Saturday, June 12, 2021

VMRC VSphere 6.0 Scaling issue on Windows 10

I recently had to work on a VMWare guest and no matter what I did I could not get the mouse to work.  It turns out that the VMWare Remote Console is not Windows 10 scaling aware.  The fix is to set the Windows 10 scaling to 100% (The default is 125%).  Once you do this the issue completely disappears.  I guess that is what happens when you don't upgrade your infrastructure.  It works perfectly fine on ESXi 7

Sunday, June 6, 2021


The city of Melbourne as seen from the top step of the Shrine of remembrance looking straight down Swanston street.  You can clearly see the face of William Barak etched in the building in the distance.

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Sunday, May 30, 2021


Original artwork by me.  Apples and pears.  The two images were hand painted by me photographed and turned in to art.

Sunday, May 16, 2021

Privacy cat

Last week Penny and I attended our first wedding post pandemic (without restrictions) and we stayed at the magnificent Chateau Yering country house hotel here in Victoria's Yarra valley.  Of course I see a major fluffy moment as soon as I walked in the room. Sitting on the bed was this...  They call them privacy cats.  If you want to be left alone you simply place the cat at your door.  I think this was Decastella, named after the room.

Hunt 31 - Theme: Self Portrait

To me this was the easy one.  I was going for a better head shot for use at work. I really like the light and dark. My right side is always the darkest :)

Friday, May 14, 2021

Entrance / Exit

 Flinders Street Melbourne near Russell street. The forum theatre lit up in the late afternoon sun.


Back in 2013 Penny and I went to watch the Seekers for their 50th anniversary concert.  This was the concert that Judith Durham had a medical incident after it finished.  It looked like it may have been their last concert at the time.  As you can see from this image we were second row in the middle.

Hunt 31 - Theme: Teal

While I was playing with ink I stumbled on this image that fitted the brief for Teal. Ink, Oil, Water and bubbles generated by a lens dust blower

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Hunt 31 - Theme: Window

This is the waterwall at the National Gallery of Victoria. It is a favourite haunt for local photographers here in Melbourne. When it was opened in the early 70's the glass used was the longest continuous piece of glass anywhere. The blur is from the flow of water over the glass

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Hunt 31 - Theme: Tea

This was an accidental image.  I was just getting the morning victuals and I had tea on my mind as I was getting one for Penny and I saw this nice clean look in our new kitchen and said...  "That'll do!'  For the record I drink coffee mostly from a French press.  Black no milk or sugar

Sunday, May 9, 2021

Hunt 31 - Theme: Float

Day three and the word is float.  This is a Galileo thermometer. It is not his invention but was named in his honour. The bubbles indicate the temperature.

Saturday, May 8, 2021

Hunt 31 - Theme: Fairytale

The idea for this image came from Penny.  This is the breadcrumb trail through the forest from Hansel and Gretel.  The ant in the left hand corner was a happy accident and actually fits another theme still to be revealed.  Image was taken early one morning at sunrise in the Dandenong ranges national park. All other entries can be found here

Friday, May 7, 2021

Hunt 31 - Theme: Ink

It is again time for reveals in the latest scavenger hunt.  The word for today is 'ink'.  Here is my interpretation of the word.  this image was created using oil, water and coloured inks.  Lighting was from beneath the image using a Lume cube and a diffuser.  Other images can be found here

Saturday, May 1, 2021

Friday, April 30, 2021

Up up and away

Back in 2011 I was up in the air for a balloon trip across the Yarra valley at sunrise.  Thanks Penny for the great birthday present.  It was awesome

Monday, April 26, 2021

Falling rain

Back in 2018 I was walking through the Carlton gardens and saw this drawn on the bitumen.  When I got home I cleaned the image up and this was the result.

Saturday, April 24, 2021


and I am not talking baggy trousers.  I went to an auction around the corner from home today.  there were more than 100 people in the crowd and perhaps 5 bidders.  The house sold for $1,401,000.  Surely the market will run out of steam soon.  That price is insane.  Image the auctioneer in the middle of the road extracting every last dollar.  

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Rush hour

Or what rush hour used to be like.  I searched Google looking for the letter and it gave me this photo taken on the 28th of Feb last year.  It seems Google picked up the H in the upper right corner.

Live longer

Last year on this day I found this in my mailbox.  Just what you need in the middle of a pandemic lockdown.  I have no idea what was on it but there was zero chance of it going into my computer. Just a tip if you find something like this anywhere and you are not expecting it.  Do not open it as it is likely to be a scam of some sort.  At best you will lose some money at worst you could lose important data.

Monday, April 19, 2021


Putting out the laundry at the World heritage listed 'Cascade Female Factory' in Hobart Tasmania. Pictured is the washing line and two steel cradles.

Laneway cafes

Back in 2018 I was on the way to work and snapped this image in one of Melbourne's many lanes lined with cafes.  This is the city of Melbourne's beating heart.  Part of my cinematic series.  Apologies that I haven't been posting for the last week.  I have a new job and it has taken a lot of my time.

Monday, April 12, 2021


Yesterday Penny and I visited Rochester in country Victoria for a memorial service.  It was to remember Penny's brother Geoff, who passed away during the first lock down that we had here last year.  Because of this all who knew him were forced to grieve without others to help them through the process. 

The Geoff that I knew was an alcoholic, constantly in and out of rehabilitation and the footprints that I knew of him was the pile of discarded openers from beer cans on the chair near where he used to love to sit.

What I learnt at the memorial was that Geoff, was a teacher, poet, writer, musician and inspiration to many students that were in his care.  Nothing at all like I imagined.  The family buried his ashes in the roots of the apricot tree that he loved to sit under on warm summer evenings.  The real footprints he leaves behind are his children and the people that they have become.

In recent years I have been to a couple of funerals of significant friends and I must say that I much prefer this memorial service way of celebrating the life of those that are departed.  One year is enough time for people to remember the positive things about the person and the footprints that they leave behind

Vale Geoff,  sorry I did not take the time to get to know you better

Footprints echoes of a life well lived

Geoff's daughter Rebecca in a reflective moment under the Apricot tree
where his ashes now reside

Stuffed toys in his children's bedroom.  Untouched since they left home more than 15 years ago

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Book ends

This image was created for a scavenger hunt back in 2018.  I had the idea to create an image in context with the word "Ends" that contains all the other words.  I completed the task in PhotoShop and include the original unedited photo for comparison.  It turns out it is quite difficult to replace text on the spine of a book and make it appear like it was always there.

Friday, April 9, 2021

Invisible man

During lock down last year Penny and I snuck out to a local park to shoot the word shoes for the scavenger hunt.  The image is a composite of two images.  The idea was to have only the shoes and newspaper in the image.  I have included the original images

Thursday, April 8, 2021

The front approaches

Back in 2017 we had a massive cold front followed by heavy storm.  This was taken from the roof of my house

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Monday, April 5, 2021


In 2018 I was practising my cinematic street photography.  I have three separate images of this girl and she is holding the same pose in all of them.  I took this while waiting for the lights to change.

Sunday, April 4, 2021


Back in 2015 I was participating in a scavenger hunt and the word I was looking for was 'Curved'.  I decided that I wanted to do something with an Australian flavour.  One of the many ideas that I brainstormed was boomerang.  This got me thinking...  Where do you go to find a boomerang.  A quick Google search later and I had the answer in Rob Croll...  Former world boomerang throwing champion and current president of the Boomerang Association of Australia   It turns out that Rob lives in the next suburb to me. So I gave him a call telling him what I wanted to do and he was very happy to help.

Here he is demonstrating the type of wood that he uses to make a strong boomerang

To cut a long story short, I asked Rob if he had a favourite boomerang and he bought out this beauty... 

The boomerang above was given to Paul McCartney when the Beatles visited Melbourne in 1964.  They had them on the portico of the Melbourne Town Hall and he threw his into the crowd (The only one thrown into the crowd).  Here is a photo essay from the local paper on the visit (Herald Sun Beatles Photo Essay)  They have a photo here of John Lennon holding another with similar artwork.  It was quite a turbulent time here in Australia.  I was only three at the time so do not remember a lot.

Anyway this is the image that I created.  I basically overlayed the image on a background that I took in the local park and added a little spin to make it look like the viewer was moving with the boomerang

Friday, April 2, 2021


Or black swan in the local indigenous language.  Connewarre is a small town near Barwon Heads in Victoria.  Lake Connewarre which is at the mouth of the Barwon river has many there.  Yjos was taken at Jells park here in Melbourne.  I have never seen one there.  This time there where babies as well.

Thursday, April 1, 2021


Back in 2015 it was about the change in the seasons.  This was from a tree in our front yard.  In recent years it hasn't changed colour until much later in the season. I will post a picture of what it looks like today after the sun comes up.

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Window bears

This time last year there was a thing around Melbourne where you put a bear in a window so that passing children can have something to look for on their one hour of lockdown exercise.  This was from my WFH office.

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Cash is king

Early this year I decided that I would not spend any $5 note that I received.  Here we are coming up to the end of March and the tally is just over $600.  We are going to have a good holiday at the end of the year :)

Sunday, March 28, 2021

Indigo shire

Beechworth in Indigo shire is one of our favourite places for a weekend away


Wisteria at Montsalvat artists colony here in Melbourne

Tug of war

This photo was one of a series that I took for the theme "Hang in there" on this day in 2015.  I didn't use this image and the selective colour treatment was done today.

Saturday, March 27, 2021

The birds

It is easy to get pictures of gulls.  Simply have hot chips at the beach and wait.

What's up doc

It seems that back in 2018 I was impersonating a rabbit with pink fluffy ears