A grand show indeed (click to enlarge, click again to make huge and gorgeous). The photo is by Dan Ransom (reproduced with permission), and see the comment by Michael Fisher below to see how it was made.
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25 thoughts on “Lighting show at Grand Canyon”
Has anyone else noticed that the UFO sightings have not gone up at all since the advent of the cell-phone camera?
One should suspect that we’d be bombarded with UFO photos by now.
Instead, the aliens appear to be even more camera-shy than they once were.
A bit like angels!
A truly shocking picture. Bootiful.
Heh. Excellent point. The rate of camera-toting has gone up about 1000-fold.
That’s odd. If you click the picture to enlarge it you’ll find an independent set of comments. I was wondering what happened to my former comment about it being a time-lapse photo, then I clicked the picture and there it was.
I was wondering about all those strikes being simultaneous, too. A good place for a timelapse–where the foreground doesn’t move much. 🙂
According to this:
In the same link Dan the photographer writes this about his beautiful pic:
god made the Grand Canyon in about 12 seconds and it took a lot of energy. What’s the problem? I’m just surprised that he took pictures.
How wonderfully primeval! Earth circa 4 bilion BCE.
It *is* grand.
Almost as as good as a picture of a cat!
Wow! Two of my worlds that are normally totally separate just touched each other. Cool!
I know the guy who took this picture – his name is Dan Ransom. He’s a young guy (well, to me, anyway) and a dedicated backpacker and canyoneer. I have done some canyoneering with him. Some of his canyoneering photos (especially the Southern Utah ones – but then I’m biased) are spectacular. I think he makes a living with his photographs, but I’m not really sure how. He does have a web site where you can see more of his work, and look at his trip reports (if you like that sort of thing).
Used by permission? I saw no such statement. The place to ask for permission is:
Thanks for this; I didn’t know who took the photo as it was tweeted, but I’ve put the source in the post and written Mr. Ransom for permission.
Awesome! Nothing like a storm in the desert…
I have done a few canyons with Dan and I believe he is in the field at the moment and might not be able to check his email immediately. I think he would appreciate your posting of his photo. His photographic skills are highly regarded in our tight little community of canyoneers.
Why does it look like the photo has been cut in half at the top of the mountains? I’m pretty sure they’re not all the same height. Plus the ground isn’t lit up by the lightning at all. There should be shadows created by the lightning. Looks photoshopped.
It’s a time lapse Photoshop composite ~ see the quote from the photographer in my long comment above
The Grand Canyon is formed by a river eroding a basically flat surface. So the mountains that you see are actually the edges of the trail of erosion. It really does look as the picture shows.
What you see as mountains being cut off is actually the top of the plateau. It is really that flat. Pretty much any rim shot like that will show the same thing.
If you frame correctly, it will look flat:
Well done Dan.
I love digital photo …
That is unbelievably spectactular!