloud base.
Shooting lightning during the monsoon always seems to be a battle with being able to jump on a storm before it dumps itself out and is over. It feels like a rare occurrence to be right there when a new updraft is maturing and the bolts are about to go nuts. So it was an amazing feeling to be waiting for this one, see it go up on radar and be totally ready for it.
I found this high point on an offramp and got some nice bolts raining down on the city. It was dusty in the air as well, adding some beautiful haze to the scene.
Also the combo of the 5DSR and 50mm 1.2 is pretty insane. I started wanting to shoot lightning images with those cameras instead of my 5D4 a lot towards the end of the summer.