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Behind The Shot: Lightning Strike Near Lake Powell, UT

Behind The Shot

Behind The Shot is a recurring feature where we dig deeper and find the backstories that accompany amazing photos.


Photographer: David Rankin

Gear: Canon 6D SLR Body, Canon 50mm f/1.8, NeoTrigger

Settings: 6 seconds @ f/3.2, ISO 100

Backstory: After a long and very active monsoon season, the last summer storms blew by heading off to the east and zapping the ground as they wound down with the day’s heat dissipating. I was able to capture this shot under the light of a bright moon which nicely lit up the top part of the storm as a very powerful bolt lit up the rest. This was shot in Southern Utah close to Lake Powell. The plant in the background is the Navajo Generating Station – a coal fired eye sore that looks rather neat at night. Stars are also visible in the shot. A great composition that I was happy to have featured as an EPOD on October 14ht, 2013. I shot this picture using the new NeroTrigger from I am very satisfied with this trigger and how well it performs. It has 6 built in functions including sound, lightning, time lapse, HDR, laser, and DIY.

Check out more of David’s work at the link below!

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Scott Roeder is a wedding photographer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is also an avid diver. His specialties include photo booths, videography, and action shooting. Check out his work on his website.

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  • Indulgent Photographer says:

    I’ve always been fascinated with images of lightning and this shot is no exception. So very beautifully captured!!!

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