Anyone Seen The Three Wise Men?
Photograph copyright: DAVID McMAHON
I shot this frame in late September last year. I had just got the Pentax, my first digital SLR, and I was walking around the city getting accustomed to it. I liked the camera immediately, because of its wonderful balance - and I've probably shot thousands of frames on it in three different countries since then.
This shot was taken looking across Federation Square. I have photographed the spires of St Paul's Cathedral several times, but this time the silhouette was a really arresting sight. It looks like dusk but have a look at the position of the sun and you'll see it was actually mid-afternoon. The angle of the sun allowed me a striking composition and the overhead wires with the subtle lighting of the Square gave me an unusual criss-cross pattern against a clear sky.
How many frames did I shoot of this scene? Just one. That wasn't arrogance, either. Just satisfaction. I knew I had the best shot of the day. And you know the really uncanny thing? When I shot this, I didn't realise how symbolic it was. I guess it could be a Christmas card.
Shhhhhh ..... if we're very quiet, we might be able to hear or see the shepherds as they watch their flocks.