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Today I bought myself a new toy! I bought a Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 lens for my camera. I have been reading a bit about fixed focal length lenses and I have come to understand that they are good for portraiture, as well as being faster (thus allowing lower light photos to come out better).

To test my new lens I went for a small wander (it was far too hot for a large wander) at Moomba. Moomba is a sort of carnival held each year in the second weekend of March on the banks of the Yarra River in Melbourne. It is famous for it’s activities for kids, it’s carnival rides, and for water related activities including the Birdman Competition (in which competitors don ridiculous costumes and leap into the Yarra), and water-skiing competitions. Most Melburnians would shudder to get into the Yarra, it has a bit of a poor reputation, but we all like to watch other people do it.


These guys are called Dog Paparazzi, they seem to be an art installation at Federation Square.IMG_4496

This is the view of some of the Melbourne CBD, with Flinders’ St train station, Princes Bridge and the Yarra. Fed Square, for reference, is to the right of this shot behind those trees.IMG_4507

Apparently people have taken to affixing love padlocks in Melbourne too. I like that this one is red. I also love the crispness, which I am attributing to the new lens! Yay for new toys and sunny days!