Dark City

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I’m a huge science fiction movie fan. Not really so much the silly stuff that’s out there, but more of the solid, make-you-think kind of films, like Primer, Children of Men or Moon. When I completed this image and decided to use it for Movie Title Wednesday, I actually was thinking Inception at first, but without realizing it, I had been saying the true title to myself over and over while staring at it.

Dark City.

First off, I need to be honest. I saw the movie a long time ago and most of what I remember is that Keifer Sutherland was in it…it was dark and the ending was awesome. Oh, and I liked it. But I forgot everything else. I had to look up the plot again on IMDB just to remind myself. I even failed to remember that Jennifer Connelly was in it…and that’s hard to do.

If you haven’t seen it and love great sci-fi, go rent it asap. Almost everyone I know who has seen it thought it was brilliant. It’s kind of a cult classic in the way that not everyone knows about it but at the same time has a huge following. Like Firefly.

Also, if you haven’t seen Primer, Children of Men or Moon…well, rent them too.

This photo comes from two nights ago after it rained for half the day. I was hoping it would start clearing up before the sun went down and I got lucky. What I love about weather…is that even if I’m in the most urban of environments, I can still include it in my images. The leftover puddles…the clouds. I basically left home with the idea to find reflections in puddles wherever I could and I can’t wait to post the other shots I got from this night.

One last thing about this image. It’s HDR. It’s kind of dark. There are details you can’t see because of the shadows. And I love it. Don’t be afraid to process your high dynamic range images with details lost  in shadows. I know it seems counter-intuitive to capture the entire light range of a scene and then not show it all…but I urge you to give it a shot.

Also, I shot this with my 50mm 1.4. I *heart* that lens.

  • http://www.rav3nstudios.com Chris Nitz

    I don’t even know where to begin on this shot. I really like that you offset the tracks and that the powerline really leads you down into the fram. Also, LOVE Dark City! Great shot and post Mike!

  • http://brianmatiash.com Brian Matiash

    Absolutely love the vibe of this shot. Really well seen and well processed.

  • http://amolsonblog.wordpress.com Adam Olson

    Great shot! Like Chris said, I really love the offset of the tracks. I really like the reflections as well. Nicely done Mike!

  • http://www.myblueheaven.com Scott Wood

    I really like reflections in the puddles. Love the movie as well. Haven’t seen it in a while though.

  • http://www.ScottFrederickPhotoBlog.com Scott Frederick

    Great capture Mike, I really love that reflection in the foreground puddle.

  • http://scottwyden.com Scott

    Beautiful shot!

  • http://www.behindmyeyes.me Jim Denham

    Brilliant image Mike! I like when shadows are included in HDR images and this one is perfect. It sets the scene and the mood, along with the clouds! Just brilliant!

  • http://www.stevebeal.com Steve Beal

    Just a gorgeous shot with great leading lines, I really like your point about lost shadow detail/HDR, very interesting and it kills here!

  • Capnschwartz

    Dude, Two words – Wow!

  • Chris DeAngelis

    Nice job Mike, love the shadows in this image contrasing with the bright sky. Great use of the lines from the train tracks…

  • Mike

    Thanks so much for the great comments today guys!

    I had to avoid getting nailed by a light rail train right before this shot…took a bit of time to setup and get the angle right being so low and with the 50mm.

  • http://www.toadhollowphotography.com Toad Hollow Photography

    Wow Mike, talk about a breathtaking shot! I love the brooding sky and how the buildings are almost silhouettes, but one of my favorite elements here is that wire that cuts the sky in half if you can believe that! I really love the drama it adds and the way it leads the eye down the frame!!

  • http://www.tippingdinosaurs.com brian kruckenberg

    no standing on the tracks…..

    unless you are about to take a killer pic.

    nice work mikey o.

  • http://www.markblundellphoto.com Mark Blundell

    lovely image – the sky and the puddle match well as do the buildings on either side.

    great processing too – the clouds are special!

  • http://www.lightasmagic.com Justin

    Great image. Every time I get low, I always wish my D700 had the articulating screen of my D5000. It would save the back every time!

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  • http://www.chrisfrailey.com Chris Frailey

    Nice shot Mike. Did you happen to get anything with that large puddle in the foreground?