Warp Speed

A few nights ago I declared I was tired of urbex for awhile and wanted to get out and shoot some desert landscapes against the setting sun. I hadn’t been to South Mountain in awhile and didn’t remember much of it, so I dragged along my wife and daughter and we drove up to the top of Summit Road where you can see the entire city. It’s breathtaking. But for me, I didn’t want to just sit there with the hundreds of other people and take a picture that everyone else was taking. So we didn’t even stop at the top and I headed back down, trying to find something to frame the evening sky against.

Only the pull-0ffs were very few, the road very tight. My wife is the one who suddenly pointed out this tiny little turnoff amidst my frustration at not seeing ANYTHING. I stopped, gave her a peck on the cheek saying she was awesome as usual and squatted outside the car to snap off some brackets.

This spot I loved immediately because the road had a sweet S-curve to it and although you can’t see it in this picture, it curls back to the right off in the distance. I also dug the little bit of pink clouds creating some contrasting lines in the sky.

But of course, it was the car that drove by during my bracketing that made this for me. You don’t necessarily plan for stuff like this, but I did want to see if I could get some car lights in the shot. These turned out awesome…almost a warp speed effect with the ghostly image of a car leaving a trail of light behind it.

This made me realize how much I miss the desert. I mean, sure, this spot was just about 30 minutes away or so, but it’s not like where I used to live where it was a half-mile to the wide open spaces. I’ve been so focused on the city and urban environment, it was a nice break to realize that the desert and mountains still hold me captive.

  • http://www.nychdr.com Tim Gibson

    This is awesome!! Love the contrast between the sky and car lights.

  • http://heathofee.com Heath O’Fee

    Man, I absolutely love this one! The ghostly car with it’s trail of lights and the wisps of pink in the sky are just fantastic…very nicely done!

  • http://www.rosshagen.com Ross

    Very nice! It reminds me of the movie “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0075860/

  • http://worldofhdr.com Tobias George

    Very cool with the car speeding by. Well done!

  • Kory Kelly

    great shot! what were your camera settings for the pic?

  • http://dudewithcamera.com Jesse

    Love it. The car ghosting is perfect, it looks like a bullet.

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

    I love the colors and motion in this shot! Incredible sky too… nicely done!

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

    Friggin’ awesome shot Mike! Well done!

  • http://www.gilbertfarmersmarket.com Jessa Koppenhofer

    Ohh thats one super sweet picture!! Man you are a god of photography!! Keep up the awesome work!!

  • Brian Matiash

    Superb shot, my friend. I thoroughly love it.

  • http://www.ScottFrederickPhotoBlog.com Scott Frederick

    Wow, this is incredible Mike.

  • http://www.baberafzal.com Baber Afzal

    Great shot bro!
    Really well thought off! 😉

  • Mike

    Thank you all so much…it’s just one of those shots where you think the scene looks nice and suddenly something else jumps in the way to make it even better.

    Appreciate all the kind words and comments, thank you guys for stopping by!