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Water Under The (Sydney Harbour) Bridge

David McMahon

Melbourne, Australia

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Do you recognise this world-famous sight? (2,304 views on 9 July 2014)

One of the things I enjoy doing is shooting familiar scenes from unfamiliar angles, or in unusual light. If you said this was the Sydney Harbour Bridge, go straight to the top of the class.

I composed this frame – shot on the Easter weekend in 2009 – from Kirribilli Point, because I did not want the bridge itself to be my main subject. Instead, I have allowed my camera to be seduced by the water and the gentle bronze-gold shimmering patterns that play across the dark surface of the rippling water.

The lights and the water were my primary subject here, while the world-famous bridge just plays a cameo role. It’s also interesting that I’ve allowed the lights to tell the story of the shapes, both of the wharf in the first place, and of the bridge in the second place.

You can’t actually see the bridge, per se. What you do see are the lights that pick out its famous shape.

I shot this without a tripod – which is always an interesting challenge. I do not crop, enhance or post-edit my images in any way. Shot with a Pentax K100D with a Sigma 18-125mm lens. F3.5, 1/4 sec, ISO 800, focal length 18mm.

Featured in IMAGE WRITING, October 2009.

Featured in SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE AND HARBOUR BRIDGE, October 2009.

Featured in FOR WINNERS ONLY, November 2009.

Featured in YOUR COUNTRY’S BEST, November 2009.

Featured in NIGHT OR LOW LIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY, January 2010.

Challenge winner, ALL AROUND THE STYLES – I LOVE THE NIGHT LIGHT, June 2010.

Featured in HIGH QUALITY PHOTOGRAPHY, August 2010.

Featured in CONTRASTING PERCEPTIONS, March 2011.

Featured in RED BUBBLE FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHY, May 2011.

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