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24 FEBRUARY 2005, BIRCHGROVE, SYDNEY

This one is for dog fanatics (or people obsessed with cute things)...

Two schnauzers keep their wary distance from a third, much larger dog whilst out for their evening walk at a park in Birchgrove, a small suburb on one of the many coves along the Paramatta River in western Sydney.

***A Lesson to Learn!
*Always* keep a lens hood on the front of your lenses if you have them; especially wide angle lenses. Far more important than those so called 'protection filters'.

If you get this close to a large, playful dog as I have here you run the risk of erratic animal behaviour causing damage to your camera equipment. I did not predict that the dog, moments after this, would turn to the left and slam its body into me. The plastic lens hood absorbed most of the impact (but didn't spare my head from the shock). The filter did little more than to collect a healthy sample of the dog's snot.

So lenshoods, use them if you've got them. Besides, those flower-shaped ones look cool...

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24mm ; XP2 rated EI200

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