A couple of weeks ago I went to downtown Phoenix with a group of photographers through Meetup.com. Shooting in downtown at night has been something I have wanted to do for a while. Quite often I shoot alone, but downtown is not somewhere I would be comfortable by myself so this was the perfect opportunity. Street photography and night photography are both genres out of my comfort zone. I struggled with getting shots I was happy with until our last stop at Phoenix Civic Space Park. This piece of net art in Phoenix was designed by Boston artist Janet Echelman and is titled “Her Secret is Patience”. The artwork has certainly had its critics. Due to wind and sun the sculpture, which is made of polyester and weighs about 750 pounds, has to be replaced every five to six years and the old net will be recycled. In the gallery below are three images of parts of the sculpture. All three images were shot with my 50 mm 1.8 lens as that was the lens I chose to shoot the entire evening. Why? It is my fastest lens, it’s sharp and being a prime lens it challenges me with my compositions. Although the net art in Phoenix was based on a cactus, the middle image reminded me of a tornado which is one of the nicknames for the artwork.
Yesterday we took a Sunday stroll along the canal in east Phoenix instead of our typical walk around our neighborhood. Something different. Many people jog, walk with or without a dog, or ride bikes along the canal. There were a few clouds in the sky and I was going they would turn shades of pink and the light would reflect on the water in the canal. An urban sunset image or two would be different. Arizona is known for its spectacular sunsets and although the sky did not turn crimson red, it certainly didn’t disappoint. What really caught my attention was the reflection on the water. I zoomed in so that only the water was filling my frame and the image below is the outcome. The sunset reflection along the canal was somewhat impressionistic and somewhat abstract and definitely something different.