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Boomerangs Are Making A Big Comeback by David McMahon

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Comeback, geddit??!!!!!

Well, yes, I should explain the significance of that title for non-Australian viewers. Boomerangs are ancient hunting implements, V-shaped pieces of timber that are designed to return to the hunter or the person who throws them.

These boomerangs were on display at the Rocks Market in Sydney. The stall was under a thick canvas awning, so the light was very mellow when I shot this last Easter (2010). Rather than shoot the three whole rows of boomerangs for sale, I was drawn instead to the artwork on their ends. Accordingly, I shot this tight vertical frame in the hope that it would be more intriguing than a traditional view.

I do not crop, enhance or post-edit my images in any way. Shot with a Pentax K100D, using a Sigma 18-125mm lens. F8, 1/60 sec, ISO 800, focal length 98mm.


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  • pix-elation
    pix-elationalmost 4 years ago

    Well, first you’ve got to throw it!

  • I was a schoolboy in India when I first saw one being thrown – and was absolutely fascinated.

    – David McMahon

    JUSTARTalmost 4 years ago

    nice shot

  • Many thanks, JustArt. The light in there was really tricky.

    – David McMahon

  • Robin Webster
    Robin Websteralmost 4 years ago

    I love this David! Such vibrant colours and awesome composition! You have such a great eye! I’ve never thrown a boomerang, but I can imagine is is so very fun to watch!

  • Many thanks for your kind words, Robin. The trick is to hold it (from what I remember as a kid) at an angle of about 45 degrees to the ground.

    – David McMahon

  • David Davies
    David Daviesalmost 4 years ago

    Love the picture! I used to have one when I was a kid. Never did get the hang of it.

  • Someone gave me a miniature when I was in primary school – but it wasn’t as beautifully painted as these, David.

    – David McMahon

  • Lynn  Gibbons
    Lynn Gibbonsalmost 4 years ago

    Stunning detail!!

  • Thanks so much, Lynn. I was forced to portray it “differently” because of the low light.

    – David McMahon

  • MaryLynn
    MaryLynnalmost 4 years ago

    Love this pov and the colors are amazing! Great!

  • Thank you so much, MaryLynn. Everything seemed in synch – the colours of the boomerangs, as well as the yellowish light in the background caused by the colour of the high canvas awning. That really dictated the way I opted to shoot this image.

    – David McMahon

  • Betty Mackey
    Betty Mackeyalmost 4 years ago

    Beautiful! Nostalgic for me even though I grew up in the USA — my engineer father made us kids one.

  • Wonderful to hear your story, Betty. Your father obviously took great pride in creating it for you. Do you by any chance still have it? What a great story – an American girl with a boomerang. I can see Hollywood picking up the movie rights. Get ready for the knock on the door …

    – David McMahon

  • Judi Rustage
    Judi Rustagealmost 4 years ago

    Love the capture David and the title is wonderful. I can actually throw a boomerang and it is a thrill when it returns :)

  • So glad you like the title, Judi. Some years ago I showed my children how to throw one. It was hard to tell if they had more fun than I did!

    – David McMahon

  • dedmanshootn
    dedmanshootnalmost 4 years ago

    lol! droll very droll! :-)

  • Thank you, kind sir!

    – David McMahon

  • Sandra Moore
    Sandra Moorealmost 4 years ago

    fabulous capture, love the warm tones!

  • Many thanks, Sandra – the tones in turn dictated the tight composition.

    – David McMahon

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