The Lobby

This is the lobby of the dog track in Black Canyon City, part of the series I’ve been posting for the last few weeks. Broken glass, debris, dust, discarded items and this cushion litter the floor in every direction. The surface is made up of tiles, but they are warped, fragile and almost every step seems to result in loud, cracking noises. For this young urban explorer, it was the only time in my entire life I can remember being in a place as degraded as the dog track.

And it was awesome…of course.

Never having been on a shoot of a place like this before, I was kind of just wandering and shooting randomly when I started…almost like a kid in a candy store who has no idea what he wants. I felt like the longer I was there, the better my composition and framing became. I relaxed, started “seeing” better and was much more happy with the stuff I ended up with later in the tour.

The goal with this shot should be pretty obvious. Focus on something up close in the foreground, but use the wide angle to give an idea of the vastness of the space. I loved all the minute details of the floor and I kind of just scoured it for awhile before settling on this cushion to be my main element.

More to come…oh boy…lots more to come from the dog track *grin*

(exif: canon xsi, tamron 17-35mm 2.8, ISO 100, F5)

  • http://www.flickr.com/nolansternphotography Chris Stern

    I love how you got down on the ground to capture this photo as it gives it a unique perpsective. Well done, Mike!

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

    Love your choice of composition and processing here mike. The contrast between highlights and lowlights
    work perfectly here. Also like the feel of subtle color into almost black and white.

    By the way the shot you have “the window” is excellent as well! 🙂

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

    Really enjoying the play of light across the floor in the mid background.