Black & White - Scott Bracken Photography
Once in a lifetime

Once in a lifetime

Taken at mile 98 on the Colorado River at the bottom of the Grand Canyon with a Nikon FG 35mm. Kodak Tmax 100 ISO at F8

As our dinner was being prepared by our rafting crew, I noticed a bright flash out of the corner of my eye towards the east as I was sitting next to the river enjoying it's calming sounds.
With no hesitation, I jumped up and grabbed my camera and tripod in hopes that another lightning bold would appear before my lens.
After setting up my gear and carefully composing between the granite gorge, I waited patiently with my hand on my cable release.
While my eyes were glued to the darkened sky, the brightest flash appeared before me blinding me and was gone in an instant.
With my eyes closed from the enormous light, I could still see the outline of the lighting bolt which latest for 30 seconds. Knowing I had captured something, I closed my lens with my cable release and waited again but nothing.
For the remaining part of my rafting trip I couldn't but wonder if I got it. It wasn't until 3 weeks later in the darkroom that it would appear after processing my film from the trip. Needless to say, I nailed it and was so amazed how perfectly centered and how the light softly illuminated the canyon walls.
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