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The graceful lines of this chrome hood ornament on an old Chevrolet caught my eye in country New South Wales.

It wasn’t just the beautiful craftsmanship, but also the dark background colours and the fact that the chrome reflected the Outback sky as well as other vehicles parked in the vicinity.

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, 1/250 sec, ISO 200, focal length 125mm.

Featured in GLOBES, SPHERES AND CURVES, May 2010.

Top 10 in THE WORLD Challenge, May 2010.

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Walkley Award-nominated journalist, novelist and wedding photographer at davidmcmahonweddings.com

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  • Torfinn
    Torfinnalmost 5 years ago

    A wonderful hood ornament. Excellent shot!

  • Thank you, Torfinn. This was shot on Good Friday, in very good weather, with bright afternoon light – so everything was in my favour!

    – David McMahon

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtalmost 5 years ago


    Your cohosts,
    Cee and Chris

  • Thank you, Cee and Chris.

    – David McMahon

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtalmost 5 years ago


    Ground transportation vehicles built prior to and including 1949
    Your cohosts,
    Cee and Chris

  • Thank you, Cee. I thought of the group as soon as this car pulled up beside me!

    – David McMahon

  • RoyAllen Hunt
    RoyAllen Huntalmost 5 years ago

    Beautiful capture. I love the stylized look.

  • Thank you, Roy. I was lucky – the Chevy was painted matt black, which worked as a perfect contrast to the chrome!

    – David McMahon

  • Shulie1
    Shulie1almost 5 years ago

    Great shot – love the reflected colours

  • Thanks very much, Shulie. It was a beautiful autumn afternoon, with scattered cloud and blue sky – so the chrome reflection worked well.

    – David McMahon

  • Betty Mackey
    Betty Mackeyalmost 5 years ago

    Great shot!

  • Thanks so much, Betty. The background colours and the matt black in the foreground were a major help in terms of contrast.

    – David McMahon

  • RoyAllen Hunt
    RoyAllen Huntalmost 5 years ago

    …and the color of the vehicle in the background together with the color and curve of the tire add even more to the visual of this piece. I love the image on a black background.

  • It really does look great on a black background, Roy. Thanks so much for the display. It certainly highlights the chrome. Really appreciate it.

    – David McMahon

  • JUSTART
    JUSTARTalmost 5 years ago

    nice shot, great title :)

  • So glad you like the title, JustArt – it suddenly occurred to me as I was scrutinising the image!

    – David McMahon

  • Philip Johnson
    Philip Johnsonalmost 5 years ago

    good capture David its almost art deco

  • Thank you, Philip – I had never taken that factor into consideration! Blissfully unaware!

    – David McMahon

  • Stuart Baxter
    Stuart Baxteralmost 5 years ago

    classic..timeless image

  • Thank you, Stuart – they knew how to design those hood ornaments back then!

    – David McMahon

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