Criss Cross

Criss Cross - Downtown Phoenix Reflections Rain

(image looks sharper and clearing by clicking on it to view in lightbox)

I rarely do “series” on my blog, because if I do they just get strung out for weeks at a time since I like to change things up on a daily basis. At that point it’s hard to keep track of them. But yesterday I started an “Over the Fence” series and today this is kind of the beginning of what will start out as a small “Phoenix Reflections” series.

Last week after we had a rare moment of rain, I decided to head downtown around dusk to get some reflection shots. My Dark City image last week was the first shot I took, but then I forced myself to start looking “down” instead of “up” or “out.”

Sometimes if you want to stay on task, you just have to make yourself focus.

So I found a nice, flat parking lot full of large puddles and started exploring their reflections. It was a beautiful time of evening, with the sun having just set, some murky clouds hanging around and awesome contrast in the asphalt with the striping. I made it a goal to keep the reflections based around the buildings around me.

Had a lot of fun and wished this particular moment in time had lasted three hours instead of 20 minutes.

I have a few more shots from that night, but this may become an ongoing series depending on the frequency of rain we get here…so it may be months *grin*

(exif: canon eos 5d mark ii, tamron 17-35mm 2.8, 27mm, f/10, iso 100)

  • Scott Ackerman

    Perfect framing! Really dig the reflection!

  • Chris Nitz

    Cool shot! I like the X that helps you realize this is a road surface your looking at. Very awesome!

  • Heath O’Fee

    Absolutely love it. The incorporation of the parking lines is perfection.

  • Brian Matiash

    Nailed it, dude. This is one of my favorites from you. Great abstract.

  • Erin Duke

    Awesome image! I love reflections, especially on surfaces that don’t usually have them! Nicely done.

  • Jesse

    Great eye. Love the framing and clean processing

  • Scott Wood

    Love it. Perfect composition.

  • Tim Gibson

    This is perfection. Great job Mike.

  • Chris DeAngelis

    Love the line originating from the corner and the balance of just the lines on the left and the building on the right! Looking forward to this mini-series!

  • Stefanie

    Love it! 🙂

  • Jason Hines

    Great shot Mike. I really love the angle that you took this at.

  • Chris Kenison

    Nice composition man!

  • milou


  • Brian Furbush

    Man this is good Mike…seriously epic reflections & composition.

  • Mike

    Appreciate all the nice comments today guys! Definitely fun to be able to shoot things AFTER a storm for once 🙂

  • Chris Frailey

    Nice shot Mike. Nice simple composition.

  • Dave

    Love the graphic nature of this shot, the angle of the lines and the way the reflection cuts through is superb. Very well seen Mike! 🙂

  • murphyz

    Nice concept and execution – I hope it rains on you a lot over the next few months 😉

  • Rich Williams


  • jina

    I really like the abstract yet graphic nature of this. Okay… I guess it was worth leaving me for a bit that night. 🙂

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