War of the Worlds

(click to view on black // canon 5d mark ii, 50mm 1.4, f/5.6, iso 100, 30 sec // buy print)

It’s Movie Title Wednesday here on the bloggity blog blog, and this week we have a remake of an old classic, which was an adaption from one of my favorite books of all-time.

War of the Worlds. The recent remake version starred Tom Cruise and was just okay for me. I love those kind of sci-fi, end of the world type disaster films, but they just didn’t do a very good job with it. The original version (at least, I think there are only two, I’m not doing any research here…there might be hundreds, who knows) was considered the “classic”, but all I remember is being disappointed at how different it was from the book.

Now…the actual book was brilliant. Written by H.G. Wells, I read it in high school and I was so sucked into the story, I remember looking over my shoulder a few times while I read it in my bedroom. If you’ve never read the book, then ignore both movies I mention above and go pick up a copy. In fact, I may read it again.

So why did I choose this movie anyways? Well…the lightning above….it reminded me of the Tom Cruise version with the tall, slim robotic tripod alien beings walking over the cities destroying everything around them. In fact, I don’t know how you look at the image above and don’t at least get some impression of a giant, spindly creature towering over Chandler, Arizona. Kind of creeps me out actually.

I have to give some credit for the title of this image to my friend Scott Wood. Not the title itself, but the idea of finding “things” in lightning. Sort of like looking at puffy clouds and seeing a dog, or a car, or whatever. Scott posted an image called The Skater” and it made me realize how much fun it is to look for familiar things in a lightning strike. It’s definitely not always easy.

But this one was a no-brainer.

  • http://www.mylifeinhdr.com Tom Baker

    Totally awesome Mike.

  • http://www.brianfurbush.com/blog Brian Furbush

    I see the abstract robot (I think), and I dig the shot, per usual. You win with lightning.

  • http://goldenhourstudios.com Jesse

    I see it I see it!

    This is fantastic.

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

    Is this one of those pictures you have to keep staring at to see the real image underneath? 🙂

  • Capnschwartz

    Weird, I see Billy Baston calling out ‘SHAZAM’, and a heroic transformation taking place. That cant be just me… can it?

  • http://www.doephotog.com A.Barlow

    Loved that book. I remember watching the original movie as a kid and stuck to the TV whenever it came on. Nice shot today sir.

  • http://www.lensaltiel.com/ Len Saltiel

    Fantastic image Mike. Like the HG Wells reference. I remember reading it as a kid.

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

    Thanks for the mention. Even without the robot, I really like this image. The power lines and road sign really add to an already dramatic strike.

  • http://www.wix.com/corallehmann/digitalprints/ Coral

    Wow that is fantastic, I bet you would feel the earth move near that.

  • http://Www.ryoungfoto.com Rick

    You are truly the Lightning King my man.

  • Anna

    What can I say? Impressive!