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Airplane - Downtown Urban Phoenix Reflection

(click to view on black // canon 5d mark ii, tamron 17-35mm 2.8, 30mm, iso 100, f/4 // buy print)

You may know about my love for reflection photos like this one. What you may not know is that I’m kind of specific about when I shoot them.

Like, if someone empties their swimming pool and it floods the street…I don’t rush outside with camera gear in hand. That just doesn’t get me going at all.

But what does motivate me are storms. Of course right? And when it comes to reflections…I like the puddles of water leftover after a good rain. And even more specifically…I like to shoot them at sunset or in the early, cloudy morning. And finally…I need to be in the downtown, urban environment. I could have taken some shots in my driveway this week, but I wasn’t as inspired until I found myself in an abandoned parking lot. Don’t ask me why, it’s just the way it is.

It’s kind of a weird thing to shoot too. You wonder if people are looking at you funny. You are just walking around, tripod in hand…staring at the ground. From 100 feet away, I’ll bet it looks goofy as heck. I love it!

Now I love this shot I posted today, but honestly I think the plane makes it and I never even intended for it to be there. I just liked the pattern in the cement and the glimpse of some powerlines. But as I was bracketing the shot, this plane flew overhead and turned an okay image into some a bit more special for me.

And the reason I like shooting after it rains is the stormy clouds that you usually have and that awesome texture you get in the reflection. Swirls of light and dark…adds an element you can’t really control.

Brick

Yes, there is a movie called Brick.

Thanks for visiting for another Movie Title Wednesday and an image that I’m extremely excited about and what it might mean for me down the road. First off, the movie itself is a strange one.  It stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and the dialog is almost written like a Shakespearean play. If you love Independent films, you might want to track this one down and give it a looksee.

This photo was shot in downtown Phoenix back in October and represents a new world that I plan on exploring slowly over the coming months. I knew it would be an awesome challenge to tackle urban exploration (UrbEx) close to my new home and this photo is my first real trek into that arena. I’m a complete weather junkie, but I also love old and decrepit buildings and architecture. There is something beautiful about worn out bricks, discolored pavement, rusty metal, graffiti, broken glass, etc.

I’m friends with a few photographers who love to shoot UrbEx. Some of them are downright awesome at it. Their work has been an inspiration to me personally and being able to learn from the masters has been a blessing. I know some of them love to follow my stormchasing images…so I’m hoping to turn the tables on them today *grin*

There is much to see yet in downtown Phoenix and hopefully I get a few chances in the coming weekend to be out there a bit more. I want to get better at it and hopefully develop more of an eye for architecture and the urban environment in general.