Photograph copyright: DAVID McMAHON
Sometimes everything just falls into place. I'd been waiting to take this shot for about three weeks, but I wanted several prerequisites. I wanted a clear sky, I wanted that fifteen-minute window of pre-dawn light, and I wanted the floodlights in the foreground to be operating. Yep, so you're thinking: ``This bloke really has a big wish list''. Right?
But patience pays off, sometimes. You see, we had a couple of cloud-free mornings, but I didn't quite get the timing right and the pre-programmed floodlights had been switched off. This remarkable X-shape structure works as a perfect foil for skyline shots in this part of Melbourne. And the floodlights rotate between three colours - red, amber and pink.
What I wanted was a combination of clear azure sky and amber floodlights. Sounds easy? Believe me, it took me a lot of patience and then it all fell into place. I rocked up about ten minutes early and kept my fingers crossed that the floodlights would not go off while I waited for the sky to take on the exact hue that I wanted.
The image has not been enhanced in any way and if you want the technical details, I shot this with a Pentax K100D, shutter speed 0.5, F4.5, ISO speed 800.