Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Word of the day - Celebration

I give you Bliss

Windows 10 if it was created by Apple

I have read about this in my newsfeed a couple of times in the last couple of days...  This has to be a joke.  If you like using a MAC that is great.  I fail to see how turning Windows 10 into an Apple device will improve things. 

Windows 10 is fine.  If you don't like it then the answer is simple...  Don't use it.  Get a MAC.  If Apple are as good at writing the software that you like (clearly they aren't or you wouldn't be asking for changes to make it more like Windows 10) then you wouldn't need any changes.

Here is a link to one of the articles

If Windows 10 was made by Apple

To me the concept looks like something a child would use. Why do you need two menus?  It has a "Start menu" and the Apple menu up the top. 

They are not the same and never will be get over it.

My opinion is that Windows 10 is getting better with every release and right now is a very robust operating system.  My experience with Apple devices is limited but the times I have needed to use it to support end users has left me unimpressed.  Everything is counter-intuitive to my workflow on Windows 10.  That does not mean it is terrible.  Simply that it works differently to what I am used to.

For the record I work as a specialist in Windows deployment and would describe myself as a high level professional on the subject.


The skyline of the city of Melbourne across the waters of Albert Park lake.  New years eve in 2015.  On this day (Bonus)

12paof2019 - Chairs (bonus edition)

Benches at the end of Penneshaw jetty on Kangaroo island.  The land you can see in the distance is the mainland of South Australia.

The view from the top

Hiking across the top of 'The Nut' at Stanley in the north west of Tasmania.  It is a big sky and a bigger landscape.

On this day - 31st of December

in 2017 we were in Burnie Tasmania for my sisters wedding and we got to stay at this magnificent old building which goes by the name of the dragonfly.  This was the breakfast table.

Monday, December 30, 2019

Word of the day - M

M for marvellous Melbourne.

Convict brick trail

One of the things that really brings history alive in Tasmania is the convict brick trail in Campbell town.  This documents all convicts that were deported from England to Tasmania, along with some that never made it.  Each convict has a brick in the main street of the town with their name what they did to get deported and their sentence. The punishments were very harsh.  I deliberately removed the focus from the bricks in the first image as the monument is not about any one person

The journey

One of the best things about our trip to Tasmania was the journey that we took to get there.  Instead of hopping on a plane and hiring a car at the other end we put our car on the Spirit of Tasmania and had a leisurely trip across Bass strait.

On this day - 30th of December

In 2017 we were in Tasmania for my sisters wedding on new years eve.  We were proper little tourists.  This is 'The Nut' in Stanley an excellent place to photograph and visit.

Sunday, December 29, 2019

Word of the day - Beverage

As I rather like my beverages this was an easy one.  This image was used back in hunt 25 for the word whistle...  In this case there is a saying (Wet your whistle) that goes back to the middle ages in England where the mugs had a whistle in on them to summon the bar wench when you needed a top up.  Here in Australia it is still used to mean drink an ice cold beer on a hot day.  As it is currently heading towards 100 Fahrenheit (Currently 37 C) here in Melbourne right now I might just go and wet my whistle.

12 Photo Assignments of 2020

Just a reminder that the "12 Photo assignments of 2020" starts in a couple of days. The only rule is that the photo must be taken in 2020 and presented in the last week of the month associated with each word.  So if you want you can take all of your photos in January.  It is not important.  The person that I judge to have the best image each month will be made the header of the community for the following month.

A jumble of shoes

Here are the words along with their due dates

Shoes - Due between 25th and the 31st of January

Shadows - Due between 23rd and the 29th of February

Sand - Due between 25th and the 31st of March

Sign - Due between 24th and the 30th of April

Silence - Due between 25th and the 31st of May

Season - Due between 24th and the 30th of June

Spin - Due between 25th and the 31st of July

Silly - Due between 25th and the 31st of August

Superimpose - Due between 24th and the 30th of September

Spirit - Due between 25th and the 31st of October

Scream - Due between 24th and the 30th of November

Sinful - Due between 25th and the 31st of December

This challenge will be run on Tipua within the group "12 Photography Assignments" and all entries will need to be posted in there.  As this is a private group and you need to be a member if you wish to either view the entries or want to participate.  Yes you can be a member and not participate.  If you have not used Tipua feel free to check it out.  Currently it is a small social site with a couple of hundred members.  We are always happy to welcome new members.

The address for Tipua is https://www.tipua.com/ and for the "12 Photography Assignments" group https://www.tipua.com/groups/12-photography-assignments/

For something different in 2020 all of the words are going to start with the letter S. How you present these words as an image is entirely up to you. This exercise is not about pressure, or feeling like you have to present something.  It is about having fun with the aim to get you taking photos (preferably matching the theme) at least once per month.

Have fun!!!



This morning Penny and I had a pleasant walk around the Royal Botanic Gardens here in Melbourne...  The weather was perfect.   Here is a small selection of what we saw there

On this day - 29th of December

In 2013 I was at the MCG to watch a boxing day ashes test between Australia and England.  This photo was taken on day 4 and is the last ball (circled) racing towards the boundary.  The batsmen is Chris Rogers and the bowler was Monty Panesar.  Micheal Clarke (the captain) was the other not out batsmen.

Saturday, December 28, 2019

Word of the day – ball

On this day - 28th of December

In 2015 it was all about fire breathing dragons.  This is puffing Billy tourist train, crossing the trestle bridge minutes after leaving Belgrave station.  You will notice passengers sitting with their feet out of the window.  Sadly due to one accident that is no longer allowed.

Friday, December 27, 2019

On this day - 27th of December

In 2013 I was testing out a new lens and captured this...  Slim pickings today

Thursday, December 26, 2019

12PAOF2019 - Chairs

December - Chairs

There are so many glorious chair scenes out there,in all various stages if it's life just waiting for your creative eye to bring it to the world as you see it!
Photos due between ( 25th-31st.)

Full album can be found here https://blog.ttwl.studio/p/12-photography-assignments-of-2019.html

On this day - 26th of December

in 2015 it was all about cinnamon.  Something very difficult to create an interesting photo of...  This was for a scavenger hunt word and this was one that didn't get used.

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

The big drift

Yesterday I went for a drive to Wilsons Promontory to see this site.  Up until a couple of days ago I was unaware that it even existed.  It is not easy to get to requiring a 2 kilometre hike with a very steep loose sand climb when you get there but the trip was well worth the effort.  I have included several images for you to view

On this day - 25th of December

The calm before the storm
Today this is the scene at our house before family arrives/gets out of bed.  From our family to yours Penny and I would like to wish you all a very merry Christmas

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Private beach

Today I went in search of sand dunes called "The big drift".  They can be found inside Wilsons Promontory National Park...  Sadly I took a wrong turn and found a very private beach with an island just off shore.  Cotters Beach...  1 kilometre in and another out on foot.  Well worth the trip

On this day - 24th of December

In 2017 we went to the NGV and they had this awesome immersive room with lights that alter with movement it was dark and disorienting.

Sunday, December 22, 2019

The photographer

A lone photographer descending the eastern stairway of the iconic Sydney Opera house at dawn

Passing showers

Passing showers at Frankston beach

On this day - 22nd of December

I took this in 2014 when I was working at 80 Collins street in Melbourne.  The artwork is by famed street artist Rone and is framed by a bed of agapanthus.

More on Rone can be found here https://www.r-o-n-e.com/

Saturday, December 21, 2019


This is one part of the sculpture 'Three Businessmen Who Brought Their Own Lunch: Batman, Swanston and Hoddle' on the corner of Swanston and Bourke streets Melbourne


The monolithic National Gallery of Victoria. This is an excellent place to visit if you find yourself in Melbourne.  Even better unless you are going to one of the travelling exhibitions it is free!

On this day - 21st of December

in 2012 I visited Frankston.  This was taken with a Nexus 5.  I didn't own a DSLR until 2013.  I really like the sparseness of this composition.

Friday, December 20, 2019

Word of the day - Reindeer

Shopping trolley edition
I can see that Julianne has a Christmas theme going here.  Oh the joy of shopping centres on the week before Christmas.