This is the 7th Avenue bridge over some railroad tracks set just north of Grand Street. One of my recent excursions exploring the south side of downtown Phoenix brought me underneath this gem of a structure, complete with grunge and oldness.

I tend to look for symmetry and lines in a lot of my images. It’s a running theme I guess…railroad tracks, roads…the belly of bridges…give me depth and disappearing lines and I am a sucker for it. What struck me about this bridge when standing under it (quickly firing brackets in the utter quiet, trying not to freak at every noise I heard), was the stained streaks of some liquid running on the underside of the bridge. At first I didn’t get it, I thought the wind must have done it when it rained, but I realized the bridge just curved down towards me, so any rainwater that seeped through the cracks would end up running towards each end of the bridge.

It’s kind of interesting to think that these trails of water stains have probably built over time, and whenever it rains, the liquid tends to follow the same path, almost like a system of creeks formed in a roof of cement.

I could see these streaks while standing there of course, but I accentuated them a bit in post to really highlight them.

  • Jim Denham

    Great shot and processing Mike. Well done sir!

  • Bob Lussier

    Wait … is that HDR? Whatever you call it, its great!

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  • Brian Matiash

    I love these sorts of underside shots that accentuate the sense of scale. Especially under bridges and highways.

    Very sweet comp and processing.

  • Jesse

    This is great man. Love that bridge leading you through the frame as it gets smaller and smaller. Really well done!

  • Eric Leslie

    Those streaks really drew me in as well. The really bring you through the shot. Great job processing this!

  • Michelle

    Great shot! Love the composition, subject, processing & naming. Love it!! Thanks for sharing!

  • Chris DeAngelis

    Awesome shot and processing as usual, Mike! Really like the dark grungy feel…