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This shot of the Petronas Towers, Kuala Lumpur, was taken in July 2008. It was a hot, sunny day and I wanted a frame that emphasised the effective combination of triangles, arcs and straight lines within a single facade. 1,055 views on 9 April 2014.

By composing this shot, I concentrated on the abstract aspect of the image. Yet, it is instantly recognisable as the facade of the side-by-side towers.

Euclid himself would have been impressed with the great work of the architects.

I do not crop or post-edit my work in any way. I shot this with a Pentax K100D, using a Sigma 18-125mm lens. F9.5, 1/250 sec, ISO 200, focal length 50mm.

Featured in SHAPES AND PATTERNS, May 2009.

Fetaured in FULL FRONTAL FACADES, May 2009.

Featured in ART OF GLASS, May 2009.

Featured in VANISHING POINTS, June 2009.


Featured in UNIQUE BUILDINGS OF THE WORLD, November 2009.

Featured in JUST LINES, January 2010.

Featured in IF IT DOESN’T BELONG, July 2010.

Featured in EXTRA-ORDINARY PHOTOGRAPHY, August 2010.

Featured in HIGH QUALITY IMAGES, August 2010.



Challenge winner, LOOKING UP AT BUILDINGS, December 2010.

Featured in DOWNTOWN, September 2011.


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  • Karo / Caroline Evans (Caux-Evans)
    Karo / Carolin...over 5 years ago

    quite interseting perspective

  • Thanks so much, Carolline. The towers are even better to photograph at night, when they are lit!

    – David McMahon

  • Ranald
    Ranaldover 5 years ago

    Some building.

  • Thanks, Ranald. They were the tallest in the world until they were eclipsed by Taipei 101 – but from memory they are still the tallest ``twin’’ structures in the world.

    – David McMahon

  • LorenaLo
    LorenaLoover 5 years ago

    Wow, this is amazing David. Taken something so normal and made it look like something from another world completely. Love the exposure here and the lighting is perfect.

  • Thanks, Lorena. I was lucky with the light – it was very sunny, so I actually had to work the angle carefully.

    – David McMahon

  • tim buckley | bodhiimages
    tim buckley | ...over 5 years ago

    fabulous, love your traditional capture philosophy of non post processing too, photography is photography, digital imaging is digital imaging…great stuff…

  • Thanks very much for that comment. When I was 13 years old, I learnt (at school) the art of darkroom developing, mixing chemicals, using an enlarger and different printing techniques. Each was complementary.

    Today’s technology is simply the electronic equivalent of using a darkroom. Instead of using techniques of heightening contrast and areas within a print, as the greatest black-and-white masters did (legitimately) today’s photographers (equally legitimately) can use a variety of post-editing techniques.

    This is entirely legitimate and is an art form all of its own.

    However, in full understanding of a) the technology b) the darkroom art, I choose not to crop or post-edit my images.

    Why? Because that, to me, is the true challenge of photography. It’s a purely personal view … and everyone is entitled to their own stance in this debate.

    – David McMahon

  • Rosalie Scanlon
    Rosalie Scanlonover 5 years ago

    Excellent capture and taken at a great angle.

  • Thank you very much, Rosalie. It was a very hot morning but I was determined to get some good shots.

    – David McMahon

  • Maria  Moro
    Maria Moroover 5 years ago

    Just fantastic,, larger than life ,, Congratulations

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  • That’s made my day. Thank you so much, Maria. The architecture was such an interesting use of sharp angles and soft curves.
    My thanks, once again …..

    – David McMahon

  • Michelle BarlondSmith
    Michelle Barlo...over 5 years ago


  • Thanks, Michelle. Appreciate it.

    – David McMahon

  • hologram
    hologramover 5 years ago

    incredible perspective and contrast.
    regards, h
    ps congrats on well deserved feature.

  • Thank you very much, Hologram. It’s such a famous landmark that I just wanted to do a) something different and b) something simple. Many thanks for your comment.

    – David McMahon

  • wahumom
    wahumomover 5 years ago

    June 14, 2009

  • Hi Sheila, what a great start to the week – yes, it’s Monday morning here in Melbourne, Australia. My thanks to you and your co-hosts.

    – David McMahon

  • wahumom
    wahumomover 5 years ago

    Wow…Monday morning there…here in Texas it’s Sunday late afternoon. :)

  • Hi Sheila, - and now it’s almost 10pm Tuesday here in Melbourne!

    – David McMahon

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