Tuesday, July 14, 2009

The Best Little Oar House In Texas

Row, Row, Row Your Boat

Photograph copyright: DAVID McMAHON



The Yarra River is more than just the waterway on which Melbourne’s founding fathers decided to build the city. It is an integral part of the city’s sporting culture, and on its banks are English elms (rather than Australian native trees) which were planted by English colonists who hankered for familiar foliage.

This shot was taken just before dawn last Friday, when the river took on an interesting silver-pink hue as it reflected the clouds high above. I was walking across Princes Bridge when I looked down and saw this crew rowing towards the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Naturally, I had to stop to take the shot. I took two frames, unsure of whether my reactions would actually be quick enough to capture the concentric pools of water left by the passage of each oar.

Looks like the result wasn't too shabby. The thing I really like about this low-light, quick-motion shot is that you can still see the swirls and eddies left by the previous dip of the oars into the water. Fast swirls. And also, er, fast eddies.

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44 comments:

Mrs. Organic said...

This has to be one of my all time favorite shots of yours, it's stunning and serene. And the caption isn't too shabby either.

Blondie said...

I just spend my first time in an 8 man boat and loved it!

expateek said...

Lovely photo, so serene!

Mojo said...

Sixer! (that's the word, right?) This may be one of your finest efforts to date David. The light is pure magic, and the composition is pitch perfect.

Brilliant shot!

Brian Miller said...

you had me at the blof title. ha. great shot, love the color. serene.

TechnoBabe said...

Catchy title!

Moannie said...

Great title, shot and comment, David, and I especially love the way the eddies look like chocolate icing swirls.

Artist Unplugged said...

Excellent photo...but you know that already! Sad about the Chitty car, perhaps they should have flown it just above...

Daryl said...

LOVE the ripples ..

Aparna said...

Excellent shot. You captured the shot at just the right moment. Loved the swirls.

The Girl From Cherry Blossom Street said...

This is a beautiful shot! Wow!

Leslie: said...

Your title certainly caught my attention! lol

The colours are lovely here and it's amazing that you managed to catch the swirls caused by the rowing. Perfectly timed. But then I always expect the best from you! :)

Sandi McBride said...

Your prowess with a camera and the shot you're after is to be admired...you never fail to enthrall..Sandi

Maggie May said...

Absolutely great action packed shot. Round pools of ripples and all!

~Just me again~ said...

LOL....love the title. As usual a great shot!

Fat, frumpy and fifty... said...

beautiful image David...you sure know how to take em!!

willow said...

Excellent shot. Oar house? You always make me giggle!!

jinksy said...

Who'd have thunk the dunk of an oar could be so beautiful?

Pseudonymous High School Teacher said...

Loved this shot.

Sherry at EX Marks the Spot said...

What an amazing shot! The ripples in the water are wonderful.

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spacedlaw said...

Wonderful colour to the shot. it was the right hour and the right time.

Cheffie-Mom said...

Very peaceful - the colors are beautiful!

James said...

Wonderful capture. The circles in the water, the light,shadows,color everything.

Martha Z said...

Great photo, color and composition are just perfect.

Sylvia K said...

Marvelous shot, as always, David! And I do love your caption! Have a great week!

secret agent woman said...

I love that shot - boththe color fo the sky and the water rings made by the oars.

Eddie Bluelights said...

Super shot David - lots of Eddies too! ~ Eddie

erin said...

so like how you were able to capture the circles in the water. lovely light.
lovely shot.

marcia@joyismygoal said...

And fast Davids:)Trying to fool us w the tx title- That is one fine shot all you caughtthat is way better than those motivational poster ones like my sports -playing sons liked

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

David: Creative title, I got it. My mother bought a shirt for herself and a freind and had no clue what the Chicken Ranch was..

Janie said...

Great title, and the capture of the swirls and eddies, not to mention the marvelous color, is great.

notfromaroundhere said...

Awesome shot, my favorite on this blog since I've started reading it.

Greyscale Territory said...

What an atmosphere in this beautiful light! And the water swirls are like endless pools of mystery! Gorgeous photo!

Hilary said...

This photo is stunningly beautiful.. but that pun stopped me in my tracks.

Annie said...

Ah, lovely shot David. Very well done!

Also love the flower shot too below...I do enjoy Melbourne's flowers whenever I visit in the Spring.

Babooshka said...

I am groaning under the weight of that terrific pun. Have to say the light is magical in this but far too much hard work for me to row.

Thanks you for the inclusion in the round up the other day.

Elisabeth's bright side said...

The total composition is stunning and together with the special colours on Friday at sunset I think you made your POTD for keeps!

® ♫ The Brit ♪ ® said...

Absolutely love the beautiful colours and textures/ripples that you have captured in the water and I must admit that the title of your post just made me click..... hilarious title! and I laughed a lot!!!!!!

ds said...

Beauty-full...life is but a dream...

uncleawang said...

Lovely photo !!! we have boat race by end of July in my world:)
Have a nice day.

Shadow said...

that looks amazing. rowing has always held an attraction for me...

Arija said...

Hats off David, well spotted and shot with lightning reflexes.

Tricia McWhorter said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I just love this photo. There's so much going on with the light and the patterns and the reflections.

Katney said...

I like the circles made by the oars. And the colors. And the whole thing.

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