Friday, November 02, 2007

Shy Scraper

Literally Looking Down On Melbourne

Photograph copyright: DAVID McMAHON


Ever since I got this Pentax K100D, my first digital SLR, I made a conscious decision to have the camera with me whenever possible. That was a good call, because I've been able to take scores of shots that I would otherwise have rued. When a Black Hawk helicopter flew across the city skyline, I heard the rotors even before I saw the chopper - and I was able to get two or three quick frames of a very rare sight. When smog obscured an entire skyscraper, I was able to shoot a sequence of shots over a spell of five minutes, capturing the unusual vista.

And even for comparatively mundane scenes like this, where cloud and early morning sun endow the central business district with strong light, I am able to swing the camera up to my eye and shoot immediately. This is a fairly unusual angle to present Flinders Street Station and part of Melbourne's skyline, because I was on the eleventh floor of a city building.

For this shot, which was one of three, I used a shutter speed of 1/125 of a second, F 6.7 and an ISO speed of 200. In case you're wondering, no, the image has not been enhanced at all. And I should tell you that I had the flash off - because it was taken through a window!

15 comments:

Shrink Wrapped Scream said...

This photograph looks like a painting David, it would look good gracing any wall!

joan said...

What a wonderful photo! Feels like I'm there but I'm thousands of miles away. Thanks for sharing it!

david mcmahon said...

Hi Carol,

Just tell me the colour scheme of your walls and the picture will be on its way to you.

Keep smiling

David

david mcmahon said...

Hi Joan,

Thank you. That is high praise indeed and I'd just like to express my very humble gratitude.

Keep smililng

David

Sandy Carlson said...

That's a keeper. It does look like a painting. How far were you when you took this?

Victorya said...

I love these shots from high up, makes me feel like I'm flying!

ASH's Eye said...

There's something very appealing to me about city skylines. There seems to be so much action and activity, even though its just buildings, standing there. Great photograph :)

Cuckoo said...

Excellent wall hanging !! The colour, the skyscrapers...

Can we please see the other pictures as well ?

Sharon said...

Beautiful! I am the same way, I try and take my camera everywhere. I hate to miss a good shot. :)

imac said...

Good shot David, it draws you into it.

Easybreathingfella said...

G'Day David,

Just browsing, great shot would make a fantastic poster.

Asked a question on your bush post. The name of your new book please I'll treat myself for Christmas. And many congratulations on it completion.

Best regards,
Keith.

Catmoves said...

Almost surreal, David. I have to believe there was some distortion through the window?

Lin said...

Now there's synchronicity in action. I caught a photo of a Black Hawk passing by in the distance just a couple of days ago and wondered what it was. Mushy was able to provide the answer from the sketchy photo.

With our iffy connection, your header photo did not load but I bet it was scrumptious.

Dave McMahon said...

Hello David,

Very lovely photograph, as are all of yours here. Thanks much or sharing them. I found your blog by querying your name-- I'm also David McMahon, only in this case an Art Director from Boston. Thanks for being a credit to the name!

All the best,
Dave

~Fathairybastard~ said...

Beautiful. I keep mine in the arm rest of the car, just for these sorts of shots.