The Dark Tower

The Dark Tower - Chase Tower Downtown Phoenix

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Ah yes…rain in Phoenix. It’s always awesome. I can be completely “blah” about photography for whatever reason…long days at work, tiredness, blue skies, no motivation, you name it. But rain arrives, stormy skies ensue and suddenly nothing can stop me from getting out and exploring the world.

If you’ve followed me for long, you may have seen a shot or two of Chase Tower in downtown Phoenix. I didn’t go down there last night with the intention of shooting it however. I was looking for reflections again, but as I walked in front of this thing I was just struck by the contrast of colors and so of course I stopped and snapped away.

The clouds up top were moving in and after about 10 minutes it started pouring. But the lower portion of the building showed a few patches of blue sky left behind me and that dynamic was just too compelling to pass up.

I did add a few fun reflection shots to my ongoing series, so I can’t wait to process those down the road.

We’re headed out to Memphis today for our family vacation. As it would happen to be, Memphis is on the edge of having some severe weather this Saturday and after having missed out on most of that last week, I am hoping to get away for an hour or so to snap some great weather photos whilst in Tennessee!

I may be a bit absent on the Twitter/Blog front while we’re gone, so have a great week everyone and keep on shooting.

(exif info: canon eos 5d mark ii, tamron 17-35mm 2.8, 21mm, f/16, iso 100)


  • Chris Nitz

    I really like how the very bottom has a smidgen of blue sky in it. The transition of the tones from the top to the bottom is fantastic as well. Stunning work man!

  • Scott Ackerman

    Love the warm to cold transition. Great framing as well. Have a good trip man.

  • Jason Hines

    Damn. Love the title 🙂

  • Scott Wyden Kivowitz

    incredible as always!

  • Justin

    Mike, that is so friggin’ awesome!

  • Jim Nix

    that’s a great shot Mike, very nice!

  • Mark Garbowski

    We have a building in NY that some refer to as the Darth Vader building, and this looks like a rival for that name.

  • Chris Frailey

    Nice comp getting the clouds at the bottom.

  • Chris Kenison

    Great shot and great reflections, Mike!

  • Kristi Hines

    Awesome shot. Nice to see there was a little blue sky peeking through just in the reflection while the sky was looking so ominous.

    Hope you have a great trip!

  • Ryan Sexton

    I like the color change from the clouds up the side of the building. Very nice Mike!

  • Chris DeAngelis

    Great shot! Love the blue at the bottom in the reflection and the building leading up to the ominous skies overhead!

  • Steve Beal

    Really incredible shot Mike… Very ominous and those reflections are off the charts!!

  • Scott Frederick

    You know I love this shot! 🙂

  • Toad Hollow Photography

    That reflection of the sky in the building there is absolutely and totally insane Mike. Insane. What an AWESOME photo!!

  • Bob Lussier

    I can’t stop looking at this shot. It may be the new, number one reason I hate you so much.

    I mean that with great love and respect, of course.

  • Doug Wise

    Nice shot Mike. I love the tight angle on the building.

  • Agustin Rafael Reyes

    Love the lines of the building. Leads me up towards the sky and beyond the blog post. LOL

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  • patrick dinneen

    that’s a great shot, very moody.


  • Dave DiCello

    Now that is one stunning POV man, love that reflection too, WOW

  • Jan Winther

    Amazing… Point of view really works in this shot.

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