The Eagle Has Landed (Well, Almost) by David McMahon

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The early morning light was just perfect as I spotted this striking Indian Air Force emblem, which encompasses the three lions of India’s Ashoka pillar.

I knew the metal would not reflect any light tones, because the sun wasn’t falling directly across its surface. Likewise, I knew the wonderful contrast with the blue circle would be faithfully reproduced by the chip in the inner recesses of my camera.

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, 1/90 sec, ISO 400, focal length 45mm.



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  • ndicki
    ndickiover 4 years ago

    Nice to see the way the RAF (or more accurately, the RAAF-style) insignia has been subtly Indianised. Effective shot.

  • Thanks, Nigel. You’re right – the similarity (to my civilian eyes, at any rate) is quite striking in the generic design sense. But as you would know, the former Royal Indian Air Force was strongly influenced in every sense by the RAF experience. Glad you like the shot, too.

    – David McMahon

  • shadowlee
    shadowleeover 4 years ago

    very interesting as I have never seen this before, great shot David

  • Thank you very much, Shadowlee. It was early morning, very soft light, so the contrast between the blue and silver was perfect.

    – David McMahon

  • Indrani Ghose
    Indrani Ghoseover 4 years ago

    Where was this taken? Looks like it was on a gate. Dehradun?
    I am reminded of the one on my cap which I have preserved till date. It is a decade now… the shot has taken me back to those good old days. Truly a great shot David! I can’t tell you how many different emotions are surging in my mind right now.

  • I knew it would bring back lots of memories for you, Indrani. It’s a privilege to be able to take people back to an important period in their lives.

    – David McMahon

  • RakeshSyal
    RakeshSyalover 4 years ago

    A stunning capture indeed, David!

  • Thank you, Rakesh – the light was just perfect for what I wanted to do. The winter light in India is always so mellow, as I know so well ….

    – David McMahon

  • AliceDoodles
    AliceDoodlesover 4 years ago

    Your cohosts Cee and Chris

  • Thanks very much, Chris and Cee.

    – David McMahon

  • Betty Mackey
    Betty Mackeyover 4 years ago

    It is a fine capture with its beauty and inherent story.

  • Thanks very much, Betty – that combination of blue and silver was too good to resist.

    – David McMahon

  • ndicki
    ndickiover 4 years ago

    It’s fascinating to see the way the Armed Forces of our old colonies have evolved, and India is one which has always been familiar and exotic all at once…

  • I hear you loud and clear, Nigel, not just because I grew up in India.

    – David McMahon

  • Andy Mueller
    Andy Muellerover 4 years ago

    Excellent image. Great to see unedited images (somehow i can’t quite do that yet …)

  • Thanks very much, Andy. Really appreciate that comment. I try and keep it as simple as possible!

    – David McMahon

  • sfmilner
    sfmilnerover 4 years ago

    Greetings David; Nicely done, great eye.

  • Thank you, Steve – that blue was like a beacon to me that morning!

    – David McMahon

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