The Forgotten

The Forgotten - Bombay Beach - Salton Sea

(please click to view on black // canon 5d mark ii, canon 17-40 f/4 l, 17mm, iso 100, f/22, 117sec // buy print)

The Forgotten is a not-so-great film with a pretty great title, so I’m using it this week for Movie Title Wednesday! When I look at this image, the word “forgotten” is the first thing that comes to mind.

The movie itself stars Julianne Moore and is a sort of creepy, sci-fi, horror-ish kind of tale. I honestly don’t remember much other than Moore and seeing a dude get sucked through the roof of a cabin. I’m a sucker for sci-fi films in general and I do feel like I enjoyed this one. But judging by the 5.7 on IMDB, it wasn’t the best-ever reviewed movie. Check it out though if you are in the mood for something different on a Friday night.

This image comes once again from the Salton Sea. The movie title encompasses not only this particular photograph, but in reality, the entire Salton Sea area. It’s so strange that this place exists in the middle of California. At one point the plan was to turn it into a resort and amazing getaway location. Instead you now get to see a land that time forgot. People still live out there, amazingly…but it’s a weird kind of existence.

Bombay Beach was where this image was taken. I urge you to click on it to see it bigger and sharper. I once again have to thank my buddy Chris DeAngelis for letting me use his 10-stop filter (I now have my own, yay!) to get this long exposure. I processed this using tonality control and luminosity masking, which I discovered through an amazing photographer named Zack Schnepf. Now, usually when doing that, I’m going for a natural look, but this scene demanded more and so I added some apocalyptic tones to give it an extra punch.

Next week I head to Oregon for 3 1/2 days and expect to be able to do a bit of 10-stop photography along the coast. I’ve been there once before and it was amazing fun. Can’t wait to get back.

  • http://www.cdeangelisphotography.com Chris DeAngelis

    Awesome dude. I still have some shots to get to from Salton. What an epic evening of long exposures! Very cool use of the exposure blending. I’ve been doing a little reading on that lately too 🙂

  • http://hdrexposedphotography.com Dave DiCello

    Dude. Mike, this is just incredible! Really great work!

  • http://www.hossedia.com Justin

    Wow, that is something special Mike!

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

    Loving this one Mike!

  • http://www.doephotog.com A.Barlow

    This is amazing man. And great title too!

  • http://www.goldenhourstudios.com Jesse

    This is sick. Sky color rules.

  • Capnschwartz

    If you look hard enough you can see the dude sucked through the roof, finally land in the lake in the distance!!

  • http://chrisdmrf.wordpress.com/ Chris Maskell

    Awesome, never tire of seeing shots from Salton and this is no exception

  • http://www.phogropathy.com John

    Wow this is stunning! Love the lighting