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Jurassic Spark: Mr Flintstone, Your Dinosaur's Escaped Again by David McMahon

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This shot was taken in April 2009. I had just pulled up at a traffic intersection in inner Sydney, when I noticed this unusual sight. I just grabbed my camera, twisted around in my seat and hit the trigger before the lights changed and I had to drive off. 1,587 views on 9 November 2013.

The dinosaur head was sticking out of a window at the Australian museum, about six metres above the pavement – and a giant tail could be seen protruding out of another nearby window.

I do not drop, enhance or post-edit my images in any way. Shot with a Pentax K100D, using a Sigma 18-125mm lens. F8, 1/180 sec, ISO 200, focal length 125mm.

Featured in ODD ONE OUT, July 2009.

Featured in IMAGE WRITING, October 2010.

Sydney 2009 – 6206

Walkley Award-nominated journalist, novelist and wedding photographer at davidmcmahonweddings.com

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  • bevanimage
    bevanimageover 5 years ago

    You’ve just got to love museums! Well spotted and captured, David, and a wonderful title. I need one of those outside my office to deter visitors…..

  • Thank you, BevanImage. I literally had to swivel almost 180 degrees in my seat to take this shot. My lens was at full stretch and so was I …..

    – David McMahon

  • Indrani Ghose
    Indrani Ghoseover 5 years ago

    Kids around must be having fun watching it.
    Fantastic capture.

  • Hi Indrani, when they set up the dinosaur exhibition last year, I think they actually had a T-Rex outside, on or near the street!

    – David McMahon

  • Betty Mackey
    Betty Mackeyover 5 years ago

    Great capture, quick thinking!

  • Thanks, Betty. Lucky my camera is always at arm’s reach!

    – David McMahon

  • CJTill
    CJTillover 5 years ago

    A very amusing picture David.

  • Thanks Colin – almost as amusing as the angle to which I had to contort myself to take the shot. Felt like Quasimodo!

    – David McMahon

    JUSTARTover 5 years ago

    great shot, great find

  • Thanks, JustArt. So there I was, concentrating on the traffic, when I see this huge tail emerging from a window near me – and then this T-Rex head, three or four windows further away. Had to get the shot, despite the crick in my neck!

    – David McMahon

  • Oncemore
    Oncemoreover 5 years ago

  • Thank you, Vanessa, for letting me know. Delighted to see this shot featured – and it make it all worthwhile, contorting myself to shoot this frame before the lights changed!

    – David McMahon

  • PPPhotoArt
    PPPhotoArtover 5 years ago

    this really gave me a chuckle, well spotted for a very unique capture!!!!

  • Thanks very much – I had to contort myself to take the shot, so I’m glad you liked it!

    – David McMahon

  • JennyMac
    JennyMacover 5 years ago

    Wow! You did really well to get this! Great work and congrats on the feature… : )

  • Thank you very much, Jenny. Almost four months later, I can still feel the crick in my neck, from contorting myself to take this shot!

    – David McMahon

  • JennyMac
    JennyMacover 5 years ago

    Hehe… you’d better go get a massage (of the remedial kind!) LOL!

  • Yes, you’re absolutely right, Jenny. The crick in my neck is still there, 18 months later – and I blame that dinosaur!

    – David McMahon

  • stevebuffington
    stevebuffingtonover 5 years ago

    LOL. Very funny. Great capture and good on having the camera with you at all times!—Steve

  • Glad it made you smile, Steve. Yes, I try and keep my camera at arm’s reach as much as possible.

    – David McMahon

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