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Everybody Was Kung Fu Fighting, Er, Lighting! by David McMahon

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It was after dark in Melbourne, and the lights were being switched off at home. I was walking through the kitchen when I noticed that someone had left a miniature figure of Po, the Kung Fu Panda, on the island bench. 1,518 views on 9 November 2013.

There was only one light on, about ten metres away – so the shadow was not the sharpest but it was still sufficiently interesting for me to get my camera out.

Po by himself was not a great shot, but when I moved back slightly and included the sharper image of the handle of a coffee mug, things got far more interesting!

Shot without a tripod. I do not crop, enhance or edit my images in any way. Shot with a Pentax K100D, using a Sigma 18-125mm lens. F5.6, 0.5 sec, ISO 800, focal length 125mm.

Featured in STATUES AND SUCH, June 2009.


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  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaover 5 years ago

    awesome work david

  • Thank you, Scott. I’m glad you liked it. My son was standing beside me and he thought it was a “different” sort of image!

    – David McMahon

  • mttmaliha
    mttmalihaover 5 years ago

    haha!! Good one, David!

  • Thank you, Maureen. I guess a sense of humour is not a bad thing sometimes!

    – David McMahon

  • izzybeth
    izzybethover 5 years ago

    good eye!!!

  • Thank you, Izzybeth. I’m so glad you liked this offbeat image!

    – David McMahon

  • Jen Wahl
    Jen Wahlover 5 years ago

    LOL… love this!! My daughter sings this song all the time!

  • Thank you so much, Jen – isn’t it funny how some old songs never go out of fashion. I’m sure Carl Douglas would approve of your daughter’s taste in music!

    – David McMahon

  • rosson1
    rosson1over 5 years ago

    LOL!!! Wonderful creativity mate:))

  • Really appreciate that, Ralph. I wasn’t sure what the reaction would be to this image, quite frankly. But I shot it as a spontaneous piece of fun because it was someyhing very different – and the feedback has been great!

    – David McMahon

  • kat  -
    kat -over 5 years ago

    Funny!! Hey we all have to have our coffee!!

  • Thank you, Kat. I’m actually a tea drinker, probably because I went to school in Darjeeling, but yes, I know what you mean! (And I do like the aroma of coffee!)

    – David McMahon

  • Nancy Polanski
    Nancy Polanskiover 5 years ago

    This is so funny! I wish I could sit and have a coffee with you. I think you must be fun!

  • Thank you very much, Nancy. Drop in any time. It would be a pleasure to have you visit. We do have a lot of fun in our family and a sense of humour is really important to all of us. I’ve got coffee brewing for you ….

    – David McMahon

  • Helene Henderson
    Helene Hendersonover 5 years ago

    LOL!!!! Great clarity!

  • Thank you, Helene. The clarity isn’t too bad, considering I didn’t use a tripod – actually, I have NEVER used a tripod for any of my shots. Glad you liked this one!

    – David McMahon

  • izzybeth
    izzybethover 5 years ago

    Oh yes it is off beat, and the choice of composition makes it so much more interesting.

  • Thanks very much, Izzybeth. The first two shots were close-ups of the panda’s silhouette, then I realised this was a far more amusing composition!

    – David McMahon

  • Indrani Ghose
    Indrani Ghoseover 5 years ago

    Lovely shadow shot!

  • Thank you, Indrani – and congratulations on your first sale.

    – David McMahon

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