(Canon XSi, Tamron 17-35mm 2.8, 17mm, ISO100, F8, Six Exposures, HDR)

Feels like it’s been awhile since I just went out shooting for “me” instead of client photoshoots…and I have to say, Sunday evening was a lot of fun. I had a short, 40 minute shoot at 4pm, so that left me with a bit of daylight to explore the downtown Phoenix area a bit more. I drove down some alleyways, stopped under bridges and saw some things I hadn’t known were there before.

There is one real takeaway from my urban exploration trips…I’m a chicken. The sun was down, the light fading…every now and then I’d see a homeless person walk by at the end of the alleyway, or even just a random guy in a hoody headed south towards an old neighborhood. I should feel safe down there (I think)…afterall, this was just a block or two from the US Airways Center and an impending Suns game 2 hours away. But in the quiet dusk hour…looking at the side of an old building in a deserted alleyway…it’s super-easy for me to get creeped out. And this is with my car parked right behind me *grins sheepishly*

Still, I love doing this and it’s probably just a matter of doing it more and more and getting over those nerves.

I loved this wall though…the loading dock doorway was amazing and the various colors all over the bricks was awesome. I don’t have a tilt-shift lens, but I wanted to bring the focus to the door, so I blurred the left side just a bit.

Need to get back down around this area and shoot a bit more. So much awesome stuff down here…in fact, I may use this spot for an upcoming shoot with a guitar-playing family of four.

  • Mark Garbowski

    It’s fun to watch you keep getting a little edgier as you keep doing city shooting.

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  • Jim Denham

    Nothing wrong with being cautious when you’re by yourself Mike. Great shot and processing. The color range is pretty dog gone cool!

  • jina

    Next time just take a pillow with you for protection.

  • Mike

    Wow babe…that was a hardcore rip right there….and I like it 🙂

  • Heath O’Fee

    This is awesome, Mike! Love the colours and that fantastic texture…I’d love to see some more from this photowalk!

  • Jim Nix

    These kind of shots are great fun and this one is excellent! I love urbex as well but agree you should always watch your back! I just got back from a quick trip to OKC and found a nice little spot where I grabbed a couple like this. Great work Mike! Jim