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This window was above a pizza shop on Smith Street in Fitzroy. We were having a bite to eat after buying my brand new camera bag from the Crumpler store (in case you didn't know...they are an Australian company) and this was across the street.
I just kind of liked the color along with the peeling paint. Yeah, the wire is kind of distracting...in a city with a tram system, they're hard to avoid.


 
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To celebrate the current Stanley Cup finals that are going on, I thought I'd pop up one of my shots from a Hurricanes game from last season.


 
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A worker tends to the roasting turkey legs at the NC State Fair.


 
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Close up of some of the rock formations at Hanging Rock.


 
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One of my absolute favorite photos I've taken. This beauty was at a small dog show in Raleigh a couple of years back.


 
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From Hanging Rock, about an hour outside of Melbourne.

We decided to hop in the car on Sunday to check this area out (and let Leslie give her new camera a workout). It was really a great place to wander around. The rock formations were fascinating.

The weather was a little overcast so we'll have to try going back when it is sunny.


 
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I forget exactly what type of turtle/tortoise this was, but he was really, really small. From the reptile house at the Melbourne Zoo.


 
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Taken at Melbourne Zoo with the new macro lens.


 
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My new macro lens arrived today. Woo hoo!

 

Beware...this means you may be seeing lots of macro shots up here in the next few days/weeks as I learn how to use it.

 

I've never had a true macro lens before so I'm really excited.

 

For those that speak "photo" the lens is the Sigma 50mm f2.8 Macro. A good starter macro lens that can focus down to 1:1.


 
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I think I have finally hit my limit on registering for things online.

Over the years, we have all filled out countless forms online when we buy things, subscribe to newsletters (or blogs), create a new email address, sold something on eBay or Craigslist, played an online game (i.e. March Madness brackets), checked our bank account, paid a bill, looked up movie listings...the list goes on.

Well, today I decided that I'm really tired of doing that. There was a simple blog on a news site about the Hurricanes that I wanted post a comment for. After typing my comment and providing my name and email address (no big deal..I can handle that much), I was taken to a massive registration page.

They wanted everything... username, email address, password...CONFIRM the password, password reminder question, password reminder answer, first name, last name, zip code, gender, phone number, favorite color, hat size, allergies, phobias, childhood nicknames, and on, and on. (Ok, I made up some of those, but you get the point.)

Upon seeing that page, I thought to myself..."Eh...nevermind."

It made me realize two things:

1) The couple little comments I had to make were not worth taking the extra time to do all of that registration (I know, I know...yet I turn around and type all of this).

2) I really didn't want the responsibility of yet another login, username, or password to keep track of. I have enough already. I don't want anymore.


 


 
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