Thursday, July 17, 2008

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Come Mister Tally Man, Tally Me Banana

Photograph copyright: DAVID McMAHON


This trip to Malaysia has been a great reminder of many facets of my own childhood in India. The sight of this huge banana tree in Langkawi jogged my memory and after I'd taken a couple of frames of the huge leaves in their unique fan-like formation, I decided I had to take one single frame that was "different".

So I used the 18-125mm lens to compose a really tight frame, emphasising the wonderful colours of the foliage, with the almost-geometrical segments of clear blue sky in between. Does the shot make you look twice? Let me know what you think ....

25 comments:

willow said...

Very intriguing shot, David...and I haven't heard that song in years!

Hope you and your Authorbloglets are enjoying your holiday!

daffy said...

Wow! That blue is like sea blue, but then the banana tree would have to be a raft and I'm not sure that would last long. :o)
It's a really great photograph, it makes the eye do a little bit of work to pull the picture together. (does that make sense?)
A keen pupil indeed! :o)

Charles Gramlich said...

I love how the leaves are stacked so tightly on top of each other. Very constructed looking. Make good roofing materials maybe.

Sandra Ree said...

Beautiful shot, David! I don't think I've ever seen a banana tree in person. And yes, I've looked at it twice, three times...

quilly said...

Looks right outside my window to me!

Kim said...

Beautiful colors and lines. Looks like you are having an amazing trip.

CrazyCath said...

That is a beautiful shot. I would never have guessed what it was. Little 'un John likes it too - and wants you to post a picture of the banana tree so we know what it looks like (we *love* bananas!) Youm!

leslie said...

Beautiful lines in the shot. Hope you, Mrs. Authorblog, and the bloglets are having fun. :D

imac said...

This is one well captured and colourful photo.

Nessa said...

Beautiful and vivid. It kind of vibrates.

Kathryn said...

Gorgeous!

Jenera said...

It kind of makes me go cross-eyed a bit actually.

Would you mind stopping by my photo sight and pick your favorite three shots? I'm entering a photo contest and don't know which to pick so I'm asking for suggestions.

Thanks!fn

alicesg said...

Lovely shot of the banana tree. I guess you must be having much fun on Langkawi beach.

Maggie May said...

My eyes keep going to the top bit of stalk!
Brilliant shot & I remember the Calypso too! Used to bop about to it!

Jules~ said...

Wow I am really stumped at this banana tree picture. I even went and googled banana tree so I could try and figure out the angle that you used. wow wow wow

I hope you and your family had a wonderful vacation with hearts filled with many treasures.

Shrinky said...

Looks like you and yours are living the life right now.. smile. Yes, that's a great shot - but we expect nothing less coming from you!

On a selfish note - (whisper) when are you coming back?? Enough of all this fun and frivolity, we're missing ya'..

fishing guy said...

David: Wonderful capture of a great pattern.

Sandpiper (Lin) said...

Gorgeous! I love the composition.

Old Wom Tigley said...

FAN-tastic

Bubba's Sis said...

What a gorgeous picture!

Indrani said...

Beautiful picture David. I loved the blues between the leaves.

B Boys Mom said...

Love this pic. You have a very interesting blog. I don't get to travel much so I have really enjoyed reading about your travels.

Melissa said...

wow, this is beautiful. I don't know much technically about photography, but I can say that this gives me the feeling of standing right there looking up at it for myself.

Golightly said...

Incredible, I missed this the first time around.

Carrie and Troy Keiser said...

What an interesting tree. Such great shots and angles you captured.