No, Im not from Australia, just havin some fun. Im in the Chicagoland area, lived here all my life. Just got my first digi-cam about 1.5 years ago, a Kodak EasyShare Z700. Takes some nice macro shots, thats about it. LOL I just wanted to say 'hi' and introduce myself. I have alot of pictures up in the General Board if youre interested in seeing them. My favorite subjects are insects/arachnids/reptiles/etc, but I do some cityscapes from time to time. I havent figured out how to do a decent portrait yet, so dont expect any. LOL Other personal notes: I LOVE animals, I keep scorpions, centipedes, snakes, mantids, tarantulas, true spiders, a dog. I LOVE photographing them and experimenting with new lighting configurations and different exposure levels, apertures, etc. Anyways, here is a bad picture of me with one of my newer baby snakes. I look forward to meeting you all and sharing some pics with you all. There are some GREAT photographers on this site! WOW!