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Going Round And Round In Circles by David McMahon

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Light and glass have always fascinated me, because as the light changes, it casts a different character on glass.

This was shot outdoors, in a garden during a pre-Christmas function on Friday 18 December. I had walked past this table several times but when I did so after sunset, the last few minutes of dusk cloaked the upturned glasses with a bluish tinge. Suddenly, an ordinary scene turned into something that looked like an ice sculpture.

I shot this horizontal frame first, then I took a vertical. This shot, however, has a slim advantage because it effectively encompasses more shapes, swirls and delicate tinges of bluish light. Just for the record, the shot was taken at 8.34 pm.

I do not crop, enhance or post-edit my images in any way. Shot with a Pentax K100D, using a Sigma 18-125mm lens. F8, 1/90 sec, ISO 400, focal length 125mm.

Featured in NIGHT OR LOW-LIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY, December 2009.

Featured in IF IT DOESN’T BELONG, December 2009.

Featured in IT’S IN THE DETAIL, December 2009.

Featured in CONTRASTING PERCEPTIONS, March 2010.


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  • ndicki
    ndickiabout 5 years ago

    Incredible – you do have the knack of seeing things that others wouldn’t!

  • Thanks so much, Nigel, for those kind words. I’m sure lots of people noticed this sight but not everyone had a camera that night!

    – David McMahon

  • Ann Warrenton
    Ann Warrentonabout 5 years ago

    Dec 20, 2009

  • Thanks so much for the honour. …. and for taking the trouble to let me know. Really appreciate it.

    – David McMahon

  • Kerensa Davies
    Kerensa Daviesabout 5 years ago

    Great shot, and such a simple idea, and a great effect.

  • Thanks so much, Kat. I reckon the simplest images are often the best. Great to know you like this one!

    – David McMahon

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtabout 5 years ago

    Your cohosts,
    Cee and Chris

  • Thank you, Cee and Chris.

    – David McMahon

  • Ann Warrenton
    Ann Warrentonabout 5 years ago

    Your welcome

  • Hope you have a wonderful Christmas break.

    – David McMahon

  • Themis
    Themisabout 5 years ago

    Well spotted :-) Indeed, one of the many examples of ‘keep your camera handy’. Very good take, I like the eerie blue light on such ordinary things as glasses… makes them look extra-ordinary for a moment

  • Thanks so much, Themis – you’re right about keeping a camera handy!

    – David McMahon

  • Ann Warrenton
    Ann Warrentonabout 5 years ago

    Thank you David, I wish the same for you and your family. :)

  • Hope you get time to put your feet up!

    – David McMahon

  • Ann Warrenton
    Ann Warrentonabout 5 years ago

    LOL, oh I’m sure I will. :))

  • fourthangel
    fourthangelabout 5 years ago

  • Thanks very much, FourthAngel. That’s a great honour.

    – David McMahon

  • awefaul
    awefaulabout 5 years ago

    Art makes visible and two things happened when I saw this picture, first as a thumbnail, abstract circles, and then full size as glasses. The first was the increasing awareness that there are extraordinary images all around if you care to look. The second, more mundane, is to see if I can find one of my photos of glasses that were taken under similar circumstances and see how different they are. Thanks for the ‘back’ story to the picture. Faul

  • Thanks for the great comment, Faul. You are very kind – but in all honesty it was simply the fading light that endowed this “ordinary” scene with unreal tinges and whorls and reflections, all cast in that strange, icy-blue light. Glad you liked the story!

    – David McMahon

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