Empty Seats

Empty Seats, ATX Open - Austin, Texas

Empty Seats, ATX Open – Austin, Texas

My wife and I watched two tennis matches, a semi-final single and semi-final doubles, at the ATX Open. It was about 9:30 pm when they ended, and we took our time leaving the stadium to let the crowds clear.

Beyond not getting stuck in traffic, the other benefit was capturing this image — rows of empty seats. I turned it monochrome for increased abstraction, fully embracing the repeating, geometric subject. The fade to black of the top row gives an infinite feeling.

Seeing and making images like this are some of my favorites — turning something ordinary and ignored by others into a bit of creative imagery. That’s when having a small and capable camera helps. It isn’t as dark as it seems. I shot at the base 160 ISO at 1/40th of a second.

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