Sunday, March 22, 2009

Baby, It's Colt Outside

Don’t Try Taking Me For A Ride

Photographs copyright: DAVID McMAHON


See the horse in this photograph? No? Look carefully. Still can’t see it? Would you like a clue? Okay, here goes - it’s a white horse.

Still can’t see it? Trust me, it’s there. No, it ain’t a figment of my imagination. Yes, there is seriously a white horse in the frame. Would I lie to you?

Okay, I’ll give you a closer look. This second shot (below) which was taken from a different angle using a different focal length, shows you exactly where the horse is. Naturally enough, it was shot outside the City Hall in Whitehorse, capital city of the Yukon.

If you look really carefully at the second shot, you'll even notice the clearly-defined shadow on the exterior wall.


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35 comments:

Cath said...

I got it but I had to squint. What a curious creation! Great shot - perfect with the shadow.

I joined in this week! Come see!

Crystal Jigsaw said...

Very clever, David!

CJ xx

Shawna said...

I didn't notice the horse until you said "See the horse?" But then it leapt right out at me. What an amazing um, sculpture, I suppose. Such simple lines, yet such detail. Thanks for sharing.

I didn't see the horse because I was trying to read the sign. This is a good reminder that if you focus too much on the information in life, you'll completely miss the artwork that's right in front of your face.

Kate said...

It is very clever and creative.

i beati said...

Is it a hitching post or simply art ??Coolness Sandy

Sylvia K said...

I had to squint a bit, too, but then that's not unusual for me these days! It's a great shot, as always!

Ananda girl said...

It's almost like a ghost. Cool how the shadow is more substantial. I must admit I thought the sign's wording might be the focus, so I had to enlarge the pic... then found the horse.

kaye said...

It seems to mimic the rugged ice capped mountains of Alaska, I wonder if the artist meant to do that? I also like how the shadow is more substantial than the original. great picture

Bryan said...

Oddly I noticed the shadow horse before the white horse.

Merisi said...

Better not bolt with that colt,
its shadow may get you cold! ;-)

The shadow is the most amazing part of your picture, I am in awe!

Btw, is this a bicycle parking rack?
In Vienna, it would immediately be used as such. ;-)

The Girl From Cherry Blossom Street said...

Sir David, what horse? I don't see the horse! Oh, that pony? :-)

Yes, how very clever!

Sniffles and Smiles said...

Ingenious! Fantastic photo as well!

Joy said...

Interesting photo!

Grammy said...

Great capture. I would have not thought of the shadow in the photo.

introspection said...

Clever focussing with camera. The first picture has the horse but the focus is on the information on the city hall entrance. The second shot truly focuses and frames the horse.
Awsome...!!

rosiescribble said...

What an unusual contraption, very original!

Eddie Bluelights said...

Saw it David, got it on first photo. BUT WATCH OUT! There's a black horse shadowing it! Super photo.

B.T.Bear (esq.) said...

At ferst I thort it waz 2 polar Bears but then I sor it waz a horse!

:@}

Maggie May said...

yes, I got that first go! Love the second horse provided by the shadow.

Manz said...

Another unique cc post.

Looks like someone had fun with a bike rack design. I know it's not one - it's just odd and it's position suggests bike rack to me ;)

The hard shadow and readers/viewers reactions say alot... I believe we see black before white and that optical illusions play on that.

Queen-Size funny bone said...

I thought thats what I saw.

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Babooshka said...

Photographers see the world in a very strange way. There is a famous White Horse carving in the UK and this outline reminded me of it straight away.

E said...

Tough one to see- but great statue.

allhorsestuff said...

Oh~ I do love the name of that town!
Thanks for visiting me today...
The shadow horse is really great!
Do you suppose it is a clever bike rack?
KacyK

The Things We Carried said...

you got me. I swore I saw a wolf in the first picture, but no! Not at all.

Jules~ said...

wow that really threw me. The head of the horse is a different thickness than the body.

And thank you for the reminder of the song. It is a fun one and it is stuck in my head now.

Carletta said...

I had to have a closeup but yes a horse is a horse of course! :)

BTW - thanks for coming by my alphabet challenge post on Wednesday.
My Critters post is on my photoblog: Carletta’s Captures.

Hilary said...

So, is its mane purpose as a bicycle rack?

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Sandy said...

I think that's pretty neat!

Pagan Sphinx said...

That is a very cool take on the critters theme. I love to stretch it like that too when I have a good photo for it.

I posted a white horse also. Come visit!

Rhea said...

Very strange horse. Is it a bike rack? Or a sculpture?

Love the rose photos above!

And very cool about the oldest Latin joke book.

Misty Dawn said...

This is SO neat! I love the shadow it casts! What a creative and interesting piece.

Carolina said...

Hmmm, this horse looks a tad uncomfortable. But it's a very original piece of art. I like it.