Storm Print – South of Sumner

South of Sumner

lightning bolt under violent stormy skies

violent stormy skies in new mexico

I love this print of lightning striking the end of the highway under a heavy stormy sky. Its drenched in mood and drama and ambience and, as with most of my favourite shots, was a complete fluke...

Standard Edition

A3(Printed Area = 380mm x 237mm)


wall clouds and clear slots

We had chased this supercell for hours, watching as it occluded numerous times; cycling through some magnificent structure as it attempted on more than one occasion to produce a tornado but never could. As with every New Mexico storm I've chased, it was a prolific lightning producer having already set fire to the prairie as we drove up to and beneath the storm's magnificent liberty bell updraft.
After driving a little further down the highway, with the storm nearing the end of its severity, we pulled over one last time as she attempted to tornado again. Hunkering down behind the car out of the way of the ferocious inflow winds and driving rain, I set my camera to burst mode, flicked on the IBIS and fired away as the lowering sun began to reveal the gorgeous colours and structure within the storm. I wanted to capture the storm's tumultuous chaos, I was after the wall cloud, the knuckled inflow, the cascade of the clear slot. It wasn't until I arrived back in the UK that I noticed I'd also caught the bolt.

Happy days!

shot with:
  • Canon R6 + Canon L Series 24-105mm IS USM @ 24mm | f/7.1 | 0.5sec | ISO100

printed on:
  • Fotospeed Photo Smooth Pearl 290
  • Fotospeed Natural Soft Textured Bright White 315