The city in the water

Motion, Tracks and Buildings - Downtown Phoenix Reflections

(click to view on black // canon 5d mark ii, tamron 17-35mm 2.8, 17mm, f/5.0, iso 100 // buy print)

There are two very different storm seasons in Phoenix. In the summer, it’s all monsoons and thunderstorms. The rest of the year, it’s just random winter-ish storms that roll through. The summers bring lightning, the winters bring rain.

So in the summers, I go outside of the Phoenix area to chase the weather. In the winters, I head downtown.

One thing I really ended up finding amazingly fun and rewarding was pointing my camera downwards at these giant puddles of water after a winter storm. And I like my images to be of the darker, stormier variety, so I try to do this when it’s dusk and the sun is going down.

It’s not easy…the chance of rain anytime here is usually slim, and then to hope the puddles last until sunset…well, it all makes it a rare occurrence. But I’ve been able to find the opportunity twice now and each time I’ve fallen in love with this kind of composition.

The above photo is the surface of a random parking garage. Tire tracks fly across the image. Two large buildings rise against the dark, angry evening clouds. In fact, it was in the midst of raining off and on at this point, I just happened to catch a break in the action.

This is an HDR image, so you may notice the bit of motion on the surface of the water. That was just some bubbles from a passing car, which I decided to leave alone and not fix.

  • Heath O’Fee

    Yup – love it. The texture from the tire tracks and concrete is amazing.

  • Len Saltiel

    Absolutely amazing Mike. Love everything about it. The reflection, tire tracks and processing are spot on.

  • larry

    Seriously awesome image, Mike. Reminds me of Gotham.

  • Jesse

    The tire tracks make this one of my fav reflection shots. Even if it is HDR 😉

  • Mike

    Curse be to HDR!!! 🙂

    It still has good uses for sure 🙂

    Thanks guys!

  • John

    Amazing reflections! Love the tire tracks it adds so much to this photo. Great work 🙂

  • Chris Frailey

    Hmm, I missed this one the other day. Totally dig this Mike.

  • A.Barlow

    Reminds me of Sin City. Very very cool. Grats man.

  • Nathan Gilmer

    So cool! I love the idea and the mystery of it.