Jetty Lagged by David McMahon

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Did you notice the all-seeing eye painted on this old vessel in Singapore?

It was only when I composed this shot that I noticed two interesting factors. First, have a look at the beautiful wooden bench on the covered deck. And second, did you noticed the potted plants on the bow?

I was also intrigued by the gold-painted decorative metal on the right-angled red railings.

I do not crop, enhance or post-edit my work in any way. Shot with a Pentax K100D, using a Sigma 18-125mm lens. F8, 1/125 sec, ISO 400, focal length 68mm.

Top 10 in RED BOATS challenge, January 2010.


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  • micheleirene
    micheleireneover 5 years ago

    I love the thought and time you put into your work David :) Wonderful details all around and yes, perfectly composed :)

  • Thank you very much, Shelly. I wonder if there is some significance to the “eye” – I’m trying to find out, through a friend who lives in Singapore…..

    – David McMahon

  • cherylc1
    cherylc1over 5 years ago

    Wonderful compositon and colors!!

  • Thank you very much, Cheryl. The colours drew me in, too!

    – David McMahon

  • Shulie1
    Shulie1over 5 years ago

    A wonderful shot – love the colours on the boat

  • Thank you, Shulie. There were other boats there too, in the same colour scheme. Maybe it’s a common theme …..

    – David McMahon

  • frogster
    frogsterover 5 years ago

    Nice one David

  • Thanks very much, Frogster. The colours of Asia are amazing!

    – David McMahon

  • sfmilner
    sfmilnerover 5 years ago

    Greetings David; Beautiful narrative and image ! I always look forward to your next posting !

  • That’s a wonderful comment, Steve. I am so grateful that someone actually looks forward to my next posting ….

    – David McMahon

  • Ranald
    Ranaldover 5 years ago

    You have an eye for it David!

  • Thanks very much, Ranald. There’s so much colour in the Orient – an artist’s paradise!

    – David McMahon

  • Indrani Ghose
    Indrani Ghoseover 5 years ago

    Eye catching!
    Great shot.

  • Thanks very much – the colours were so strong, I couldn’t walk past without taking the shot!

    – David McMahon

  • Kerensa Davies
    Kerensa Daviesabout 5 years ago

    Thanks for entering this into the untouched groups challenge for the red boats, it is a great image.

  • Thank you, Kat. So glad you like the shot.

    – David McMahon

  • Kerensa Davies
    Kerensa Daviesabout 5 years ago

  • Terrific new, Kat – thanks for letting me know!

    – David McMahon

  • ellismorleyphto
    ellismorleyphtoover 4 years ago

    The all seeing eye is what made me KNOW it’s in Singapore ;-)

    Apparently these boats have been replaced with newer tourist friendly ones, but I did not get a chance to check that out when I was there the last time. Shame.

  • Yes, I did see some newer boats, but these ones were still operating in December 2007, when this shot was taken.

    – David McMahon

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