Birth #2 – Our Second Son

A child was born yesterday. Our second son. I wasn’t able to be in surgery for the birth of our first child, so I took the opportunity this time to capture images of everything permitted in the surgical theatre.

Here are the few photos I am permitted to show of the experience.

Hands are wondrous, even covered in latex. These are the anesthetist nurse’s, holding my wife’s hands. I found the creases in the surgical gloves a detail worth capturing.

Another glove shot, this time with a needle. The nurse informed me their was a bubble in the drip, this was the easiest way to manage it.

I aimed my camera over my shoulder and pulled the trigger … capturing the surgeons tools, waiting for use. They are not nearly as macabre as movies make them out to be.

I am sure it all did something important, I just have no idea what.
Fully Equiped

Upon removal from mother, babies are placed here for all their tests and jabs. The bed is small yet warm and ample space for several nurses to work.

My Canon EOS M will fire randomly in a language-filled room. This was one of the shots captured as I held my camera in my lap.

Clogs at the angle. This was one of a few shots randomly taken by my Canon EOS M whilst I held it at my side.

Each arm of mother is supported by these simple clamp systems attached to the gurney. All I could think was “Oh, that would make a great monopod joint!”
Ball Joint

CLOGS in monochrome

That is all. My wife and I choose not to show photos of our children in an open-internet environment, so this is all you will see. Family excepted.



Will it be a Boy or a Girl?

Yes, the baby is still sitting pretty inside my wife’s tummy!

Since we chose not to know if our soon-to-be-born baby is going to male or female, here are photographs in the two colours that society deems to be most associated with both genders.

Yeah, just an excuse to post an array of random photographs from my Redbubble gallery.

First we’ll go with the pink photographs. Because, deep down, I’d like to have a little girl in the house.

Pink Rapture, by Stephen Mitchell, on Pink Swirl, by Stephen Mitchell, on Mistique, by Stephen Mitchell, on

And to be fair to all those that believe we are about to have a little boy, here are some blue photographs you’ll surely enjoy.

Lighthouse at Cape Du Couedic, by Stephen Mitchell, on Ferris Carriages, by Stephen Mitchell, on The Elixir of Life, by Stephen Mitchell, on

Funny thing is, I am filling our child’s nursery with organic colours, particularly yellow, orange, cream, green, brown and seemingly-neutral colours. Maybe I will post photographs from that colour range tomorrow night!

Baby Update + Photography

I’m not writing a lot these days as we are busy making our home ready for the baby. Yep, it’s only six weeks away – so lots of changes need to happen. Thankfully we have the nursery ready for sleeping. There’s enough teddy bears to give one a month for the next few years!

Today we went to BabyBunting where we fell in love with so many items! I’d like to get a ‘Moses Basket‘ and the ‘Mountain Buggy Swift Carry Cot‘! Sarah is adamant we will get an ‘ERGO Sports Baby Carrier‘ and a ‘Sound Monitor‘. Seems her wants are more valid than mine, but that’s fine with me. And we still need suitable baby-clothing and furniture!

When it comes to toys, we’d prefer our children grow up with the same as we had at this age, particularly those both educational and colourful – ie: The Little Golden Books, Winnie the Pooh, rubber duckies for the bathroom and a few other toys.

So instead of writing any further, I am linking to photographs within my online galleries. (I gotta pay for the baby stuff somehow!)

It’s either that or linking to youtube video’s that show baby’s having their umbilical cord cut, or links to baby toys I’d like to buy. Yeah, I’ll post that stuff to Facebook … and use my blog to post images I need you to buy so I can buy the kid toys!

Without further adieu, I encourage you to browse through the photographs on display here, follow the link in each image, and check out the many mediums upon which you can have my art displayed in your home. (Aha, semi-subtle suggestion!)

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Want more? There’s hundreds more within my FAA gallery, and I’m going to be adding more over the next few weeks. Another way to view them is upon my Facebook Business page. For those of you with a FAA gallery, I’d be most happy if you left a comment. If you are a photographer and member of FAA, let me know so we may connect.

All Within Three Months

One month from now, the most amazing change in 15 years will happen in our house.
Three months from now, the first will pale into comparison as the most amazing event in 43 years will happen.

Enjoying an Iced Coffee!


1. New bathroom, laundry and ensuite. I’ll then be able to have a bath – for the first time in over ten years! Photos will be supplied when completed. I expect they will blow your minds.

2. A baby. Without a doubt, this will blow my mind, my budget, and everything in between. Yes, photos will be supplied.

Relatively speaking, nothing else matters.

So I may not post as often between now and then. When I do, it will relate more to baby’s and associated subjects.

PS: The child in the photograph is one of my gorgeous nieces.

Ten Start-Ups from around the World


It’s official: Australia is the second easiest place in the world to start a business, according to the World Bank.

Coat of Arms on Parliament House Aside from the ease of starting and the healthy numbers of people who run businesses in Australia, there are several impressive Government run programs aimed at helping start-ups, ranging from the likes of Innovation Australia to schemes such as G’Day USA.

However, it’s clear that much more could be done to help budding Australian entrepreneurs. This week’s unveiling of the Obama administration’s huge Startup America program prompted us to ask
 What are the best Government start-up schemes around the world that we’d like to see in Australia?

Read more about the top ten start-ups from the world…

Saving Money with RSS-Readers

Most bosses are worried about the probability that you are viewing unsavoury internet sites, so they periodically send emails or bulletins outlining the strict usage of the internet for work-purposes. A few years back they were concerned with excessive band-width usage and download over-capacity, which is not really a problem if they have change their plans to uncapped.

If you must interact with your online friends during working hours, get your own access. There are few ways to do this, and none are illegal.

  • A: Get yourself an Apple Touch or iPad.
    Change the settings to connect with free Wifi. Go for a walk around a local mall or shopping-sector. Adelaide workers will now find Rundle Mall is one long Wifi zone. Sit where permitted and have fun chatting, reading, learning and/or listening.
  • B: Get yourself an Apple iPhone, a Blackberry,
    or any one of the new gadgets that enables internet connection and a clear view screen. Pay an exorbitant price per month – and have access every moment of the day.

The problem I have with option ‘B‘ is similar to my thoughts about FoxTel: “Unless you are using it every moment of the day, you are not getting your money’s worth.” Can you really justify the monthly expense? I cannot. So I am staying with option ‘A‘.

Strebor, Charles

But all you really enjoy is reading blogs, news articles and online information during your lunch break? Not to worry, I have the ultimate answer: RSS Feeders.

This method not only restricts the sites viewed, it also lessens the opportunity for unwanted popup screens, restricts the viewing to just the article, plus avoids downloading all those annoying animated advertising graphics within websites.

Since most people are viewing news sites, it would be far simpler to give your office a generic RSS-reader. This would mean that ONLY the title, date posted and actual content would be viewed and readable.

I have been using Bloglines to view around 300 sites for the past five years. There are plenty of alternatives, yet Bloglines is so simple to use that even government departments could implement, teach and learn it easily and quickly.

Alternatively, have a proper lunch break: Get off the internet.
Go for a walk, read a book, feel the sun on your face, remember what it’s like to run in the rain. Take a moment to remember what your life was like BEFORE the internet found its way into every facet of your life!

Hope this helps. Enjoy reading wherever, whenever and whatever pleases you!