Yellow Brick Road Scholar

David McMahon

Melbourne, Australia

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This unposed shot was taken on the steps of the Melbourne Exhibition Centre in mid-2009.

Even though it’s winter here, the afternoon sun can sometimes produce great shadows. I was going to take a straight-on shot of these steps. Then I thought it would be far more interesting to wait a few minutes and actually try and get a shot of feet on the steps as someone walked past.

I was standing on the Yarra side of the Melbourne Exhibition Centre and you’d reckon there’d be a lot of people walking past. But no, I had to wait a few minutes and I was determined to shoot the first person, without asking them to walk at a particular angle or at a certain pace.

It’s an interesting task, because you don’t know whether the person is going to walk straight, diagonally, up the stairs or down them.

Luckily this person strode along the top of the walkway and I was able to get a perfectly candid, unposed shot of his shoes – and a clearly defined shadow.

I do not crop, enhance or post-edit my work in any way. Shot with a Pentax K100D, using a Sigma 18-125mm lens. F11, 1/500 sec, ISO 200, focal length 98mm.

Featured in WHICH WAY, October 2009.

Featured in STAIRS AND STAIRCASES, October 2010.

116-8860.

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