Midnight Abstract by David McMahon

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Yes, it is possible to celebrate light and reflection, many hours after the sun has set.

The neon caught in the curved screens of these NYPD police motorcycles is a clear hint that this was shot in Times Square. And if you look really closely, you can see the light reflected in the chrome handlebars – and even in the visors of the helmets.

It’s always a challenge, taking night shots without a tripod – but one that really keeps you on your toes.

I guess this isn’t just a case of NYPD Blue, but really an example of NYPD pink, yellow, purple and orange as well!

I do not crop, enhance or post-edit my images in any way. Shot with a Pentax K100D, using a Sigma 18-125mm lens. F5.6, 1/30 sec, ISO 800, focal length 98mm.




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  • Shulie1
    Shulie1almost 4 years ago

    Fantastic colours!

  • Thanks, Shulie. The colours really dictated the composition.

    – David McMahon

  • Linda Bianic
    Linda Bianicalmost 4 years ago

    Fabulous refection shot David,,

  • Thank you, Linda – what a great way to translate NYPD. That’s brilliant!

    – David McMahon

  • Ranald
    Ranaldalmost 4 years ago

    Well spotted. They really shouldn’t do that with their helmets though.

  • Thanks, Ranald. I’ll pass on that arresting viewpoint to their commanding officer!

    – David McMahon

  • Linda Bianic
    Linda Bianicalmost 4 years ago

    ha,, I have my moments of brilliance! thanks♥

  • QUICK, Champ, while the many moments of brilliance are upon you, why don’t you enter the new write-your-own-title that I posted yesterday?

    – David McMahon

  • Linda Bianic
    Linda Bianicalmost 4 years ago

    |I’ll have a boo,,,and see if my synapses are still firing! lol

  • Fire away!

    – David McMahon

  • Lesliebc
    Lesliebcalmost 4 years ago

    LOVE this!

  • Thanks so much, Leslie. Just one of those little curiosities that is always worth a photograph!

    – David McMahon

  • Munggo
    Munggoalmost 4 years ago

    WOW~ Awesome

  • Thank you, Steve – that reflection on the curved screens simply had to be placed in the context of the surroundings.

    – David McMahon

  • Janis Read-Walters
    Janis Read-Wal...almost 4 years ago

    oh excellent Dave, love it :o))

  • Thanks so much, Janis. It was one of the last shots I took that night.

    – David McMahon

    JUSTARTalmost 4 years ago

    great work

  • Thanks, JustArt – I was lucky to have spotted the reflections!

    – David McMahon

  • vigor
    vigoralmost 4 years ago

    Really nice! Love how you captured the colors in the windshields!

  • Thank you – just one of those little things I happened to notice, so of course I simply HAD to take the shot!

    – David McMahon

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