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I was looking for a “different” sunset shot last Sunday (22 August 2010).

Where I stood after parking my car would have given me traditional views of the setting sun across endless paddocks. But I decided instead to trek towards the power lines down the valley, to use the metal framework to my advantage.

I do not crop, enhance or post-edit my images in any way. Shot with a Pentax K100D, using a Sigma 70-300mm lens. F13, 1/1000 sec, ISO 200, focal length 300mm.

Featured in HIGH QUALITY IMAGES, August 2010.

Featured in CONTRASTING PERCEPTIONS, September 2010.


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  • Gail Bridger
    Gail Bridgerover 4 years ago

    It works very well and you are very clever to use it to your advantage David. I really like it!!

  • Thank you, Gail. I was lucky with the timing and with the position of that cloud on the horizon!

    – David McMahon

  • Naveen  Sharma
    Naveen Sharmaover 4 years ago

    WOW Wonderfull Image!

  • Thanks, Naveen. Normally I’d avoid anything manmade, but this time I decided to use the structure to best advantage.

    – David McMahon

  • Diana-Lee Saville
    Diana-Lee Savilleover 4 years ago

    I like the way the sun is almost centered in a triangle…very arty farty ;) lol

  • Lucky I’m well over six foot, Di – otherwise this shot would have had a very different configuration. I was on tiptoe to get the sun exactly in that triangle!

    – David McMahon

  • Diana-Lee Saville
    Diana-Lee Savilleover 4 years ago

    ha ha…sometimes i stand on stuff to take pics…I’m only 5’3 :))

  • Yup, I stood on a wall (precariously balanced) to take the shot of the dinosaur!

    – David McMahon

  • John Vandeven
    John Vandevenover 4 years ago

    Well done David….Thinking outside the square to take an outstanding shot and a beautiful sunset…

  • Really appreciate that, John. I was actually manoeuvring around the power lines when I thought nope, I’ll make the most of this metal structure!

    – David McMahon

  • Themis
    Themisover 4 years ago

    And a very nice result it is :-) Well done, beautiful view

  • So glad you approve, Themis. Merci ….

    – David McMahon

  • Jan Siemucha
    Jan Siemuchaover 4 years ago

    Great capture. Very Unique. Brilliant Sunset.

  • Thanks so much, Jan. Lucky the colours were dramatic against the metal structure.

    – David McMahon

  • Shulie1
    Shulie1over 4 years ago

    Great shapes and a fantastic sunset

  • Much appreciated, Shulie. I thought I’d embrace the ugly structure (metaphorically!!) rather than shun it ….

    – David McMahon

  • Sandra Moore
    Sandra Mooreover 4 years ago

    Wonderful capture, it’s a glorious golden evening!

  • Thank you, Sandra, that configuration worked out fairly well, with a little bit of luck!

    – David McMahon

  • Ranald
    Ranaldover 4 years ago

    Like an atomic burst. Which, I suppose, it is.

  • I never thought of that, Ranald. Very interesting simile.

    – David McMahon

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