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Ben, of the Royal Australian Navy, was at Southbank yesterday after the Anzac Day parade.

The poppy on his chest is paired with a miniature Australian flag and says: “Remembrance gift from the Shrine of Remembrance”. The Shrine, on St Kilda Road, is where the dawn commemorative service is held each year on Anzac Day, 25 April.

I was actually taking some shots across the river, which is why I had the long lens on, instead of the 18-125mm lens I generally use. But rather than change lenses to take this shot, I did the best I could in patchy late-evening light.

I do not crop, enhance or post-edit my images in any way. Shot with a Pentax K100D, using a Sigma 70-300mm lens. F5.6, 1/90 sec, ISO 400, focal length 70mm.

Featured in ALL ABOUT BOATING, May 2010.



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  • John Vandeven
    John Vandevenover 4 years ago

    Fantastic shot of Ben….Well done David…

  • Thanks, John. Were you out and about yesterday as well?

    – David McMahon

  • John Vandeven
    John Vandevenover 4 years ago

    Myself and crew for our fire station attended the dawn service, but I didn’t get a chance to take any shots…

  • We drove past Albury recently but didn’t have time to stop, so we took the bypass and kept going. Next time, I’ll try and catch up with you if possible.

    – David McMahon

  • LisaBeth
    LisaBethover 4 years ago

    a nice guy a nice photo!! natual light makes great portrait too. lisa

  • Thank you very much, Lisa – the light wasn’t great at this late stage in the evening, but the bark of the tree certainly helped, with its beautiful tones.

    – David McMahon

  • PhotosByG
    PhotosByGover 4 years ago

    Congratulations! Your photo has been featured in “All About Boating”

    This photo was chosen because it was of a very high quality and it captured exactly the sort of work we are looking for in this group.

    Please keep up the great work and we hope you continue to add more of your excellent photographs to this group.

  • Great news. I hope Ben sees this too. Delighted to be featured.

    – David McMahon

  • Wendi Donaldson
    Wendi Donaldsonover 4 years ago


  • Thanks so much, Wendi – sorry it took me a week to spot this comment and reply.

    – David McMahon

  • Almark
    Almarkover 4 years ago

    Great work, well done!

  • Thank you, Mark. He was actually in the middle of something else, but was happy to give me a few seconds of his time.

    – David McMahon

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