There’s something aesthetically magnetic about polished chrome under a bright blue sky!

I shot this hood ornament of a vintage Jaguar on Sunday (3 October) at an open-air exhibition of vintage wedding cars – which explains the white ribbon draped around the hind legs of the leaping animal.

The headlamp in the background does not belong to a nearby vehicle – it is the right-hand headlight of the Jaguar itself!

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, 1/350 sec, ISO 200, focal length 125mm.

Featured in IT’S IN THE DETAIL, October 2010.



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  • David Davies
    David Daviesalmost 4 years ago

    Lovely, David! To me, a Jag is always magnetic, whichever part you show. But the hood ornament is special!

  • Thank you, David. Yes, Rollers are grand and stately, but the Jags bring an element of sportiness and racing pedigree that other brands don’t!

    – David McMahon

  • Matthew Walters
    Matthew Waltersalmost 4 years ago

    Nicely caught David. I have two of these leaping Jaguars as bookends – my grandfather worked in the plating shop and misplaced them!

  • Sounds like just the thing for a great collection of books, Matthew. Love the story of how they were “liberated” from the plating shop!

    – David McMahon

    HELUAalmost 4 years ago

    Jaguars are magical!:)

  • They certainly are magical, Helua – a great combination of pedigree, history and sportiness.

    – David McMahon

  • Lesliebc
    Lesliebcalmost 4 years ago

    I noticed the ribbon right away and checked your comments to see what it was. I bet the car was beautifully decorated

  • Well spotted, Leslie – you are very observant. Yes, most of the cars had bridal ribbons on them.

    – David McMahon

    JUSTARTalmost 4 years ago

    great shot

  • Thank you, JustArt. The light was great that afternoon.

    – David McMahon

  • Lynn  Abbott
    Lynn Abbottalmost 4 years ago

    Love this…I’ve always wanted a red jag like Inspector Morse…;-)) This photo has won my heart!!!! Warmly, Janine

  • You would have loved the vintage car collection, especially as it was displayed in the open-air. Thanks so much for the favourite, Janine.

    – David McMahon

  • Sandra Moore
    Sandra Moorealmost 4 years ago

    Fabulous capture, love the reflections, color!

  • Thanks so much, Sandra – I was lucky with the blue sky.

    – David McMahon

  • GemmaWiseman
    GemmaWisemanover 3 years ago

    Elegant, vibrant shine from a creative perspective!

  • Rosehaven
    Rosehavenover 3 years ago

    Congratulations on your beautiful feature in "it’s in the detail " ,warm wishes ,Lynne

  • Stuart Baxter
    Stuart Baxterover 3 years ago

    congrats on your feature

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