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As I said earlier I wanted to go out this weekend and try the Nikon D5100 and see what it was like.  One place I’ve been wanting to photograph for some time was the State Library of Victoria.  So my daughter and I went into the city, I went to take photos and she tagged along so she could shop.  All the photos have been taken with the 5100 and then processed.  They were opened in camera raw and a few things adjusted, but nothing else.

State Library of VictoriaThis is a sculpture on the corner in front of the State Library, and you can see the library in the background.  It is the building with all the columns.  It is an amazing building.  First built in 1856, I think, and when it was first built it also housed the Museum and the Art Gallery.  All three were there until the 60′s when the art gallery moved down the road, and the musuem moved, I don’t know exactly when, but in the last 20 years.

State Library EntranceThis is the main entrance.  I worked here about 22 years ago and when I did there was a revolving door in front.  It was taken out because, apparently, it was too dangerous.  It was great, I loved the revolving door.

This image was hard to get, people kept walking up to see what time the library opened.  In the end I had to make the image out of two to get it with no people.  So more processing was done with this image, but not much more.

The inside is great as well.  It has been extended and extended.  The domed reading was built in the 1930′s and was based on a domed reading room in a London library, I believe.  It was further extended in the 1960′s, then when the museum vacated to new premises, more extensions were made and major refurbishment of what was left.  It is hard to believe that it is the same place that I worked in, so different now.

I would really like to go and get some photos inside it with no people in there, but I will have to see if they will let me.  I would love some geometric style images of the domed reading room.  I suppose I should ask.

We didn’t go inside, as I didn’t want to have to check in my bag, Klara just wanted to go shopping.  We headed over the road to Melbourne Central.  We went into an entrance that we don’t normally use and we saw this.

Library on the SideWe almost walked past this, it is a “Little Library”.  It is in a space on the side and you can just walk straight into it.  I don’t know if you can read the instructions on the window.  It says:

We believe reading should be for all to enjoy, so please feel free to borrow a book.

However, we ask that you adhere to our honesty system and replace another title in its place, so everyone can continue to enjoy our Little Library.

How cute is that.  I also took this.

From the Little LibraryThis is there in case you missed what was written on the glass, we did, missed it that is.  Klara loves books and she thought it was fantastic, she is the one in it.

Back to the Nikon, at one stage my daughter said to me, “mum you look like a tourist”.  A fair statement, then I realised that this particular camera is perfect for that type of photographer.  It has the capabilities to change the settings and you can have some control, no control or a little control, but as a camera for travelling it was perfect.

I know the other day I said it was heavier than the Canons I borrowed, but carrying it around today was no trouble at all.  It was easy to get in and out of the small camera bag I have, and the bag never seemed heavy.  I find when I am carrying my D300s around, it does get very heavy, but the D5100 was really good.

I did have a problem at one stage, I pressed something and it started doing some weird things.  It was trying to edit the photos for me, and it took a few minutes to work out what had happened and to change it back.  That was a problem with the photographer and not the camera.

I assume it will be going back soon.  It is nice have new toys to play with and try out.  I wonder if they will send me more.

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