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The Bridge of Remembrance is a great place to visit if you're into remembering bridges.

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I love the view from my new bedroom window. It reminds me that I'm living in an actual city and not just the post-apocalyptic remains of one. It would be even sweeter if the trams were still running. Imagine being woken up by a tram. Fantastic.

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Farewell BBQs had become quite a common occurrence in recent months as different housemates came and went, but Saturday's was a bit more special because I was the leaver. I'd wanted to move for a while but finding affordable accommodation in Christchurch without massive cracks in the walls and ceilings ended up being trickier than anticipated. After tens of fruitless viewings, we finally found somewhere last week and jumped. Now I'm living with a couple of mates from work in a second-floor apartment in the centre of town. The BBQ was a delicious end to an awesome seven months, and I will miss everyone in this photo.

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Christchurch Cathedral shortly after the two year anniversary of its collapse last week. The cathedral used to be the focal point of the city pre-earthquakes and no one is quite sure what to do with it now it's broken. Some believe it should be restored, others demolished, some even glass-encased. Construction has already begun on a temporary cardboard cathedral down the road (seriously) while the city makes up its mind.

Last week I spoke at tedious length about one of my new lenses, today I'm going to speak at tedious length about the other. The Tamron 18-270mm can be best described as part camera lens, part Hubble Telescope. It has one of the widest ranges of focal lengths of any lens in production, from very bloody wide (18mm) to very bloody narrow (270mm). This 15x magnification lets you capture details your eyes didn't have a chance of discerning, like the make of the straps holding together the statue outside the cathedral ("Aerofast", for the record). Holding the camera sufficiently still at 270mm is tricky, but is greatly helped by a mechanism called "vibration compensation" which uses gyroscopes to cancel out subtle movements in the photographers hand. This technology is really fucking cool, it makes everything so deliciously still. The best comparison I can draw is when the computer helps you aim in first person shooters. Anyway, here are a few samples so far: