Desert View Thunderstorm - Grand Canyon National Park

Desert View Thunderstorm - Grand Canyon National Park

My family and I rolled up to the south rim of the Grand Canyon trying to catch the sunset. There were tons of thunderstorms everywhere that had been following us most of our trip.  I couldn't be happier since bad weather = good/ unique photography.  I knew I only had a few minutes to pull this shot off so I quickly setup my camera and started shooting.

What your not seeing in this photo is the wall of water behind me moving like a slow moving freight train. In a few minutes I would be totally nailed by a monsoon of rainfall.  Everyone around me started running to get out of the rain, including me. It was actually a really fun moment that really doesn't happen everyday.

When was the last time you could say you were in a thunderstorm at the Grand Canyon?

How this photo was made: Canon 5D mkII, 24mm TSE Tilt shift on a tripod. .9 lee graduated filter + circular polarizer.  Three frame shift panorama stitched together in photoshop.  Exposures blended together using braketed frames to fix extreme highlights.  Boosted colors and contrast using NIK software Color EFX pro 2.