Phoenix Development

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© ELi Burak
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UploadedFebruary 24, 2008
TakenNovember 15, 2004
MakeNikon Corporation
ModelNIKON D70
Exposure10 sec at f/5.6
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length55 mm
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An oasis in the desert or a blight on the landscape? Whichever it is I was taken by the incongruity of the place and the amazing lines and colors. This was shot from a hill in the desert just outside this development where the city ended and the desert began.

30 responses

  • Robert Larson

    Robert Larson (Deleted) said (23 Feb 2008):

    neat view! Doesn't look too bad to me, I like water front ;-)

  • claudia luthi

    claudia luthi said (23 Feb 2008):

    This is soo american dream like. I guess, that lake is artificial, where does the water come from?

  • Aelica

    Aelica (Deleted) gave props (24 Feb 2008):

    I don't know if I am scared or fascinated by odd. ANyway, it fits the theme, a yeah for me!

  • Dave Camara

    Dave Camara gave props (25 Feb 2008):

    Disgusting. Why can't people realize that this is a desert, and through out the West there are growing water problems because of this type of construction! So lets keep raping the land and build more golf courses and water the desert.

  • Michael Persch

    Michael Persch gave props (25 Feb 2008):

    Great pic !!

  • bugrahan sirin

    bugrahan sirin (Deleted) gave props (25 Feb 2008):

    very nice photograph. has a tonal similarity with my istanbul photo submitted to the same theme.

  • Audrey Kanekoa-Madrid

    Audrey Kanekoa-Madrid (Deleted) gave props (26 Feb 2008):

    Beautifully done..speaks volumes

  • Adrian Rodriguez

    Adrian Rodriguez gave props (26 Feb 2008):

    I love it....Great Composition.....Got my Vote

  • Rachel Mckinnie

    Rachel Mckinnie gave props (27 Feb 2008):

    This is insanity!!! Is this man-made? And where DOES the water come from?

  • ELi Burak

    ELi Burak said (1 Mar 2008):

    Thanks everybody. Good question about the water. I have no idea.
    Dave, I understand your frustration. This is scene is so out of place. The scene in my photographer's eye was a thing of beauty, yet my mind could not get the truth of it what it was and where it was.

  • Gabriel Hernandez

    Gabriel Hernandez gave props (2 Mar 2008):

    Excellent photo!

  • Sean-Michael Gettys

    Sean-Michael Gettys gave props (6 Mar 2008):

    perfect for this theme. Phoenix needs to understand water for things like this and golf courses steals water from the world.

  • Wiktor Figiel

    Wiktor Figiel (Deleted) said (7 Mar 2008):

    this is an amazing entry. About water - this is a moral and ethical problem. Yet it is not widely discussed in schools etc. Usually, where is water there is no discussion about it....

  • Eric Sayah

    Eric Sayah gave props (8 Mar 2008):

    Fascinating and scaring at the same time... Stunning entry - you have my vote!

  • Deb Bailey

    Deb Bailey said (13 Mar 2008):

    The incongruity of the beauty and what we know about overdevelopment of the desert is what makes this photo work, especially for this theme.

  • melanie scott

    melanie scott gave props (17 Mar 2008):

    when i first saw the thumbnail, i thought this was streams of lava flowing into a lake - an interesting contrast. great entry!

  • Ratko Nedovic

    Ratko Nedovic gave props (19 Mar 2008):

    Great shot.

  • Ray Ordinario

    Ray Ordinario gave props (19 Mar 2008):

    beautfiul! reminds me of the opening sequence to "Weeds".

  • Constance Cavallas

    Constance Cavallas (Deleted) said (20 Mar 2008):

    beautiful lighting.

  • Eric Hart

    Eric Hart said (31 Mar 2008):

    Definitely a yes vote! This is absolutely stunning!

  • David Rocaberti

    David Rocaberti (Deleted) gave props (23 May 2008):

    Cool picture!

  • Slimeface

    Slimeface said (29 May 2008):

    Congratulations on a great shot!

  • Lee Shelly

    Lee Shelly gave props (30 May 2008):

    Wow. Really powerful! Congrats on Issue 16!

  • Kool G. Oreb

    Kool G. Oreb gave props (1 Jun 2008):


  • J. Harris Blacklist

    J. Harris Blacklist gave props (6 Jun 2008):

    Amazing Capture.

  • Joseph Calvo

    Joseph Calvo gave props (16 Jun 2008):

    wondrous photo

  • Barbara Williamson-Wood

    Barbara Williamson-Wood gave props (15 Jul 2008):

    good truely captures man's progress and at the same time,man's lack of enviromental concerns... This photo gives one reason to ponder the future

  • Sherry Davis Johnson

    Sherry Davis Johnson gave props (31 Jul 2008):

    It reminds me of The Palm Trilogy in Dubai. I wonder what it looks like from an aerial photo.

  • Steven Maguire

    Steven Maguire gave props (23 Nov 2008):

    A thought provoking image!!!

  • Epin Hervin

    Epin Hervin gave props (25 Aug 2011):

    great outdoor

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