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)

23 replies
  1. Hector Garza
    Hector Garza says:

    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.

  2. Steve Beal
    Steve Beal says:

    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.

  3. Chris DeAngelis
    Chris DeAngelis says:

    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?

  4. Kristi
    Kristi says:

    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.

  5. Viveca Koh
    Viveca Koh says:

    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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