Back in 2008, I shot a picture of the London Parliament from the London Eye during the evening hours of a cloudy day. As with most of my photography, both personal and professional (aerial photography mainly), I posted it to SmugMug. A few months later, I received a call from a producer who was doing work on a Discovery Channel documentary on Nostradamus. He explained the price they were willing to pay for the use of my image for a few seconds in their upcoming film. He went on to explain the rights they needed, the duration of the rights, blah blah blah. When he finished, I simply said, “You had me at ‘Discovery Channel’”. Many months went by and I nearly forgot about it, but this weekend, I finally learned what documentary it was featured in — “Nostradamus Decoded“. It’s a bit of a dooms-day flick, but hey!, it’s Discovery Channel!
Below is my original image (high-res version here) and a screenshot from the Discovery Channel use of it. If you want to see how it appears, I found the entire film on YouTube in 9 parts. Go to part 8 ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CghrRuC2ROA ) and advance it to the 5:00 mark and wait a few secs. Don’t look away or you’ll miss my 5 seconds of glory.
Many of you probably just rolled your eyes, but that’s too bad, I’m blogging it anyways!
My original image:
Discovery Channel version (they edited it to make London look flooded and more gloomy):
Future conversations with me about photography will go something like this:
Stranger: Are you into photography?
Greg: Yes I am, I’ve even done some work for The Discovery Channel