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It was late in the evening when I spotted these three lamps in a Sydney shopping centre.

I had to work hard to find the right angle, in order to highlight the design of concentric circles against the only area of dark background that was available. Even then, the blue neon exterior sign from a nearby store can still be seen on the left.

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, 1/180 sec, ISO 800, focal length 125mm.

Featured in SHAPES AND PATTERNS, May 2010.

Featured in #3, May 2010.


Featured in LIGHT UP MY LIFE, June 2010.

Featured in CONTRASTING PERCEPTIONS, September 2010.

Sydney 2010-7451


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  • sfmilner
    sfmilnerover 4 years ago

    Greetings David; I spotted this on the Image Feed, I knew it was your work before I looked. Wonderful capture, a beautiful abstract of modernism!

  • Thanks for the great feedback, Steve. Really appreciate the great compliment. Delighted that you like the image.

    – David McMahon

  • Betty Mackey
    Betty Mackeyover 4 years ago

    Steve said it and I agree!

  • Thanks so much, Betty. Very kind of you to say so.

    – David McMahon

  • Julie Everhart
    Julie Everhartover 4 years ago
  • Thank you, Julie – another colourful banner from your group!

    – David McMahon

  • Lesliebc
    Lesliebcover 4 years ago

    What an amazing eye you have! I’m trying to “see” better these days, too.

  • Thank you, Leslie. Maybe it’s just that I’m curious and that I look all around ….

    – David McMahon

  • mando13
    mando13over 4 years ago

    BRILLIANT grab David. Who needs a computer ? Reality doesnt need Virtual Software

  • Thanks so much, Mando. The thing that really drew me into this depiction was the darker edges around each lamp, like a dark fringe….

    – David McMahon

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtover 4 years ago

    Wonderful capture David!!! I love the geometry of these lamps!

  • Thank you so much, Cee – the funny thing is, we were in a hurry, so I barely broke stride to take this and another (vertical) frame!

    – David McMahon

  • Lois  Bryan
    Lois Bryanover 4 years ago

    David!!! LOVE this!!!!!!!

  • Thanks very much, Lois – you would have lined up beside me, to take the same shot, I’m sure.

    – David McMahon

  • Jen Wahl
    Jen Wahlover 4 years ago

    Love this, David! it’s really fantastic with the lines and light. Great dof too.

  • Thanks, Jen. I knew you would approve of the DoF, but I also figured you’d like the darker fringes around each lamp’s extremities.

    – David McMahon

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderover 4 years ago

    A lovely powerful shot, the blue sign melds into the background and is not noticeable that much at all

  • Thanks so much, Kalaryder – I had to work so hard to frame the shot without extraneous objects!

    – David McMahon

  • mando13
    mando13over 4 years ago

    You are a Shady Character David HAhahha But there’s a light In There I like too!

  • That’s funny, Mando. Like you, I can see the light!!

    – David McMahon

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