Last Call For Liberace by David McMahon

The way the light falls on the keys might suggest that this is a painting – but it is a real, functioning piano. When you look on the left of the frame, towards the locks, you can see it really is a three-dimensional object, not just a two-dimensional rendering on paper.

This was shot in Times Square, New York, in late June last year (2010).

When we visited Manhattan, these pianos were dotted all around – and anyone could play them, irrespective of how musical (or not) they were!

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, 1/125 sec, ISO 400, focal length 108mm.

Featured in LIVE AND LET LIVE, January 2010.


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  • Lesliebc
    Lesliebcover 4 years ago

    How COOL is that! :)

  • One of the other pianos had faux grass on it, Leslie! My kids enjoyed playing this one!

    – David McMahon

  • stephaniek
    stephaniekover 4 years ago

    So fun and colorful………;-))

  • Many thanks, Stephanie – it was in good condition too, and in tune!

    – David McMahon

  • David Davies
    David Daviesover 4 years ago

    A piano of many colours!

  • Aye, David – it might have belonged to Joseph, he of the coat of many colours.

    – David McMahon

  • icesrun
    icesrunover 4 years ago

    It is a well colored piano. just love it.

  • Thank you very much, Icesrun. Later that same evening we saw one that had fake grass on it!

    – David McMahon

  • kenspics
    kenspicsover 4 years ago

    Superb capture David!!!!
    Even after reading your commentary.. it STILL looks like a VERY colorful painting!!! Amazing!!

  • Very kind of you, Ken. It was so strange, the way the light played across the keys. So glad you like the overall effect.

    – David McMahon

  • Betty Mackey
    Betty Mackeyover 4 years ago

    Really great and it fools and teases the eye!

  • So glad you like this one, Betty. It was shot early afternoon, but the light was soft because of the buildings around, hence the tonal quality of light across the keyboard.

    – David McMahon

  • Sean Jansen
    Sean Jansenover 4 years ago

    Great find and capture…..thats quite the piano !!

  • Thanks very much, Sean – and a very happy new year to you.

    – David McMahon

  • Kim McClain Gregal
    Kim McClain Gr...over 4 years ago

  • Wonderful news, Kim. Thank you so much for the honour.

    – David McMahon

  • RainbowWomanTas
    RainbowWomanTasover 4 years ago

    Wow yes I looked and I thought it was a painting until I read your blurb and looked more closely. Congrats on the feature.

  • Thanks for the visit and for taking the trouble to comment. So glad this image caught your attention.

    – David McMahon

  • Pam Humbargar
    Pam Humbargarover 4 years ago

    Wonderful image…I did think it was a painting at first! Congrats:)

  • Many thanks, Pam – isn’t it funny what light can do to an everyday sight ….

    – David McMahon

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