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Roswell Alien In Disguise (See His Antenna?) by David McMahon

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… And it looks like he borrowed Salvador Dali’s moustache as well ….!

This shot was taken in Hosier Lane, in inner-city Melbourne, in July this year. It was a cold winter afternoon with rain and a biting wind.

All of a sudden I looked up and noticed a beautiful, warm glow from the lamp suspended exactly halfway across the narrow, bustling lane.

I literally stopped in my tracks and composed the shot to make the lamp the central feature. But by choosing my angle carefully, I was able to use this beautiful old building as a backdrop. Look carefully and you’ll notice that each of the three floors has a completely different look. Also, those wide windows show you just how grey the sky was.

By reducing the focal length fractionally, I was able to include the dark silhouette on the right, with the distinctive balconies that stand out so clearly.

Why? Because it just gives the photograph an extra dimension and endows it with the feel that this might have been an image shot more than a century ago …..

I do not crop, enhance or post-edit my images in any way. Shot with a Pentax K100D, using a Sigma 18-125mm lens. F8, 1/125 sec, ISO 400, focal length 108mm.

Featured by my co-host in PASSIONATE ABOUT VINTAGE, September, 2009.

Featured in LIGHT UP MY LIFE, September 2009.


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  • Merrilyn Hunt
    Merrilyn Huntover 5 years ago

    Great shot, David! Love the depth of field and the feel of Melbourne’s Hosier Lane.

  • Thanks, Merrilyn. What a great lane it is!

    – David McMahon

  • JennyMac
    JennyMacover 5 years ago

    Haha… well seen David… Great shot! : )

  • Thanks very much, Jenny. The street lamp really made a difference on that grey afternoon!

    – David McMahon

  • Betty Mackey
    Betty Mackeyover 5 years ago

    Great shot, and the name gives it extra zip.

  • Thanks for that kind comment, Betty – and I’m glad you like the title.

    – David McMahon

  • CJTill
    CJTillover 5 years ago

    Great shot, David.

  • Thanks very much, Colin. The gloomy light that afternoon was perfect for this shot.

    – David McMahon

  • Shulie1
    Shulie1over 5 years ago

    What a great shot – and it does look like Dali’s moustache!

  • Thank you so much, Shulie …. the ``moustache’’ was what caught my attention! Glad you like the resemblance!

    – David McMahon

  • sfmilner
    sfmilnerover 5 years ago

    Greetings David; Beautifully captured, the composition, framing and lighting are done just right ! The Dali got me laughing, your wonderful eye misses nothing my friend !

  • Thanks very much, Steve and congratulations to your for your Challenge win. I was lucky with the gloomy light that afternoon – and I’m glad you liked the Dali reference!

    – David McMahon

    JUSTARTover 5 years ago

    haha yes i see it
    great shot, as usual :)

  • Thank you very much, JustArt – I had a funny feeling this shot might catch your eye!

    – David McMahon

  • Ranald
    Ranaldover 5 years ago

    Nicely spotted. Details are often far more interesting than the bigger picture.

  • Thank you, Ranald. I think it probably says a lot about my upbringing that I constantly look for the smallest, most intricate details when I have a camera in my hand!

    – David McMahon

  • Sazfab
    Sazfabover 5 years ago

    very art nouveau..stunning lamp…

  • Thanks, Saz. You would love Hosier Lane – and so would Moannie. The ambience is great, the food is good and the decor is interesting from every angle.

    – David McMahon

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderover 5 years ago

    Well spotted and love the comment about the moustache :)

  • Thank you, Kalaryder. I actually thought about swapping lenses and using my 300mm lens for a close-up, but it was raining and I wasn’t game to change lenses in such lousy weather!

    – David McMahon

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