Monsoonal moisture returned to the north rim of the Grand Canyon yesterday. I photographed this incredible scene from Point Imperial. The lightning show lasted almost two hours then moved over the top of us - thank goodness the car was nearby! Canon 5DMKIII, 24-70mmL II, f/22, 1/8th, ISO 50, Singh-Ray LB Polarizer, Lightning Trigger
Atlas is a bronze statue in front of Rockefeller Center in midtown Manhattan, New York City, across Fifth Avenue from St. Patrick's Cathedral. The sculpture depicts the Ancient Greek Titan Atlas holding the heavens. It was created by sculptor Lee Lawrie with the help of Rene Paul Chambellan, and it was installed in 1937. The sculpture is in the Art Deco style, as is the entire Rockefeller Center. Atlas in the sculpture is 15 feet tall, while the entire statue is 45 feet tall, as high as a four-story building. It weighs seven tons,and is the largest sculpture at Rockefeller Center. The North-South axis of the armillary sphere on his shoulders points towards the North Star as seen from New York City. When Atlas was unveiled in 1937, some people protested, claiming that it looked like Italian dictator Benito Mussolini. Later, painter James Montgomery Flagg said that Atlas "looks too much as Mussolini thinks he looks". The piece has since been associated with Ayn Rand's novel Atlas Shrugged (1957) and is often used as a symbol of the Objectivist movement, although the statue predates publication of the book by two decades.
Last night along with 6 really amazing people I hiked up to Delicate Arch in Moab, Utah. If you have never been up to Delicate Arch, it's a pretty intense hike up. We started our ascent before sunset and arrived during blue hour. Within 30 minutes of arriving at the arch we started to see lightning in the distance. Lightning storms is what originally got me into shooting at night. Since I was younger I absolutely love storm chasing. So I quickly turned my camera away from Delicate Arch and pointed out to capture some of the lightning. This image is a 1 shot, 30s exposure. What I love about this image are the stars! This trip has really been amazing, and I will come home a different person.