Thursday, April 30, 2009

Last Embers Of The Day

The View Is Part Of The A La Carte Menu

Photograph copyright: DAVID McMAHON


Every single photograph I've posted on this weekly theme has depicted a door shot from the outside. This week, for the first time, I've shown you the view from inside, looking out through a set of open doors.

While we were in Langkawi, Malaysia, last July, one of the first things I did when we checked in just before midday was to ask one of the lobby staff where the western horizon was. You see, I simply needed to orient myself in order to keep track of where the sun rose and set – which is one of those vital pieces of information when you carry a camera.

I wondered if the beach sunsets would rank with some of the vivid sky shows we often get in Melbourne, even on a winter’s day. I’m sure the tropical Malaysian island also gets some flaming colours across the horizon, but it didn’t happen in the week that we were there.

Midway through our stay, though, I shot this while we were at the pierside restaurant, Captain’s Grill, which looks out over the Indian Ocean. It’s not often you can take a shot like this from inside a restaurant, is it?

Yes, you read that right. I did take both these shots from where I sat in the restaurant. But there are a couple of things to note.

Firstly, I had my favourite 18-125mm lens on my Pentax, which allowed me several variations in composition. Secondly, I was actually facing east - so the sun had already set behind my back when I noticed the brief flare of pastels in the sky.


For earlier posts in this series, check out The Doors Archive.

29 comments:

Tessa said...

Lovely, limpid colours. A beautiful shot, David.

spacedlaw said...

I particularly love the second picture. But was the food good?
Did it meet the high standards set by nature?

imac said...

Wonderful colour David.

You are invited to the beach party.

James said...

Wonderfully romantic views. Great pictures!

Sylvia K said...

Wonderful, beautiful colors, perfect shots as always, David.

Kim said...

Truly beautiful-what great places you go.

lakeviewer said...

Yes, how was the food? The layers in the second picture look man-arranged, composed just for us.

Moannie said...

Love the rising whale island in the second shot and the so beautiful colours.

Daryl said...

Ah memories are so lovely ... and so are those doors and the view ... I am sharing more of my trip today and tomorrow .. some doors included!

Sniffles and Smiles said...

What a wonderful table you had!!!! And you certainly know how to make the most of it! Lovely colors...more fantastic shots!!!!

Daryl said...

Here's a nice set of doors:
http://bubblewench.blogspot.com/2009/04/wordless-wednesday_29.html

Kelly H-Y said...

Gorgeous!

The Things We Carried said...

Ah, the beauty your eyes have seen :)! Lovely shot!

Eddie Bluelights said...

Super shot, as ever.

Mojo said...

Yeah, I can see how people would be willing to pay extra for that view. Wow!

I took a bit of a time trip this week. A really fast one.
The Doors #11: "Little GTO"

Cath said...

"Last embers of the day" - beautiful title. How do you find these titles?

Great shots and of course, the story behind them.
(I am glad I am not the only one who asks which way is east and west - I know I am not alone in madness.)

Gaston Studio said...

Love, love, love the second shot! Both are great but the second one really speaks to me... and it's telling me to book a reservation!

Cheffie-Mom said...

Beautiful! I'm sure it was a wonderful time!

3 Bay B Chicks said...

Your life never ceases to amaze me. I would bet good money that you have some of the best travel stories around.

-Francesca

Sarah Laurence said...

Did you remember to eat? What a view and well captured. There's an island restaurant where the diners applaud when the sun sinks into the sea.

beckie said...

David, beautiful photos from inside.With views like those it would be hard to concentarte on eating. Thanks for your comment on my blog. Snow-ugh!

nbta said...

Great blog! I've added it to my list of stops and looking forward to going through the posts. Absolutely wonderful pictures.

SandyCarlson said...

These are some romantic photos! Gorgeous.

Pastor Sharon said...

Breath taking photographs! Thank you for sharing!

Alyson (New England Living) said...

So tranquil! Nicely done!

Kirti said...

beautiful!

Claire said...

Thank you so very much for the nomination yesterday. It was so unexpected and yet so welcomed!

I have a very good sense of direction and I too always orientate myself upon arriving in a new place. It somehow centres me and gets me into correct positioning.

The time of day that you have captured here lasts for such a short period of time and yet it is one of the most beautiful. Thank you for capturing it so eloquently in word and image.

Shadow said...

now that's a sight i'll happily order.

♥ bfs~"Mimi" ♥ said...

I hate to sound like there's an echo ~ but ditto!!! The pictures and colors are breathtaking. I relaxed just looking at them! If had seen that view in person, simply might have melted.