Show Me The Monet by David McMahon

I shot this yesterday (2 July 2010) in Central Park, New York. It was a warm summer evening with only a whisper of a breeze and we were walking past a lake on our way to Strawberry Fields, the John Lennon memorial, when I just happened to turn around and see this. (2,768 views on 9 July 2014.)

I had to find the right angle for this shot, to frame the reflection so that the foliage as depicted on the surface of the water formed a dark frame for the skyscraper, the clear blue sky and the wisps of white cloud.

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 45mm.

Featured in HIGH QUALITY IMAGES, July 2010.


Featured in ART AND COLLECTABLES SALES, July 2010.

Featured in UNTOUCHED, August 2010.

Featured in NEW YORK CITY, September 2010.


Featured in DOWNTOWN, April 2011.

Featured in ELITE IMAGES, July 2011.

Featured in THE PHOTOGRAPHERS’ NETWORK, July 2011.

Featured in PHOTOGRAPHY CHALLENGE, October 2011.


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  • Angela King-Jones
    Angela King-Jonesalmost 5 years ago

    LOL again your titles always make me smile.. lovely reflection shot D :)

  • Thank you so much, Angela. So glad you like the titles!

    – David McMahon

  • photoloi
    photoloialmost 5 years ago


  • Thanks very much – lucky there was such a slight breeze, so the quality of the reflection was pretty good.

    – David McMahon

  • Linda Bianic
    Linda Bianicalmost 5 years ago

    Monet would be jealous David,,,, this is stunning,, good on you for havign the patience to find the perfect shot,,,,and yeah, you havent lost it, thank goodness!
    I needed a giggle♥

  • That’s so kind of you, Linda. I hoped that the breeze would pick up a fair bit, to create some more ripples, but it was so very still that I just did the best I could!

    – David McMahon

  • ellismorleyphto
    ellismorleyphtoalmost 5 years ago

    Fantastic! Instant favourite…. :-) Stumbled across the strawberry fields thing before, didn’t even know it was there back then…. but the January weather, while surprisingly mild (no jumper needed with the coat or vice versa) was very grey… looks like you’re having amazing weather there!!

  • My first trip to NYC, Ellis, and I’m having a blast here with very close friends. Weather was very hot when we arrived on 23 June, but the past four days have been slightly cooler.

    – David McMahon

  • bevanimage
    bevanimagealmost 5 years ago

    I get the impression you’re enjoying New York! ;-)
    Very cleverly done, David; wonderful reflections.

  • G’day Bev …. yes, the fact that I’m still awake at 1am tells you just how much I’m enjoying NYC. My first visit to this vibrant city and I’m so delighted that you like this reflection shot.

    – David McMahon

  • Gloria McAfee-Carver
    Gloria McAfee-...almost 5 years ago

    Awesome~ a perfect photo ;0)

  • Thank you, Gloria – I shot several images around the lake and almost missed this view as I was looking the other way!

    – David McMahon

  • John Vandeven
    John Vandevenalmost 5 years ago

    As a famas puppet once said “upside down miss Jane”….LOL…Fantastic reflection shot David…

  • Ah, nice quote, John. So glad you like this shot. I have one image taken the previous day that wll have specal relevance to you and your colleagues …. I shall RBMail you as soon as I upload it to RB.

    – David McMahon

  • pat gamwell
    pat gamwellalmost 5 years ago



  • Such an honour, Pat. Thank you to you and your co-hosts, and thank you for taking the trouble to tell me. Happy Fourth of July from NYC!

    – David McMahon

  • Wendi Donaldson
    Wendi Donaldsonalmost 5 years ago


  • That’s truly wonderful news, Wendi. Thank you so much for featuring this shot – and for letting me know.

    – David McMahon

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkealmost 5 years ago

  • Thank you for the welcoming comment, Audrey.

    – David McMahon

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