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PHX is the airport symbol and mail shorthand for Phoenix, Arizona, where I live. Well I don't live there... and I don't work there... but it is where I tell people I'm from because that's what they know. For those who don't know, Phoenix is located in the south-central portion of Arizona, about 350 miles east of Los Angeles, California.

Fun fact: Phoenix is at almost the same longitude as Easter Island.

Why do I like this shot, or, how does my photo brain work? The vignette caused by Viv's ultra wide angle gives a round shape to the middle, but the upper left has a bit of color. The image splits in half with the red and black; the bottom splits in half with the letters on top and the lights pointing down; the lights point orthogonal. The light seems to be coming from below which is impossible during midday and also contradicts the shadows. The letters have strong shadows, and break the image into thirds. The bricks make an interesting pattern and have some texture. Only two of the three letters have a window above them. The two windows are the same, but different.

Vivitar Ultra Wide and Slim with Kodak Elitechrome EBX 35mm ISO100 slide film cross-processed as a color negative. No other effects added. Development by Tempe Camera.

Sixth shot posted from single roll, and there are many many more...

Maria Yu, MyOakForest, and 40 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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  1. DeborahsDreamPhotography 75 months ago | reply

    You are very creative,
    A simple building shot transformed into art work.
    Great tone, angle and textures!

  2. samirdiwan 75 months ago | reply

    i have to say...this looks like it *could* have been a boring shot....love the way you added drama!

  3. AmsterSam - The Wicked Reflectah 75 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called This Wicked World, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    So cool!

  4. ps70 ...,,.,., 75 months ago | reply

    yeah, Phoenix!! So great, dear!!

  5. 3dphoto.net 75 months ago | reply

    Cool shot and effect!

    I wouldn't say Easter Island's a desert, certainly not the same way the area around Phoenix is. It rains every day just about, just that the inhabitants denuded it of trees a 1000 years ago, so there isn't too much vegetation outside of grasses. I was there in 2000. There's a total eclipse there in 2010- I'm thinking of trying to convince my now wife to go there with me.

    It is really remote, so far out in the Pacific. I've always told people it's no further west than PHX. It sports a world-class runway that was to be an emergency landing site for the Space Shuttle, had they ever launched them from Vandenberg as they originally intended.

  6. harry.1967 75 months ago | reply

    Great light and colours!

  7. Urbandon 75 months ago | reply

    Nice angle, colour, texture and tones in the shot. Like the history lesson too :)

  8. Ekler 75 months ago | reply

    bam! those are biiiiig!
    <3 the tones

  9. Ekler 75 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Old School Digital - New contest!, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  10. Sati Kobashi [deleted] 75 months ago | reply

    So strong!!

  11. LukeOlsen 75 months ago | reply

    I do like the texture on this. Up here we say PDX!

  12. juliusfrumble 75 months ago | reply

    yes !
    strong, i like it !

  13. Stepan003 75 months ago | reply

    Urban and sci fi mood here...
    Works very well.
    Strong visual effect.

  14. Lake Li Sun 75 months ago | reply

    Very interesting Kevin. Cool shot.

  15. .Blake 75 months ago | reply

    I really like your photo - it reminds me of all the shots you see of the LAX sign in CA. Nicely done.

  16. clkohan 74 months ago | reply

    I just happen to be in Phoenix at the moment although I don't live here, either...I love the angle of this shot. Great stuff.

  17. tobsi krett 74 months ago | reply

    wow you have very strong images here...

  18. liazel 71 months ago | reply

    I live in Phoenix and i love it. I see this building everyday when i head to school. very nice

  19. rapidtravelchai 31 months ago | reply

    A great picture and thanks for sharing with the world with a Creative Commons license. It brought my article to life.

    Rapid Travel Chai
    Travel fast and smart...linger only in memories

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