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Stroke Of Luck

David McMahon

Melbourne, Australia

Artist's Description

Quite apart from the rare pink-orange hue of the Yarra River’s surface, what I really wanted to depict here was the wonder of how geometrical aspects crop up in scenes from everyday life. (2,292 views and 33 favourites on 20 August 2014.)
Apart from the symmetry of the slender, dark oars and the diagonal motion of the vessel away from me, I was struck by the repetitive pattern of the bow wave that is echoed all the way across the hull.
And an interesting counterpoint to the many straight lines and acute angles is provided by the pattern of concentric circles on the left of the frame.
This shot was taken just before dawn in early July 2009, when the river took on an interesting coppery hue as it reflected the winter clouds high above. I was walking across Princes Bridge when I looked down and saw this crew rowing towards the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
I shot two frames, unsure of whether my reactions would actually be quick enough to capture the concentric pools of water left by the passage of each oar.
The thing I really like about this low-light, quick-motion shot is that you can still see the swirls and eddies left by the previous dip of the oars into the water. Fast swirls. And also, er, fast eddies.

I do not crop, enhance or post-edit my work in any way. Shot with a Pentax K100D, using a Sigma 18-125mm lens. F5.6, 1/60 sec, ISO 800, focal length 125mm.

Featured in COLOURS OF WATER, July 2009.

Featured in TECHNICAL PHOTOGRAPHY, July 2009.

Featured in DAWN & DUSK LIGHT, July 2009.

Featured in ALL COUNTRIES: WETLANDS, PONDS, LAKES AND RIVERS, July 2009.

Featured in THE ART OF ROWING, August 2009.

Top 10 in YOU’RE ACCEPTED challenge, September 2009.

Featured in NIRVANA, October 2009.

Winner, ACTION IN THIRDS Challenge, January 2010.

Featured in ALL ABOUT BOATING, June 2010.

Featured in FREEDOM IN WORDS AND ART, September 2010.

Top 10, PEOPLE AT WORK CHALLENGE, February 2011.

Featured in ALL WATER IN MOTION AND REFLECTIONS IN WATER, April 2011.

Featured in HIGH QUALITY PHOTOGRAPHY, May 2011.

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

Featured in HIGH QUALITY PHOTOGRAPHY, May 2011.

Featured in PENTAX, September 2011.
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