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Blue Steel

A building in downtown Phoenix

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Simple post today.  I grabbed this shot a few weeks back after shooting the Children’s Action Alliance charity event in downtown Phoenix.  I had some time to kill so I walked around a bit with Canon in hand.

The architecture of this building caught my eye along with the dappled light being reflected on it.  As I stared at the light patterns I started seeing shapes in them much like we do with clouds.  Of course standing in an urban jungle is not nearly as fun as lying flat on your back in a nice grassy meadow staring up at the sky.

Until next time…


Camera: Canon 5DM2 with a Tamron 17-35mm

Processing: Lightroom 3, CS4, Phototools 2.6

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Urban Sunset

Arizona sunset as seen on the Chase Tower building in Phoenix.

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Today will be rather short and sweet.  Last week we had two days of overcast and on the first day the sunset was simply amazing.  Of course I missed it and regretted it that whole night.  Well, when the next day rolled around with the same overcast look I knew Mother Nature was throwing me a bone.  You don’t get many second chances with Her, so you act when you have the chance.

The building pictured is the Chase Tower in downtown Phoenix.  I was hoping for more of the sunset to reach higher on the building but I believe the overcast kept that from happening.

This is a 5 bracket HDR image processed with Lightroom, Photomatix Pro, CS4, and Phototools.

Camera: Canon 40D with Tamron 17-35mm wide angle zoom

Tags: cityscape, architecture, Phoenix Arizona, sunset, city, Chase Tower, evening, urban

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The Lattie Coor building on the campus of Arizona State University.

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Today’s image comes from an area I haven’t really explored that much, the campus of Arizona State University.  Which is pretty crazy considering I got my master’s degree from ASU.  The problem lies in the fact that I never set foot on campus for a class.  All of mine were done online or through a microwave link.

The building itself is Lattie F Coor Hall.  It is home to several different areas of study.  A brief overview of the building can be found here.

My schedule did not allow me to “explore” this gem at the time I shot it.  I just happened to be in the area running errands and thought I would swing by and take a look.  On top of that my 2 children were with me and heaven forbid dear old dad stop and take pictures of a stupid building.  Bribery was called upon to soothe the savages so I could at least get a few brackets.

There are lots of unique features to this building, but what caught my eye was the reflection of the word Explore on the outside glass.  A very nice touch by the architects.   I kept the processing to a minimum with this image.  The cobalt blue and glass etchings sort of took care of themselves.   I did try a b&w look and decided color was better.

I’m looking forward to going back when I have more time and a better hour in the day (this was shot around 1pm, gasp, I know).  Hopefully with a better sky than our traditional cloudless blue we have here in Arizona.

Until next time…


Processing info: shot with a Canon 40D, Tamron 17-35mm zoom, Lightroom 3, CS4, Photo Tools 2.6 and Photomatix 4

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Positively No Parking

Brick wall lit by green light

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Here is a shot from our recent night photo walk in Phoenix.  This was captured at the infamous “green alley”.  I think almost everyone in the group that night got at least three or four shots out of this alley.

The green light there is just crazy and has to be experienced.  You get that sensation that something weird is going to happen at any second.  Like aliens from the sky dropping in or a mutant rat popping out of the shadows ready to attack.  Yeah it is that weird.

I was tempted to process this one in black & white due to the texture, but that would be an injustice to the light.  Let it be.

I have few more shots to process from the alley.  Looking forward to seeing how those turn out as well.

Until next time…

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