The story behind the perfect photo

Published: Aug. 12, 2015 at 12:25 AM MST|Updated: Aug. 26, 2015 at 12:25 AM MST
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Tucsonan Greg McCown took this photo of a rainbow and a lightning strike on Saturday while storm chasing in Marana.

McCown is a real estate agent, but has been storm chasing since 2004 when he took up photography as a hobby. He told Tucson News Now that he was just off the Marana exit of I-10 when he saw a good area and set up his equipment. But he actually didn't realize he'd gotten the perfect shot.

He said "when I'm shooting I'm typically shooting with at least 2 or 3 cameras trying to increase my chances of catching something. And so i was focused on one of the other ones pointing a different direction. I saw this flash and said, 'Hey. I wonder if I got that.' Having no idea what kind of strike it would be. When I pulled it off on the LCD screen in the desert I was doing a happy dance."

McCown's picture has gone viral. It's gotten more than 40,000 shares on Facebook. He's done interviews with the Weather Channel and Huffington Post, and even The London Times wanted to find out about the shot.

McCown said he's amazed by the power of social media, and enjoying the ride.

He told Tucson News Now, "a couple of friends of mine, other photographers - I mean guys that I really respect - other storm chaser photographers. They were even calling it the 'photograph of this monsoon. The shot of the year.' These are guys that I admire and try to be like and they're quoting my picture as being the best one. That was just beyond me. This has been like a dream the last few days. "

The photographer said his next dream shot is to get a big lightning strike over the Grand Canyon.

Here's a link to more of McCown's photos.

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