The title for this one refers more to the WS picture than the main post, so here’s the back story…
I hadn’t been downtown Phoenix in a month of Sundays, which is to say, a long time! Before making our way to the baseball game this particular night, myself and Serghei (serp2000) took to the streets in the downtown area just to see what might be of interest, and came to a stop at this high rise for a few shots. Nothing noteworthy about this building, but as I took a glance upwards I saw this reflective illusion which grabbed my curiosity.
Here’s where the lazy part comes in to play. I couldn’t quite fit the entire height of the building into the frame with the lens I was using at the time, but rather than walk 3 or 4 steps to my bag and exchange it for the wide angle, I decided instead to just lay down on the sidewalk for the added space to squeeze it all in. Thanks to Serghei for supplying the visual aid. I’m sure if the statue could move, he would have been shaking his head and thinking “What a fool!” :)
Thanks for stopping by.
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serp2000 (38836) 2014-02-17 22:42
Yes, I have often see this photo in my folder too ;) Thanks for memoies, Jason! Attractive and some psyhedelic geometry, I like this graphic of the construction details. Prevalent blue color is good sign of the clear sky over Phoenix!
jemaflor (82098) 2014-02-17 23:11
A well managed photo on the high building, good angle, perfect light and sharpness, tfs.
HimalAnda (8917) 2014-02-17 23:20
Nice POV for this graphical picture.
krzychu30 (15348) 2014-02-17 23:50
haha,great picture and what a sacrifice from You:)
Looks like you guys had both keen eyes:)
But it was definitely worth-love upward perspectives and reflections.So I love this one!
And we had also great portrait of You.I think in this case you should both get a points for the shots:)
Wish You a nice day
macjake (54028) 2014-02-18 1:43
like I always say...when photographing buildings always look UP
when photographing cars get down low at eye level with the headlights
Key pieces of advice to live by
obviously the mirror reflection is what makes this work. makes it look like all those lines are intersecting eachother while also creating more depth and overlap - its cool right!?
I don't care if You are laying on the ground,
I don't care if Seerghei is laying on the ground....
its when you're laying on the ground TOGETHER, thats when we could have a problem
Subhogen (4065) 2014-02-18 2:17
Excellent graphism created all over the frame with your good choice of POV and angle. Like the unique effect created by the reflections, seems there is an identical building inside the building which is visible through the transparent glass. Well observed and well taken, thanks for sharing.
emka (75075) 2014-02-18 2:31
Hello Jason, What an amusing story and I am grateful also to Serghei that made this nice Workshop. Not specially comfortable to lay down like that but everybody knows that photographers are crazy. I was often lying in mosques in Istanbul but at least on the carpets :). Quite useful is the screen in camera that can rotate.
And the photo is fantastic, even if I prefer something older. Amazing reflections. I am sure that Craig was delighted to see it.
WArm regrads MAlgo
timecapturer (46487) 2014-02-18 2:35
A wonderful upwards POV and excellent architectural study this. I did grin when viewing the workshop image. Lying down on the job again eh JC? You can imagine what I would like to say at this point can't you! However I have to applaud you for making it so worthwhile because the result is just perfect, with superb clarity and lines that make it a compelling and a fine example of modern beauty. As for the statue's take on all this, I have to zip my lip, but will say it was a good job he was a few feet away from you or this could be yet another caption competition methinks.
And you said you never do any sunbathing!! :-P
jhm (136680) 2014-02-18 4:03
I looked to your second picture, I found this very pleasant the man lying on the ground for to make the best picture.
These reflection picture is extraordinarily through the very high skyscraper.
Very well composition, light and colours are excellent taken.
Nice done, TFS.
Have a nice day,
mirosu (12754) 2014-02-18 5:20
Excellent architectural photo. The view up is superb. I like the nice lines and excellent reflections in the windows. This is actually very nice two colors image with superb contrast and excellent clarity.
Very well done.
p.s. I was surprised about your Lucerne knowledge.
Sergiom (56555) 2014-02-18 6:01
Même si tu n'en donne pas l'impression dans ton workshop, tu as travaillé fort pour trouver le point de vue et l'angle parfait pour cette composition. J'aime beaucoup l'effet des reflets parfaitement symétrique.
ikeharel (54157) 2014-02-18 8:16
Went strait to the WS, Jason, must say you really gone far out to lie on your back for this picture.
The result is intriguing photogaphy, well taken.
Fine outlines on an upwards POV, light was favorable and so the reflection graced the whole.
lousat (73947) 2014-02-18 10:36
Hi Jason,imposing perspective and a great game made by reflections,mirrors and geometries,magnificent idea and spectacular result made in the best quality,i like it! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano
rbassin (16913) 2014-02-18 10:44
Une superbe prise de vue en contre plongée, vous avez bien exploité l'architecture de verre avec ses reflets.
cornejo (29335) 2014-02-18 11:26
Hi Jason, I like this great photo of this interesting composition with the reflections, very well captured in this interesting image with a good shot upward, good sharpness, depth, light and color. Very nice and interesting job perfectly done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good afternoon and happy week.
Best wishes from southern Spain.
chrislo (4151) 2014-02-18 13:48
Excellent pattern shot with sharp focusing on the building. The lines are wonderful and it's almost like an optical illusion. Your perspective is perfect and it suits the vertical format. The conditions were perfect to photograph this kind of modern architecture and the reflected sky blends in nicely with the real one. The angle of the shot emphasizes the structure of the building in an impressive way. A strong graphic image. Well done.
carlo62 (29421) 2014-02-18 14:06
bella idea ed eccellente realizzazione, i due riflessi si uniscono in una unica soluzione dando slancio a tutta la struttura.
Molto bella anche la differenza tra le luci dei due riflessi, contribuiscono ad aumentare l'effetto della profondità.
ourania (28330) 2014-02-18 14:11
a superb play of perspectives, converging, intersecting, merging all along the vertical frame, that's tight enough to accentuate the effect. You've achieved wonderful sense of depth and height, sharpness is excellent all the way to top and there's also a fine play of light and blue tones. You made the most of the reflections and their mesmerizing effect and gave us the opportunity to study them very comfortably:) in an elegant picture. Serghei's picture is great too, it's funny what we are ready to do for the sake of laziness, lazy people are so creative and inventive and never fail on a mission (I think I'm paraphrasing one of Murphy's laws:) Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great day,
Royaldevon (27545) 2014-02-18 15:17
Your notes add the humour to this shot of the sky scraper. It is a beauty! The reflections give it a wonderful depth of shapes and patterns, given extra vitality by the fine weather conditions.
Were there many other people around when you took the shot, prostrate on the floor? I can imagine Serghei explaining, 'He's just a photographer! It's amazingly tiring work! He's just taking a little siesta! Back to work shortly!'
You've cheered me up again!
My warm regards,
mcmtanyel (11611) 2014-02-18 22:11
You got a magnificent photo with spectacular reflections and mysterious symmetry, anyway. I totally sympathize with your reluctance to change the lens. Now that i got my second lens, I am starting to wonder if a second body is in order!
danos (84321) 2014-02-18 23:11
very nice the view with the chosen POV to creates this excellent persective and depth.
I like the created texture with the excellent light management to brings out the details and the clarity of the image.
adidas5nb (4648) 2014-02-19 0:13
nice thought and execution.love the idea , the angle, the lines, the reflections on the glasses and the graphic result created as a result.
nikkitta (13953) 2014-02-19 8:24
Hola Jason, my atletic friend
As always your note and WS are the star of the post
But boy, it s the way to do some exercice, so you must discover more up angles, there are always plenty architecturally speaking, waiting for you to take that way creative sporting way
OK the capture is great, well managed the color cotrast along with the perspectives
Not the statue must have think
What an atletic pale photographer
De acuerdo? D ' accord mon ami?
Behave, be good, not tooooo much Coca Cola
Gigidusud (14001) 2014-02-20 5:00
Wow! Fantastic graphical shot with great perspective and nice reflections. I like it!
Greetings from Marseille.
Cricri (103055) 2014-02-20 9:33
Voila une position amusante, que ne ferais t'on pas pour avoir la photo la plus spectaculaire et a la fois magnifique, sympat le WS :-))
Excellent POV ( bien sur :-), perspective, graphique et des reflets au top
COSTANTINO (52812) 2014-02-20 9:51
what a modern construction with extra
modern architectural details
nice pov for this graphical photo
your notes are very useful
have a nice new day
Noel_Byrne (22106) 2014-02-20 14:41
Nothing noteworthy about this building? Man, if this was in my hometown, they would need tasers to stop me photoing it, it's a beauty! A sleek and elegant expression of modern engineering and commerce given life in stone and glass. An emblem of success that will stand the test of time and say to future generations, this is who we were, this was our style. I like a good skyscraper.
As you may know we don't have such structures in ireland, and we always want what we don't have, so I guess I'm being typical human selfish, but as soon as I clicked your gallery this just made me go woooooooo. (in an appreciative way, not a spooky ghost way).
Beautiful play on the reflection creating a world within, and there surely is nothing lazy about your manoeuvre? It takes more effort to wrangle oneself into the right position than to merely change a lens :)
Thanks for a cool woooooo inspiring shot
delpeoples (52777) 2014-02-21 2:18
Ciao my fellow Vulgarian in Crime
I'd have done exactly the same, I'm bone lazy. But you still got a cracker of a photo, g=full of great perspective and graphism, so it matters litte eh?
Great colours, excellent vertical frame and superb sharpness and depth. Have a happy Friday!
siudzi (32829) 2014-02-21 23:25
Absolutely wonderful architecture abstract shot! The crossing lines created a stunning visual effect to make the view simply marvelous. Very well observed and cropped! Bravo!
Have a nice weekend!
Kamilutka (8095) 2014-02-22 6:58
wow, I like this frog perspective! It makes the building even more towering above. Very good choice of tight framing helps to focus on the geometrical composition. Good contrasting colors bring some life and interest in here.
Well done! Beautiful photo and excellent quality.
worldcitizen (6649) 2014-02-23 12:12
I like these kinds of shots: buildings inside buildings, height, reflections, etc. There have been a few times that I've strained my neck trying to photograph a skyscraper. Next time I know what to do, just lie on the ground. But wait, I'm sure I'll be trampled by angry pedestrians screaming profanities at me for blocking their way! ;-) Anyway...nice vertical view, with lots of good light and sharpness.
ACL1978 (7467) 2014-02-25 17:56
Ah, that's not laziness, Jason! Commitment to your craft :)
My favorite lying-down-photography story is from the Ohio Statehouse (this shot, in fact). Even with the ultrawide lens, I still had to drop the tripod to its lowest configuration, which meant getting down on the floor of the rotunda to set up the shot. It was a quiet, snowy morning so it wasn't crowded, and I ended up with exactly the shot I wanted, but when I got up I saw the security guard on duty looking at me. I made a joke, saying I was sure she didn't see that very often, and she immediately corrected me, saying they got people lying down on the floor to take that shot almost every week!
But, all that and not a word about this shot yet... lying down gave you a great angle here, and the 'illusion' of the reflection works well to create symmetry here for a nice geometric look at this modern skyscraper. Thanks!
Waylim (25172) 2014-02-26 16:41
Very cool architecture shot. I like the perspective and the lines leading up the vanishing poin way up in the sky, maybe even out of the frame. Funny how the reflection completes the other half of the building making it look like one, where that is none.
Very nice, good management on the light and shadow too.
Have good evening.
Didi (55509) 2014-02-27 2:25
Very nice vertical perspective
You had an unconfortable poition but the result is very good
But I thhink it will be more simple with a tripod :)
subhendu_bagchi (25400) 2014-03-02 3:07
Wow! Jason, this is amazingly beautiful. You caught the geometry inside it superbly. The reflection is just fabulous with great sharpness and depth. Love the colour tone too. A great shot from every photographic angle. Tfs.
adores (35072) 2014-03-08 15:09
Beautiful architecture and a very good shot! I like the pov and the reflections on the glass, It creates a very good graphism and the effect is great. Very good colours also!
claudeD (31255) 2014-03-21 4:47
Ihave looked over your very interesting gallery and I have decided to choose this picture which I like very much. Excellent choice of low pov, perfect sharpness and amazing reflections in the windows of the building. Very goos contribution to TE.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
pili51 (1009) 2014-04-20 18:09
the contemporary architecture offers so many opportunities for imaginative photography. This one is a gem! Lovely and sharp with first class exposure giving a super interplay of light and shadows with interesting colours. Very dynamic - excellent!
- Copyright: Jason Cowling (jcpix) (12562)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-09-00
- Categories: Architecture
- Exposure: f/2.8, 1/50 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): REELECTIONS [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2014-02-17 21:04