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Afternoon Streetscape

David McMahon

Melbourne, Australia

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Google Street View it ain’t. Despite the strong silhouettes in this image, it was actually shot at around two o’clock in the afternoon. A colleague and I were driving down Sturt Street, South Melbourne, when I noticed that the sun had slipped behind a small cloud.

Knowing that I literally had a few seconds to react, I quickly pulled over, found a parking bay, grabbed my camera and rapidly shot three frames before the cloud and the sun parted company.

The timing was pure luck, as was the street aspect. The tall, slender building just right-of-centre is Eureka Tower, the highest residential building in the world and a major Melbourne landmark.

The overhead wires actually worked in my favour for this shot, because their intersection points actually draw attention to the main cloud. And if you look in the bottom-left quadrant of the image, you’ll see something that I was happy to get into the frame – subtle reflection coming off windscreens.

I do not crop or post-edit my images in any way. What you see is exactly what I shoot. Taken in 2007, using a Pentax K10D. F 11, 1/2000 sec, ISO 200, and focal length of 18mm.

Featured in TOO BRIGHT, October 2009.

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