Photograph copyright: DAVID McMAHON
One of the great things about a clear night in winter (yup, we’re in mid-winter here in Australia) is that after you’ve got the ice off your car and remembered that your garden hose is frozen solid - you’ll enjoy the benefits of a clear blue sky all day long.
Just before we flew to Malaysia three weeks ago, I was walking around the Southbank area at lunchtime when I spotted this beautiful star, suspended above the carousel near the river. I have no idea why the star was up there, and because I didn’t think it would be there for very long, I pulled out my camera and tried to frame a clear shot of the star against the crisp winter sky.
It was a long way above my head - and that’s saying a lot, because I’m well over six foot. But as I stood there, craning my neck, I was trying to work out what the star was made of. It was obviously fairly light material, because even though it was a large star, it was blowing at a sharp angle.
I noticed that the star even had a bit of sheen on it, which was emphasized at a certain range of angles, as the breeze took it into the path of the sun’s rays. Luckily I had the 70-300mm lens with me, so it was perfect to capture the striking colours above me.
That’s why I always carry a camera with me. You never know when you’ll spot a large star in the sky - in broad daylight!
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