The monsoon season, mid-July to mid-August is the best time to visit either the North or South Rim of the Grand canyon. There are frequent afternoon and evening showers with rainbows and lightning.
The best time to catch multiple strikes is about 15 minutes into the “blue hour”. That’s when you can get a long 15-30 second exposure without blowing out the highlights or having black shadows.
Feature Image Details
- EOS R5 Mirrorless Camera
- Canon 24-105MM F4 L Lens
- F16 for 15 seconds ISO 1600 F9.5
- Focal length 35mm
This image and the preceding rainbow images were taken at Cape Royal. It’s about an hour from the lodge by car, then a short 15-minute level walk to an excellent overlook with 180 degree views.
This image was late afternoon looking east, in the blue hour.
I used a Lightning Trigger by Stepping Stone Products to capture the strike.
Other than continual exposures or long ones, there is no way to capture a strike. Human reaction times are too slow even with your finger on the shutter.
Lightning sends out an electrostatic charge before it happens and the trigger picks up on that. You do need a camera with quick reaction time. Sometimes there is weak, cloud to cloud lightning that the trigger picks up on. If so expect a lot of throwaways.
Two strikes in this image were back to back then in the next 10 to 15 seconds or so there were two more strikes.
Those interested in my equipment and recommendations can find it here: Mish’s Equipment List.
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Mike “Mish” Shedlock