Looks Just Like Grandma's Whalebone Corset by David McMahon

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This was shot in the historic Block Arcade in central Melbourne, in 2008.

The semi-circular metal roof struts were the perfect foil for the soft light on the aches and the darker buttresses below.

By incorporating a straight roof silhouette directly above my head, I was able to use a single clearly defined horizontal point of reference in an image dominated by contrasts of arcs, angles, light and shade.

I do not crop, enhance or post-edit my images in any way. Shot with a Pentax K100D using a Sigma 18-125mm lens. F6.7, 1/30 sec, ISO 400, 50mm.

Featured in UNIQUE BUILDINGS OF THE WORLD, September 2009.

Featured in LIGHT UP MY LIFE, September 2009.


Walkley Award-nominated journalist, novelist and wedding photographer at davidmcmahonweddings.com

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  • micheleirene
    micheleireneover 5 years ago

    Fantastic image David and I LOVE your title :)

  • Thanks very much, Shelly. It’s a beautiful building. Glad the title made you smile!

    – David McMahon

  • Shulie1
    Shulie1over 5 years ago

    Great shot, and it does!

  • Thank you, Shulie, on both counts!

    – David McMahon

  • sfmilner
    sfmilnerover 5 years ago

    Greetings David; Beautifully stunning and nicely composed !

  • Thank you very much, Steve. As I just said to Dilettanto, I moved slightly, ever so slightly off-centre for a reason!

    – David McMahon

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 5 years ago

    An all round great image.

  • Thank you very much, Baynanno. I’m really delighted to hear the shot works for you.

    – David McMahon

  • DilettantO
    DilettantOover 5 years ago

    That’s one BIG Grandma you’ve got! Great shot though. Must having been tricky getting the correct exposure. Most would just blat off the flash and would have killed it stone dead. Must have been a tripod shot, right? Only one slight crit: I personally would have moved slightly to the right to line up those green lights with the wrought iron ‘circles’ behind them….but that’s just me…I’m into symmetry.

  • Thanks for the great comment (and the humour). Actually, it’s not a tripod shot – I never use a tripod, ever!! And the only reason I didn’t opt for 100 per cent symmetry was that the lamps would actually have obscured that beautiful wrought iron. It took me about four or five shots to get it just right.

    – David McMahon

  • DilettantO
    DilettantOover 5 years ago

    As I said, that’s just me. It’s still a great shot and I’m even more impressed knowing you didn’t use a tripod!!! As for the humour, I’m amazed no one beat me to it! First thing I thought of, but again, that’s just me…

  • I always welcome humour – and any feedback! I guess when I first started using a digital SLR I could have made use of a tripod, but I learnt very quickly how to improvise. You might like to look at shot of mine titled “Mystic River” which is also shot without a tripod. This experimentation also stood me in good stead when I shot glaciers and mountains a year ago in the Yukon, in a light plane and in a vibrating chopper!

    – David McMahon

  • DilettantO
    DilettantOover 5 years ago

    I’m not going anywhere near ‘vibrating chopper’….

  • Um, ah, now I see what you mean ….

    – David McMahon

  • bevanimage
    bevanimageover 5 years ago

    Yes, it does (well, great grandma perhaps)! Block Arcade is a favourite of mine, and this really captures the elegance and style of the architecture and the warmth of the lighting. You have a steady hand!

  • Thanks very much!! Yes, it’s great in any light. Like I said to DilettantO, I could have done with a tripod in my first month with a digital SLR, but I learnt to improvise!

    – David McMahon

  • Jon Staniland
    Jon Stanilandover 5 years ago

    Fantastic image David!!

  • Thanks very much, Jon …. glad you like this shot.

    – David McMahon

  • CJTill
    CJTillover 5 years ago

    Stunning picture David.

  • Thank you Colin – it’s a stunning building.

    – David McMahon

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