The Keystone Caps by David McMahon

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The factor that really caught my attention here, at an open-air stall on a crowded street in Kuala Lumpur, was the sheer simplicity of what I saw.

Just two caps hanging vertically from a line would not normally attract my gaze, but there was a certain symmetry at play, as well as the fact that there were no other caps and therefore no other colours or designs – and no clutter.

The light was great and I knew if I could wait for the crowds to clear, I could get a tight shot that would still present the other objects on display in soft focus.

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, 1/60 sec, ISO 800, focal length 78mm.


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  • Linda Bianic
    Linda Bianicover 4 years ago

    what a great find,,, fab dof,, and title ahahahah hhha !

  • Thank you, ma’am – I had a feeling that you would appreciate this shot. Glad you liked the title, too!

    – David McMahon

  • Linda Bianic
    Linda Bianicover 4 years ago

    are you sayin I’m old??? LOL

  • NEVER – I’m sayin’ you see art in much the same way as I do, in everyday objects. And sayin’ that you have a sense of humour!

    – David McMahon

  • AliceDoodles
    AliceDoodlesover 4 years ago

    Your cohosts Cee and Chris

  • Thank you, Chris and Cee.

    – David McMahon

  • Linda Bianic
    Linda Bianicover 4 years ago

    hahah, yeah, I know , I was just teasin! ♥

  • I knew that. Remember my theory that Canadians are just Australians with different accents – but with the same quirky sense of humour!

    – David McMahon

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