Heavy Metal + Opera

Photographic Prints

Small (8.0" x 12.0")

David McMahon

Melbourne, Australia

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Sizing Information

Small 8.0" x 12.0"
Medium 12.0" x 18.0"
Large 16.0" x 24.0"
X large 19.9" x 30.0"


  • Superior quality silver halide prints
  • Archival quality Kodak Endura paper
  • Lustre: Professional photo paper with a fine grain pebble texture
  • Metallic: Glossy finish and metallic appearance to create images with exceptional visual interest and depth


Wall Art


Artist's Description

This shot was taken on the jetty at Milsons Point in Sydney over the Easter weekend in 2009. It was dusk and there was heavy cloud over the city. While we waited for a ferry, I explored the pier near Luna Park and my attention was drawn to the graceful arc of the metal links of this chain. (2,717 views on 19 August 2014.)

One facet of this view that captivated me was that the links have a Surrealist touch, almost as if they are melting.

Because of the moody sky, I figured it would be a great opportunity to capture the metallic surface of the links.

The depth of field in this shot was very deliberate. While I composed it with the links as the central focus, you’ll notice one of the world’s most famous pieces of architecture in the background, across the harbour.

Yes, it’s the Sydney Opera House. Did you notice it immediately?

To me, this composition also signifies Australia’s own journey, from convict beginnings (represented by the metal chain) to acknowledged cultural status (represented by the Opera House).

I do not crop or post-edit my work in any way – what you see is exactly what I shoot. This was taken with a Pentax K100D, using a Sigma 18-125mm lens. I shot it at F5.6, 1/180 sec, ISO 200, with a focal length of 125mm.

Featured in DEPTH OF FIELD group, June 2009.

Featured in ANYTHING THEATRICAL, August 2009.

Featured in MY WONDERFUL MEMORIES, August 2009.

Featured in CITYSCAPES AND CITY SKYLINES, November 2009.

Featured in ALPHABET SOUP (LETTER O), April 2010.

Top 10, DEPTH OF FIELD challenge, September 2010.

Featured in 100-499 VIEWINGS, January 2011.

Featured in AS IS, January 2011.

Featured in MOODY AND EVOCATIVE, March 2011.

Featured in THE POWER OF SIMPLICITY, April 2011.

Featured in SPEAKING PHOTOS, May 2011.

Featured in PENTAX, July 2011.

Featured in AUSTRALIA AT LARGE, November 2011.


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