Driving to the Grand Canyon one afternoon to capture the sunset with my wife and a student, I decided to stay until after dark as it was during monsoon season. I thought we might get lucky as there had been lightning off and on for weeks where we live in Sedona, so I was praying that we might get lucky.
Although they wanted to leave, somehow in my gut, I had a feeling it might pay off if we stayed. It paid off big time! After about an hour and a half of waiting, and driving to different viewpoints, I ended up at one of my favorites, Moran Point. While we sat there in pitch black, at the fence, all of a sudden the sky erupted with monstrous lightning bolts, lighting up the entire Canyon. It was a moment that is etched in my mind forever.
I screamed to both of them, “get your cameras… this is it!,” as it was one of the most exciting moments of my life as a photographer. I helped them set up their focus and settings in the dark and we started shooting and didn’t stop for about two hours.
It was one of the most dazzling lightning storms I had ever witnessed and I could not stop smiling & screaming for two hours! I knew I was going to capture something very powerful as this was a shot I had dreamed about and knew that I was finally capturing! It has been published all of the world and I was very happy that National Geographic used it for a double page spread in the Visions of Earth section, my favorite part of the magazine!
Location: Moran Point, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
Photograph Date: 2013
Medium: Chromogenic Print
Available Sizes: 70cm – 100cm