Friday, July 31, 2009

Head Start

The Great Aussie Salute

Photographs copyright: DAVID McMAHON


The word "G'day" is instantly recognisable around the world as the quintessential Australian greeting. Over the years, I’ve seen many great depictions of the word, but this one was unique. I was at the Temora Aviation Museum in early June, watching an air show, when I noticed this person in the crowd ahead of me.

Have you ever tried taking a photograph of someone’s head when they’re watching fighters go screaming past in the sky? Let me tell you, it’s a mighty tough gig. It’s a bit like trying to do the same thing at a tennis match, when people’s heads constantly move side to side.

The weather was foggy at the start and the light wasn’t great later on, when the pilots got the all-clear, and to add to my problem, this gentleman was actually sitting under cover and a long way away from me. However, I had a long lens (70-300mm) on the camera, so this is as natural a shot as I could produce in the conditions – and it’s as Aussie a sight as you’ll ever see.

And to answer your question, G'day is simply a contraction of the phrase "Good day".


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15 comments:

Chris said...

So how do you say Good Night?

Celebration of Life said...

I wish I had a G'Day Mate hat! Love it!

Brian Miller said...

g'day mate. bet the air show was fun...no shots of the fighters?

Pastor Sharon said...

Sounds like it was a tricky photo! I loved the Croccodile Dundee movie just because of the way he said that and of course everything else he said. Love that Aussie accent!

Hope you had fun at the air show. My son was at one in Wisconsin today. He had a great time!

James said...

I can almost picture him putting another shrimp an the barbie. :-)

introspection said...

Very unusual shots of 'g'day mate', but interesting. Is it equivalent of 'Have a nice day' in the US & elsewhere ? A neat photograph.
And probably the owner of the good day hat had no clue his every hair was being photographed too..!!
Cheers!

Izzy 'N Emmy said...

Haha! Love the hat!

Joanna Jenkins said...

I wonder if he's Australian or a tourist :-)

Maggie May said...

G'Day!
Great PSF, David.

Carrie and Troy Keiser said...

yeah I too wish I had a hat like that... cool

jinksy said...

I take my hat off to you for this shot. :)

Shadow said...

friendly fellow!

Daryl said...

G'Day ... I love caps with slogans and/or messages, they are almost as much fun as the signs (photos) I collect

JamaGenie said...

I can't think of anyone (except maybe moi) who would point a lens at the back of a bobbing head and ignore the ho-hum-another-airshow shots. Good job! ;-)

The Girl From Cherry Blossom Street said...

Impressive lens!
No, I have not tried taking a photo of someone's head when it moves from side to side! That would make me dizzy!