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Can You Guess Where I Shot This? by David McMahon

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Was I in an ancient palace? Was I in a museum? Was I in a federal parliament? Was I, perchance, in a ballroom?

I’d be delighted if you could post your guesses as comments. I will reveal the answer in the next 48 hours, if no one gets the answer right.

Solved in the blink of an eye by Betty Mackey, who got it right with her first guess.

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, 1/60 sec, ISO 800, focal length 125mm.

Featured in VISUAL PUZZLES, November 2010.

Featured in LIGHT UP MY LIFE, November 2010.


Walkley Award-nominated journalist, novelist and wedding photographer at

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  • Betty Mackey
    Betty Mackeyabout 4 years ago

    Grand Central Station, New York?

  • BINGO, Betty – you nailed it with your first guess! Great detective work ….

    – David McMahon

  • Betty Mackey
    Betty Mackeyabout 4 years ago

    I have an advantage — I was there in August and took many photos. I was struck by the wonderful restoration and golden look.

  • We were there in the first week of July!

    – David McMahon

  • Betty Mackey
    Betty Mackeyabout 4 years ago

    Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis spearheaded the successful drive to save this amazing symbol of the gilded age from ruin and restore it.

  • I didn’t know that she played such a major role in its restoration.

    – David McMahon

  • Caitlin Dickman
    Caitlin Dickmanabout 4 years ago

    Fantastic capture David!! Beautiful! :D Caitlin

  • Thanks so much, Caitlin. There was so much to see ….

    – David McMahon

  • VisualNorway
    VisualNorwayabout 4 years ago

    And I was in may… :-)
    A great city for a photographer.

  • Absolutely right, Rune – it is such a visual city.

    – David McMahon

  • Tarolino
    Tarolinoabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful shot. Wouldn’t have guessed anyway.

  • Thank you, Tarolino – Betty cracked the case immediately!

    – David McMahon

  • Lynn  Abbott
    Lynn Abbottabout 4 years ago

    Stunning, David!!!! Love this!! ~Janine

  • Thanks so much, Janine. I could have spent a couple of hours there if only we had the time.

    – David McMahon

  • hastypudding
    hastypuddingabout 4 years ago

    g’day mate! long way from home in NYC….great eye and photo

  • Indeed, we were a VERY long way from home – and yet we felt so at home in NYC.

    – David McMahon

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderabout 4 years ago

    Very beautiful thing to find in a station

  • And a very memorable station it is, too, Kalaryder.

    – David McMahon

  • Caitlin Dickman
    Caitlin Dickmanabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful capture David!! Congratulations! :D Caitlin

  • Thank you very much for your kind words, Caitlin – delighted to be honoured with a feature in your group.

    – David McMahon

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