Lightning Bolt Rainbow

Photo credit: Greg McCown via Peta Pixel

Greg McCown, a Tucson, Arizona-based photography enthusiast, recently captured the shot of a lifetime when a lightning strike appeared directly in front of a rainbow while shooting landscapes near the small town of Marana, Arizona, McCown. “After years of trying I finally got my lightning and rainbow picture. This was the last bolt to strike before the storm dissipated into nothing,” said McCown. The equipment used included a Nikon D600 (f/8, ISO 50, 1/125, and 28mm settings), a Nikkor 28-80mm lens, a tripod, and a AEO Micro 4.0 lightning trigger. Continue reading for a video of lightning strikes in super slow motion.

Did you know that there can’t have thunder without lightning? That’s right, the reason is because thunder is the sound caused by lightning. A charged, superheated lightning bolt creates a “resonating tube” as it travels. The air in the tube rapidly expands and contracts causing vibrations that you hear as the rumble of thunder.