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Lightning striking the Grand Canyon
Electrifying: Stunning Images Show Lightning Striking the Grand Canyon
The Grand Canyon is awe-inspiring as it is, but these jaw-dropping shots of lightning striking the natural wonder are electrifying.
Using clever low exposure techinques, photographer Rolf Maeder managed to capture multiple strikes hitting the canyon under atmospheric stormy skies.
Rolf explains: “Sometimes an opportunity comes very unexpected. On August 30th, my friends Scott Stulberg, Holly Kehrt, both wonderful photographers, and I were driving from Sedona to the Grand Canyon to get some sunset shots.
“After a short time being there, we noticed that we couldn’t get what we wanted because of the very hazy light. So we decided to return to Sedona, just shortly checking out some more viewpoints.
“On the Moran Point we noticed that far away a lightning storm was building up. That was much more than we expected, so we started setting up our tripods and started to take pictures.
“The shot with the 2 lightning strikes was taken 9pm with a Nikon D800, 24mm at f/8, ISO 400 and a 25 sec. exposure. The long exposure made it possible to catch two lightning bolts with one shot! The foreground was light-painted with a flashlight by Scott.”
The Grand Canyon is 277 miles (446 km) long, up to 18 miles (29 km) wide and reaches a depth of over a mile (6,000 feet or 1,800 metres). Nearly two billion years of the Earth’s geological history has been exposed as the Colorado River and its tributaries cut their channels through layer after layer of rock.
These images were shot from Moran Point (elevation: 7160 ft / 2182 m) on the South Rim of the canyon.
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