Phoenix Photowalk Lesson #2 – Get Left Behind

by Kristi Hines · Arizona, HDR, Phoenix


Continuing my series of lessons learned during my first photowalk in downtown Phoenix, the second thing I learned was that you shouldn’t worry about getting left behind to the point that you let go of what feels like a perfect shot.

Even though I was sure that several other people might have gotten it, I saw this perfect alignment of a chair and other miscellaneous items in a green lit alleyway with the backdrop of a barbwire fence. But by the time we caught up with the group to part ways for the evening and returned to the scene, everything had been moved around and the chair was taken.

So instead, I was left with this shot from earlier.

Barbwire in Downtown Phoenix

So not all was lost, but I think my idea would have been a good one. My other favorite while leaving the scene was this rusty fence and parking restrictions.

Armored Car Parking in Downtown Phoenix

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 18-55mm Nikkor Lens
Details: Shot at 18mm, F/16
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3, Photomatix Pro 4


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Mike Olbinski

This alleyway is just so awesome…wish we could have had more time. It’s also a bit harder with 20 of us all mulling around to get a good shot :)

Nice job!
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Kristi Hines

Thanks Mike! One of the things I was curious about was how around 20 people can find unique things to shoot all in the same place, but it worked out quite well. Definitely looking forward to the next photowalk! :)

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Rick Young

Love the shots. Mike is right, that alley is awesome. We’ve been there 3 or 4 times and you always find something new to shoot.

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Kristi Hines

Hi Rick. I’ve never done an urbex shoot, so I was pleasantly surprised with all of the opportunities in each place we went. Definitely something unique for everyone!

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Chris Frailey

Good lesson Kristi. The “green alley” is awesome. I think one could spend quite a bit of time there shooting various angles.

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Kristi Hines

Thanks Chris! Yes, I think I’ll have to revisit that one with some more time and a few different camera settings. :)

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Scott Wood

I have done quite a few photowalks over the last few years and I have to agree. I have completely lost track of my fellow photogs and in a couple cases never actually found them again. :-)
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Kristi Hines

Uh oh! Maybe the goal should be to bring a lookout that can be at a halfway point between where you are and the rest of the group so they can point you in the right direction after you get that shot! :)

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