Arena For Modern-Day Gladiators by David McMahon

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This is a night view of Rod Laver Arena, the centrepiece of the National Tennis Centre at Flinders Park in Melbourne.

I shot this last month, without a tripod, while standing on the south bank of the Yarra. The distinctive whalebone structure above the arena made this stadium the first grand slam venue in the world to have a sliding roof – and the ability to continue a match in bad weather.

I do not crop, enhance or post-edit my images in any way. Shot with a Pentax K100D, using a Sigma 18-125mm lens. F4.5, 1/2 sec, ISO 800, focal length 45mm.



flinders park, rod laver arena, national tennis centre, melbourne, yarra, david mcmahon

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    HELUAalmost 3 years ago

    A wonderful night image!! Love it!

  • Thank you, Helua. It is also a popular concert venue for major touring acts. There was a concert that night, hence the buses!

    – David McMahon

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    kenspicsalmost 3 years ago

    WOW.. what an EXCELLENT photo David!!!

  • Thanks, Ken – it was an interesting challenge without a tripod!

    – David McMahon

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