Cliff By: Cliff

Michael Jordan, Blue Dunk, Lisle, IL, 1987

I had the idea to paint this parking lot blue. I also trucked in an NBA-regulation basket that I could move to create a shadow where I wanted one. I stood in a cherry picker, some 20 or 30 feet above the ground, and looked straight down, waiting for the right light with a camera that took 14 frames a second. Michael has young legs back then and could fly. Not only do you see his beautiful form from above, but you also see the same image from the side, in his shadow. Of all the pictures I've taken of him, it's my favorite. It was just so unusual; no one had quite gone there before.

  • Seph Quaglia 4y

    you're the man walter! ... seph from shutters
  • Project Casting 2y

    This picture is wonderful! I'd like to use it in our blog scheduled for posting January 2013, with your name given with photo credit and a link back to your flickr page. If you do not wish to have your work reproduced then please email me back at with a link to the picture and I'll have it removed from our postings. Thank you for sharing on creative commons!!!
  • benjammin_canosalsa 1y

    superb shot!
  • Vocab Ninja 10mo

    Hi, just wanted to let you know that I used your picture on our ‘Daily Spanish word’ website:
    Thank you for making it possible to use it!
  • Vocab Ninja 10mo

    #208 - garden - el jardín by vocabninja
  • BK 3mo

    Hi Cliff, thank you so much for sharing this and for making this available under Creative Commons License. I have used this picture with a quote at OM and I have also shared this edited version with the quote at Symphony of Love's Facebook page and at:

    Michael Jordan I've failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed by symphony of love

    Thank you and have a great day.

    Infinite Gratitude, Blessings and Love,
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Taken on August 12, 2010
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