Canon EOS 5D II; Canon EF 28-70mm @ 47mm; Gitzo tripod; RRS BH-55; RAW capture: f/16 @ 2 sec, ISO 100; Auto exposure, TV mode; Centerweighted-average metering; Manual WB
After spending the afternoon and evening shooting the rock formations in White Pocket I was making my way back to the camp. Suddenly I noticed, behind my left shoulder, a storm was brewing over Buckskin Mountain and the Grand Staircase in Utah. I immediately shot an iPhone image as a record, then set up my tripod and framed this image. I was using a longer exposure to open the darker portions of the view and also to render the falling rain a bit smoother. At the end of this exposure I saw the lightning strike. My first thought was I missed it, but reviewing the image on the LCD showed that, indeed I was fortunate to have captured it. In case any additional electrical activity would occur I waited, but saw none.