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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 AUSTRALIAN LANDMARKS & ICONS, July 09.

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 AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL CITIES, July 2011.

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

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Comments

  • 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

  • INERVISIONS
    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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