Photo Challenge 2016 – Week 9: Movies

Photo Challenge 2016 – Week 9: Movies

Hello, new readers!

Since the traffic on our website has increased lately, I would like to welcome again those who are willing to join our 2016 Photo Challenge. Here are the essentials:

  • You can use any camera at hand (smartphone, instant camera, (D)SLR, actioncam etc.)
  • There is no deadline – you can catch up on our challenge at any time
  • Keep going! – You didn’t like a task? Skip and move on
  • You do it for yourself: No jury, no prizes – we just want to inspire
  • Have fun!


Why Movies?

No, neither are the Academy Awards 2016 nor the cinematographic work of Emmanuel Lubezki (he won three Oscars for Best Cinematography in a row – wow!) behind this challenge. The idea for this week’s task came into being while watching a Michael Bay film.

Say what you want but Michael “Blockbuster” Bay knows how to create amazing images. At the same time, he’s not giving his viewers a chance to dwell in these images because there is always another explosion waiting around the corner. Tony Zhou describes Bay’s visual language, also known as Bayhem, that way: “It’s the use of movement, composition and fast editing to create a sense of epic scale.”

So when watching “Transformers: Age of Extinction” one scene – a typical Bay with low angle, slow motion – had the “I wanna do a similar shot” effect on me. It’s the one shot with Titus Welliver in front of the Yick Fat Building.

Your task is to find your own “IWDASS” movie scene and recreate it with your camera. If your mind goes blank at this, you can find ideas at (100 Most Iconic Movie Images) or (10 Most Iconic Images In Film History).


Michael Bay – What is Bayhem? from Tony Zhou on Vimeo.