Walter Iooss Jr.'s Favorite Shots

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Michael Jordan
Photo: Walter Iooss Jr./SI

Michael Jordan

1987

Walter's take: ''I call this one 'Blue Dunk'. We were in Lisle, Ill. I painted one parking lot red and one blue. Which one we used would depend on which uniform Michael wore to the shoot. I also brought in an NBA basket so we could roll it around and cast the shadow just right. I was in a cherry picker, waiting for the sun to break in between the clouds. That whole angle of light only lasts about 15 minutes; otherwise it's either too high or too low. I've shot Michael for a long time, but I like this shot because in it, he's young and full of pep. It's 1987, which was a long time ago. He still had hair. There are other Jordan shots I've taken that I like, but this one's sorta my favorite.''

Shot with: Canon New F1 (14 frame-per-second high-speed camera) EF 50mm

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