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Long time NBA photographer Nathaniel S.Butler shares a story about the making of an iconic photo of Jordan

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There were many captivating and iconic photos of Michael Jordan throughout his career, but one photo from 1998 took the most effort in it's making. Ever since 1984, Nathaniel S.Butler, who is a longtime NBA photographer, shared a cool story about the photo taken for the documentary of 'Making Jordan to the Max' that came out in 2000. 

According to Butler, 100 cameras participated in the making of one single photo. The idea was to capture a perfectly synchronized wrap-around effect. The preparation lasted for almost a week, and Michael Jordan came in for a relatively brief moment. In his specific style, he did two dunks and said that he hopes everybody got that because he was heading off to a golf match. 

"With the @espn doc ‘The Last Dance’ coming out April 19th, a lot of people have been asking to see more #MJ pics. This particular photo was taken in 1998 during the making of the @imax film ‘Michael Jordan to the Max’ released in 2000. Over 100 still cameras were set up to click in perfect synchronization to give a 3D ‘wrap-around’ effect! There was a week of green screen set construction and testing. The basket was set to 9 1/2 feet ( you can see the angle of the stanchion). Michael came in, did 2 dunks, said ‘Hope you got it’ and then left to play golf! 😂

If you haven’t seen the movie, it’s a must-see for any hoops fan. Spoiler alert-Yes, the crew nailed it!"

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