Sunset over downtown Phoenix

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

Phoenix sucks in the way that the freeway system tries its absolute very best to avoid the downtown area. I love how the bigger cities out there like Boston have freeways and large highway systems that gut the downtown area. In Phoenix, you have to try very, very hard to get any kind of shot with a freeway + tall buildings.

I had been eying this parking garage ever since I moved downtown and had been wanting for a nice sunset to go with it. It’s not the best spot in the world, but it’s one of the few with a bird’s eye view of Interstate 10, 7th street and central Phoenix. Gorgeous sunset on Tuesday for sure. It’s kind of fun to look at the late afternoon cloud, realize there is a great impending sunset and then go find a spot. I wont go back here, but I plan on exploring some urban areas up-close next time instead of doing a grand view of the city.

I’d click on the picture for the larger view, I think the bigger version looks better (that’s what she said).

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  • http://dudewithcamera.com Jesse

    Beautiful Mike. Great vantage point!

  • Mike

    Thanks so much Jesse, much appreciated!

  • Chris DeAngelis

    Nice shot! I love how the light trails from the tail lights draw your eye up to the city! Keep up the great work!

  • http://www.myblueheaven.com Scott Wood

    Dude, I have been looking at that same parking garage every time I am in the area. Guess you beat me to it. 🙂

  • http://www.daytwelve.org brian

    mikey…okay, great shot…AGAIN! now, onto the phx comment…. 😉

    I agree that it is cool to drive right through the buildings of a city…i love the way it looks from the dashboard of my car BUT, at the same time, phx has the great potential to develop its open space in a way that makes it more bike/pedestrian friendly than cities who have let the freeways create isolated business districts or islands cut by concrete moats.

  • http://www.behance.net/krisjonson Kris Jonson

    Hi Mike, I came across this shot while looking for some local photography work for my job (graphic designer by trade) but I also dabble in photography as well as the two go hand in hand. If you don’t mind me asking, where is this parking garage located at? Also, do you ever share your techniques or can point me in the right direction on doing a six exposure HDR image? I have a ton if images from around AZ as I have been shooting here since 2004, always looking for photo buddies to shoot with to. Look forward to hearing back from you.

  • David

    Hello Mike, I’m a student currently trying to major in graphic design and I’m making an album cover for a local band in Phoenix called “Wrecked with Reason”. I would love to use this piece for the background, with your permission of course. I have created the cover and want to post it on their Facebook page soon. I just want your permission, and I will promote your page here and give you you’re photo credit!

    Beautiful image by the way! =)

    Here is the link to the album cover I created with your picture

    https://dl.dropbox.com/u/47124713/WWR.jpg