Saturn, Your Rings Have Slipped by David McMahon

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This unusual lamp was above our table at the Lindt Cafe in the central Sydney area known as The Rocks.

My challenge, I knew, was to capture the many subtle differences in tone, with the light shining brightly on some parts, rendering them gold; shining less vividly on others, turning them into the colour of wheat; and leaving the undersides of each disc-shaped piece as dark brown as a harvested field.

I do not crop, enhance or post-edit my images in any way. Shot with a Pentax K100D, using a Siigma 18-125mm lens. F8, 1/60 sec, ISO 800, focal length 88mm.

Featured in IMAGE WRITING, April 2010.

Featured in CIRCLES OF THE WORLD, April 2010.

Featured in CONTRASTING PERCEPTIONS, April 2010.

Featured in LIGHT UP MY LIFE, April 2010.

Featured in ART AND PHOTOGRAPHY, April 2010.

Featured in IT’S IN THE DETAIL, April 2010.

Sydney 2010-6758

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  • Shubd
    Shubdalmost 5 years ago

    Great find David .
    Reminded me of an orrery ! Would have been perfect for one of your puzzles !

  • You’re right about the puzzle, Shubd – it only occurred to me after I’d actually posted the shot!

    – David McMahon

  • Merrilyn Hunt
    Merrilyn Huntalmost 5 years ago

    Cool shot, David! Really like this and so would the Light Up My Life group!

  • Thanks, Merrilyn – and thanks for the advice! Next time you’re in Sydney, you HAVE to try this place!

    – David McMahon

  • mando13
    mando13almost 5 years ago

    Lava Overflow

  • That’s a mountainous compliment, Mando!

    – David McMahon

  • Betty Mackey
    Betty Mackeyalmost 5 years ago

    An entertaining shot with great shapes and color tones!

  • Thank you Betty – and the chocolate milkshake was great, too!

    – David McMahon

  • JandeBeer
    JandeBeeralmost 5 years ago

    Excellent shot!!

  • Thank you, Jan – would not have been such great tones if the light had been switched off!

    – David McMahon

    JUSTARTalmost 5 years ago

    nice shot

  • Thank you, JustArt – the contrasts were too strong to ignore!

    – David McMahon

  • Heloisa Castro
    Heloisa Castroalmost 5 years ago


  • Thank you, Heloisa – the difference in tones really had me intrigued.

    – David McMahon

  • Shulie1
    Shulie1almost 5 years ago

    Great shot!

  • Thanks very much, Shulie. I guess I really saw the light that day!

    – David McMahon

  • wildflower
    wildfloweralmost 5 years ago

    I love seeing the world through your eyes…

  • That’s a huge compliment. Thank you, very sincerely and very humbly.

    – David McMahon

  • Anne-Marie Bokslag
    Anne-Marie Bok...almost 5 years ago

  • Wonderful news, Anne-Marie. Thank you for the honour.

    – David McMahon

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