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The new software I got for doing videos is really fun to play with and one of things I have been enjoying is recording the screen when I am processing an image. I did a long recording where I talked out loud what I was thinking and what I did to the image.  If you want to view that there are instructions at the end.

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This is how the image looked when I started working on it.  I love this building, it is very grand, though it is one of those buildings that the insides were taken out so they could rebuild it.  I don’t know how much of the interior remained, I suspect it is just the facade and the foyer.  Though, the foyer is pretty amazing, I love going in there and just looking.  It is quite breathtaking.

Then the image ended up looking like this.

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Not a lot of difference, but I did try to get rid of the people that were in the foreground a bit.  I like the lighting in it, and I like comparing the before with the after, it is quite nice to see how an image can be transformed.  I think the first image was more a snap of the outside, whereas this one looks more in keeping with how they want people to view the building.  Elegant perhaps.

Here is the video I did of it.

That is the sped up version.  The long version goes for just over 30 minutes.  If you would like to see the full version so you can see what I did, then you will need to press the buy now button and pay the $3.  Then I will add your YouTube name or email address to the video and you will have access to it. Please think of this as a way of helping to support me so I can continue doing this for you.




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Today I tried taking some new images.  I have seen a guy on G+ doing them and I really like them.  It is something that I have been thinking about doing for years, so I thought might try it out.  I played with different light and then decided to edit it.

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It hasn’t worked exactly how I wanted, but it is a start.  I think it tells a story and will find out tomorrow when I put it on my other blog.

I also did a video if it and am going to show the sped up version of it here.  Someone asked me why did I speed them up so much, and that I should consider leaving them long and selling them.  Well, selling access to them.  So you get the short, fast version and if you want to see how I processed the image, then you will need to pay me AUD$3, consider it like a donation.  I will put something at the end of the post.

If you would like to see how this image was processed, you can watch the 32 minute video, but first you will need to pay for it. It is $3





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Last week I did a before and after of the following image, and Stacy from VISUAL VENTURING wanted to know how I replaced the sky in the image. old-buildings-skyscrapers-closingin-melbourne I thought if she wanted to know then perhaps others did too, so using my new Camstasia Studio software I did a video of it for her and others.  So Stacy, I hope this helps you to work out what I did.  Of course if anyone has any questions, please ask, and if I can answer them I will.

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On Sunday I had a Social Snappers Excursion to the Museum and the Royal Exhibition Building.  While we were waiting for the tour to start we had a walk around the building.

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The museum, next to the old Exhibition, has so much glass on it and it is so great for getting some distorted images.  I like the abstract way the image has come out.  I tried to highlight the building a lot more.

I took lots of photos of the inside during the tour and will be showing more photos later in the week.

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Over on Visual Venturing Stacy has started a new series of posts where you show the original image and then the after, so people can see what you have done.  Someone asked me to do this for this image I think it was.  So here is the before image. before-building-skyscrapers-melbourne I saw this in the city a couple of weeks ago when I was doing a One on One with a client.  We went exploring old parts of the city.  I liked the juxtaposition of the old building in front of the newer skyscrapers. I found I couldn’t take my eyes off it, then I started playing with it. old-buildings-skyscrapers-closingin-melbourne This is what I ended up with.  I put in a new sky, so it wouldn’t be white and yuck.  I also played with the colours quite a bit.  You can see that I got rid of the horrible  power line cutting across the image.  I also played with the light.  I am trying to do some things that resemble some movies, I like the colours that they use in them, so I have been trying to work out how to replicate that effect  So blues and yellows.  I did desaturate it a little, but not a lot.  I also tried blurring some aspects of it.

I think that is what I was meant to do, I should have recorded what I did with a video, but didn’t quite make it.  I didn’t think I would do so much on this image.  Just goes to show, you never know.  I put this image up on Google+ and it received one of the best receptions, actually the best, I’ve ever got with an image from there.  If you haven’t checked out Google+ you should, there is some amazing work going on over there, I get so much inspiration from the images there.

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For those that follow my blog, Leanne Cole Photography, you will know all about Monochrome Madness, or the Monochrome Madness Challenge that happens every Wednesday on that blog. It was a challenge that came about because I didn’t think I was doing enough monochrome or black and white images, and then Laura Macky said she felt the same.  So we started the challenge.

The first week there was just the two of us, just two images, but it was the start of something.  We invited people to join us by sending in images to us for the challenge, well more me.  So over the last twenty weeks I’ve been getting a steady stream of black and white images sent to me each week for the challenge.

It has grown steadily and eventually it will overflow onto this blog.  It has been great seeing regulars contributing most weeks, and new people sending images for the first time. It has become like a community thing, and people have conversations about some images, or just leave comments.  It is great hearing people saying that it is the highlight of their week.

I thought today I might look back on all the images I have done for the challenge over the last 20 weeks, though it is actually 21 for me.  So I am going to put all the images I’ve done into a gallery for you.  They aren’t in order, sorry, but you will get the idea.

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I am enjoying playing with software for making videos, Camstasia Studio.  The software can do some many things, and I know I going to buy it, eventually.  I just need to save up the money.  Shame the electricity bill is due.  So today I thought I would take another look at making a video of my processing when doing an image.  I love seeing it all fly past my eyes when it is done.

I don’t know if this worked, I did do some things that I quite liked.  I think sometimes it’s good to just play and not have any expectations when you are doing an image.  Just go with things and just see what happens.  I have watched some of Dave Cross’s instructional videos and he said, you learn how to do things and then you try to work out what else you can apply it too.

I think all of you should play around and see what else you can use the tools for.  It is so easy to just use them as they are meant to be used, but it could be good to try something completely different.  You never know it might make you start working in a completely different way.  Mix things up, experiment a lot more.

I also tried recording the screen while I processed the image.  I have sped it up a lot, maybe too much, but it only goes for just over 30 seconds, so I think that will be okay.

So remember, experiment and see where it gets you when you are trying to process your images.  If you figure anything out that is really cool, then, hey, let me know.  I am always on the look out for new tricks.

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Today was the big day, the first excursion.  I have to admit I wasn’t bowled over by people wanting to join the Social Snappers, but I decided I would go ahead anyway.  It was a cold windy day, thankfully not a wet day as well.  The Docklands put on a great show of cold weather, but on the plus side, it was quiet and we just got on with exploring and taking photos, that is what we were there for.  We did explore some areas that I have never been to before, and we picked out some locations for future trips to photograph the sunset there.

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This is perhaps one of my favourites from today.  There are these stump things sticking out of the water all over the place.  We couldn’t work out what the significance of them was, and in the end, decided we didn’t care.  I loved them, and would like to go back and photograph them again.  Look how still the water was, the wind picked up not long after this and it was not still again.

The Social Snappers is about organised outings for people to take photos.  It is an opportunity to go out with other people who have similar interests and take photos.  I do the organising and you come and take photos.

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I have some more photos that I took today as well.

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This morning I put the following image onto my main blog and I did a video to go with it.  Though the video didn’t work out, and I had to redo it, so the image I want to show you here is different.  It is so hard to get it to work exactly the same.

window-girl-old-building-cityI did the image so people could respond to it with words, poems, stories.  I haven’t seen any yet, however some words have been written on the image in Facebook.  It seems to have got more attention by everyone there.

I am going to put the video here for you guys to look at, hopefully I can actually put the video on here.

If you want to respond to the image, leave your links at Inspiring Quiet Thursdays.

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For this weeks Monochrome Madness on my main blog I thought I might try doing an image of a 100 year old shearing shed that I was allowed to take some photos of recently.  It was a great place to take some photos, and of course it is still being used, so it had all the gear still there.

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It was great to get this opportunity and a shed like this is perfect for doing monochrome images with.  Though I thought I would do something a little different as well.  I am trialing some software so I can do some video presentations.  I am working my way through this, so the first video I have done is a little rough.  Still not sure what I am doing.

I have done a small video of how I processed this image.  I have sped it up so it goes really fast, but gives you an idea. I have also put some music to it, so if you are somewhere public, you might want to turn the sound down or off.

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Hopefully it works and you can see it.  I would really like to be able to do more of these.  I think it is a fun way to show how I work.  The software is quite expensive, so I have to get the money together to get it, so if you enjoy what I do and would like help out, there will be a donate button at the bottom of this post.  It would be lovely if you could help me get the money together to buy this software.

If you haven’t seen Monochrome Madness Week 19 and all the entries, then you will have to wait until tomorrow, but they will all be posted over there.

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