This Is So Great: Photographer Re-creates Classic 'E.T.' Bike Shot in Real Life

This Is So Great: Photographer Re-creates Classic 'E.T.' Bike Shot in Real Life

Aug 26, 2013

Not long after his photography series of a biker in front of a giant full moon rising above a field gained attention for resembling that iconic flying bike shot from Steven Spielberg's E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Swiss artist Philipp Schmidli decided to return to the same spot to shoot a series of images that more closely resembled the one from the movie.

The idea was to recruit a few bikers, dress them (and their bikes) up so that they look more like Elliott's bike in E.T., and then install a ramp on a hill for the bikers to ride off. Then, as the full moon rose above the field, the guys each took turns jumping the ramp as Schmidli sat at a far distance away with a Canon 1D X DSLR and a 2x teleconverter. You can get a sense of how far he was in the image below (the red circle indicates where the ramp was set up on the hill).

With only three or four jumps before the moon was too high, Schmidli did manage to get at least one image that really looks a lot like the scene from the movie. Look ma, no strings!

Check it out ...


Not bad, eh? You can read more about how he created the shot (and watch a video from Swiss television that's not in English, unfortunately) over at PetaPixel [via Gizmodo]. Watch the scene in question below.

[images courtesy of Philip Schmidli]



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