Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Abridged Version

Someone's Been Keepin' Me In The Dark Again

Photograph copyright: DAVID McMAHON


As you know, I always take my camera everywhere. So when I saw these jewel-like reflections on the surface of the Yarra River, I was able to take a photograph immediately. This is not the best view of the Melbourne skyline, and you have to strain your eyes to see the Swan Street bridge spanning one end of this frame to the other - but it's just a "different" view of the city I live in.

To achieve this effect, I didn't shoot it in "panorama" mode; I just shot the whole scene and then cropped out the sky and the river to concentrate on the lights. I never crop my images or modify them in any way, but this was one time I felt it was warranted. As for the deep purple tinge to the sky, that's fairly normal here in Melbourne at this time of year.

27 comments:

Lee said...

Lovely view, David! I think the cropping helped. :) This shot reminds me of the San Antonio Riverwalk at Christmas time. There's a really good shot of it at the bottom of this page.

Cheers

Akelamalu said...

What a beautiful city you live in David and I'm sure your photographs do it justice. :0

reader Wil said...

It's a great picture! I have never bee in Melbourne. I was several times in Sydney and I always go to Cairns, Cooktown and surroundings. I always visit the Aboriginal relatives of my daughter's first husband. They regard me as their relative.

Kimberly said...

Definitely warranted...so striking. I could get so lost in thought staring at a scene like that.

I'm finally caught up! Spent just shy of an hour reading through all your loveliness here. Have missed reading and am so grateful life is finally balancing out. Somewhat.

Cheers!
Kimberly

lime said...

i like it very much. the lights reflecting and the various tones are so pretty.

Gledwood said...

That reminds me of just about all I've seen of Bahrain... watergardens reflecting glass-and-steel buildings in shimmery skies... yumyumm!!

Nap Warden said...

Wow, that is totally cool...good call on the cropping!

Next time the family and I are in your neck of the woods, we will be looking for some good pizza;)

missburrows said...

What a good reminder for me to take my camera with me more. Thanks for visiting my blog, BTW. It's always nice to have male readers.

cube said...

Beautiful city. Beautiful photo.

Nessa said...

My picture from my current post is similar.

Joe Gringo said...

Beautiful, reminds me being on the boardwalk area in Shanghai at night looking across the waterway towards Pudong with that space needle looking building.

Brooke said...

It is splendid!

Corey~living and loving said...

Hello David. Lovely shot here. :)

Old Wom Tigley said...

I think theres time a simple crop like this can real get the result.. Great picture David of a great city skyline.

imac said...

photography - the lights of your life.

WomanHonorThyself said...

hi there!..what a nice site..thanks for the visit to my humble abode..do come agin!...the pics are stunning.:)

BeachysCapeCodCupboard said...

Deep purple in the sky - how beautiful! What a lovely city you live in.

Craver Vii said...

David, you are a natural wonder! The only pictures I would NOT post-edit are the ugly "before" pictures. But everything else gets a little something. When I grow up, I want to be... YOU!
:-)

lynn said...

Funny; as soon as i saw the pic i thought of jewellery, but i'm always thinking of jewellery. ;)

Beautiful photo.

Marja said...

What a beautiful picture Just talked too some tourists from Melbourne on my holiday. They talked about this beautiful city .

joan said...

There's something about this photo that I really love, maybe it's the reflecting lights. Either way it's beautiful!

Misty Dawn said...

This is beautiful David, and I am relieved to meet someone else who doesn't normally modify photos. I don't like to modify my photos (I have my own personal preferences and opinions). My husband is a very strong believer in PhotoShop. I love PhotoShop and think it is an absolutely wonderful program, but my husband and my opinions about its use tend to differ ;-) OK, I'll quit rambling now LOL.

evlahos said...

wonderful capture, excellent night shot and colors

Mosaic*Queen said...

Just Beautiful!!! I do hope to visit someday!
Michelle

pat houseworth said...

Two of my favorite style photos...Cities at night(especially black and white), and rural towns during the daylight hours(sepia or b&w)....

Good Stuff Dave.

Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

The photo, with its cropping, is impressive.

Missy said...

Beautiful photo. :)