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The Watchman

After touring the Antelope Canyon that morning, I drove east to Zion National Park for a few days of hiking. I had picked this location while scouting Google Earth prior to my trip, and had planned to shoot the sunset that night. With monsoon season upon us, I decided to setup early to secure my spot, but also hope to get some amazing storm shots in contrast to the usual sunset shots from that location. Over 2hrs, and a nasty thunderstorm later, I stood there soaked and ready to capture the post-storm light. As I was about to give up, the clouds broke slightly, casting an amazing light over the Virgin River and The Watchman Mountain.

36mm · f/8.0 · 1.6s · ISO 100
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Having been there with Elia and failing to even have a nice day of weather...this is absolutely amazing! So glad to see this make the image of the day!

Thanks Patrick! We were getting afternoon thunderstorms regularly during the trip. This was my first day there, and got to set up in clear weather with light cloud about 1.5hrs before sunset. The T-storm moved through, with nothing but some goretex and shower caps protecting me and the gear. The colour popped perfectly just as the storm moved off to the South. Tried to capture the lightning strikes too, but couldn't time it right!

Beautiful color and detail.

great shot never seen it like this well done