These lanterns were stretched across a main street outside the Chinatown MRT station in Singapore, during the mid-autumn festival in September 2012.
I walked up and down the street for about half an hour, trying to find the best angle, not just to capture the sea of lanterns, but also the street context.

Then it slowly dawned on me. About 100 metres away was a path to a pedestrian walkway over the busy road. Finding my way there would enable me to shoot DOWNWARDS over the lanterns and the street, to put the shot in proper perspective.

The lanterns were up as part of the Chinatown mid-autumn celebrations.

(This image has not been cropped, enhanced or post-processed in any way.)

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  • Bruce  Dickson
    Bruce Dicksonover 1 year ago

    Nice eye

  • Thank you, Bruce – you can’t imagine how long it took me to find this perspective, from the walkway!

    – David McMahon

  • Heloisa Castro
    Heloisa Castroover 1 year ago


  • Thank you, Heloisa – the lanterns were there for about three weeks, I think.

    – David McMahon

  • David Davies
    David Daviesover 1 year ago

    Excellent, colourful catch, David.

  • Thanks, David. Lucky that the walkway gave me the over-street perspective that I needed for this shot.

    – David McMahon

  • Lesliebc
    Lesliebcover 1 year ago

    Brilliant colours, as usual, David!

  • No shortage of beautiful colours in this part of the world, Leslie.

    – David McMahon

  • Shulie1
    Shulie1over 1 year ago

    Fantastic shot, David – haven’t seen you on RB for ages

  • Hi Shulie – have not been active in more than a year, but it’s always great to see so many familiar faces!

    – David McMahon

  • Delfino
    Delfinoover 1 year ago

    Lovely colours and composition!

  • Glad you like the shot. Thanks for visiting.

    – David McMahon

  • sedge808
    sedge808over 1 year ago

    lively and beautiful.

  • Thanks for dropping by and taking the trouble to comment – especially as I’ve been AWOL for so long.

    – David McMahon

  • debidabble
    debidabbleover 1 year ago

  • Very kind of you to let me know. Thank you.

    – David McMahon

  • Roxanne Persson
    Roxanne Perssonover 1 year ago

    Great shot!

  • Thanks so much, Roxane – took several minutes, though, to find the correct perspective. That walkway was a blessing.

    – David McMahon

  • Vicki Spindler (VHS Photography)
    Vicki Spindler...over 1 year ago


  • What an honour, Vicki. Thanks so much for letting me know.

    – David McMahon

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