Friday, October 05, 2007

I Aspire To A Spire

Armstrong Ain't The Only One With A Moon Shot

Photographs copyright: DAVID McMAHON


I took these pictures a few hours ago, showing the half-moon nestling up to the spire of the Victorian Arts Centre here in Melbourne. I sometimes get asked (by newcomers to photography) what makes a good shot. My answer never changes - if you look twice at something, get out your camera. In this instance, I literally stopped in my tracks because of the colours of the scene in front of me.

Ten minutes later or even ten minutes earlier and the sky would not have been such a striking contrast to the streetscape. The second shot (below) was taken with the 125mm lens unfurled. It would have been a sharper image if I'd used a tripod, but at least it gives you a nice composition with the moon alongside the myriad lights of the spire. Even the overhead wire kind of adds to the mystique.

16 comments:

karoline said...

i luv this...i luv the colors and the lines, the lights..wonderful shot david!

btw..i know its late but my weekend wandering is up...

k:)))

Gene Bach said...

Cool pics. I am hoping to get more into the working of the camera we bought this summer (Cannon Rebel XTI). It'll be nice to figure out how to set the shutter speed and aperture to make it all come together.

Lynda Lehmann said...

Lovely shots. I agree about the blue and red tones in the first shot, creating great drama!

Dan Mega said...

Nice shot with the colors. My attention was actually drawn immediately to the top of the spire.

Les Becker said...

I love the close up. Me, though, I know I would have 'shopped that wire out...

Colleen said...

This is great. Very different. Love the close up.

Lynette said...

Splendid photos, interesting and informative text that spells out the best advice I've heard about getting the good shots. It's just plain fun, isn't it?

david mcmahon said...

Hi Karoline,

So glad you liked the shot. Will read your post shortly. Many thanks for taking part.

Keep smiling

David

david mcmahon said...

Hi Gene,

I still have my Canon EOS 3000. I'd love to see your photos.

Keep smiling

David

david mcmahon said...

Hi Lynda,

Thanks for visiting. Glad you liked the tones of the first shot.

Do keep in touch.

Keep smiling

David

david mcmahon said...

Hi Dan,

Lovely to hear from you. That's exactly what happened to me when I saw the scene.

My eyes went straight up - and then down to the rich colours.

Keep smiling

David

david mcmahon said...

Hi Les,

Thank you. Glad you liked the picture.

I do have a lot of fun phtographing scenes with `annoying' impediments like the wire!

Keep smiling

David

david mcmahon said...

Hi Colleen,

Thank you very much. Would have been nice if I had some trees in silhouette as well.

Keep smiling

David

david mcmahon said...

Hi Lynette,

That's right - it's just the fun of it. Exactly like the picture you posted today!

Keep smiling

David

Melissa said...

I love this shot David. The blue from the spire is striking with the moon next to it. It's lovely!

Abhijit said...

beautiful images, David!