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Woodstock, Here We Come  by David McMahon

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This vividly-painted car, a promotional vehicle for Melbourne FM radio station Nova 100, was parked at Federation Square during an event late last week.

I shot this several minutes after dusk, in tricky light on an evening when there was thick cloud. In retrospect, the weather actually helped me in my quest to capture these colours without any saturation across the frame.

Driving time to Max Yasgur’s farm? Not sure, but you can start your stopwatches now ….

We’ll probably get there before the Peace Train!

I do not crop, enhance or post-edit my images in any way. Shot with a Pentax K100D, using a Sigma 70-300mm lens. F6.7, 1/90 sec, ISO 400, focal length 120mm.


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  • Merrilyn Hunt
    Merrilyn Huntover 5 years ago

    It’s a time machine!!!

  • All the way back to 1969!

    – David McMahon

  • Betty Mackey
    Betty Mackeyover 5 years ago

    What a ride!

  • Wish I had the keys, Betty!

    – David McMahon

  • janeymac
    janeymacover 5 years ago

    the colours are stunning , beautiful work !

  • Thanks, Janey – glad you liked the colours. It would have been a lot of fun painting this car!

    – David McMahon

  • mando13
    mando13over 5 years ago

    I FIND VIOLETS+PURPLES very difficult to capture satisfactorily. I used to have a very accurate De Vere color checker that could be inserted in one shot to use as a comparison later.But it ran off with another photographer 25 years ago and I never got it back . So I really Dig what you captured here.Love the Title and its a great Ozzie Icon subject also

  • Thanks, Mando – red’s a tough one for saturation too. Hope your De Vere checker comes back one day!

    – David McMahon

  • janeymac
    janeymacover 5 years ago

    yes its a piece of art !

  • Thanks – maybe it’s even more artistic than the Peace Train!

    – David McMahon

  • janeymac
    janeymacover 5 years ago

    I remember Woodstock, I was a kid , about 11 and I recall my mother’s horror and condemnation of this , fantastic event .. :))

  • Interesting, too, in retrospect, to see some of the bands that didn’t play and then regretted it!

    – David McMahon

  • janeymac
    janeymacover 5 years ago

    yes that’s so true …I had 4 older brothers so there was always music and a lot of their groups didn’t play

  • From what I’ve read, The Doors didn’t play – although the drummer can be seen in the film!

    – David McMahon

  • cherylc1
    cherylc1over 5 years ago


  • Thanks, Cheryl. It would have been so much fun painting that car!

    – David McMahon

    JUSTARTover 5 years ago

    great, colourful shot

  • Thank you, JustArt. As you can guess, I couldn’t resist that shot!

    – David McMahon

  • gingy
    gingyover 5 years ago

    nice. i love cars. wish i could drive! mary

  • Thanks very much for the visit and the comment, Mary. Next time they’re looking for someone to drive the car, I’ll suggest your name!

    – David McMahon

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