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This has been a great theme for MM 3-12 and I have really enjoyed watching all the images come in. There has been such a variety for the theme High and so many interpretations. Thank you to everyone who has sent in images for it.

The next theme is the first Monochrome Madness of August and it will be Movement.

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I had a few ideas for this, but in the end I couldn’t think of anything more appropriate than one of the images I took from the Empire State Building while I was in New York last year. I put a yellow tone over it as it made it look warmer and night lights tend to have a yellow tinge to them. I also exaggerated the curve of the earth, makes it feel like I was really high.

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 Thursday 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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It has been a busy week, though I haven’t really been doing too much, but I do enjoy the catch up here as well as showing you the photos I’ve had on Instagram this week. Though, I can say that a week after the financial ended I have already done my tax, first time ever I’ve done it so quickly. Let’s see what else I’ve been doing.

Dynamic Range Magazine

After panicking about the thought of not having enough for the next issue it is all coming together and articles are flying at me everywhere. It’s great.  I will start sharing with you what will be in the next issue soon.

Instagram

I’ve been doing a course online about how to use Instagram more and one thing that I am trying to do is give little tips each day. Suggestions for how you can improve your photos, either when taking them or processing them. I don’t know if anyone is even bothering to read them, but it has been good to do. I hope with time people will catch on. Hopefully will help sell my tutorials when I get them done.

If you aren’t following me on Instagram and would like to, there is a link in the side panel.

Book on Banyule Flats

Looks like we are getting close to finishing the book. It is all starting to come together now which is great. Hopefully it will be done in the next 4 to 6 weeks, fingers crossed.

One on One Photography Sessions

I’ve been out a few times teaching these, which has been fantastic. The last two have been so much fun, and I wasn’t in a hurry to finish. It is good meeting new people and just going out to take photos with them.

Instagram Photos

I have the photos for you that I have had up on Instagram this week. Some have been from the One on One’s recently. Some from trips out and at least one from a while back, when I was in Tassie.  I’m sure you will like them, well I hope you do.

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A couple of weeks ago I showed you some photos of the Isle of Dead at Port Arthur. I have been meaning to show you more images from my day there, but I took so many it has been hard to choose which ones to show. I have done a selection and will show them in few lots here, and in separate galleries.

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Port Arthur was a convict penitentiary in Tasmania. Most of the convicts that were sent there were re-offenders, meaning that once that got here they committed another crime. It opened in 1830, taking over from other places around Tasmania and ceased operating in 1877. Australia did start as a penal colony and it is great to see places like this that remind us of part of our history.

The Penitentiary

There is no doubt that the big penitentiary building is the most impressive and most recognisable building there. When you go it is basically the first building you see. It sits near the water and even in its ruined state is an impressive building.  I photographed a little plaque that has the history of the building and you can read that.

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The Separate Prison and Asylum

At Port Arthur you will find a building called the separate prison. This building was made up of solitary confinement cells. It was thought that the best way to treat prisoners was not by flogging and hard labour, but to look them away in cells where they had no communication with anyone else. They were not allowed to talk unless a guard asked them a question. The whole place was a quiet zone, and even the guards used sign language between them.

We now know that putting people into solitary confinement sends them mad, but back then the connection wasn’t made. We have learned a lot from places like this, however, at the time they didn’t know so a separate asylum was built for those that went mad, (the last two images in the gallery).

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Surrounding Port Arthur

The gardens are really beautiful around the site. With it being winter there were a lot of trees that had lost their leaves. Still it was very green and perhaps the sunniest day we had while there.  As we stayed for the ghost tour we were there also for the sunset. I have shown you some other photos of it, but here a few more as well.

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Port Arthur Massacre

As much as we like to think of this place as a place for convicts, sadly it is also the place for Australia’s worse gun shooting and massacre. In 1996 Martin Bryant went a shooting rampage and killed 35 people and wounded 23 others. There is a separate memorial there for it. The cafe where he started has been stripped and only the shell of it remains today.

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One positive outcome from this was a rethink on our gun laws. An amnesty was set up where people could turn in guns, get paid for them, with no repercussions and they did. Thousands and thousands of guns were turned in at police stations and other sites. We now have very strict gun laws, and to tell the truth most of us are very happy about that. We certainly feel a lot safer. I’ve never seen a gun except those that police carry and even they are starting to look for alternatives.

Before Port Arthur we had, on average, one mass shooting a year, since, we haven’t had one.

Government Cottage and Church Ruins

By the time we had finished the tours we went on we realised that we didn’t have enough time to see all that was there. If you are going to do the tours then you should plan to be there for two days. So after a cup of tea we decided to see what we could before the sun went down and the start of our ghost tour.

We went to the ruins of Government Cottage and the convict Church. Both destroyed in bushfires in the 1890’s so that all that remained where the walls. We don’t see a lot of building in Australia like this, and the Church was incredible.

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Port Arthur

Without a doubt an incredible place and one I can’t wait to go back and finish exploring. Next time, no tours, just spend the day taking photos. See as much as I can. If you are planning a trip there, I suggest doing it over two days, and maybe spread the tours over the two. I didn’t take photos on the ghost tour, I put the camera away and decided to just join in the fun and experience. It was very dark when we did it, so the photos wouldn’t have been great anyway.

If you would like more information at Port Arthur I suggest you visit their website.

Port Arthur Historical Site.

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Recently I was given an opportunity to try out some Photoshop Actions from Sleeklens. It is not a company I’ve heard of before, but when they contacted me about their actions it seemed like a good opportunity to try them.

Photoshop Actions for Landscape Photography

The first point that got my attention was that they were for landscape photographers. I can’t tell you how many places I’ve looked at for them and only found ones for portrait photography. I was certainly going to give these a try and see how they would work.

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Dark Dreams Action

What is an Action

For those of you that don’t know what an action is let me explain. They are like mini programs, you load them up and then when you press play they will do a few processes. It is a bit like your washing machine. You press start and then it adds water, washes, empties, fills again, empties and finally spins. An action works in a similar way, but each one has a different set of stages it will go through. All you have to do is sit back and watch until it finishes or you get a prompt telling you to do something.

I know we are visual people, which is why we do photography, so I am going to do a video to show those that don’t know how, how to load actions and where to find them. I am also going to show you how some of them workYou can purchase the package with this link, Landscape Adventure Collection. They also sell presets for Lightroom and lots of other ones to help with your workflow.

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Dreamy Landscape Action

How are Actions helpful

Actions can be great for helping to minimise your workload. I have made several of my own for those things that I do a lot. If you are new to Photoshop actions the ones from Sleeklens can be great to help give you great results. Though, like with anything they should be used carefully and appropriately. If you use one and it makes your image horrible, then don’t use that action for that image.

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Detail Enhancer Action

One thing I do like about these actions is that if you don’t like it it is easy to remove it from the image. It puts all the work it did into a group that you can just delete. When you are working on an image you don’t always know what is and isn’t going to work so it is good to be able to try one, remove it, try another one.

The set of actions you get give you lots of different options for different images. I did enjoy playing with the sunset and sunrise actions. Seeing how you can enhance a sunset was great. I think a lot of people will really like those.

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Intense Sunset Action

There are quite a few different actions and they are always fun to play with. You can get an idea of the possibilities and you never know there might be one that you really like and want to use all the time.

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Autumn Colours Action

It should also be pointed out that the actions don’t just add special effects, they can help your images. They can help warm your image or make it cooler. There are actions to help the base image better if the exposure wasn’t quite right. You can work on the shadows, or get more clarity within it. So they aren’t special effects necessarily.

They are also not gaudy or over the top, as some actions I’ve seen can be. You have options within many of them as well. You still feel like you are in control with what is going on.

Where to get them

If you are interested in purchasing their actions then the link for the ones I’m using are:

Landscape Adventure Collection

They also have a number of other actions available too, follow this link to see those.

Photoshop Actions at Sleeklens

I have done a short screencast for you as well so you can see the actions in action, so to speak.

Yes, yes, I know, I’m running late. I was out taking photos yesterday and it just didn’t get done. I’m up early frantically trying to do it now. I did have fun taking photos however, the third time this week.

Next week is the theme HIGH. I’ve already been getting images and they are looking good.

The theme is only for next week. After that it is back to the normal images and anything you want to send as long as it is monochrome.

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I was teaching a One on One the other day in the city and we were doing long exposures. I took her to the Bolte Bridge as the clouds were moving quite quickly and we thought we would see what we could get. I do love the sky in this.

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 Thursday 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.

abandoned-railway-shed-newstead-longexposure

For those of you who have been following me for some time know that I love editing photos. I’ve never been one to think that the image I get in my camera is anywhere near the final image. I never quite know what will happen when I start editing,

This is a beginning of something I am going to try doing here and on other platforms. I am going to develop a workshop on editing for people. I’ve mentioned it to you before, but now I am going to start doing some posts, giving tips and advice. I’m still working on the logistics of it and it is an idea that is developing. I hope you will come along with me.

Another thing is reviewing and sharing information. Now that I am a self hosted blog I can do this without WordPress caring or threatening to close me down.  Here is my first one, not a review, but something that could be good.

On1 Software Announcement

On1 is a software editing alternative to the usual ones, and they are developing some software to process RAW images. It is called On1 Photo Raw. It is still in the development stage, but they are asking for people to make suggestions on what they would like to see it do. It is a great opportunity for all of us to let them know what is important to us and what we would like to see.

Here is the link for you.

THE PHOTO RAW PROJECT

SHARE. RATE. DISCUSS.

THE FUTURE OF RAW PHOTO EDITING

See what you think.  I’m going to be trying out the software and will be posting photos that I have done using it.  I’m hoping to give a lot more reviews on editing tools and anything else that is relevant in editing photos.

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An image that has had quite a bit done to it.

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My head has been spinning for the past couple of weeks, but more on why further on in the post. Things are getting busy, but they always seem to be really. I don’t mind, it is nice to be busy and working hard. I just wish that it would transfer to sales, but I’m working on some things that will hopefully help with that.

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Dynamic Range Magazine

The magazine is starting to take shape for the next issue. We have had a few false starts and people pulling out and I’ve had to scramble to find others to write articles. I guess that is the problem with running a magazine and now I have to sort it out.

Speaking of writing, we would still love to hear from anyone who is interested in writing for us. We can’t pay, but if you are starting out then it is a great experience.

Sales still aren’t great, but I am trying to work out how I can sell the magazine using other platforms rather than mostly here. I really need to do a course in marketing and see what I can learn. I’m finding that my time is stretched so thin these days it is hard to give it my full attention. What I need to find is someone who wants to learn about marketing, or a student that can see what they can do. Sadly there is no money to pay anyone.

Remember, if you haven’t purchased your copy here the link to buy it now.

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One on One Photography Sessions

I have to say that I’ve had an increase in the number of these in the past few months. It has been great. I do enjoy them a lot and it is nice getting out showing people my Melbourne. I have also met some amazing people as well.  I have a few more coming up in the next few weeks too.

One thing that I really like is the number of people coming whoo want to learn long exposure photography. I have set myself up so I can teach people to how to use the filters, but also so they can use mine if they don’t have their own. It is a great way for people who are curious about doing them to learn how and experiment before spending the money on buying them.

If you are interested in doing a One on One with me go to this link.

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Strahan in Tasmania. Looking across Macquarie Harbour to the town.

Tutorials

This is where I have been concentrating a lot of my thoughts this week. Trying to come up with some video tutorials for people to buy from me. I know that people hate that everything is for sale, but I do have to make a living, unfortunately.

I’ve been thinking about what I can do, and one thing I realise is that I don’t want to compete with all the other online tutorials teaching people how to use Photoshop or Lightroom. I am thinking of doing something a bit further advanced. I am still mulling it over, so will discuss it more later on.

I am going to do what I said last week and do one video package and see how that goes before I decide on doing a series.

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Sunset behind the Bolte Bridge in Docklands

Instagram

I’ve been doing a course on how to sell on Instagram. It has been interesting and I do know that I have been putting  a lot of my efforts there. The course has been about how to turn followers in customers, so I will have to see if I can make it happen. I am going to see if I get people buy my tutorials or get me to teach them photo editing. I know I can teach, I just need to find my customers now.

Speaking of Instagram, all the photos are what I have had up there this week and haven’t had here. I have put captions so you can see them. If you want to follow me on Instagram my handle is @leannecolephotography.

The other night I spent the evening in the city walking around the lanes taking some night shots. It was nice to be back in the city talking photos.

The lanes are so different at night and they give you a much different look. Though all the people around the city gets a bit annoying. The city is such a busier place these days than it was a few years ago. We managed to get some shots. Oh yes, I was with a friend.

I’m just going to leave you with the images. I hope you are having a good weekend.

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Another week and here we are again with Monochrome Madness.

The theme will be the week after next. The theme will be HIgh. I will have to find something too.

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My image is another one from Tasmania. It was from the day I was in Queenstown. We went looking around at what the mining industry had done to the communities and the surrounding areas. This is pretty much all that is left in the town of Linda. A burned out shell of the Royal Hotel.

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 Thursday 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.

richmond-bridge-tasmania-stone-convicts

It has been a crazy couple of weeks with the trip to Tasmania and now I’m trying to settle down and get back into some work.

Dynamic Range Magazine

Of course, that is always going to mean the magazine and getting the next issue ready for you.

The number of subscribers is slowly increasing which is really good. Remember you can subscribe from the shop page.  You can also buy a copy of the magazine there, if you haven’t already.

Recurring payments. It seems that Instagram automatically sets up recurring payments for everyone, I can’t stop it when you subscribe, but I will go through and cancel them for everyone. We will let you know what will happen with your subscriptions.

Digital Photography School

You can find my most recent article in the following link;

Tips for Different Approaches to Architecture Photography

If you enjoy it, please consider sharing it.

New Experiments

I have talked to you about this before, but I’m thinking of doing some tutorials to sell. I get asked all the time about processing images, and I’ve been thinking about doing a series of video tutorials.

Initially I was going to start at the beginning, but then when I thought about that I realised that there is so much out there on that already. Why contribute to the glut of editing tutorials out there. However, it did occur to me that people like the way I edit, so maybe that is what I should concentrate on that.

So thinking on from that I am going to start with one video, and then see how that goes. If it is a flop, there will be no more. However, if people like it, then I will come up with others.  With this new website I can sell them here. I can put it all together in a zip file, so there will be a video tutorial, notes for what is covered to help out later on, and maybe some images for you to work on as well. Will have to think about how to do that.  So will hopefully be a nice package to get.

The next thing is how much to charge.  If you have any thoughts, let me know. I will have to do some research on what others sell theirs for.

Instagram Photos

I haven’t shown the photos from Instagram for a while, but you have seen many of them already. Here are the ones that I may have shown, but have reworked, or others that I haven’t put up here at all.

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