Back to the Future Day

The future has finally arrived.

Marty McFly: Where are we? When are we?
Doc: We’re descending toward Hill Valley, California, at 4: 29 pm, on Wednesday, October 21st, 2015.
Marty McFly: 2015? You mean we’re in the future?
Jennifer: Future? Marty, what do you mean? How can we be in the future?
Marty McFly: Uh, Jennifer, um, I don’t know how to tell you this, but I… you’re in a time machine.
Jennifer: And this is the year ‘2015’?
Doc: October 21st, 2015.”

I grew up watching those movies. the one thing I wanted more than anything was a hoverboard (I mean come on… who doesn’t!?).

So today is officially the day Marty and Doc travelled to the future. Flying cars, Pepsi Perfect, Nike high tops with power laces, and Jaws 19 (in 3D), not to mention the Chicago Cubs win the World Series.

I feel like I’ve been in a rut. I feel like I have no time to relax. No time to get creative. No. Time. Period. I needed to get out and do SOMETHING. Back to the Future Day snuck up on me. I had idea in my head for some time, just never got around to executing it, and the clock was ticking.

I knew that this year marked the 30th anniversary of the Back to the Future movie franchise. For some time now (with the help of my wife), I had been slowly piecing together a Marty McFly outfit for my son. It all started when we were at a Kid Exchange event (yeah no…I wasn’t able to exchange my son…it was only for clothes, toys, etc.). Whilst searching for clothes, I came across a vest.

My eyes lit up.

Dr. Emmett Brown: If my calculations are correct, when this baby hits 88 miles per hour… you’re gonna see some serious shit.

I told my wife exactly what I wanted to do with it. Afterwards the search was on for other clothing that looked similar to Marty’s outfit. Little by little we pieced together a hodge-podge of bits and pieces and came up with this.


I mean…pretty close right?

Compared to a publicity photo (or movie still), I don’t think I did too bad.

marty mcfly- style icon

I took the photo of my son in our driveway. My lighting setup was 2 flashes, positioned as shown in the diagram.

The flash behind him was set to 1/64th power, while the other flash in the 32″ softbox was set to 1/8th power. The photo was taken with a Fuji XT-1 with a 23mm lens @ f/2.8, ISO 400, 1/60th second shutter speed.



I found a photo of a Delorean on a toy store website, and the background is a photo of my local mall. I’m no photoshop master by any means. I MUCH prefer Lightroom. Easy Peasy. In any case, I fumbled through Photoshop enough to get the resulting shot. Am I 100% happy with it? Heck no. Does my son love it? Absolutely. Mission Accomplished.


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