Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Hook Shot

Does This Make Me A Metal Detector?

Photograph copyright: DAVID McMAHON

Quite often, there is beauty in the most mundane sights. At some point in our lives, we’ve all been greeted by a row of metal hooks in schools, universities and sports dressing rooms. I was photographing something else when I noticed the dull finish on these metal hooks. The first frame (above) has the foreground in focus, whereas the second frame (below) has the focus reversed. Just proves my theory that nothing is a boring sight, doesn’t it?


Misty Dawn said...

I realized this same theory of nothing being boring yesterday while shooting lines of fence posts (metal and wooden). To most, it would just seem like a boring row of posts - but I saw something beautiful about it. I couldn't help myself.

photowannabe said...

Love them and to me they aren't boring. I especially like the second one, Metal Detector.

katherine. said...

well you certainly get us hooked on your photography.

oh geez...it must be contagious....

(misty dawn's quite the photog girl as well!)

david mcmahon said...

Hi Misty,

Line of fence posts? Yep, just the sort of thing I'd stop the car for - and pull out my camera!

Keep smiling


david mcmahon said...

Hi photowannabe,

Thank you, I'm so glad you enjoyed this post.

It's always a pleasure to drop by your blog too.

Keep smiling


david mcmahon said...

Hi Katherine,

Yep, I've seen some of Misty's work and she's great.

Okay, so I'm on my metal, er, mettle now!

Keep smiling


David said...

I find exactly the same thing - I'm constantly shooting pictures of normally boring things. I think the depth of field comes into it a lot - the two main ways to make an everyday thing look interesting is to shoot it *really* close up, or to focus on something unusual. That's why I find that a low aperture is best for these.

I prefer the second shot here - it takes a few glances to recognize what it is! :)

Anonymous said...

This blog looks worth reading but I am going to be very boring and geeky and point out a fault in the site, can't get out of it again in IE7 as back button don't work (Hey! why didn't I think of that?)

Casdok said...


imac said...

I'm always Hooked on your photos David.

Last post of Victoria Park up now.

david mcmahon said...

Hi Dave,

You and I certainly see eye-to-eye on all of the above.

And the framing of a picture is so critical - asyou showed with your great shot of the giraffe's mane some months ago.

Keep smiling


david mcmahon said...

Hi Anonymous,

So glad you liked the blog. And it seems you were able to navigate your way out !!

Keep smiling


david mcmahon said...

Hi Casdok,

Thanks for agreeing with me on that.

Say hello to C for me.

Keep smiling


david mcmahon said...

Hi imac,

Always quick with the repartee. Will check out your pictures shortly ...

Keep smiling


i beati said...

Very profound - nothing is a boring sight- when I was in the throes of chemo therapy and all the world was green, Ialways sought a window for anything at all- that brought me beauty to take my mind off -as mundane as goldie the goat chewing, or my dogs worried look, or a tiny violet outside.Nothing IS boring

Les Becker said...

Okay, David - that's just scary. I took very similar pics last week in our hallway at work. Have you been taking freaky-deaky mind-bender lessons from my kid, by chance?

The Diva's Thoughts said...

I absolutely love your photos.

Kimberly said...

You've proved that theory over and over again.

Infinity Goods said...

One little row of hooks and in a split second, you took me back to kindergarten in Paris, France. Amazing how our minds work. Thanks for the trip through time and space.

ashes said...

Wow! You are right, you can make mundane things look so interesting at times, it depends upon where your focus is.