Judgment Night

(Canon Rebel XSi, Tamron 17-35mm 2.8, 17mm, ISO100, F8, six exposure HDR)

Back in 1993 in the late fall, a little movie called Judgment Night hit theaters and my wife (then new girlfriend, we had graduated that summer from high school) checked it out one Friday evening. We never knew exactly what it was…maybe the theater was cold and it made the atmosphere feel a bit more real…but my wife and I got totally sucked into this film and completely freaked out by it. And we loved it. I mean, it’s a vivid memory for both of us to this day, 17 years later. When I showed this image to my wife last night asking if I should call it “The Matrix” or “Over the Top” for Movie Title Wednesday, she looked at it for a few seconds and said, “No, it makes me think of Judgment Night.

And that’s why I love this woman. She is always there to make me re-think things or to give me that other point-of-view that I so desperately need.

So this movie was great right? Denis Leary chasing Cuba Gooding Jr. and Emilio Estevez across the urban slums of some big city. After Jina pointed out the name of that film, it made complete sense to me. I can totally see these guys scrambling up some stairs and crossing this bridge over the freeway to get away from the guys wanting to kill them.

I love this photo…it’s one of the first few I shot once we moved to downtown Phoenix and it’s part of a 3-image series…the first being “Speed” and the second a shot I used for First Friday. I’m a big fan of symmetry and depth in an image, hence a lot of my shots have roads in them. The shape of the protective cage on this pedestrian bridge was also fun. Of course, I think the sky makes this image complete…stormy clouds just after the sun went down…such a great night.

I’m really starting to get sucked into to the world of urban photography and finding the beauty in all of it. I need to get out there a bit more!

(PS. I just posted this shot to Flickr and for some reason it took me this long to see that it might not be perfectly level…sometimes I see that, sometimes I don’t. Hard to tell on this one)

18 replies
  1. Justin Thor Simenson
    Justin Thor Simenson says:

    When this blog post hit my Google Reader account, my fist thought was; “what the?”
    Here is why

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/4806845225/in/set-72157624133389558/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/4807480762/in/set-72157624133389558/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/4806859065/in/set-72157624133389558/

    great minds think alike. I have been following your blog for a couple of months and the main reason I think I am drawn to your photography is because it so closely resembles mine.


  2. Mike
    Mike says:


    I don’t have one yet, no. But what I tend to do is six of them by moving that little AV dial from all the way left to all the way right after shooting three in a row. So I lock down the tripod as much as I can so it wont move at all, I use the 2-second delay to fire off the first three from -3 to -1, then I move the AV to 0, +1, +2 and that is how I get my six.

    It works great for stuff without clouds…but when you do have clouds, then I have some more post-work to do. But otherwise, I feel like I’m okay right now until I can afford a promote tool.

    The thing is…I make more money off portraits right now, so whatever I make goes into making that better 🙂

  3. Anthony DeChiaro
    Anthony DeChiaro says:


    Nice… that’s pretty much exactly what I do too for now. I wish Canon would give us that nice feature in the other models then just the 1D! 🙂 Anyway, great photos I’ve been enjoying them – please keep up the good work!

  4. Mike
    Mike says:

    Thanks to all for their wonderful comments and kind words…I loved this shot the moment I saw it framed and then the results upon playback. Hope to shoot a few more like this!

  5. Willy
    Willy says:

    I think I might have taken a photo of this same bridge the 1st week I was in Phoenix. I was staying at the Hostel on N 10th, and I was on my first bike ride around town. It might have been what I was going for, but I doubt my photo turned out quite like this one.

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