This shot was taken on the jetty at Milsons Point in Sydney over the Easter weekend in 2009. It was dusk and there was heavy cloud over the city. While we waited for a ferry, I explored the pier near Luna Park and my attention was drawn to the graceful arc of the metal links of this chain. (1,827 views on 9 November 2013.)
One facet of this view that captivated me was that the links have a Surrealist touch, almost as if they are melting.
Because of the moody sky, I figured it would be a great opportunity to capture the metallic surface of the links.
The depth of field in this shot was very deliberate. While I composed it with the links as the central focus, you’ll notice one of the world’s most famous pieces of architecture in the background, across the harbour.
Yes, it’s the Sydney Opera House. Did you notice it immediately?
To me, this composition also signifies Australia’s own journey, from convict beginnings (represented by the metal chain) to acknowledged cultural status (represented by the Opera House).
I do not crop or post-edit my work in any way – what you see is exactly what I shoot. This was taken with a Pentax K100D, using a Sigma 18-125mm lens. I shot it at F5.6, 1/180 sec, ISO 200, with a focal length of 125mm.
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