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Downtown Phoenix Urban Building Airplane

The day before our chilly, 6am Urban Phoenix Photowalk takes place, figured I’d drop one more image from one of my excursions down there before Christmas. We’ll probably be walking by this building once again and I’m hoping to find something new and different about it that I missed before.

Before I go on…I figured I’d talk a bit about clouds. Not a surprise right?

My buddy Bob Lussier (whom I apparently am in love with since I’ve now linked to him twice this week) is just finishing up a series he calls “Off-Season.” It’s a fantastic look at what the wintery season looks like up in Massachusetts and the New England area when things close down. Check out one of his latest shots.

The reason I bring it up is because without the moody, cloudy skies, I don’t think he’d get the same “abandoned, off-season, winter” feelings that he conveys through those shots.

Clouds are important to the photography I enjoy. I hate blue skies. If I find a building or structure that I’m dying to shoot…I’m going to wait until I get the skies to go with it. The entire reason I was out the morning I took the above shot was the clouds. There is something magical and beautiful about the morning sun creating textures and depth in clouds like this. It draws me and moves me.

While I was setting up to take this shot, I noticed how close the airplanes were on their decent into Sky Harbor, so I waited to snap my brackets until another one was flying over. I like the image with or without the airplane, but I think it just adds something extra.

(exif: rebel xsi, tamron 17-35mm, 17mm, f/8.0, iso100)

14 replies
  1. Jesse
    Jesse says:

    Just a great shot Mike. Catching that plane really adds to the image.

    Just so I know, what temperature qualifies for chilly in Arizona 😉

  2. Scott Frederick
    Scott Frederick says:

    Great shot in B&W Mike. I totally agree about blue skies, but does Bob know how
    you truly feel. Maybe if you didn’t hold it in, you’d learn to love blue skies again! 😉

  3. Mark Blundell
    Mark Blundell says:

    Sweet shot with great DOF and you caught the plane in just the right spot!
    I too like the clouds, its often hard to get them ‘just right’ though. The weather here has been good for this type of thing recently, however my images do suffer from blown out areas sometimes requring a bit of cover-up in post after HDR treatment.

    Do you have any tips on how to avoid this?

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