The Book of Eli

Bush Highway Arizona Desert

(newish: click on the image to view in a lightbox)

Last week was a drag for some reason, so it’s hard to believe it’s already Wednesday! And that means it’s time for a Movie Title!

The Book of Eli starring Denzel Washington. Lots of fun stuff about this film, not the least of which was how it was processed. Stark contrast, fast moving clouds…hyper-details…it felt a lot like a super-processed HDR movie or something. The plot itself is kind of hard to talk about without giving away too much…because sadly I was told awhile before I saw the movie exactly what would happen at the end and it kind of ruined it for me.

I think you get a mixed bag of reviews for this movie. I loved it, thought the ending was great and just enjoyed the entire post-apocalyptic yummyness. Also Mila Kunis was in it…and…well, you can’t do much wrong there.

This image was taken on Sunday morning. I got up around 5am (on a Sunday, yeah, I have problems) and drove way out east of town along Bush Highway. When I shoot weather and clouds, I am huge into contrasting lines in the sky with lines on the ground.  So there was no way I was not going to grab a few shots of this road. I actually didn’t stop for it…I had hopped the railing for another image that will arrive another day.

I usually start out with an idea of what I’m going to do with an image in post, but this sort of “post-apocalyptic” look came about totally by accident and suddenly I knew I wanted to create a bit more of a “hyper contrast” kind of style.

Hopefully it reminds you of the Book of Eli as much as it did me.

(exif: canon 5d mark ii, tamron 17-35mm 2.8, 17mm, iso100, f/20)

  • Heath O’Fee

    This could definitely be a scene out of ‘Book Of Eli’. Love the processing.

    Personally, I loved the movie, and it’s probably one of my favourite soundtracks. I listen to it all the time when processing my urbex shots. Great choice.

  • Dave

    Getting up early is what it’s all about, whatever day it is. 🙂 I like the mood in this shot, it’s probably a scene that a lot of photographers would not think about taking. Definitely has a movie poster or CD cover look about it, reminds me of The lost Highway, not familiar with the film today’s title comes from though. . Nice work.

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  • Chris Kenison

    It was a great movie and this is a great shot! Nice work, Mike!

  • Jason Hines

    Great image! I love the lines and the sky. Nice job.

  • Jonas

    Wonderful textures and lines. At the moment I’m totally in love with this desaturated “post-apocalyptic” look. so your photo is what i need these days 🙂

  • Heather

    Great Picture, good movie 🙂

  • Jim Denham

    Great processing Mike – really like the effect. Great depth too! Well done!

  • James Brandon

    Great shot, great movie! YOu did a great job mimicking the feel of that movie into this image, feels like I’m watching it

  • Scott Wood

    I enjoyed the movie, but really love this image. What really grabs me is that the road and clouds follow the same line though the image.

  • Hector Garza

    I really like this photo. The apocalyptic feeling of the pavement, the way the trees look dead, the way the sky looks somber, menacing… everything looks perfect!

  • Trudy

    Beautiful photograph! It goes give me the feeling of the film. I saw that film. It was very…unexpected, Good film.

  • Chris DeAngelis

    Nice shot. Love the perspective! Definately could have been a frame from the movie!

  • John Sotiriou

    This image goes on forever. Great title (and great movie)!

  • Jesse

    Never saw the movie but killer shot nonetheless

  • Jan Winther

    I think if you like the Mad Max series (I do) you will dig this movie too.
    Great shot Mike. You nailed the mood from the movie.

  • Hitch

    Great shot. Dreadful movie, no wonder he had to put his own money into it.


  • Mark Blundell

    nice image – you’ve created a great mood and as others say it does have a bit of a cover look about it.

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