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MOONBOW AND LIGHTNING ("Rainbow in the Dark") by George Trimmer

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Although this image is a little “rough around the edges”, It’s still pretty unusual. I took this in the darkness, during a thunderstorm along side a road at 5:30 in the morning. While I was driving I noticed a strange, large, stationary arc shape out of the corner of my eye through my drivers side window. It would appear and then dissapear as the moon would shine between the storm clouds on the opposite side of the road. I thought about it and then realized, it could be a “Moonbow”. I stopped the car to verify what I was seeing. I rolled down the window and in the rain, there it was. My camera and lens are not waterproof and the side of the road was muddy so the tripod was not an option. I set up my camera, braced for the shot and hand held this 30 sec. exposure through the open side window. I lucked out with the lightning strike and red streaks from 2 passing cars. The yellow glow towards the bottom of the clouds and the blue light in the lower left of the sky are the lights of Las Vegas and the morning sunrise beginning to creep up and over the Spring mountains in the distance.
Nikon D-90, nikkor 28-300mm, f3.5 @ 28mm, VR on, circular polarizer adjusted, ISO@200.

I am an American of Swedish, English, Norwegian, and Native American descent. Born and raised in the upper Midwest, Graduated from The Art Center College of Design, and have worked as a Designer in various fields for over thirty years.

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  • Carl Olsen
    Carl Olsenover 3 years ago

    Marvelous shot George. Don’t know how you managed to hold the camera so steady for 30 seconds, even braced!

  • Thanks Carl…I think the trick was to have my coffee after the shot ! .

    – George Trimmer

  • Arla M. Ruggles
    Arla M. Rugglesabout 3 years ago


    BTW: You are also a Featured Member of NEVADA: The Silver State

  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimageabout 3 years ago

    congratulations for your feature in the NEVADA: The Silver State group !!!
    my best, francis.

  • Thank you very much for the feature, Francis. Even though the photo was not perfect in it’s technical aspects, it was perhaps a once in a lifetime opportunity.

    – George Trimmer

  • xxnatbxx
    xxnatbxxabout 3 years ago

  • XXNATBXX, Thank you,also, for featuring the “Moonbow and Lightening” shot. Very much appreciated.

    – George Trimmer

  • Karen  Betts
    Karen Bettsabout 2 years ago


    Lovely work

  • George Trimmer
    George Trimmerabout 2 years ago

    Thank you Karen.

  • LarryB007
    LarryB007about 2 years ago

    Quite a capture George, well done! Congratulations on your features!

  • Thank you very much for the kind words, Larry.

    – George Trimmer

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