Bill Ellzey - 1963
Bill Ellzey, Class of 1963 is
"Kewpie of the Month, September 2001"
to See Story
second image that I'm attaching, the one with the moon, was made the same
night. I double exposed the moon on the spot in an effort to come
up with a photograph that was different from those of the photographers
who had set up tripods to my right and left. (I arrived at the "light
and sound show" early to find a spot where the sphinx was directly lined
up with the background pyramid).
out my first National Geographic magazine cover (September 2001).
I made the photograph while in Egypt teaching a photo workshop some years
so many shooters were there I looked around wondering how to make my image
different and noticed the moon rising behind us. As inconspicuously
as I could I clipped the camera off the tripod, stepped back a few paces,
put on the 300mm lens, shot the moon, then returned to the 80-200 zoom
and tripod and, since the pyramid and sphinx were sometimes lit one at
a time, waited for them both to be lit to make the second exposure.
Voilla! Geographic has used the moon version 4 times prior to this
cover useage (book, film strip, poster, in-house mural).
Geographic was aware that I double exposed the moon, I think they opted
not to use it as the magazine cover because a few years ago they caught
flack for altering a cover image, coincidentally a pyramid photo.
They probably decided that using "straight" photographs is the only way
to avoid such problems.
it's been a dream for 30-some years to have a photograph in National Geographic
Magazine. And here it is on the cover! Yee-haw! Would
you post this to my fellow classmates? Thankee much.
Back to Directory