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Recently I got to go to a place in country Victoria to explore and while we were there we saw an old railway bridge. The bridge is no longer in use. The area was made into a reservoir and I guess the bridge was too low. Close by there is another railway bridge, but it is much higher.

Something I’ve been doing a lot when I process images is to immediately change them into black and white. I then work on the image as though it will be a black and white image.

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I don’t have a problem with how it looks in black and white.  I tried to bring out the brick pylons that were left from the bridge, or what would have held up all the rails, which have been removed. I also did a bit of work in the sky to make it look more stormy.

Then, as I’ve done many times I reversed the process and made it colour again.

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Sometimes when you convert it back you can find it looks revolting as the colours are too saturated, or they are changed too much. The bottom half of this image was fine, and I like the colours, but the blues and aquas/cyans in the sky were over saturated. It didn’t take much to pull them down a bit so the sky looked stormy again and not a colour mess.

I was going to leave it there, but then I decided to go back to the black and white image and add a slight tone to it.

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I like the warmth of it, but I don’t think this is my favourite version of the image. It does give it another element, but I worry that maybe there is a lack of contrast in it. So I decided to add some more and see how it looked.

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I guess the test now is whether or not you can see any difference. I think there is.

It is fun to try one image and do different processes to it.  Each person will have there own ideas of which ones work and which don’t. I like them all, but I think I might like the colour more, but that is me.

I am going to put them in a gallery for you so you can see them better. You can click on the images for a bigger view.

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The First Take

Yesterday I went for a drive through country Victoria with some friends. We stopped at many places during the day and then traveled on. There was no agenda except to see where we could get to and then to turn around with enough time to get back home. It is a great way to explore and find new places to take photos.

We ended up at an old railway bridge where all that was left were the pylons. I suspect that when the area has lots of water that they are possibly hard to see. I think it is much better like this. I liked the cracked mud and the water worn fence posts. There is a feeling of abandon there, a place just left.

I have tried to do more with the posts and bring them out more so they are main focus rather than the remains of the bridge in the background. I don’t know that you can tell how wet the ground was here, it was very muddy and I almost sank a few times.  I had to laugh at that, nothing like realizing you are getting muddier and muddier.

I have had one attempt at processing and now I’m just putting it out everywhere and thinking about it. Nice to just spend time processing and then leaving it to think about where you want to do next. I like seeing it on the net too, judging what  people’s reactions are to it. I’m afraid I don’t tend to listen to what people, I have to be pleased with it myself.

I will have to spend some time looking at it and decide if I want to do more, leave it as it is or start all over again. You might have to keep tuned in to find out. There are also a lot more photos from the day and I may end up liking one of those far more.

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For the Pro Blogger Podcasts I am a bit behind. A trip away for the weekend and access to the internet limited I couldn’t keep up, but hopefully I can over the next few days, so please forgive me if you get a few new posts.

Day 3 was all about promoting yourself, so I thought to do this I would do a new list, much like the previous one, but this time do it on my 5 most popular posts that have been written for this site. I thought it might be a nice way to look back on some of my older posts as well, the ones that have been the mostLeanneCole-Melbourne-CrownCasino-yarra-9993-333x500 popular.

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I am going to start with 5 and work to number 1.

5 – Some Tips on Photographing the Milky Way

A quick post to give some ideas on how you could photograph the milky way. People think it must be incredibly hard, but really it is fairly easy.

4 – Predicting Sunsets and Sunrises

This post was to help people get an understanding of ways to help predict when they might get a good sunrise or sunset.

3 – Is Night Photography Hard

Many people when they start photography think that night photography is hard, this post was written to give an idea of how easy it can be, and how it isn’t LeanneCole-banyuleflats-20140525-9463really that much harder than day time photography.

2 – When the Sky Gives you Blah

Anyone who follows me knows that one thing that I don’t like is a boring skies and that I have a folder full of photos of other skies to use to replace boring ones. This post was why I decided to replace the sky in the image.

1 – The Concept in Conceptual Photography

I wrote this after going to a workshop where a women was teaching us how to do conceptual photography and I thought she didn’t really know what she was talking about. I thought I had a better understanding of it, so I wrote this. It has been the most popular post on this blog by a long way. I guess a lot of people want to know about conceptual photography.

There are my top 5 posts. The links are there too if you would like to go and take a look at them.  The photos for this post were from those posts as well.

Okay before I get started, this is the third time I’ve tried to do this post here, and things keep going wrong. So I am just going to make the list. I think I need to find a new theme, this one has soooo many problems.

We have to create a list today, so I have to think of something. To check out the 31 Days to Build a Better Blog then check out the website Pro Blogger.

My favourite places to take photos around where I live.

1 – Banyule Flats

2 – City of Melbourne

3 – Great Ocean Road

4 – Mallee

5 – Mornington Peninsula

There you are my favourite places. I’m going to add a couple of quick photos.

Nothing has been done on this blog for quite some time, but I’ve decided to try, where I can, to do the 31 day challenge from Pro Blogger. The challenge is designed to help you get a better understanding of why you blog and to help it along.  The challenge is 31 Days to Build a Better Blog. Since this blog has been inactive, I thought perhaps it could be a good one to do the challenge on.

Accompanying the challenge are some podcasts by Darren Rowse that you can listen to and get some ideas. The podcasts give you a better understanding of what you need to do and tips on how to achieve it. It is hoped that you can help your blog be a lot more successful.

The first day is about doing an Elevator Pitch for your blog. The link is there so you can go and listen it to it as well.

We have been given lots of tips on how to do this and now I really need to work out what this blog is going to be about and where I want to take it.

My elevator pitch:

This blog is about fine art photography, how I go about it and what I photograph to make my images. I will write about my experiences, whether they are good or bad. It is also about challenging myself to get out there and just try things to share with you as well as an artist.

Perhaps my tag line could be Fine Art Photography in Action.

Here is an image I took with my phone yesterday along the Black Spur Road on the way to Bonnie Doon. It was a very foggy morning and the challenge was all about trying to capture that fog. So maybe the fogginess is symbolic of what this blog has been like and perhaps the challenge will help me come out of the fog.

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Last week I had an opportunity to go out my friend Christine Wilson to take some photos north of Melbourne.  It was going to be a great trip and we were going to see some amazing things, and, of course, take photos.  Well we did see some amazing things, but the sky, well the sky was just horrible.  It was a white sky and really wasn’t good for photography. So what do you do “When the Sky Gives you Blah”.

We headed out past Romsey and Lancefield, making note that we will have to go back there.  then we headed to Emu Flat, a place that seems to be only an old church and an abandoned school.  We could walk around the church, but we had to content ourselves with photographing the school from the other side of the fence. There were two sides, but also trees to contend with.  It wasn’t ideal, but with signs everywhere saying trespassers will be prosecuted, well I didn’t want to take the risk and neither did Christine.

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So this is basically the raw image I got.  You can see I was quite a distance, couldn’t get any closer on this side.  You can also see the sky and how terrible it was.  It was so disappointing.

I have all these photos of this place and if I want to process them I am going to have to replace the sky in nearly all of them.  So that is what I did for this one, following a new tutorial I found.

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I put a much cloudier sky in the image.  I have done quite a few other things to this as well, besides just the sky.  I did convert it to black and white, and then I converted it back to colour after I had changed things.  I sort of like the saturated feel to it.  I think the sky replacement was a good idea, and though harder because of all the trees, was worth the extra effort.

I am going to post the black and white version on my other blog, and you will be able to see it on my Quiet Thursdays post, I will add the link as soon as I post it.

Just need to remind people that you can comment on this post, and while it doesn’t look like anything happens when you do, it does.  I get all the comments, though it can take me some time to approve and respond to them yet.  I don’t know why this blog is so weird to leave comments on.  I will have to get onto the developers and see what they can work out.

Donating, I do this blog and my other blog to help me and also to help you.  I get no assistance for doing it, so it would be wonderful if you would consider helping me by donating a small amount every now and then, especially if you have been helped by me or learned something from this blog or my other blog. Thank you.

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This is going to be a second part to my Weekend Wandering post on my other blog.  I took so many photos of the exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria that there were too many for that blog post.  I am not going to talk about it too much here, but if you want to know more about it then please go to my post, Weekend Wanderings: Gaultier at the National Gallery of Victoria.

I have also done a video of part of the exhibition, and you can see it here

I am hoping to get another up tomorrow as well.

For Monochrome Madness this week I thought I would do a shot I got the other day at the Jean Paul Gaultier Exhibition that was on at the National Gallery of Victoria.  There were some perfume bottles on top of cases and I thought they would make a great image, so I did Perfumes First in Monochrome and Then in Colour.

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I like the monochrome version, but the perfume bottles get a little lost at the top, so I thought it might be better in colour.  I like that reverse processing, so once I was done with the monochrome version I went back and changed it back to colour.

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I think this one shows off the perfume bottles a lot more and a lot better.  The cases might be a tad over saturated, but the perfume do look better.  I think you can see the shapes of them much better.

Just need to remind people that you can comment on this post, and while it doesn’t look like anything happens when you do, it does.  I get all the comments, though it can take me some time to approve and respond to them yet.  I don’t know why this blog is so weird to leave comments on.  I will have to get onto the developers and see what they can work out.

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It is the last week of the One Four Challenge December Week 4. I have enjoyed working on this image more than the previous one, still this last week I was a little stumped, and in the end decided that it really didn’t matter, that I should just go for it, so that is what I did.

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I don’t really know what I did.  I did put in a new sky and blurred it quite a bit. I really just wanted to see how far I could push it.  I tried embossing it and also using the high pass.  I blended layers with Silver Efex.  You name it, I pretty much tried it.

I don’t know that I think this is my favourite, in fact I know it is isn’t, but it is all part of the learning curve.  It has been fun, though I don’t know how often I will do this challenge.  It has been good to push an image more, and I would like to do it more on my own.  It is something we did when I studied photography.

I am going to put the original and the other three weeks images into a gallery at the end of this post for you as well. Don’t forget to go to Robyn’s blog, Captivate Me, to see the pingbacks of others that have participated.  Or in the read enter One Four Challenge to see all the other entries.

just need to remind people that you can comment on this post, and while it doesn’t look like anything happens when you do, it does.  I get all the comments, though it can take me some time to approve and respond to them yet.  I don’t know why this blog is so weird to leave comments on.  I will have to get onto the developers and see what they can work out.

Donating, I do this blog and my other blog to help me and also to help you.  I get no assistance for doing it, so it would be wonderful if you would consider helping me by donating a small amount every now and then, especially if you have been helped by me or learned something from this blog or my other blog. Thank you.

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This week I have got in early with my processing and my image for the One Four Challenge for December Week 3.  I had some ideas that I wanted to try out, so I got onto to it all early this week.

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Again, I am attempting to do something with this image that I haven’t done before.  The Australian summer is very harsh, and I want to show that in these images.  Usually here it is a waste of time taking photos in summer, the light is to strong, the shadows too strong, there is nothing soft about it at all. Through these images I want to try and use that harshness to do something, not sure what, but I am hoping to experiment a lot more over the Australian summer.

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Last week I tried to show the heat, and this week I wanted to show heat again, but the wind as well, though a lot more pronounced.

When I was a teenager growing up near the Mallee we used to get the most incredible dust storms.  I can remember the shout would go out, get the washing off the line and close all the windows and doors.  Then we would stay inside until it went past us.  The dust was like a thick brown fog, and it would be windy, so things would be flying around with it.  It was suffocating and you couldn’t go out in it.

They don’t happen so much now, farmers work their fields much differently now so they don’t lose their top soil.  I don’t know that I miss them, but I love how they looked and I thought for the One Four Challenge I would try to make the tree look like it was in the middle of a dust storm.

So to do this image, I changed the colours and added textures.  It was interesting and it was processing that I have never done before, well not quite like this.  It was fun experimenting, trying things, deleting things, just seeing what I ended up with.  I have to say I really like where this ended up.  There are still things to sort out, but it is a great beginning and I’m looking forward to trying this out more with other images and other scenes.

I will put this image into a gallery again, with the other and the original. This is my image for the One Four Challenge for December Week 3, but there will be others over the next week, you can check out Robyn’s blog Captivate me, One Four Challenge – Dec wk 3, and also if you use the reader you can use the tag One Four Challenge to find others.

I just need to remind people that you can comment on this post, and while it doesn’t look like anything happens when you do, it does.  I get all the comments, though it can take me some time to approve and respond to them yet.  I don’t know why this blog is so weird to leave comments on.  I will have to get onto the developers and see what they can work out.