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I was walking towards Flinders Street Station in my lunch break on Friday 22 May last year (2009) when I saw this motorcycle illegally parked on a pavement. 305 views on 1 August 2011.

My interest in geometry stopped me in my tracks. I knew that part of the station would possibly be reflected in the right-hand mirror. I had to contort myself, leaning across the bike to line up this shot.

I was very lucky because it was a cloudless blue sky and the quality of the light produced a crisp, clean reflection of the distinctive facade of the station, along with part of the green dome.

I do not crop or post-edit my work in any way. What you see is exactly what I shoot.

Shot at F8, 1/350 sec, ISO 200 and focal length of 125mm. Shot with a Pentax K100D fitted with my favourite lens, a Sigma 18-125mm.


Featured in AUSTRALIANA CHALLENGES, June 2010.

Featured in YELLOW TWO, December 2010.

Top 10 in AUTOMOTIVE BLING, April 2011.

Featured in ELITE IMAGES, July 2011.


Featured in #1 ARTISTS OF RED BUBBLE, August 2011.



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  • Alixzandra
    Alixzandraabout 5 years ago

    Great photograph! such a vivid reflection and love the focus.

  • Thank you Alixzandra. I was very lucky because the weather was good, there was a blue sky and the light was excellent.

    – David McMahon

  • EarthGipsy
    EarthGipsyabout 5 years ago

    LOve your work!

  • Thank you very much, EarthGipsy. I’m delighted to know that my work gets a thumbs-up from you.

    – David McMahon

  • laurawhitaker
    laurawhitakerabout 5 years ago

    Great idea for a shot! Looks awesome! Well spotted! :)

  • Thank you, Laura. I’m so glad you liked the shot. It’s a very striking building, a real symbol of Melbourne – so it was something different to shoot it this way.

    – David McMahon

  • kat  -
    kat -about 5 years ago

    Great shot!!!

  • Thank you, Kat – I literally had to contort myself to lean right across and over the bike to take this shot. If I had simply taken it from the other side, I would have blocked the reflection!

    – David McMahon

  • MsLynn
    MsLynnabout 5 years ago

    I like this one a lot,it reminds me of one of mine,great job.

  • Thank you very much, MsLynn. I was lucky with the angle – and the light was so strong that it was tailor-made for what I was trying to achieve.

    – David McMahon

  • Jon Staniland
    Jon Stanilandabout 5 years ago

    Love this David! Fantastic detail and dof !!

  • Thank you, Jon – luckily the mirror itself was clear and the light was great, which meant the reflection was really crisp as well.

    – David McMahon

    INERVISIONSabout 4 years ago

    This is a fantastic capture David. Well shot and very well spotted. Excellent.

  • Thank you very much. I felt like Quasimodo when I was leaning over to take the shot at such a precarious angle!

    – David McMahon

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtabout 4 years ago

    Totally awesome David..WOW!

  • Thank you very much, Cee – it’s a great building, and I’m so glad my curiosity led me to check out the reflection!

    – David McMahon

  • stephaniek
    stephaniekabout 4 years ago

    GREAT photo David!! ;-))

  • Thanks very much, Stephanie. I was pretty pleased with this one.

    – David McMahon

  • Michael John
    Michael Johnabout 4 years ago

    A great ‘Yellow’ image. Well Done!

  • That’s wonderful news, Michael. Thank you for the great honour.

    – David McMahon

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