This shot of a grand piano (and its own reflection in the open lid of a nearby Steinway) was taken at Allans Music in central Melbourne in November 2008. 2,602 views and one sale on 9 July 2014.

The soft pools of light were a perfect foil for the dark timber. I asked – and was readily given permission – to get my camera out to shoot this frame.

The real piano ends two-thirds of the way down the frame. The rest is the reflection.

I do not crop or post-edit my images in any way. What you see is exactly what I shoot. I shot this with a Pentax K100D with an 18-125mm Sigma lens. Details: F4.5, 1/10th sec, ISO 800 and focal length 34mm.

Featured in COLOR AND LIGHT, May 2009.

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Comments

  • JUSTART
    JUSTARTover 5 years ago

    beautiful shot, great light

  • David McMahon
    David McMahonover 5 years ago

    Thank you – I was extremely lucky that they allowed me to use my camera in the store!

  • © Karin  Taylor
    © Karin Taylorover 5 years ago

    o this is very beautiful, and classic David
    my daughter Sarah plays beautifully, this is a lovely gift idea for musicians of any age :)

  • Thanks, Karin. The pools of light really made the shot. All I had to do was compose it and hit the trigger.

    – David McMahon

  • terezadelpilar~ art & architecture
    terezadelpilar...over 5 years ago

    just fabulous!

  • Thank you very much. It was just lucky that I was in the store!

    – David McMahon

  • Robert C Richmond
    Robert C Richmondover 5 years ago

    Interesting shot for photographers and musicians. Well done.

  • Thank you, LumenLux – I wish I could say that I am a musician, but I have to be honest here!

    – David McMahon

  • kat  -
    kat -over 5 years ago

    Beautiful! I love it!!

  • Thanks, Kat. The people in the store were very generous to allow me to use my camera there.

    – David McMahon

  • mrsboretti
    mrsborettiabout 5 years ago

    Great color and composition!
    Well seen!

  • Thank you so much, Christine – the light just made the shot snap in my brain when I saw the reflection!

    – David McMahon

  • Almark
    Almarkabout 5 years ago

    Wonderful work, well done

  • Thanks very much, Mark. The pools of light simply made it irresistible. I asked permission – and it was readily given.

    – David McMahon

  • Cheryl  Lunde
    Cheryl Lundeabout 5 years ago

    Awesome!

  • Thanks so much, Cheryl.

    – David McMahon

  • Diane Schuster
    Diane Schusterabout 5 years ago

    Fantastic light and reflection, Love the piano, wonderful idea! Dee

  • Thank you very much, Dee.

    – David McMahon

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