A pair of rails at sunset

(Rebel XSi, Tamron 17-35mm, 17mm, ISO100, F16, six exposures)

As I’ve talked about in a few recent posts, I’ve been exploring downtown Phoenix more in the past week. On two separate occasions I’ve been able to drive around just before the sun went down and just see what I see. And you know me…I don’t tend to go out shooting unless there is hope for something good in the sky…cool clouds, a sunset, whatever. Blue skies depress me.

This was a fun night with a fairly decent sunset, although it was pretty far off on the horizon. Still, a couple of contrails thrown in gave a nice parallel with the train tracks below.  I’m a sucker for lines heading to the horizon, so these tracks were perfect. Once again, I just found myself here at sunset and tried to compose the best scene I could. I find it a lot of fun to know a sunset is coming within the hour, head out downtown somewhere and just look for a place to frame the sky on the fly. I don’t plan a shot weeks ahead…I just let it happen organically. Sure, I sometimes see a spot that I think will be good at a later date…but those don’t always seem to work out as well as the random spots you find when you are crunched for time.

  • http://worldofhdr.com Tobias George

    Fantastic shot! Good use of lines.

  • http://www.stevebeal.com Steve Beal

    Really gorgeous shot – love the con-trails and other lines.

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  • http://lussierphoto.com Bob Lussier

    Love this. Hate you. 😉

  • http://brianmatiash.com Brian Matiash

    Absolutely wonderful shot, man. That is a killer sunset – love that it’s positioned out in the center horizon.

  • jina

    I like the glow of the sunset in the tracks. Nice…

  • http://www.behindmyeyes.me Jim Denham

    Great shot Mike! Love the colors and the trails!

  • http://www.trevordayleyblog.com Trevor Dayley

    Beautiful shot Mike! Love the pure colors and the darkness that wraps around it.

  • Mike

    Thanks everyone! I totally loved this shot, glad it resonated with you guys.

    Brian…processed with Phototools 🙂

  • http://photoblogalliance.com Brian Haferkamp


    It’s like we’re watching an explosion in the next town over. Really cool, dramatic lighting effect by shooting it this way. The centered nature of it and the leading lines enhance the color, too. The train lights on the right help that side of the image focus, too. Going to RT it now.