Simon's personal website and blog

This is where I write about whatever is going on in my life. Mostly family or photography, also some tech, sport, travel, blogging and comments.

Don’t swerve for rabbits

I've been working the afternoon shift on the road lately, most days that involves driving a semi trailer to Albury and back to Melbourne. Around midnight on Tuesday I was approaching Craigieburn, southbound, and see the head and tail lights of a car spinning in the...

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Back to work

Isn't it ironic that in my previous blog post I wrote about publishing regular blog posts, "at least weekly", but then didn't publish anything for two weeks. Over on Vic Pics, I went on a big photo taking road trip in Western Victoria on the last day of my Christmas...

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Vic Pics blog

You've probably worked out that I have an interest in blogging. That's why I try and update this personal site (that you're reading now) at least weekly with a new post, as well as tweek the appearance and add new features whenever I can. Unfortunately I haven't been...

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Boxing Day Test Match Cricket, MCG

Test Match Cricket My 13 year old son, Brad, and I went along for the first two days of the traditional Boxing Day Test Match cricket at the MCG.  This year Australia is playing Pakistan. Some people find cricket boring, but we find there's something about sitting...

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2016 Christmas Family Photos

Well that's another Christmas done.  Thanks everyone for a great day! Every year for a long time I've done a family photo in-front of the tree on Christmas morning.  This year I decided to take the family photos to the next level, and take group shots of everyone at...

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2016 Santa Photo

For sixteen years we've been taking the kids to see Santa before Christmas.  When the kids were young, the annual Santa Photo would often include tears, but now it's a bit of fun. The oldest, Josh (16 years), did try to convince me that he was too old for a photo with...

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Monash Freeway Roadworks Déjà vu

I was struck with a case of Déjà vu the other night, as my car sat stationary amongst the Monash Freeway roadworks.  It was only eight years ago that part of Melbourne's South East Arterial, the Monash Freeway, was barricaded off while an extra lane was added to...

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Family Photos

My wife, Mandy, won a competition for a free family photo shoot from Inspired by Life Photography.  It had been a while since out last family photo, so this was a great opportunity for an update. I'm not sure what year the last family photo shoot was, but I do...

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Date Night @ Kinky Boots

Date Night! My wife and had a "date night" this week!  It's been a long time since I've been out with Mandy, just the two of us, no kids.  We secured a couple of tickets to the Cyndi Lauper musical, Kinky Boots.  Not fancy seats, the second last row on the top level,...

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Star trail spiral over Pakenham

I'm not sure why I didn't blog about this at the time, but almost two weeks ago we had clear skies in Melbourne so I decided to have another crack at photographing star-trails. Star trails are created by several long exposure photos, blended together to showcase the...

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Westgate Bridge Closed, traffic stuffed!

The traffic in Melbourne's west was horrible today, caused by a motorcycle fatality on the inbound lanes of the Westgate Bridge. I've been driving around Melbourne for a long time.  From the early 1990's I worked weekends as a taxi driver.  In the mid 1990's I was a...

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I’ve shut down my photo site

For over two years I've had a dedicated personal photo website.  It had the unimaginative name of "Simon's Photo Site" with the URL of simonsphotosite.com  I haven't used it much lately, but it was still costing me to keep it online, so when both the hosting and...

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Reading THE NEWSMAN

I've started reading THE NEWSMAN by Mal Walden.  I'm not much of a book reader these days, preferring magazine articles or online posts.  It's just that books are long and can take weeks or months to complete reading.  Often I will either loose interest in a book over...

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Mandy and Karla have been Simpsonized

Dean Rankine - simpsonizing Karla Dean Rankine is a comics artist who contributes to the Simpsons comic books.  Dean was recently at the re-opening of the local Lego shop in Pakenham, where he was simpsonizing members of the public. My wife and daughter were excited...

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Speedway bikes at Etihad Stadium

Melbourne's Etihad Stadium, at Docklands, is a great venue for AFL football.  It also hosts soccer, Big-Bash cricket, concerts and other major events.  My 13 year old son, and I, went along to see the Speedway GP at Etihad.  Yep, motorbike racing at an undercover...

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Talking technology with my 7 year old daughter

The hairbrush singing video my daughter (Karla) and her cousins filmed on an iPad Mini has prompted another video. With a couple of cameras set up on tri-pods to record us, Karla and I sat down for a chinwag (that's Aussie for "chat" or "talk") about the progress of...

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Is it cheating to only edit fireworks photos with Instagram?

Fireworks On Australia Day evening I sat on the beach at Mornington with the family to watch the fireworks.  I haven't done much fireworks photography before, but I took my camera and tri-pod anyway.  I wasn't sure what the ideal settings would be, but I thought I'd...

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Hairbrush singing

Selfie music videos My seven year old daughter, Karla, had two of her older cousins (Tanisha and Kailee) stay over night recently.  They're all good kids and can keep themselves entertained. I didn't think much of it when Karla woke me up early to ask if they could...

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Star Trails from Arthurs Seat

Yesterday I said I was going to try and do more long exposure star trail photography.  Well, the opportunity arose shortly afterwards. My son needed to be picked up from Hastings at 6AM.  It was a clear night, so I decided to head out a few hours earlier for some...

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Quick video of Olympus Live Composition

My wife calls it a photo drive.  Basically I chuck the camera in the car and head off somewhere to take photos.  I might be gone for a couple of hours, or all day. I went for a photo drive a couple of weeks ago and headed west.  My first stop was Stawell, the last was...

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Don’t swerve for rabbits

I've been working the afternoon shift on the road lately, most days that involves driving a semi trailer to Albury and back to Melbourne. Around midnight on Tuesday I was approaching Craigieburn, southbound, and see the head and tail lights of a car spinning in the...

read more

Back to work

Isn't it ironic that in my previous blog post I wrote about publishing regular blog posts, "at least weekly", but then didn't publish anything for two weeks. Over on Vic Pics, I went on a big photo taking road trip in Western Victoria on the last day of my Christmas...

read more

Vic Pics blog

You've probably worked out that I have an interest in blogging. That's why I try and update this personal site (that you're reading now) at least weekly with a new post, as well as tweek the appearance and add new features whenever I can. Unfortunately I haven't been...

read more

Boxing Day Test Match Cricket, MCG

Test Match Cricket My 13 year old son, Brad, and I went along for the first two days of the traditional Boxing Day Test Match cricket at the MCG.  This year Australia is playing Pakistan. Some people find cricket boring, but we find there's something about sitting...

read more

2016 Christmas Family Photos

Well that's another Christmas done.  Thanks everyone for a great day! Every year for a long time I've done a family photo in-front of the tree on Christmas morning.  This year I decided to take the family photos to the next level, and take group shots of everyone at...

read more