So much of what we do today has an element of Photoshop so when a story get emailed to me with the title “Iconic Scene from ET without Photoshop” it immediately grabs my attention. Back in April Philipp thought it would be cool to shoot a silhouetted man on a bike against at full moon. Using a 1300mm focal length the results were very cool and many people pointed out that it was like the iconic ET scene.
Well skip forward 4 months and Philipp decided to shoot that scene. You might be thinking fairly easy, grab a photo of the moon, grab a bike and photoshop it, but that isn’t the point. Philipp wanted to shoot it without Photoshop.
To set this shoot up it wasn’t as easy as you might think. Philipp and his team tried in July, however it was not to be. The site in the mountains was only accessible via foot so bringing the ramp in was difficult, a weather forecast was near impossible along with the actual time of the moon rise. All in all it didn’t work out great.
August was the next opportunity, the weather forecasts were great and everything seemed to come together. Philipp opted for a Canon EOS-1DX and a 2.0x converter. Previously he used a a Canon EF 600mm but this time he used a new Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM which by adding the 2.0x converter gave him a focal length of 1600mm.
Photo Credit(s): Philipp Schmidli