Sunday, November 28, 2010

Never yawn, from dusk to morn

Photograph copyright: DAVID McMAHON (Image ID: USA2010-8530)


It's not often you get to photograph dusk over your own country and then, scant hours later, dawn over the Pacific. But here's the tricky bit, right? The first image shows dusk on 23rd June 2010 and the next one shows dawn on - that's right, the same day!

The shot above was taken a couple of hours into the long haul from Sydney to San Francisco aboard a United Boeing 747. Then some hours later, I gazed through my window as I tried to sleep - and sat there transfixed by the colours that began to develop on the horizon, from my vantage point more than 30,000 feet up.

I was really tired, but I got to my feet, walked back a couple of rows, took my camera from the overhead locker - and then made my way to the rear of the plane, to shoot some frames through the tiny observation porthole in the last emergency door.

It was well worth the effort. I can now claim to have photographed dawn AFTER shooting dusk on the same day.


Photograph copyright: DAVID McMAHON (Image ID: USA2010-8533)

15 comments:

Moannie said...

Wonderful serendipity David, my old Sir Knight; that you were awake and semi-attached to your camera. What a wonderful world we have, and how we mess it about.

veri word is: zooph. Add an M to zoo and m before ph, and that is what you were doing: [strange woman!]

Johnnny said...

Never Fail from Dusk to Dawn

Every new day at around 12:01 AM
David posts and we don't even pay 'im
Verse and Worse time at 12:01 PM
This is David's way of carpe diem.

TechnoBabe said...

You captured it coming and going. Very cool.

Johnnny said...

ZOOMPH?

Moannie's new word is possibly zoomph
Which I've never heard since leavin the woomph
It conveys speed I have to assumeph
Hi-flying jet causing a sonic boomph.

Maggie May said...

Almost mirror images! What a good idea!
Maggie X

Nuts in May

aims said...

I don't believe I have anything to add to all these previous comments that have said it all - except perhaps a smile!

katney said...

I have some very similar pictures from our trip to the UK, but not the distinction of the "time travel."

david mcmahon said...

Serendipity is the perfect word, Moannie - almost as good as "zooph"!

david mcmahon said...

Very kind of you to say so, Johnny. Thank you!

david mcmahon said...

It was great fun, TechnoBabe!

david mcmahon said...

Glad it put a smile on your face, Aims!

david mcmahon said...

Johnny - that is the best combination of rhyming words. Ogden Nash would be so proud ....

david mcmahon said...

Lucky with the timing of the flight, Maggie - hence each image is a virtual mirror image of the other!

david mcmahon said...

I look forward to seeing your shots, Katney ...

Shrinky said...

OMG, isn't that an incredible thing? It's hard to wrap my brain around.. and my goodness man, how can you be blogging this soon instead of tucked up in bed, catching up on some valuable sleep?

Simply love this post!