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August 10, 2009

UTM Photo of the Month — August 2009

Filed under: UTM Updates — Mike U @ 8:27 pm

Daytime lightning flash between the two peaks that make up the Rabbit Ear Mountains northwest of Clayton, New Mexico

Perhaps my favorite storm image of 2009, I managed to capture this daytime cloud-to-ground lightning flash from a high-based non-severe thunderstorm as it was approaching Clayton, NM from the north. I sat at a location just northwest of town for about 20 minutes and only managed to capture two flashes with my lightning trigger (as it was a challenge to keep the shutter speed slower than 1/20 of a second without closing the aperture a ton), including this one perfectly composed between the two peaks. Details of this image: Nikon D200 body, 40mm focal length (60mm virtual focal length), 1/20s @ f/13, ISO 100. Taken July 19, 2009 at 5:31pm MDT near Clayton, New Mexico

1 Comment »

  1. So Chiefy, this looks like a candidate for the “wall”?

    Comment by JAH — August 11, 2009 @ 5:05 pm

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