On Golden Pond, You Must Row Towards The Light

David McMahon

Melbourne, Australia

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Yes, it looks like reflective aluminium foil, but it’s water. Doesn’t it remind you of the golden foil-like metal on the side of the lunar module that took Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin to the moon?

I’ve shot dawn and dusk across the Yarra River several times, but on this morning, just before Easter 2007, the breeze had turned the surface of the river into a symphony of tightly-knit ripples.

Standing on Princes Bridge, I was actually shooting the sun as it slowly edged above the horizon when I noticed this majestic avenue of reflected light across the water. I was about to shoot an image with the golden sheen right in the middle of the frame, when I noticed a four-man rowing crew approaching.

I deliberately shot this as an asymmetrical composition, so that the eye would be drawn first to the sheen on the left and then to the rowers in the top right-hand corner.

I do not crop, enhance or post-edit my images in any way. Shot with a Pentax K100D, using a Sigma 18-125mm lens. F13, 1/750 sec, ISO 200, focal length 108mm.

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