Reach For The Sky by David McMahon

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Perspective is everything on a sunny spring afternoon. It might look like all three buildings at Southbank, Melbourne, are roughly the same height – but Eureka Tower in the centre of this frame is the tallest occupied skyscraper in the southern hemisphere.

By the way, can you see the building on the left reflected in the glass facade of the building on the right?

I do not crop, enhance or post-edit my images in any way. F11, 1/250 sec, ISO 200, focal length 18mm.


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  • Tarolino
    Tarolinoabout 4 years ago

    Wonderful angle and the reflection on the building is lovely.

  • Thanks so much, Tarolino. It was the first warm, sunny weekend for us.

    – David McMahon

  • David Davies
    David Daviesabout 4 years ago

    Great aspect, David.

  • Thanks very much, David – the clear blue sky was a great help.

    – David McMahon

  • Lucinda Walter
    Lucinda Walterabout 4 years ago

    Excellent POV.

  • Thank you, Lucinda – this shot just wouldn’t have worked with a cloudy sky above me.

    – David McMahon

  • Carol Barona
    Carol Baronaabout 4 years ago

    fabulous capture! excellent pov!

  • Thanks so much, Carol – it was the first weekend of October and it seemed like the whole city was out, paying homage to this burst of sunshine!

    – David McMahon

  • Lesliebc
    Lesliebcabout 4 years ago

    I’d probably fall over trying to do that and make myself the object of others’ shots! lol Great one!

  • Trick No. 1 – if you;re going to take a vertigo-inducing shot, make sure you are standing near a metal pole, just in case you lose your balance!

    – David McMahon

    JUSTARTabout 4 years ago

    great shot

  • Thanks so much, JustArt – the sky is clear blue today as well.

    – David McMahon

  • Sandra Moore
    Sandra Mooreabout 4 years ago

    wonderful capture!

  • Thanks very much, Sandra. I was lucky with the weather.

    – David McMahon

  • LBrammer
    LBrammerabout 4 years ago

    Great image David! :-)

  • VisualNorway
    VisualNorwayabout 4 years ago

    I envy you this one. now I have to look through my own to see if I have have something that even come close :-)

  • hastypudding
    hastypuddingabout 4 years ago

    were you lying on your back? this is really superb…

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