Reblogged from NBCnews.com photoblog: This was way too cool not to share! I wish I could take pictures that make me stop breathing like these did. Amazing talent!
Using long exposures, photographer Rolf Maeder managed to capture multiple lightning strikes hitting the Grand Canyon under atmospheric stormy skies.
Sometimes an opportunity comes very unexpectedly. On August 30th, Maeder and two friends 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 9 p.m. with a Nikon D800, 24mm lens at f/8, ISO 400 and a 25 sec. exposure. The long exposure made it possible to catch two lightning bolts with one shot!