Thursday, October 22, 2020

Hunt 29 - Metal

Day eight and the word is metal.  I went with the ties that bind us.  This is our wedding rings.

Don't forget to click through the link to the full reveal album to see how everyone else interpreted the word.

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Hunt 29 - Broken

Day six and the word is broken.  As I already was taking images of eggs for another word this was a natural fit.  I was after a simple high key look straight out of the camera.

Don't forget to visit the full album to see how others interpreted the word.

Monday, October 19, 2020

Hunt 29 - Water

Here we are at the half way mark and today the word is water.  I really wanted to portray a beach scene but our movements around Melbourne have been severely limited so instead I looked inwards.  This is a close up image of a water droplet on the petals of a flower.

Sunday, October 18, 2020

Hunt 29 - Needle

 Day four and the word is needle.  There are so many ways to interpret this word.  Apparently a record needle was popular.  Here is my interpretation.  Don't hesitate to go and look at the link to see how others see the word needle

Saturday, October 17, 2020

Hunt 29 - Motion

 Day 3 and the word is Motion...  Well technically it was "In camera motion blur".  This theme was a lot of fun.  Keeping in mind all entries are SOOC.  Here is mine below along with a link to the full reveal album.  Mine is a laser etched album from Split Enz called True Colours...  I got you...

Friday, October 16, 2020

Hunt 29 - Egg

Day two of the scavenger hunt and today the word is egg.  Here is my interpretation along with a link to the full album.  Feel free to click through to see how all the contestants interpreted the egg

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Hunt 29 - Coffee

 While in lockdown Penny and I participated in Scavenger hunt 29.  Today is the first of 10 days of reveals and the word is coffee.  My entry is pictured here.  "Tea and scones with stripes"  

Don't forget to click through to the full album and share in the joy of how many people view one word.

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Coloured skies

Blue is a colour.  This is mount Arapiles across the wheat fields in the western districts of Victoria.  It is a favourite location for rock climbers.  Although this may soon stop as there are indigenous and cultural concerns that the area may be damaged by this activity

Monday, September 28, 2020


Sometimes when you have an idea for an image, there is nothing that can stop you until you get the desired result.  The image here was taken at Coolart homestead near Melbourne and consists of one base image and around 100 additional images to get the portals.  I had my friend Jane running around the lawn placing the mirror randomly while I clicked away.  As long as she wasn't in the base shot (the one with Winston).  It took around 20 minutes to get all of the images and then perhaps an hour in post production to combine them in to one coherent image.  I just love the result


In our state of lockdown some may think that we are not free.  I disagree.  

Here in Australia we enjoy freedoms that others can only dream about. These freedoms were hard won by those that came before us.  If I ever need proof  I look back to Ballarat and the Eureka stockade in the 1850's.  The miners staged a revolt over the draconian government of the time.  They rallied under the Eureka flag.  

Pictured here is the original hand drawn design of the Eureka flag.  This can be found on display (sometimes) at the Ballarat fine art museum.  This is arguably the birth place of Australian democracy and if ever there was a symbol of freedom then this is it.  We live in interesting times.

Saturday, September 26, 2020


 Winston the lonely bear on a lonely chair.  This was taken at Coolart homestead near Melbourne

Monday, September 14, 2020

Friday, September 11, 2020

Inner space

Playing with my new Laowa 50mm f/2.8 2X Ultra Macro APO.  I took this today.  Can anyone guess what it might be?  I am really liking the lens it has a very shallow DOF and is manual focus.  The good thing is that I can tether it to my laptop and take picture without touching the camera.


 The glass water wall at the National Gallery of Victoria.  It will be great to visit there again.  Perhaps 2021 will be kinder.

Wednesday, September 9, 2020


 Actor Amy Raffe on set of Robert Chuter's "A Beautiful Request".  they always do lighting well for the movies :)

Wordless on Wednesday


Friday, August 28, 2020

2020 will be a year to remember

Last night we had this amazing storm...  Short sharp and destructive.  So far it has caused three deaths from trees falling.  For us we simply had no power for an hour or so.

This morning however I get a message that the power failure has caused contamination of our water supply and as a precaution we have to boil our water before use...  Good grief welcome to #firstworldproblems

Image is Thursday night fish and chips by lantern light

Dawn at Cape Nelson

 Back in 2016 Penny and I had a weekend away to Portland and stayed at the lighthouse keepers cottage @ Cape Nelson.  I was up early to catch the sunrise.  This image is Cape Nelson in pre-dawn light

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Wide open spaces

This image was taken in the western districts of Victoria.  Gives me memories of road trips on the wide open roads of Australia

As a bonus earworm we have The Triffids and "The wide open road"


There is a saying in Melbourne "I will meet you under the clocks".  What they mean is that they will meet you at the corner of Swanston and Flinders street outside Flinders street station.  I am posting this image as a contrast of then and now.  A couple of days ago I posted a picture of Flinders street station at peak hour.  There were two people in the image.  This is rush hour from a Friday night back in 2016 for comparison.  I look forward to a time when we can have this vibrancy again :)

Note the image is black and white as it was taken for a black and white photowalk.

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Mostly White

 This was a test shot for focus.  Sort of abstract...  :)

Tuesday, August 25, 2020


 A daffodil, watercolour and pencil.  This was created while I was sitting having a cup of coffee the other day.  The bones was about 5 or 10 minutes with a little touch here and there the next day.

12paof2020 - August assignment : Silly

With all the conspiracy theorists around right now I decided to show how silly they look while trying to be serious.  At least I have my personal tin foil hat when they come with the mind control device :)

Windows 95... I remember you well

 25 years ago Windows 95 was unleashed on the world.  I remember at the time thinking how awesome it was.  The thing that stuck with me the most was Edie Brickell and the song Good times which was featured on the install CD.  To celebrate 25 years here it is again.  Good times indeed.  Life was simpler then

Friday, August 21, 2020


Rush hour 7:59 am on Tuesday the 14th of April.  The city of Melbourne was in it's first round of lock down for the pandemic.  Normally this would be a thriving mass of individuals.  There are exactly two people pictured here (one is behind the traffic light). 

Thursday, August 20, 2020

Word of the day - Movement

This is what Melbourne's Southern Cross station is normally like

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Mad World

All around me are familiar places.  Me and the guitar Mad World tears for fears cover


The beautiful colours of a lotus flower.  This one is from the lake in Melbourne's Royal Botanic Gardens.

Sunday, August 9, 2020

Back to the future

Here in Oz we had a music program that started when I was a teenager called Countdown.  It was a regular watch on Sunday night on the ABC.  It was awesome.  Tonight @ 5:30p Penny put the ABC on and they had this awesome show called "The sound".  The aim is to showcase new Australian talent (and some not so new) in various empty venues around the country.  The music was both good and not so good.  It was all homegrown.  The highlight for me was a remote group including about 5 or six different artists singing Friday on my Mind.  You could do worse than watch this show.

Image from a concert that Penny and I went to in 2013 with the Whitlams. We were in the second row.  I look forward to a day when we can go to a similar concert again...

The second image is the set list from the show.

Thursday, August 6, 2020


This image was used for the word dissolve in a former scavenger hunt.  I decided to go back and give it the cinematic treatment.

Saturday, July 25, 2020

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Word of the day - Crimson

The things that Penny and I get up to in the name of art...  This Psycho inspired image was taken by Penny for the word crimson in a previous scavenger hunt.  Model me!  The blood is just paint through the glass of a shower recess.

Monday, July 20, 2020

That tree

As we are in lock down 2.0 here in Melbourne I am not expecting to get out much so you may see this tree in all different weather.  This was yesterday morning.  I just love the colour of the sky.

Saturday, July 18, 2020

Making movies

Behind the scenes on set For the movie a Beautiful Request. The director Rob Chuter and cinematographer Rudi Sira discussing the finer points of a scene in an Italian restaurant


Word of the day - Brown

The bookmakers bagman. So called because they hold the bag of cash.  This was taken during the picnic races at Yarra Glen back in 2014

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Word of the day - Waterfalls

What I would give to be there right now.  This is Far North Queensland's magnificent Milla Milla falls.  They are around 30 metres top to bottom.  There is a girl in a bikini at the bottom.

Sunday, July 12, 2020

More back

As I had so many photos for the theme back I decided to post another.  This is an image of 9 year old actor Lila Abello on set for filming of the psychological thriller "Insomnia City" (now called Lilith) by Dale Crawford.  This was filmed at the old Royal Park mental asylum here in Melbourne.  In this scene she is looking through the hospital ward window at her father.  She has a pen in her hand that she later uses to stab him in the neck.

Saturday, July 11, 2020

Word of the day - Back

Apparently I have a lot of pictures of people with their back towards me...  Some are actually quite good.  This one from 2013 is one of my favourites.

Friday, July 10, 2020

Life in lock down - The second coming

Here are some images that I took around the Melbourne CBD yesterday morning on the first day of our second lock down stint.  Empty doesn't do it justice.