Reach for the Sky

The Chase Tower in downtown Phoenix

“Reach for the skyyyyyyy.”

Ah, a favorite line from one of my daughter’s favorite things to watch…Toy Story. I should note…I also love those movies. I find that I can still laugh at them over and over despite the amazing number of times we’ve watched it in our house!

This is Chase Tower in downtown Phoenix, a monolithic structure that immediately caught my eye on one of my first real exploratory drives down there. We’ve now lived down here for a few weeks now and I’m finding more opportunities to explore here and there and in the process of doing that, discovering all kinds of things I want to photograph. This particular skyscraper I believe is the tallest building in Arizona, or at least it was a few years ago. I haven’t see anything that could surpass it as I’ve driven around.

I have several angles of this building, from about 20 feet away looking straight up, to this shot from across the street in a parking garage (a ‘parkade’ for our Canadian friends). I intend to post the others someday, but what struck me the most with this one is the kind of “flaring” clouds behind it.

Six brackets make up this shot, processed in Photomatix and CS5, with a finishing touch using Topaz Adjust. I don’t use Adjust as much anymore, but I do have to say the Exposure Color Stretch is my favorite filter in that entire tool. The image above was done with that filter, and while it gives is a sort of “halo” about it…this was intentional and not an indication of sloppy HDR work *grin*

10 replies
  1. Jim Denham
    Jim Denham says:

    Love the clouds Mike. Great shot!

    The Exposure Color Stretch has become my favorite preset in Adjust as well, in particular for images with the sky in them.

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  1. […] posted a few shots of Chase Tower since moving downtown (here and here), but I end up going back to it when the background and reflections will be different. One […]

  2. […] didn’t post this one earlier because I had already posted another shot of this building last month from a slightly different angle. I figure if you are going to blog more than one angle […]

  3. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Mike Olbinski, Heath O'Fee and Tobias George, Jim Denham. Jim Denham said: RT @mikeolbinski: A little downtown Phoenix photo that reaches for the skyyyyyyy – http://bit.ly/cJZtS5 #fb #hdr #photog ^ Well done sir! […]

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