A display of glazed pottery stretches – or so it seems – to infinity. 359 views on 10 July 2011.

This was shot indoors at the Cheetal Grand, a major landmark on the highway from New Delhi to Dehra Dun, in late December 2007. The light here was very low, but I figured it was also soft enough to capture not just the bright colours, but also the more subtle tones in the middle distance and background.

I shot five frames here, four of them close-ups to emphasise the beautiful shapes. But for some reason this long shot is my favourite, simply because of the depth of field and the use of diagonal perspective that seems endless.

I adjusted my focus ring to concentrate on the third piece of pottery, so that the viewer’s eye would be led along the row as it vanished beyond the frame.

I do not crop, enhance or post-edit my images in any way. Shot with a Pentax K100D using a Sigma 18-125mm lens. F5.6, 1/30 sec, ISO 800, focal length 78mm.

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Walkley Award-nominated journalist, novelist and wedding photographer at davidmcmahonweddings.com

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  • Indrani Ghose
    Indrani Ghoseover 5 years ago

    I liked the perspective. It does stretch endlessly to infinity.

  • Thank you, Indrani. There were so many ways to frame this shot …. and the art of India is so vibrant.

    – David McMahon

  • Lois  Bryan
    Lois Bryanover 5 years ago

    COOL!!!! OOOO … David … YUMMY photography … perfect lighting and detail … and LOVE the bright color .. I love this kind of image … what fun!!!!!!!! I agree with you .. the long shot has tons of visual interest!!!!

  • Thank you very much, Lois. The lighting was very low, which actually worked in my favour because the pottery was so colourful.

    – David McMahon

  • Jan Fijolek
    Jan Fijolekover 5 years ago

    Very nice capture, great perspective and repetition ;)

  • Thank you, Jan. I’m glad you liked the shot. I was actually looking for something else when I saw this display of pottery!

    – David McMahon

  • AniaR
    AniaRover 5 years ago

    Very nice picture,

  • Thank you, Ania. I couldn’t resist taking the shot.

    – David McMahon

  • Kate Purdy
    Kate Purdyover 5 years ago

    Great title and wonderfully executed!

  • Thanks Kate. The title just popped into my head as I was taking shots of the pottery!

    – David McMahon

  • Anni Morris
    Anni Morrisover 5 years ago

    Lovely bold shiny colours, great angle :) ~ Anni

  • Thanks very much, Anni. There were a couple of close-ups that were fairly decent, but this one just had the edge in composition.

    – David McMahon

  • emmacollins
    emmacollinsover 5 years ago

    Really lovely :o) Would you be so kind as to share the camera settings you used, I find it very difficult to get the light right in indoor low light … Thanks, Emma

  • Thank you, Emma, glad you liked the shot. Yes, I’ll give you all the technical details this evening. No problem at all. For the moment, though, it was shot with a Pentax K100D and I was using a Sigma 18-125 lens.

    – David McMahon

  • emmacollins
    emmacollinsover 5 years ago

    Thanks David, I look forward to hearing more :o)

  • Hi Emma, it was F5.6, 1/30th of a second, ISO 800 and focal length of 78mm. (I think I sent you an RBmail saying it was 125mm, but that figure was wrong.)

    – David McMahon

  • emmacollins
    emmacollinsover 5 years ago

    Thanks – I think i need to slow down my shutter speed, i just find it tricky if i haven’t got my tripod … Did you use a tripod or have yoou just got a very steady hand :o)

  • I’ve never used a tripod, Emma – and I don’t intend to!

    – David McMahon

  • Christophe Testi
    Christophe Testiover 5 years ago

    Nice perspective.

  • Thanks very much, Christophe. Glad you liked the shot.

    – David McMahon

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