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Storm Of The Century

Storm Of The Century

Posted to Flickr on 31 July 2010. Part of the Stormtroopers series.

Why "century?" Because you are looking at my 100th stormtrooper photo!

For this occasion, I wanted to capture more stormtroopers at one time than I’ve ever photographed before, and a class photo seemed appropriate. I had toyed with the idea of taking a photo like this at the end of my Imperial Art Appreciation series, so now I imagine this is that class of recruits who graduated just before the Battle of Endor.

I also timed the photo to coincide with the last day of the "White" theme in the 7 Days of Shooting group. 7DOS has been an inspiration for many of my stormtrooper photos. The group is populated by a wonderful bunch of photographers, and I encourage anyone who is interested in a weekly theme group to check it out.

Special thanks to my daughter who helped me gather, organize, and set up all these guys.

Finally, to answer an obvious question, no, this is not all of my stormtroopers. Believe it or not!

Submitted to the Flickr group 7 Days of Shooting.

Stormtroopers: the Empire’s finest.


The troops have also been seen standing in these places:

Have you seen this photo somewhere else? Or are you using it yourself? I would love to hear from you! It's always fun to learn where my photos turn up.


This photo was taken in my kitchen using some pretty simple Gear. You might be surprised to discover how low-tech my "photography studio" really is.

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Selected imagery background information.

Darth Vader

Darth Vader is the central character in the Star Wars universe. Created by George Lucas, the character was the primary villain in the original trilogy Star Wars (1977), Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980), and Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (1983), but he was one of the heroes in the prequel trilogy Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999), Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002), and Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005). His story is one of tragedy as the young Anakin Skywalker is lured away from his Jedi mentors to the Dark Side of the Force by Emperor Palpatine and eventually betrays everyone he ever cared for. In the original trilogy Darth Vader was played primarily by David Prowse and voiced by James Earl Jones. Anakin Skywalker was played by Jake Lloyd and Hayden Christensen in the prequel trilogy. Darth Vader is a powerful character and perhaps the most iconic figure in the Star Wars saga.


The stormtrooper is the elite soldier of the Imperial forces in the Star Wars universe. They typically wear white armor and helmets and are armed with blasters. Imperial stormtroopers were first depicted in the film Star Wars (1977). As shown in the Star Wars prequels Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002) and Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005), the stormtroopers were preceeded by the clone troopers, an army of soldiers cloned from the bounty hunter Jango Fett and loyal to Emperor Palpatine. In many ways stormtroopers are an iconic symbol of the Galactic Empire.


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