The Book of Eli

Bush Highway Arizona Desert

(newish: click on the image to view in a lightbox)

Last week was a drag for some reason, so it’s hard to believe it’s already Wednesday! And that means it’s time for a Movie Title!

The Book of Eli starring Denzel Washington. Lots of fun stuff about this film, not the least of which was how it was processed. Stark contrast, fast moving clouds…hyper-details…it felt a lot like a super-processed HDR movie or something. The plot itself is kind of hard to talk about without giving away too much…because sadly I was told awhile before I saw the movie exactly what would happen at the end and it kind of ruined it for me.

I think you get a mixed bag of reviews for this movie. I loved it, thought the ending was great and just enjoyed the entire post-apocalyptic yummyness. Also Mila Kunis was in it…and…well, you can’t do much wrong there.

This image was taken on Sunday morning. I got up around 5am (on a Sunday, yeah, I have problems) and drove way out east of town along Bush Highway. When I shoot weather and clouds, I am huge into contrasting lines in the sky with lines on the ground.  So there was no way I was not going to grab a few shots of this road. I actually didn’t stop for it…I had hopped the railing for another image that will arrive another day.

I usually start out with an idea of what I’m going to do with an image in post, but this sort of “post-apocalyptic” look came about totally by accident and suddenly I knew I wanted to create a bit more of a “hyper contrast” kind of style.

Hopefully it reminds you of the Book of Eli as much as it did me.

(exif: canon 5d mark ii, tamron 17-35mm 2.8, 17mm, iso100, f/20)

19 replies
  1. Heath O'Fee
    Heath O'Fee says:

    This could definitely be a scene out of ‘Book Of Eli’. Love the processing.

    Personally, I loved the movie, and it’s probably one of my favourite soundtracks. I listen to it all the time when processing my urbex shots. Great choice.

  2. Dave
    Dave says:

    Getting up early is what it’s all about, whatever day it is. 🙂 I like the mood in this shot, it’s probably a scene that a lot of photographers would not think about taking. Definitely has a movie poster or CD cover look about it, reminds me of The lost Highway, not familiar with the film today’s title comes from though. . Nice work.

  3. Jonas
    Jonas says:

    Wonderful textures and lines. At the moment I’m totally in love with this desaturated “post-apocalyptic” look. so your photo is what i need these days 🙂

  4. Hector Garza
    Hector Garza says:

    I really like this photo. The apocalyptic feeling of the pavement, the way the trees look dead, the way the sky looks somber, menacing… everything looks perfect!

  5. Jan Winther
    Jan Winther says:

    I think if you like the Mad Max series (I do) you will dig this movie too.
    Great shot Mike. You nailed the mood from the movie.

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