You Went Shopping At The Sails? by David McMahon

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No, this shot wasn’t taken in the 18th century. I took it this week (Easter 2010) as the replica of Captain Cook’s historic ship, the Endeavour, cast off and set sail into Sydney Harbour. 123 views on 5 March 2011.

It was just a fluke of timing, because I had walked towards the Australian Maritime Museum just as the vessel began casting off the ropes. The HMB (the B stands for barque) Endeavour is an amazing sight, especially as that magnificent timber hull is framed by modern buildings across the water.

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, 1/250 sec, ISO 200, focal length 58mm.

Featured in FREEDOM IN WORDS AND ART, April 2010.

Featured in DSLR USERS, April 2010.

Featured in DOWN BY THE SEA, March 2011.

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  • Themis
    Themisover 4 years ago

    Excellent work – I knew you’d have one for the challenge even if not posted yet :-)

  • Thank you, Themis, for the comment – and for your faith in my work! Hope you had a great Easter.

    – David McMahon

  • Shulie1
    Shulie1over 4 years ago

    Fantastic shot!

  • Thank you, Shulie. It was the first time I’ve ever seen a tall ship under way!

    – David McMahon

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtover 4 years ago

    Your cohosts,
    Cee and Chris

  • Thank you, Cee and Chris.

    – David McMahon

  • DonDavisUK
    DonDavisUKover 4 years ago

    This is a stunning work of art David, love these old ships. Great work mate. Don.

  • Thanks very much, Don. It’s only the second time I’ve shot a tall ship, but the first one, some month ago, was in dry dock.

    – David McMahon

  • Linda Bianic
    Linda Bianicover 4 years ago

    I missed the tour of this by 1o minutes,,,,great shot!

  • You’ll have to plan to include it on your next visit, Linda!

    – David McMahon

  • Linda Bianic
    Linda Bianicover 4 years ago

    Already on my itinerary D!!

  • See ya there, Linda!

    – David McMahon

  • DonDavisUK
    DonDavisUKover 4 years ago

    Congratulations David It’s a great delight to let you know you’ve been Featured Amazing and outstanding work.
    Just click the banner picture to take you to the features page.

    Your Feature: page is Well deserved and I hope you have an Amazing Week.
    All the best and may you get many visits, favs and comments and hopefully SALES:-)
    Regards, Don. Host of DSLR Users Group

  • So sorry for the delay in replaying, Don. Only just spotted this comment. Thank you, deeply, for the honour.

    – David McMahon

  • Brandie1
    Brandie1about 4 years ago

    Fantastic capture,xx

  • Thanks so much, Brandie – there was a certain grace about the way she set sail that evening.

    – David McMahon

  • ronholiday
    ronholidayabout 4 years ago

    Great photo! I love the contrast of old against new..

  • Thanks so much, Ron. Glad you enjoyed the contrast.

    – David McMahon

  • samsalt1
    samsalt1over 3 years ago

    Hi David, I am more familiar with seeing this beauty in Whitby , the very port that Captain Cook sailed from and to be honest her not being a part of the scene in the harbour back here is a real loss. We had a replacement in the form of the Grand Turk which has fame in the world of TV and film , one of her roles being that of the Indefatagble in the Hornblower series, Sadly now even she has moved on ( info on GT link) so I was kind of hoping to see the Endeavour return to her as I believe rightful place .

    Since you have captured the scene here superbly I would bre delighted if you accept my invite to join us and add her to our collection at

    I do hope you will and to make it a little easier simply click on the link and you will be in our peaceful harbour in a jiffy.

    Sam :O)

  • Thoroughly enjoyed reading that comment and the very informative point of view. I’d be delighted to join the group. Will be there very shortly!

    – David McMahon

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