Blue Thunder - Can You Hear It?

David McMahon

Melbourne, Australia

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This blue Ford XR 6 ute (utility vehicle) was parked near Freshwater Place yesterday (1 December 2009) and despite the bright midday sun, I had to shoot a tight frame.

I actually shot two frames with marginal variation, but this was the better result. It’s interesting to note just how the chrome stands out, as does the small splashes of red.

I’m curious – did you know what the thumbnail depicted, or did you only realise what the subject was when you clicked on the full-size image?

And the story of the “ute” has an interesting history. The wife of an Australian farmer wrote to Henry Ford himself, asking if there was a chance of producing a vehicle that could be used to take the pigs to market during the week and the family to church on Sunday. Ford himself passed on the letter to Lewis Bandt, a young Australian designer in his early twenties – and the ute, an essential part of the Australian culture and landscape, was born.

I do not crop, enhance or post-edit my work in any way. Shot with a Pentax K100D, using a Sigma 18-125mm lens. F6.7, 1/500 sec, ISO 200, focal length 170mm.

Featured in OUT OF THE BLUE, December 2009.

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