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My Sunday Photo – Duplo Fun

My Sunday Photo for this week is titled Duplo Fun

It’s been a fairly quiet week for me photo-wise, but I did manage to capture this moment of Duplo fun. It was no great feat to capture this, Hannah and I play together with Duplo almost every day. What I often forget to do is have the camera ready to capture our creations.

It’s a shame really, because we never build the same thing twice. Each time we come up with a unique way of putting all the parts together. That is one of my favourite things about Duplo/LEGO, but it also means that our daily masterpieces of engineering and architecture are forgotten forever, soon after the blocks are packed away for the day. I’m happy to have this reminder of just one of our creations, and I plan on remembering to take a few more photos of the weird and wonderful things we make together as time goes on.

This Duplo set has been particularly brilliant. It is the Family Fun Fair set that Hannah was sent for Christmas.


Duplo Fun
Just one of our many, many Duplo creations!


For those interested in the technical side of this photo, it was taken with my Nikon D5100 and 40mm f2.8 prime Mirco-NIKKOR lens. I used f3 for the narrow depth of field and shot hand-held (but resting on carpet) at 1/15s. ISO 1000.



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Hot Summer's Day Blog

My Sunday Photo – A Hot Summer’s Day

My Sunday Photo for this week is titled A Hot Summer’s Day

It is the middle of Summer in Sydney now and we are really feeling the heat. Sydney’s beaches are the best place to find some cool relief on a hot summer’s day. They are also some of the most spectacular places for views.


Hot Summer's Day


This photo was taken at a secluded little beach, not far from one of Sydney’s busiest surf beaches. It is a great spot for a calm, cooling paddle.

In the distance is a reminder of just how dangerous summer in Sydney can be. An out of control bush fire in the Royal National Park has created the mountain-like black cloud. It was stunning to watch from my vantage point and it made for a great photo, but I also thought about what it must be like to be a firefighter on the ground, how futile it must feel to try and battle something so huge.

Earlier in the day I had watched one of the mighty water-bombing helicopters become a tiny speck, then disappear altogether as it raced off to fight the fire.




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Water Fun in wading pool My Sunday Photo

My Sunday Photo – Water Fun

My Sunday Photo this week is titled Water Fun

It’s the middle of summer here in Sydney and we have had some hot days. Last Sunday, Sydney was the hottest place on earth. The suburb of Penrith recorded 47.3 degrees Celsius! Luckily, we have some pretty great ways to stay cool – air-conditioning, beaches, local pools, and the good old wading pool in the backyard. We have been taking full advantage of each one of those options, but these particular photos come from some water fun in a wading pool.

Hannah loves water play. Right now it is her favourite thing in the whole wide world. She loves it so much that if we drive past a body of water without stopping, she complains, loudly.


Water Fun in wading pool
… a few of her favourite things…


Water Fun
50 shades of green


To my fellow Australians, I hope you are finding plenty of great ways to enjoy the summer! To all my Northern Hemisphere friends… sorry.



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Rust Bucket My Sunday Photo

My Sunday Photo – Rust Bucket

My Sunday Photo for this week is titled Rust Bucket

After a short break over the Christmas and New Year period, I’m back for My Sunday Photo in 2018. If you don’t know what I’m on about, head over to Darren’s website, Photalife, and check it out. It’s my favourite link up each week, I love looking at all the amazing photos from around the world!

A couple of days ago we went for a great walk long the Botany Bay foreshore. It was a beautiful day to be out and about, and we had a lot of fun, especially when we stumbled upon a brilliant and mostly deserted playground. The only downside to our walk was an unfortunate scooter accident, but even that wasn’t too bad (…other than the rivers of blood).

I got a little slack in 2017 and began to rely too much on our excellent Sony RX100 point-and-shoot. In 2018 I plan to make the effort to take the Nikon D5100 with me a lot more, there’s nothing more satisfying than using a DSLR – even my entry-level gear fills me with joy!

I took a stack of great photos at the playground, but I also noticed an interesting sight out in the bay.


The Rust Bucket

Rust Bucket
Rust Bucket – Nikon D5100, AF-S Nikkor 55-300mm @195mm, f/5 1/3200 s, ISO100


I always find these kinds of things fascinating. Surely that was once a boat that cost someone a lot of money. How did it come to be in the state it is in, and why is it moored where it is moored? Is it sitting there just waiting to die, or does someone have grand plans of bringing it back to life?

Whatever its story, I really enjoyed photographing it. It’s times like this where having a decent zoom lens comes into play. I could tell from the shore that it was in pretty bad shape, but I couldn’t make out any of the details. It was interesting to see the graffiti and the rubbish pile on the back. As for the seagull, I only noticed that when I zoomed in to 100%. Click on the above image to see it full size.

I wonder what will become of this rust bucket.


Remember to check out Darren’s My Sunday Photo link up for a stack of great photos, and follow me on Instagram to see more of my photos.




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All snails are jerks - eggplant My Sunday Photo

My Sunday Photo – All Snails Are Jerks

My Sunday Photo for this week is titled All Snails Are Jerks

This week I bring to you the revelation that all snails are jerks. This is why…

A home-grown eggplant! What a rare treat!


Eggplant with hole in it


Eggplant with hole in it closer


Eggplant With hole zoom
… snails are jerks.



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Dirt on plastic Blog

My Sunday Photo – Dirt

My Sunday Photo for this week is titled Dirt

After years of neglect, we had finally decided to fix up our tiny back yard. With Hannah now an energetic toddler, it was necessary to create an inviting outdoor space for her to be able to play in over summer. Key to that was the laying of new grass. With new grass comes dirt…

Unfortunately, our yard is completely enclosed. The only way to access it is through the house. Normally that doesn’t bother me at all, but this weekend it became a little bit of a problem – how do you keep the inside clean when you have to transport a cubic metre of soil and many rolls of turf through it?

The answer is simple. You don’t.


Dirt on tiles


I tried to protect the floor as best I could with some plastic drop sheets. They did a decent job of catching the worst of it. But ultimately the idea of protecting the floor from all of the dirt that was carried through the house was futile and from early on in the operation I resigned myself to a substantial clean up at the end.


Dirt on plastic


The turf-laying operation was a great success. The yard looks like a million dollars! Once the new grass has had time to establish, it is going to be a toddler oasis for Hannah to enjoy and a great place for Emma and me to relax.

The clean up was not so bad. A couple of hours on my hands and knees with a cloth and bucket. I mopped it twice just to be sure all the dirt was gone. I’ve never been so happy to have tiled floors!


Dirt on floor


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WÜSTHOF 4680/16 - 16 cm Cleaver - knife details Blog

My Sunday Photo – Knife Details

My Sunday Photo for this week is titled Knife Details

This series of photos is actually a set that I rejected from my recent post – You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know. I was thinking about using them to illustrate the difference between different types of knives (the post is about the brilliant WÜSTHOF 4680/16 cleaver). Ultimately, I ended up not using any detailed shots in that post, because I liked how clean it looked with just the title photo. I felt that the extra pictures got in the way of telling a good story.

I do. however, find these pictures interesting. They really show two things – the huge differences between different types of knives, and the beautiful details that exist on the edge of finely crafted knives, when seen through a macro lens.

I shot these photos with a very narrow depth of field as I was attempting to really zone in on particular points along the knife edge.

For reference, the first two photos are of the WÜSTHOF 4680/16 cleaver. The second two are of the WÜSTHOF Classic Cook´s knife – 4582 / 20 – my absolute favourite kitchen knife!

Click on each photo to see the full sized image.


WÜSTHOF 4680/16 - 16 cm Cleaver - knife details
The WÜSTHOF 4680/16 – 16 cm Cleaver edge. Marvel at the thickness of the blade!


WÜSTHOF 4680/16 - 16 cm Cleaver - knife details
The cleaver is sharpened to a far less acute angle than on conventional kitchen knives.


WÜSTHOF Classic Cook´s knife - 4582 / 20 - knife details
The Cook’s knife is sharpened to a very fine angle


WÜSTHOF Classic Cook´s knife - 4582 / 20 - knife details
You could shave with this beauty – it’s razor sharp! PLEASE DON’T SHAVE WITH IT


Head on over to Blog of Dad on Instagram to find more of my photography. It’s not all about knife details, I promise! Also, check out my post – You Don’t Know What You Don’t Knowto find out more about my initial thoughts one the WÜSTHOF 4680/16 cleaver (spoiler alert – I like it… a lot!).

Disclosure – WÜSTHOF provided me with the 4680/16 cleaver, free of charge. It features on my Christmas Gift guide for dads and in the mentioned post. Stay tuned for a full review, coming soon! 


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