Photographs copyright: DAVID McMAHON
There is a lot to be said for planning and for being prepared, but a huge percentage of pure creativity derives from mental flexibility. If something stimulates you, run with it. So when I found myself on the banks of the Yarra River recently, I took a few shots in mellow light when I saw this tourist vessel, the 'Grower', approaching.
I had my 300mm Sigma lens on and shot a couple of frames as she drew closer. I waited on the bank and as she came level with where I stood, I realised there was a cycle, of all things, placed above the vessel's roof. I thought I'd shoot a really tight vertical frame, showing the bike, the red life rafts lashed to the roof, a section of the hull and the waterline.
As I composed the shot, I realised that the wake provided a really interesting view, because the curve of the bow wave was starting to produce a clear but distorted reflection. So I quickly changed the focal length and took two quick horizontal shots instead, showing the quick degeneration of the beautiful reflection.