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It is nice to be able to show you the photos I’ve had up on Instagram this last week. I will put them into a gallery for you, but first I want to talk about something.

Selling Images.

I don’t try and sell my images. It isn’t that people can’t buy them, I just don’t see the point in trying to push it. I don’t want to sell my images for small change and I find that most people on the internet want them for free, or for that small amount.

When you buy one of my images you are buying my experience and expertise. That hasn’t come cheap. I have a three degree behind me, I have spent thousands learning how to use Photoshop and Lightroom. My gear has cost me a lot of money as well, so I don’t want to give away my work. I am an artist and I would like to be paid accordingly. I know that most people don’t want to pay me what I think my images are worth, fair enough, and I get that. However, I get emails from people all the time wanting to know how much an image would cost, when I tell them, I never hear from them again, I don’t even get an answer to say they can’t afford it, or no longer want it.

In response to this I have now added a price list to this site, so hopefully I will stop getting those emails. If you are interested in purchasing one of my images then before you send the email please take a look at the list, here is the link, Price List.

Shall we take a look at the photos from Instagram this last week?

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It has all come together and in a relatively relaxed manner. It almost seems like we know what we are doing. I am sure Suzzanna, who does the layout and makes sure everything gets done wouldn’t agree, but by far it has been the best to do for me.

You can purchase your issue from the Shop tab at the top of this page, or follow this link, Shop.

This is our fourth issue and this rounds up the first year of Dynamic Range Magazine. It has been quite a year.  I hope those of you who have purchased the magazine have enjoyed it immensely.  It has been quite a trip, but I can’t talk too much about that, or I will be giving away my editorial.  Let’s take another look at the cover.

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This image for this issue is by Christine Danger, many of you know her from Monochrome Madness and her blog sv-takeiteasy. Chris has also written an article on underwater photography, so the cover image is one of those. A clam that she took photos of. It is amazing.

Of course there are lots of great images and I was fortunate enough to be able to interview Hillary Younger and do a feature on her work. She is an incredible landscape photographer and has some great tips for others who also want to do that type of photography.

Melissa Jones is becoming our marketing guru and has got some great ideas for how you can do better on Instagram. It is a very popular platform right now on and thanks to her I have improved my site a lot.

Emily Carter Mitchell has given a great article on the wildlife that you will come across if you go to Costa Rica.

We have a new writer this issue, Anne Sandler, from the blog Slow Shutter Speed. She has given her insights into what it is like coming to photography later in life.

Loré Dombaj has more great women photographers to introduce to us in her series on the History of Women in Photography.

I’ve written two for this one. I finally got around to writing about Architectural Photography and the different forms of it. I hope to do more in the future about it as well. I have also done the second part to the one on Lightroom, this one is about the pros and cons of using Photoshop.

Finally, Christine Wilson has given some insight into how she processed one of her black and white images in Post Processing Possibilities.

I have already received some feedback and was told:

just read DRM cover to cover …. another excellent issue!!!

You can buy the magazine from the Shop tab at the top of this page, or follow this link, Shop.

At that same link you can also subscribe to the magazine.

It has taken a while to get all this together, working out when to do it, though I still don’t have it set properly. I’m sure I will get there eventually.  Lots has been happening so shall we get on with it.

Dynamic Range Magazine

Cover - Issue 4We did it, Issue 4 is about to be published. We are just doing the final proof reading and then it will be available for sale. So we are hoping the subscribers will get it today and then everyone else will be able to purchase it from tomorrow.

It’s not too late to subscribe, just follow this link, leannecole.com.au/shop or click on the Shop page at the top.

Review – Kitvision Escape HD5 Action Video Camera

A while back I was given an opportunity to try out the Kitvision Escape HD5 Action Video Camera from MobileZap. It is very much like a GoPro and could be a cheaper equivalent. My husband has a GoPro so it was good to be able to do comparisons between the two. They look very similar in their waterproof cases, and they are the same to use, well the buttons are the not the same, but they do operate in a similar way.

51640In the box are a multitude of accessories for you to decide how to use it, or attach it to many things. It seems well thought out, though I didn’t really need to attach it to anything.

One of the nice things that I really liked about it was the screen on the back. When you are filming stuff you can actually see what you are filming. I found that a great plus over the GoPro, as with the latter I was guessing and hoping I was getting what I wanted.

The case it comes in is water tight so you can put it under water and take footage. I did that a lot when I took it to the beach with me. As with all of these though, the sound is bad and you can’t really hear things properly.

Perhaps one thing I think they could improve on is the resolution of the image. Sometimes the quality can be quite poor, but you can’t get it any higher, at least from the instruction manual that came with it, I couldn’t work it out. The instruction manual is also quite bad and not very clear.

I have had fun with it and I often put it in my camera bag to see what I can do with it. For the price, which isn’t much, it is a bit of fun.

A Friends Publishes her Book

One of my dear blogging friends has had a book published and I wanted to share the information. I have purchased it,tome-tender-quote but I’m still reading it, so I can’t give you a review. I have loved her other ones, so I can’t see why this one would be any different.

The book is called, Third Strikes the Charm and it is by Nicci Carrera. Her blog has all the information about where to order it and how, so go and see Nicci, here is her link.

Tasmania

The trip is in 4 weeks and I can’t believe it is almost here. I have the money for the trip, which is good. Have been saving like crazy, but I think we have been very lucky, nothing seems like it is going to cost us a lot, but still, good to be prepared.

tasmaniaI’ve spoken to Nikon Australia and looks like they are going to help out with sponsoring my trip. I will get to use the Nikon 28-300mm lens and I will get to use the Nikon D750 again. I am really looking forward to using them again.

It is nice to get some sponsorship, though I haven’t tried to get as much as I did for my trip last year. I think trying to get stuff as a woman doing more landscape type of photography is much harder. It seems to be anyway.  Or maybe they just think my work is horrible.

The next part is to start planning what I will need to take. Packing, mmm, not the thing I like doing. At least the car is all ready to go. I had it serviced and new tyres put on it recently, so it should be all set for Tasmania. Going to be interesting putting it on the Spirit of Tasmania to go over, however it will also be great taking the car because I will be able to take a lot more stuff with me.

Mother’s Day and Flowers

It is Mother’s Day here in Australia today. My mother is hope in Woomelang and I will give her a call later. My daughters are still asleep as I write this, but I’m sure they will do something nice for me today, well I hope they do.  In honour of the occasion I thought it might be nice to look at some flowers that I took at the Fitzroy Gardens a while back.  A great place to see some great flowers.

I hope you are having a great weekend. It has been raining here, so could be the perfect day to see what Dynamic Range is all about.

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Here we are and it is our theme for this month. Not as many entries as we usually get for the themes, but it is still good and still lots of great entries. So I’m not going to talk too long, let’s just get on with it.

Hopefully the gallery shows up when it is published this time, if not, I will have to look into again.

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I took this last weekend and when I saw it I thought it would be great for the theme. The skyline, the rowers on the river, nice light, what more did I need. I tried to imitate the early morning colours, but I don’t think it worked out.

Don’t forget all the instructions on how to enter your own images are at the bottom of the post.  If you have entered an image then please remember to check your image in the gallery, scroll down and see if anyone has left you any comments.

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Don’t forget all the instructions on how to enter your own images are at the bottom of the post.  If you have entered an image then please remember to check your image in the gallery, scroll down and see if anyone has left you any comments.

Monochrome Madness each week and if you wish to participate and submit an image here is how you do it:-

  • You must email me the image you want to include and if you have a blog or website, or somewhere else, please include the link. My email address is leanne@leannecole.com.au
  • The image size should be low res, so the largest side should be 1000 pixels or less.
  • Please insert either your name or your blogs name in the file name.
  • Remember I am on Australian time, so with GMT I am +11 hours at the moment, I publish my post on Wednesday morning.
  • If you need more help with sending images, and get confused about time zones, etc, well, there is a great website called The World Clock, if you go to that and look at Melbourne time, if it’s before 6pm on Tuesday evening, then you can still send me images.  If it’s after that time, you can send me an image, but it will be set aside for the following week.
  • Remember to include a link to your blog or website.
  • Please remember to resize your images, it is fairly simply, you just need to go into any editing software and usually under Image you will find, resize, scale, or image size, something like that and you can resize your image there. Change the dimensions to pixels and make the longest side 1000 pixels or smaller, hit return, and for most types of software that should change the other side automatically as well. Just remember to save it with a different name so you know it is the smaller version.  If you have any problems, please contact me, I don’t mind helping out.

Please note you don’t have to be a WordPress blogger to be in this challenge, you can have a link to a Facebook page, a Flickr page, anywhere really, or no link.  We just want to encourage people to do monochrome images, just for the madness of it. Just to let you know also, that as soon as the challenge is published, all emails and images you have sent me are deleted from my computer.

It has now been a week since I did the last post on the photos I’ve had up on Instagram.  I have to say it has been an interesting week. I plan on doing this each week so you can see the photos that I put up there that wouldn’t normally be put on here. Some of the photos that I put up on Instagram I won’t show in these posts because they have already been on here.

This is a short post, so let’s just look at the photos.

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With this new blog my focus can be here a little more and while I sort out some things. I thought this weekend I might just do a Weekend Wandering post and then do a catching up post tomorrow. Or I may just put them both back together, who knows, will see how this goes.

Sovereign Hill

The other day a friend and I took a trip to Sovereign Hill in Ballarat. It is like a museum of the gold rush days there. So it is set in that era, so latter half of the 19th century. They have a lot of shops and businesses that you would have seen in gold mining communities, plus the type of homes that people lived in. It is quite interesting.

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Mostly wooden buildings and dirt roads. They seem to wet the roads down so there isn’t too much dust. It was really warm the day we went. Melbourne and Victoria are having  unseasonably warm weather. It should be getting cold, but we are still wearing our summer clothes.

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Lots of interiors to see and nothing seems to be off limits as far as taking photos is concerned. The above image is the doctors surgery, so glad for modern medicine. The sight of the saw in the foreground is a bit scary.

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The interiors of the workshops were amazing, and just how you would imagine them to look. They remind me of many farm sheds, especially ones that have been around for a long time. They smell the same too.

In most of them they had people working as well. It was interesting to see them working and what they were doing.

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Everywhere you looked there were people in the clothes of the period. You did feel like you had stepped back in time. We even toyed with the idea of finding out if we could dress up too. Though on such a hot day I don’t think I would have liked it. Though everyone dressed up does give the place a sense of authenticity.

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There were school groups there and some of them got to dress up in clothes that school children would have worn back then. It helps fill the place with people in costumes. I loved the way the girls were taught to walk with their hands crossed in front of them.

It isn’t a cheap place to visit, the entry is $54 an adult, but you do get a full days worth out of it and if you are staying in Ballarat you can go the following day on the same ticket. We became members so we can go more often. We always come home with goodies from the lolly shop and the bakery.

I took over 700 photos, had to delete about 100, but still lots of photos. I would like to show more photos, so might include some in my catching up post. Here is a gallery with the above and some other photos. I hope your weekend is going well.

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Since this is a new beginning for this blog and you are all here I would like to do some new things. One thing that I would like to go back to doing is looking at an image and seeing how I processed it. More a discussion on it rather than a tutorial, but perhaps over time I might start doing some of those as well. So this is the first of my posts on the Evolution of an Image, and we start with one I call Going Through.

Going Through

The image for this discussion was taken up at my mothers last week. I had lots of plans of getting lots and lots of long exposures, but the weather was unseasonably warm, or hot if you like. It also meant bright light and not many clouds. I did manage to get out a couple of times, and I pretty much got what I wanted, but I think it might be the start of it really. I am looking forward to getting back and trying more.

This is the basic image that I managed to get. I love these silos, they say the Mallee to me, however they are no longer used, like so many things there.

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I haven’t done anything to this image, and this is how it was shot. It was a four minute exposure with the Firecrest 16 ND Filter from Formatt Hitech. It was starting to get too bright so I had to make some adjustments. I am starting to think I might need to get the Firecrest 3 as well, do some stacking, especially with our harsh light.

Once I got it home I opened it up in Adobe Camera Raw to make some preliminary adjustments. I always do these images in Adobe Photoshop as I know I will want to do things that I can’t do in Lightroom. I also converted it into a black and white image.

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You can see the clouds moving and the black and white conversion allows for more concentrated effort on the textures and patterns. Sometimes we can get too distracted by the colours.

Lots of things were done to the image. The sky was darkened because I like dark skies. I like that effect. I also put some noise into the sky to help with any distortions that can happen as you darken it.

I started working on the silos themselves next. I wanted people’s eyes to settle on the ones at the end. The oldest silos, and the ones that you see everywhere in the Mallee. They are no longer used, so they are the subject for me. The silos on the left were too bright so I had to work on them to take the focus off them. I like dodging and burning so did quite a bit of that all over the image.

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There is a lot more contrast in the final image. The silos stand out more, but the ones at the end get a little lost. I knew that I would want this image in colour.

I converted it back to colour and my orange silos were back. Sometimes when I convert them back you can end up with some over saturated colours that just ruin the image and you can’t fix it, but other times you can. This was one that I could. I chose to get rid of a lot of the colour from the sky, it wasn’t the subject. I worked on the silos at the end more. I think in the final image they stand out more. Though as a final bit of processing I also put some purple into the shadows.

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I know some people are going to prefer the monochrome version, but for me it is the colour one. I think it is a much stronger image. For me your eyes go to the end silos.

This image is also for sale and I will be putting up a page for pricing soon with a blog post on it.

Here we are in our new home with MM 3-3 and it is nice to finally have Monochrome Madness here. Things are going to be different as this is a self hosted blog, things work differently. You won’t be able to leave individual messages on the photos, but I would recommend leaving a message and starting it with the number of the photo so the person will know you mean it for them.

We also have our theme next week, city. I hope you have been working on your images for it, and I’m looking forward to seeing what you all send in to me.

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I went to Sovereign Hill yesterday and I spent quite a bit of time trying to photograph this guy as he was working. More on this place later in the week.

Don’t forget all the instructions on how to enter your own images are at the bottom of the post.  If you have entered an image then please remember to check your image in the gallery, scroll down and see if anyone has left you any comments.

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Don’t forget all the instructions on how to enter your own images are at the bottom of the post.  If you have entered an image then please remember to check your image in the gallery, scroll down and see if anyone has left you any comments.

Monochrome Madness each week and if you wish to participate and submit an image here is how you do it:-

  • You must email me the image you want to include and if you have a blog or website, or somewhere else, please include the link. My email address is leanne@leannecole.com.au
  • The image size should be low res, so the largest side should be 1000 pixels or less.
  • Please insert either your name or your blogs name in the file name.
  • Remember I am on Australian time, so with GMT I am +11 hours at the moment, I publish my post on Wednesday morning.
  • If you need more help with sending images, and get confused about time zones, etc, well, there is a great website called The World Clock, if you go to that and look at Melbourne time, if it’s before 6pm on Tuesday evening, then you can still send me images.  If it’s after that time, you can send me an image, but it will be set aside for the following week.
  • Remember to include a link to your blog or website.
  • Please remember to resize your images, it is fairly simply, you just need to go into any editing software and usually under Image you will find, resize, scale, or image size, something like that and you can resize your image there. Change the dimensions to pixels and make the longest side 1000 pixels or smaller, hit return, and for most types of software that should change the other side automatically as well. Just remember to save it with a different name so you know it is the smaller version.  If you have any problems, please contact me, I don’t mind helping out.

Please note you don’t have to be a WordPress blogger to be in this challenge, you can have a link to a Facebook page, a Flickr page, anywhere really, or no link.  We just want to encourage people to do monochrome images, just for the madness of it. Just to let you know also, that as soon as the challenge is published, all emails and images you have sent me are deleted from my computer.

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This is a new thing for us. I have transferred everyone over onto this blog and I hope you all continue to enjoy it. If you normally get email updates of when I do do new posts then you will need to subscribe to this, otherwise you will only get the updates in the reader.

Today I thought we would look at some of the photos that I have been sharing on Instagram and Flickr. There are images that I do a lot more work to and then they don’t find their way here. I do want to change that, so will try and start making sure I post them here for you to see. They are among my favourite images.

I am just going to put a gallery of them for you.

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It is time to get back to reality and I’m now back home. I have to get my act together quickly as I am required to get a heap of writing done. It is nice to be busy and besides lots of articles I am getting booked for more One on One Photography Lessons which are great. It is good that I work well under pressure.

Dynamic Range Magazine

It is coming up quick. The next issue will be ready in a couple of weeks. We have made some more changes, but the articles and photos in it are still great and informative.

If you want to subscribe you can do that on the Shop page, or follow this link, Shop.

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Tasmania

Things are coming together nicely for our trip to Tasmania. We have worked out where we are going to be when, but haven’t done a lot of working out exactly what we will be doing. We have booked a couple of cruises, which should be great and from what we can work out, the most expensive things we will be doing. It is nice to know that you can go on holidays and not spend thousands.

One thing I want to do while I am there is explore Tasmania in winter and see how that goes. I have never been a fan of summer and the images you get with it. My favourite time of the year to take images has always been winter.

While I am away I will not be doing regular posts. I will try and do some posts on my trip and let you know what I will be doing, but there will be no Monochrome Madness.

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This Blog

Speaking of this one, I am now going to be doing all my posts over here and have asked that all my followers be transferred over. Hopefully the change will be smooth.

Many of you said that it would be far less confusing if I just had one, so this will be it from now on.  Everyone thing in one place.

Articles

I’ve had another article published on Digital Photography School:

My Favourite Travel Lens – The Tamron 28-300mm

Also one has been on the Photographers.com.au website blog:

I want to be a photographer when I grow up

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Photos

The photos were taken a couple of weeks ago when I was doing a One on One Photography lesson and my client wanted to explore Chinatown in the city. I have to admit I’ve never really taken photos around there, possibly because it isn’t necessarily a nice place, but a great place to eat.

We walked around and down lanes, and at one stage went up into a carpark to see what we could see from the top. It was a good day and I found some things I didn’t know were there before.

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