Friday, November 12, 2010

All the fun of the fare

Photograph copyright: DAVID McMAHON (Image ID: USA2010-01July-0274)


If you're familiar with my photography, whether it is here on my blog or on my Red Bubble site, you'd know that I enjoy shooting familiar objects from unusual angles. (This is only a low-res version, but if you'd like to view the full-size original on my Red Bubble page, just click here.)

So when Mrs Authorblog and I took the Authorbloglets to the Big Apple in late June this year, we figured we had to take one of those open-top bus tours to see as much of Manhattan as swiftly as we could, while trying to cover all the major spots on foot. It's a good thing I'm used to firing off shots from a moving vehicle, after my experiences in the Yukon and certain other spots around the world.

This shot was taken from my vantage spot on the left-hand side of the top of the bus. I was using my standard 18-125mm lens, rather than the 70-300mm lens I always carry with me. It was more than sufficient to compose a tight frame of a familiar symbol of NYC, albeit from a point of view not often seen.

14 comments:

Johnnny said...

Hello David. Isn't it so often true, that it all depends on the angle from which you see things? {Taxi!}

Betsy said...

I thought you were standing on a balcony! The taxi...a perfect symbol of NYC! :)

TechnoBabe said...

How many bloglets were with you? Do they also bring cameras when you travel as a family?

Daryl said...

Your angles have inspired me greatly ..

david mcmahon said...

Hi Johnny - you're absolutely right, because life is all about perspective.

david mcmahon said...

Thanks, Betsy - glad this shot caught your eye. Did you know that we met Daryl when in NYC?

david mcmahon said...

TechnoBabe, all the authorbloglets can handle a camera. One of them, in fact, took the shot that Daryl posted of our meeting in Times Square.

david mcmahon said...

Thanks, Darl - so very kind of you. The chance of shooting from the top of a bus was unique, and challenging.

Maggie May said...

You always take a good picture whatever the angle! I have been inspired by your angles and always seem to be looking out for unusual things.

The Authorbloglets must have all the inspiration and technical knowhow of having a photographer dad like you. They are very lucky.
Maggie X

Nuts in May

King of New York Hacks said...

Not that I'm biased, but it really is a brilliant shot David. :) Unfortunately..Some pedestrians have had a similar point of view O_O ...also hard to believe that the sea of yellow will one day be all green...oh well, you'll have to visit again for an updated pic. Cheers and honks from NYC.

katney said...

We enjoyed the double decker bus tour in Edinburgh this summer. Good for fun picture angles.

OJ Gonzalez-Cazares said...

what's more newyorker than a yellow cab?? probably one Newyorker snatching a cab from another! ;) great shot!!

Virginia said...

And what a fine tight image you got David. Leave it you and the authorlettes! HEEEE

Ayak said...

Great shot. I so wish I was good at photography, but I'll settle for admiring yours!