Powerline Sunset in Nevada

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If you haven’t seen the movie Se7en, then you probably wont get how it connects with the image above. You probably wont get the horrific moment it represents in the film either. And I don’t want to give anything away for people who still want to watch it, so I’ll do my best to just skip those details.

Needless to say, when I was processing this photo…it was suddenly obvious that it was going to be used for Movie Title Wednesday. I think I even may have had an inkling when I was standing out there taking this.

On a side note, I still am having so much fun with this series. It’s amazing how many images you can take…things that may be similar in a lot of ways (like the bazillion sunsets or sunrises I post) but somehow you find something unique in each of that that can relate to a movie. I love it.

The movie Se7en stars Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman back in their younger days, and revolves around a serial killer that murders people for breaking The Seven Deadly Sins. It’s gruesome, brutal and I absolutely loved it. One of those great, great thriller/horror/crime films that will always be remembered by movie fans. The scene depicted by the above photo was one of those that will forever be stuck in my brain.

This was taken a few weeks ago during my latest trip to Las Vegas. I had just returned from exploring El Dorado Canyon and the Nelson ghost town area, and was racing to find a great location to capture the sunset. The spot above is situated south of Boulder City and lies in a very wide, bowl-shaped valley. These powerlines in some areas stretched forever, and you could see them for 10’s of miles as they would go up a distant hillside. The symmetry was awesome, and so when the sunset arrived, I knew this is where I wanted to be.

Because of the aspherical aspects of my Tamron 17-35mm, the powerline towers are a bit flatter than reality (even after lens correction), but you can kind of see how the road goes on and on and on forever and the towers go right along with it.

This was taken just a few days before the Super Moon and you can see it in the upper right corner.

(exif: canon eos 5d mark ii, tamron 17-35mm 2.8, 17mm, f/14, iso 100)

  • Scott

    WOW…. just WOW 🙂

  • Jim Denham

    Creepy movie, but I liked it just the same. Dig Kevin Spacey in anything! Great connection between the image and movie Mike! Good stuff!

  • Hector Garza

    When I saw the title I was expecting something grunge, over the top… When the image loaded I felt a chill on my spine. One of the most memorable sequences ever IMHO.

  • Jesse

    Perfect shot for that movie! The glow in the clouds on the right is unreal.

  • Heath O’Fee

    As usual, those colours are amazing. Nice work, dude.

  • Steve Beal

    I like that the road isn’t perfectly centered up, allowing for more of that dramatic sunset on the right… great comp, sick, sick sky as usual – and the moon too! Wow.

  • Chris Nitz

    WOW MAN! You nailed the Se7en movie perfectly. Love, LOVE this shot!

  • Scott Ackerman

    Amazing shot and absolutely perfect for Se7en!

  • Brian Furbush

    Wow, that is some simply stunning light, and definitely perfect for the title – great work!

  • Mark Garbowski

    Just awesome clouds and light.

  • Chris Kenison

    Excellent colors. Loved the movie and love the image!

  • Justin

    Man, that is awesome. Reminds me of the Pawnee Grasslands up here in northern CO.

  • Chris DeAngelis

    Great color and motion in the clouds! I really like how you framed the road where it is at an angle, but still covers the bottoms of the frame. Is that the super moon up there?

  • Beverly Everson

    Great shot! And I did see the movie. This looks like that scene but much prettier!!

  • Toad Hollow Photography

    This is jaw-droppingly awesome Mike! Never seen the movie, I have to admit, but I really really love your image today! Great work.

  • Rick Young

    One of my favorite movies. “awwww what’s in the box, what’s in the box?”

  • Kristi

    Wow… I love it! And I know just what scene you’re talking about. Saw it in theatres – it was one of the few movies where everyone seemed pretty quiet when they were leaving because they were in shock. Still gives me the chills.

  • Scott Wood

    Breathtaking color in the sky, love it.

  • Didier Kaade

    Epic…. Gorgeous, and as much as its gorgeous, Seven was just as disturbing!!

  • Andersson

    Wow! I love the orangeness of the sky. Great photo!

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  • Viveca Koh

    Oh yes, I remember that scene in the film all right! Fabulous photo, you’ve really captured a sense of the remoteness of the place – wonderful.

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