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So here I am, on a spacewalk, and you want me to use a different wrench?

No, this was not shot from the International Space Station. I shot this last week at Scienceworks, where this astronaut hangs from the ceiling outside the planetarium. Believe me, it’s a tough shot without a tripod!

I do not crop, enhance or post-edit my images in any way. Shot with a Pentax K100D, using a Sigma 18-125mm lens. F.6, 1/20 sec, ISO 800, focal length 78mm.

Featured in CAPTION FUN, July 2011.

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nasa, astronaut, spacewalk, scienceworks, planetarium, david mcmahon, skywalker

Walkley Award-nominated journalist, novelist and wedding photographer at davidmcmahonweddings.com

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  • Jan Siemucha
    Jan Siemuchaalmost 3 years ago

    It is a super shot in my book, love it !
    Looks so very real. David !

  • Delighted to hear that, Jan. The figure is suspended from the ceiling – and I reckon I shot a dozen vertical frames from different angles before I shot this horizontal frame.

    – David McMahon

  • BreeDanielle
    BreeDaniellealmost 3 years ago

    Nicely captured!

  • Thank you, Bree – I had to step away from the space shuttle first!

    – David McMahon

  • Jordan Miscamble
    Jordan Miscamblealmost 3 years ago

    It really looks like an ‘in space’ shot. Great capture.

  • I was waiting for “Earth” to appear on the horizon, Jordan!

    – David McMahon

  • Joy Watson
    Joy Watsonalmost 3 years ago

    Cool great capture

  • So glad you like it, BubbleBlue …. I can give you the GPS co-ordinates so you can shoot it too!

    – David McMahon

  • vampvamp
    vampvampalmost 3 years ago

    hahaha cool

  • Thanks, VampVamp … glad this one caught your eye.

    – David McMahon

  • Robin Webster
    Robin Websteralmost 3 years ago

    Bravo to your steady hand David! I really like this!!!

  • Many thanks, Robin. It wasn’t the easiest of shots!

    – David McMahon

  • Delfino
    Delfinoalmost 3 years ago

    Looks real, i love all the details in the suit!

  • Thank you, Delfino – it’s a great model. I just wish it had been a ground level for a closer inspection.

    – David McMahon

  • Georgie Hart
    Georgie Hartalmost 3 years ago


    Wonderful work David!

  • Georgie! Thank you so much for this. What a great way to end a Sunday!

    – David McMahon

  • DarDuncan
    DarDuncanover 2 years ago

    Ground control to Major Tom…

  • That David Bowie track is so memorable, Dar, decades after it was first released. Great to hear from you. How’s the book going?

    – David McMahon

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