Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Grin Reaper

Scooby-Doo Gets A New Leash Of Life

Photographs copyright: DAVID McMAHON


So there I was, spending my lunch hour wandering around the 2009 Moomba fairground on the banks of the Yarra. Sunny afternoon. Huge crowd. Water-skiers on the Yarra. Music on the PA system. It seems as if the Alexandra Gardens are the focal point of Melbourne.

That's when I spot a familiar goofy smile. High above one of the stalls that is a haven for a game of skill is one of the ultimate prizes - a lifesize Scooby-Doo. I get a couple of tight shots of Scooby and a couple of his clones.

I am about to walk away when I realise that with a little manoeuvring and some tight composition, I can get a shot of Scooby wearing his purple hoodie - with one of Melbourne's most famous modern landmarks in the background.

The skyscraper is Eureka Tower, the highest residential apartment building in the southern hemisphere. The only reason I was able to compose such a tight frame was that I had opted to use my 70-300mm lens that afternoon.

It's hard to tell who was more animated - Scooby-Doo or the photographer.


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43 comments:

jinksy said...

Which one's the giant, eh?

Maggie May said...

Scooby doo, where are you? My kids loved it.
Good shots. I liked the second one best! Maybe its the colour!

Nikki-ann said...

Great shots! They certainly put a smile on my face :)

Artist Unplugged said...

I love Scooby! Nice shots....second one is my fav.

richies said...

Scooby really gets around

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Kat said...

Haha! I just so admire your photographer's eye! :)

Sandi McBride said...

I adore the Scoobster...he's a hero of mine, thanks for the wonderful view of him with a building only Superman could leap to! Wonderful shots!
Sandi

mountain.mama said...

It shouldn't, but it always surprises me when American icons show up in other countries. I'm not much of a Scooby fan, but love the second shot. Must be the purple hoodie.....

French Fancy said...

It would have taken me ages to work out how to get the building and Scooby in the same frame.

Sniffles and Smiles said...

Mr. Reaper, You make me grin...Scooby, dooby, doo to you!

The Girl From Cherry Blossom Street said...

Your blog, Sir David, is like a box of chocolate. You never know what you're gonna get!

katherine. said...

is he winking at you?

fun post

Moannie said...

I honestly do not know where you find the time but I am so glad that you do.

That's a great big smile on my face, again.

Moannie said...

I honestly do not know where you find the time but I am so glad that you do.

That's a great big smile on my face, again.

® ♫ The Brit ♪ ® said...

Awwwwwww! I want one! haha

Cheffie-Mom said...

Scooby, Scooby Doo, where are you? We've got some work to do now!

Eddie Bluelights said...

"Scooby, dooby, dooby, do!" Sounds a bit like something my pet budgie might have said. Love the shot with Eureka Tower in the background.

Eddie Bluelights said...

David, I've just noticed you've clocked up the deaded 666 followers. Quick, someone sign up!
Love this blogging lark. Eddue

nathalie in avignon said...

Thanks for nominating Avignon-in-Photos's Red Tents post as worthy of note, that's very kind of you. I like the networking aspect of the exercise.

I also enjoyed catching up with your own latest posts. Cheers

joan said...

Fun shots David. My son used to loved Scooby............

Rob Inukshuk said...

Oh what fun and cool to get a landmark in there too!

kjpweb said...

That's neat - as quite an American feel to it!
Cheers, Klaus

Cath said...

Wooby-wooby-doooooooooooooooooo!!!

Carver said...

What a fun post. Scooby Doo is enormous.

Louise said...

I'm going to just GUESS the photographer won the "most animated" contest by just a hair. I like the purple hoodie.

Sylvia K said...

Terrific and fun shots! What fun! Thanks, David, as always!

Ananda girl said...

I love Scooby-Doo. Give him a scooby snack for me! Fun.

Denise said...

A fun post, great shots and a most appropriate title. I found myself grinning from ear to ear.

SandyCarlson said...

My bet is on the photographer!

cheshire wife said...

What a poser!

imac said...

Why ! David, you look wonderful.

Now and Then said...

Hello David, Good snap, I love Scooby hope some time he visit sydney.

Kathy said...

Love Scooby AND the purple sweatshirt!

susieofarabia said...

You totally caught me by surprise with this one! Thanks for making me smile!

Babooshka said...

It all went downhill for me with scrappy doo. Barking mad post as usual and I wouldn't have it nay other way.

Sujatha said...

What a sight to find in the middle of a bustling city!

skywind said...

Oh, Scooby-Doo, cool. :)
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lmerie said...

Ahh scooby dooby dooooooo! Now we don't have to ask where are you!!

Cute! Smiles!

Janie said...

Cool shot of Scooby with the skyscraper in the background.

Pouty Lips said...

David, you make it sound soooo simple...but truth is I'd have to bring my lunch and dinner along with me and I still wouldn't get that good of a shot.

introspection said...

You sure reaped a grin out of me. Your titles are fun, and photographs are amazing.
Thanks for sharing.

*Niina* said...

Look at that! I watched Scooby Doo when I was a kid. =) Great photos!

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Indrani said...

:)
Now I am smiling... like goofy(?).