The Brady Bench by David McMahon

A simple shot of two Melbourne timber benches (on a tiled first-floor walkway) that look like two identical pieces of a giant 3D puzzle.

Because I wanted a bird’s eye view of the benches as they melded into the tiled floor and the soft reflections from the overhead lights, I went up to the next floor and shot this frame.

The horizontal orange strip on top of the image is actually part of the balcony on the next floor – and I thought it would be an interesting way to anchor the top of the image, using the same colour scheme.

I do not crop, enhance or post-edit my images in any way. Shot with a Pentax K100D using a Sigma 18-125mm lens. F5.6, 1/10 sec, ISO 800, focal length 68mm.

Featured in I HEART PATTERNS, September 2009.

Featured in AVANT GARDE ART, September 2009.


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  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtover 5 years ago

    Wonderful capture. Love the colors and composition :D

  • Thank you so much, Cee – the light was very challenging, so I decided to work WITH it!

    – David McMahon

  • Torfinn
    Torfinnover 5 years ago

    Great capture with wonderful colours, details, and lightning.

  • Thank you very much, Torfinn. The lighting was so soft that I just could not resist the shot!

    – David McMahon

  • Gail Bridger
    Gail Bridgerover 5 years ago

    Beautiful David, love the colors and POV!! :)

  • Thanks very much, Gail, it was interesting to shoot downwards from the next floor ….. just gave it a different perspective!

    – David McMahon

  • Svetlana Sewell
    Svetlana Sewellover 5 years ago

    Fabulous light David!

  • Thank svery much, Svetlana. The subtle reflections also helped, I reckon!

    – David McMahon

  • cherylc1
    cherylc1over 5 years ago

    Cool shot and colors!

  • Thanks very much, Cheryl. Glad you like the result.

    – David McMahon

  • © Kira Bodensted
    © Kira Bodenstedover 5 years ago

    All of the above David – and the title :o)))))

  • Thanks very much for that comment. Glad the title worked for you!

    – David McMahon

  • LeilaniMelayna
    LeilaniMelaynaover 5 years ago

    Nice shot design composition & perspective…it definitely has your signature!

    Smiles Leilani

  • Thanks, Leilani. I’m absolutely delighted that you think my work is distinctive.

    – David McMahon

  • Shulie1
    Shulie1over 5 years ago

    Your shots are always so creative – love the colours and shapes in this one. A bench like that would go really well in my garden

  • Thank you very much, Shulie. I grew up in a home that had a great garden bench, so I know what you mean!

    – David McMahon

  • sfmilner
    sfmilnerover 5 years ago

    Greetings David; Well done and very beautiful results ! I don’t think your minds eye ever takes a break, thank goodness for that !

  • Thanks very much for that generous comment, Steve. Really appreciate it.

    – David McMahon

  • signaturelaurel
    signaturelaurelover 5 years ago

    Congratulations! You’ve been featured!!!

  • What a great start to my Tuesday! Thank you for featuring this shot – and for taking the time to let me know, as well.

    – David McMahon

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