North Face (Can You Guess Where This Is?) by David McMahon
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Can you guess where this was shot? I’ll reveal the answer shortly – or maybe I’ll wait to confirm it when the first person guesses correctly!

Solved in six hours by Betty Mackey, who correctly answered that I shot this at the Empire State Building, where each face of the landmark has a sign pointing to the appropriate compass reference. I assume this is so that tourists know which way they are facing.

I do not crop, enhance or post-edit my images in any way. Shot with a Pentax K100D, using a Sigma 70-300mm lens. F8, 1/350 sec, ISO 200, focal length 300mm.

Featured in TYPOGRAPHY, October 2010.

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

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  • David Davies
    David Daviesover 4 years ago

    Well it certainly wasn’t the Eiger! lol

  • You’re right there. No sanction for the Eiger!

    – David McMahon

  • CapturedByKylie
    CapturedByKylieover 4 years ago

    Was it somewhere in Melbourne?

  • Hi Kylie, no, it wasn’t in Melbourne!

    – David McMahon

  • JUSTART
    JUSTARTover 4 years ago

    great shot

  • Thanks, JustArt. The idea just kind of popped into my head!

    – David McMahon

  • Lesliebc
    Lesliebcover 4 years ago

    The Yukon???

  • Very informed guess, Leslie, but it’s not the Yukon.

    – David McMahon

  • PhotosByG
    PhotosByGover 4 years ago

    I’d say you were at HTRON, which is just behind NORTH

  • Great answer – and I have to give you full marks for creativity!

    – David McMahon

  • Colin  Williams Photography
    Colin William...over 4 years ago

    Queensland ?

  • I like your thought process, but it’s not Queensland.

    – David McMahon

  • Colin  Williams Photography
    Colin William...over 4 years ago

    Alice springs ?

  • Makes sense, because of the Northern Territory – but no, it’s not Alice Springs either.

    – David McMahon

  • Betty Mackey
    Betty Mackeyover 4 years ago

    New York? The North Face is a big brand name here in the USA.

  • Very nice work, Betty. Yes, it was shot in NYC – can you guess where?

    – David McMahon

  • Betty Mackey
    Betty Mackeyover 4 years ago

    Hmm, I looked at the larger view but found few clues. You seem to be on the inside because the letters on the glass are reversed. Wild guess — are you in a store on Madison Avenue or Fifth Avenue?

  • Not in a store, no, Betty. But I will reveal that the blurred object in the middle of the “O” seemed to be a security camera.

    – David McMahon

  • Betty Mackey
    Betty Mackeyover 4 years ago

    Some kind of exit or entrance?

  • No, I was in the open air, VERY high up!

    – David McMahon


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