1401, No. 2

Posted by
Jeffrey (Scottsdale, United States) on 30 May 2018 in Cityscape & Urban and Portfolio.

Location: Phoenix, AZ

This is the back side of a building I photographed and posted a photo of recently and I found it too good to pass up, even though it is just outside of the boundaries of my present project. But it is not outside of the boundaries of a previous project, one that has been moribund for more than a decade now. It was, in fact, the project that I was working on when I discovered the joys of digital photography and a few years later, nighttime photography as well, and it has been gathering dust ever since as a result.

It's called "Dead Presidents" and the project brief calls for me to photograph along both sides of the 15 streets in downtown Phoenix that have been named after dead U.S. Presidents. They are, in order: Roosevelt, Garfield, McKinley, Pierce, Fillmore, Taylor, Polk, Van Buren, Monroe, Adams, Washington, Jefferson, Madison, Jackson, Buchanan, Lincoln, and Grant. (FYI, the project's title wasn't intended to be disrespectful, but a pun reflecting the state of those streets back when I started the project two decades ago. Since then, however, a lot has changed and many of these streets are no longer dead or resting -- like the famous Norwegian Blue parrot! -- but alive and well.)

Maybe it's time for me to revive this project and combine it with my preference for nighttime photography? I've been thinking of making a camera dedicated to nighttime photography by adapting an astrophotography camera that has an actively cooled sensor. This will make it possible to take long-exposure photos with significantly less visible noise during our hot summer months and circumvent the crippling limitations of the firmware Sony sees fit to install in its cameras. I think it could be the perfect camera with which to tackle this project!

Unfortunately, the cost associated with assembling such a camera is daunting and I might not have sufficient financial resources to fund it. Regardless, I have taken the first step and acquired the $50 mounting bracket so I can begin the process of adapting it to mount onto my FrankenKameras before I have to decide about spending the mid-to-high four figures the whole package will ultimately cost....

A larger, higher resolution version of this photo can be seen here: http://www.canyonero.com/files/1526985422.jpg