It might look like some intricate piece of machinery, but this stands outside the Pancake Parlour entrance at the Jam Factory in the inner Melbourne suburb of Prahran.

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 125mm.



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  • Gail Bridger
    Gail Bridgerabout 4 years ago

    Wow what an absolutely lovely capture David!! Love the colors…you have a very keen eye!! Most definite fave here.

  • Thank you, Gail – I would love to know if it is a replica of a piece of machinery that was originally used at the factory. Thanks so much for the fave.

    – David McMahon

  • Gail Bridger
    Gail Bridgerabout 4 years ago

    I don`t know, but it beautifully displayed..the colors so beautiful, well painted!!

  • I couldn’t resist those colours and shapes!

    – David McMahon

  • Ranald
    Ranaldabout 4 years ago

    Such vivid colours. Well composed. Goes to prove that you don’t need to see the entire subject. Less IS more.

  • Many thanks for your insight, Ranald. I shot two frames here yesterday – neither of them showed the whole object! So glad you like the composition ….

    – David McMahon

  • Sharon Kavanagh
    Sharon Kavanaghabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful colours David. Really well captured..

  • Thank you, Sharon. It’s my mission to find out exactly what it is/ was!

    – David McMahon

  • greenstone
    greenstoneabout 4 years ago

    great colour fest. and shot!!!

  • Thanks so much, Greenstone. The light wasn’t great, but I couldn’t resist those shapes!

    – David McMahon

  • Shulie1
    Shulie1about 4 years ago

    Fantastic shapes and colours, David

  • You would have taken exactly the same shot if you;d been there, Shulie. So glad you like this.

    – David McMahon

  • Lesliebc
    Lesliebcabout 4 years ago

    Cool shot! Does it rotate?

  • Very pertinent question, Leslie – I’ll have to go back and check!

    – David McMahon

  • Indrani Ghose
    Indrani Ghoseabout 4 years ago

    So colorful! Great display piece so well captured.

  • I just found out that it is either a refurbished piece of original equipment from the factory, or a replica. Those two wheels were amazing!

    – David McMahon

  • Munggo
    Munggoabout 4 years ago

    Excellent capture ;-)

  • Thanks very much, Steve – the two wheels seemed to be able to move independently of each other.

    – David McMahon

  • C. Michael Cox
    C. Michael Coxabout 4 years ago

    a wonderful maze for the eye to navigate

  • Thank you, Michael. I couldn’t resist those shapes!

    – David McMahon

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