The Two Towers

Two Towers Downtown Phoenix Chase Freeport McMoran

Without realizing what I’ve been doing, this has become the second Lord of the Rings movie to be featured on Movie Title Wednesday in the last few weeks. I guess I’m sub-consciously excited for the June 28th release of the entire extended edition version of the trilogy on Blu-Ray for the first time. It’s been pre-ordered for months and soon I’ll be camped out on the sofa for about 12 straight hours.

I’m going to have a heck of time finding an image to represent Return of the King. I dunno if I can do it.

This week we’re going with The Two Towers for obvious reasons. The movie is of course awesome. There are two parts in the film that I could watch over and over and over and…well…over. The charge of the Ents onto Isengard. Wow.

“The Ents are going to war. It is likely that we go to our doom. The last march of the Ents.” – Treebeard

I get chills just thinking about that scene. The other is the appearance of Gandalf and the Riders of Rohan towards the end. So much love for this film. But I could babble all day.

So the image above. On the left is the Chase Tower in downtown Phoenix that I’ve shot a lot since moving down here, and the other is the Freeport McMoran. I ventured downtown on May 18th after a good rainstorm came through, which granted me another chance at some stormy reflection shots and dark skies for architecture shooting. I got stuck in a few spots when it suddenly started raining and I had to hide myself and my camera under a parking garage or two.

But wow do I love being down there shooting during dark weather as the sun is going down. It’s inspiring.

(exif: canon 5d mark ii, tamron 17-35mm 2.8, 17mm, f/5.0, iso 100)


  • Scott Wyden Kivowitz

    Dramatic shot!

  • Chris DeAngelis

    Dude. Epic movie, epic shot! Love those 2 scenes and the new release is going to be outstanding!

  • Mark Garbowski

    Another great Chase Tower shot. It seems to get more ominous ever time you present a new image of it.

    As for the film, it’s all about Helm’s Deep for me. And as much as I love the battle itself, the scenes and shots of the waiting for the battle are what haunt me.

  • Chris Nitz

    Dude, great title/movie/photo combination. So, so good!

  • Scott Ackerman

    I hope you used the PhotoTools effect with the same title, because that would be Epic! 🙂 Killer shot man, love the reflections and the lighting.

  • Jan Winther

    Very cool and dramatic shot – just like the movie. Makes me go watch the series again..there goes that weekend.. 🙂

  • Wayne Frost

    I like the angle of view and all of the tones work really well together, Mike.

  • A.Barlow

    Nice choice for this wed. 🙂 I think even the clouds looked awesome too!

  • Chrisdmrf

    dramatic shot

  • Scott Frederick

    Love this shot and the mood you captured. The black and gold tones are yummy! 🙂

  • Heath O’Fee

    Great shot. Comp is solid and the dark atmosphere is great. As for Return of the King…you have any Burger Kings in Phoenix 😉

  • Curt Fleenor

    Great shot Mike and love the ominous mood!

  • Kristi Hines

    Looks so ominous with those clouds… great shot!

  • Dave DiCello

    Dude, how are you gonna mention LOTR when I am at work and have NO way to watch it?!?!? By far my favorite movies, I could sit down and watch all 12 hours of the extended editions at any time! Love the POV here Mike, the lights, the buildings, the sky, all amazing!

  • Peter

    I’m trying to remember scenes from the Return of the King, but definitely ROTK will have photos of rugged mountains, marshes, and dark towers (for the Eye of Sauron)… And as always, amazing photo!