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Description: The High Desert Thunder tour offers guests an amazing experience during the height of monsoon season in central and northern Arizona, as well as neighboring southern Utah. The monsoon season in the northern half of Arizona and southern Utah peaks in mid to late August and provides for outstanding thunderstorm, lightning and landscape photography. Often times, as thunderstorms form, the red rock colors from the ground are reflected into the base of a thunderstorm turning the cloud bases pink and red. When lightning bolts occur, they too often reflect the reddish colors from the ground below. This is quite a unique experience and produces stunning lightning photographs! Also, the beautiful monoliths and buttes with storms over them give amazing photography opportunities as well. WE WILL PROVIDE DAILY INSTRUCTION ON HOW TO CAPTURE THE BEST LIGHTNING IMAGES. WE WILL TEACH YOU HOW TO DETERMINE THE CYCLE OF THE MONSOON STORM TO DETERMINE WHEN IT WILL BE IN ITS HIGHEST ELECTRICAL PHASE AND WHAT CONDITIONS NEED TO BE PRESENT TO DEVELOP A MONSOON THUNDERSTORM. WE WILL ALSO TEACH YOU HOW TO COMPOSE YOUR SHOT, VARIOUS CAMERA SETTINGS NEEDED, IMAGE PROCESSING AND SOFTWARE.
Some of the canyonlands such as the Grand Canyon, Canyon de Chelly, Lake Powell, Oak Creek Canyon, and Coal Mine Canyon provide gorgeous scenes with thunderstorms and lightning over them. Another magnificent scene to photograph is Monument Valley with the variety of colors produced by thunderstorms over the area. The opportunities are endless on this tour! During any days where storm formation does not appear likely we will visit the vast landscape photography locations available to us. Since these locations are within a reasonable drive from our base hotel, we will always return to our Flagstaff hotel each night. This tour is a “storm first” tour, in that any landscape photography will be tied into storm formation and location, thus we have a highly variable daily schedule. We will be happy to provide you with a list of suggested equipment. Contact Roger or Caryn with any “suggested equipment” questions.