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Please note this post had been scheduled and should have published 5 hours again, but WP missed it. No idea how.

The weeks roll on, and we are over half way though the third year of MM. It certainly isn’t the same as it was in the beginning and we don’t get the numbers we used to, but, can I say, I really don’t mind. I do find this quite easy to manage, and that is good. Shall we get on with it then?

The next theme is going to be Travel. Your interpretation. See if you can do something different, that is my challenge to you. The theme is for the first MM in November only.

REMEMBER: If you would like to join us the instructions are at the bottom of the post.

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If I were going to give mine a title I would call it storm approaching. About 10 to 15 minutes after this it started raining and we left the town. This is the main street of a small town called Lancefield. It is amazing what you find in these towns to take photos of. I will be going back there.

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.


1/ dpb photos

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2/ One Day | One Image

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3/ sv-takeiteasy

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4/ Rajiv Chopra


5/ MyBlog – solaner

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6/ THE SHADY TREE

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7/ Crow Canyon Journal

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8/ Bren Ryan of RyanPhotography

The House at Great Comp Gardens


9/ THE WORLD IS A BOOK…

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10/ THE RUNES OF THE GATEKEEPER’S DAUGHTER

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11/ rainy day reflections

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12/ Different Isn’t Wrong, It’s Just Different

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13/ Lisa Chelkowski

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14/ MICHELLE LUNATO PHOTOGRAPHY

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15/ Stupidity Hole

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16/ ARTKORPPI II

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17/ gottatakemorepix

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18/ Leanne Cole

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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 is almost a year since I got serious about Instagram and in that time I have gone from about 340 followers to 10.3 thousand. I like to think that is a great achievement, though I don’t know if it is. Mind you it has taken a lot of work to get that many and I’ve worked really hard. I haven’t really seen any benefits from it, but I do love Instagram and the images you see from others are awe inspiring. I get so much inspiration from looking at what is there. I’ve found new places I want to go and photograph.

One thing that I have found, is that I know, I don’t want to be a landscape photographer. Instagram is flooded with images of waterfalls and mountains with lakes in front of them. It has always been my thing to try to be different. It is so easy to fall into the trap of being the same as everyone else. Play the popularity contest.

I believe you have to be true to yourself and do what makes you feel good. I want my work to stand out from the crowd, and I know that often means an image won’t get so many likes, but it has to be about more than that.

I am an artist first, always. I don’t like to think of myself as a photographer, because I’m not, not really. Yes, I take photos, but I do so much more as well. I’m an artist and my medium is photography, and maybe Photoshop is also my medium. I love seeing what I can do on the computer and I will work on an image for hours, over a whole day sometimes. This is what I do.

I am going to start talking about this a lot more, I hope you won’t mind.

Here are my photos from the last week on Instagram. If you want to find out more about the images, take a look at my Instagram feed, there are descriptions and tips there.

U4D: Revisiting Why We Blog

Another aspect of switching over to this blog is that I can revisit old posts and update them, or just post them again. The following post was one of my first Up for Discussion (U4D) posts on my old blog. Once I publish it here I will delete it from the old one.

This post looked at why we blog, or why I blog. It generated a lot of discussion and it was fantastic to read what people thought. So I am reposting it, and at the bottom I will update with now. Why I’m still blogging.

Why I Blog 

from February, 2015

I wrote my first blog post on WordPress, in September 2010, however it wasn’t my first blog.  I originally started in January 2010 on Blogspot, First One.scharcourt20120527-0890

I started a blog for a couple of reasons, one was because I was photographing cycling and trying to sell the photos. A guy who worked with my husband suggested that I start a blog, that people liked blogs.  Well it never helped with the cycling, but then it had a second effect. Suddenly I wanted to post, I wanted to share my photos, and over time I realised that the photos I was taking for the posts was changing.

I changed to WordPress in September because I liked the stats better. WP had much better stats, still do, you could really get an idea of what people were looking at, it scmplc1_8933was good.  Then I started meeting people, I started making friends.  I have met some amazing people virtually, I love seeing what they do. It has been such an incredible experience.

I really came to WP and blogging with the intention of using it to help me produce work.  In September 2010 I was trying to do lots of things, art wise that is, painting, printmaking, drawing and taking photos.  I thought having the blog would make me do work for it, but it really didn’t work out that way. Within a year of starting this blog I made the decision to give everything else up and concentrate on photography, I have never regretted that decision.

Then in November 2011 I decided to challenge myself to see if I could do a post every day, and post a photo each for the month of November, and since that time I have done a post nearly every day since.  With the exception of the odd here I still post everyday.  It works for me.

Posting each day makes me to go and take photos. Being a relatively lazy person, going out to take photos can be hard, so with the threat of a blog and the need for photos, I have taken far more photos than I would have otherwise.  I have found the blog a fantastic incentive to take photos.sctara20110731-0003

Conclusion

The blog has meant I have met people who I would never have met otherwise.  It drives me to get out and take photos to show people.  It has been an incredibly positive experience for me.

My blog now

October 2016

I have left WordPress.com and moved to a self hosted site, that would have to be the biggest change.  Part of the reason for that was so I would have more control over what happens. I can charge money for advertising if I choose and don’t have to worry about WP shutting me down.

scpointlonsdale-hdr7600-2Another reason was because so many people were confused between the two sites and many thought it would be better if I just had one, and I have to say, it has been much better. It is easier for people to find me, but also only doing one blog is much better to manage. It has taken a while to find my feet here, but it is slowly getting there.

Why do I still blog, well the answer is simple, I love it, and I love the people I have got to meet through it. From blogging I have been given some amazing opportunities. I have meet some wonderful people who are now friends.

Blogging still remains a worthwhile activity for me. It is still helps me to get out and take photos. I just hope that you still find what I have to say interesting and enjoy my photography.

So why do you blog?

NB: photos are from the first couple of years of blogging, nice to look back.

Recently I had a day out at Trentham. It is a small town, but very nice and very quiet, almost laid back. It is close to another town Daylesford, which has a reputation for spas and relaxation. While Trentham isn’t quite the same it is still a lovely town and very relaxing as well.

The main reason we went was for Trentham Falls. It is quite amazing and is Victoria’s largest single drop waterfall.

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Photographing waterfalls in bright sunlight is a nightmare and that is pretty much all we got. It was a bit annoying. Why are there never clouds when you want them? This waterfall has been photographed so much lately, I am almost sick of seeing it.

We headed into town for lunch after the waterfall. It is a quiet town and if you go during the week there are many places that will be closed.

After lunch we headed to the old train station.

trentham-trainstation-waterfall-pub-victoria-3801Train stations are always interesting. There are no running trains here anymore. The station is used for a market on the weekends. We were able to just wander around and take photos.

We then headed back into town and saw this.

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The Cosmopolitan Hotel, really is a throw bad to the past. We don’t see many pubs like this anymore. I mean check this out.

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I’m sure the stables aren’t really for horses anymore, but who would’ve thought?

It is such a pretty town and one that is great to visit. It is a very popular place on the weekends as it is only a couple of hours from the city. It is very easy to go there for the day. There is a bakery that makes great bread, but there is always a long queue, so get there early.

I have some more photos of the train station and the hotel for you to look at now. We did photograph some other places, but I think these are enough for today.  I hope your weekend is going well.

It is hard to know what to talk about this week. It has been busy but mainly because I am trying to get some writing done. I think this is going to be a short post.

The magazine

We are well and truly in the final stages for the next issue of Dynamic Range. We have another broad selection of articles for you. We are also so happy that Kathleen Clemons has let me interview her and we will be looking at some of her images. I’m sure those of you who get it will really enjoy it.

It will be the last issue of the magazine for those that subscribed at the beginning of the year.

Deaf Children Australia

I haven’t been there much in the last couple of years, but yesterday I went there to take photos as they celebrated their 150th anniversary of the blue stone building. I was looking at the building and thinking about how my work has changed since I was last there to photograph it, so I ask someone there if I would be able to go back. He just handed me his card. I think that meant yes. I will have to organise it now.

I will have to find some photos so we can see what I was doing and then we will have something to compare when I go back. Photos today are from 3 years ago.

Mentoring

I just want to talk about this briefly again, to help people understand what it is.

It really is about a discussion, a guide, a way of me to help you work out what your style is, or what direction you would like to go in. It is about me looking at your work, guiding you and helping you, but the thing that happens the most is the conversation, lots of that.

Other News

There isn’t really any. It has been good to see that people are enjoying the return of the Up for Discussion (U4D) posts. I have to start working out what to write about next week.

I think that is about it, sorry, as I said, I’m busy with writing, plus Tiddles, our cat, isn’t well, and we are a bit worried about him. He is staying at the vets tonight has they try to help him.

 

It is a bit late today, I am sorry. I’m having trouble with one of the plugins with this site. The publicize plugin isn’t doing what it is meant to do and when I do a post it doesn’t sent emails, or send the post to Facebook or to other places. I was hoping to get an update, but so far nothing from Jetpack. I will have to do all the work for it again. Anyway, here is the post.

The next theme is going to be Travel. Your interpretation. See if you can do something different, that is my challenge to you. The theme is for the first MM in November only.

REMEMBER: If you would like to join us the instructions are at the bottom of the post.

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Some of you may recognise this image, though it is different. I also did this in colour and have put that one on Instagram today. It looked like an image that would also work in monochrome. There was a lovely pink in the sky and I tried to give it that feel as well.

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.


1/ Marianna Meyer

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2/ THE RUNES OF THE GATEKEEPER’S DAUGHTER

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3/ One Day | One Image

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4/ Different Isn’t Wrong, It’s Just Different

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5/ Eunice

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6/ BoomingOn

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7/ Rajiv Chopra

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8/ MyBlog – solaner

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9/ Crow Canyon Journal

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10/ The World Is a Book…

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11/ P N C O

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 12/ THE SHADY TREE

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13/ MICHELLE LUNATO PHOTOGRAPHY

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14/ rainy day reflections

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15/ Lisa Chelkowski

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16/ Stupidity Hole

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17/ ARTKORPPI II

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18/ gottatakemorepix

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19/ Snow’s Fissures and Fractures

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20/ Leanne Cole

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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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The weeks do fly by, and today I will be doing the Monochrome Madness post, so this is a good post to do. These are the image that have been up on Instagram this past week. Many city ones, I spent the morning in their the other day. I need to spend more time in there.

So here are the photos and at the bottom I might add some other photos.

I think many of you know that I actually have two Instagram pages, the above one and the one I have for my macro photography.  If you want to follow it, it is called Leanne’s macro work. Quite a few of the images were taken with the Lensbaby Velvet 56 at Alowyn Gardens. I now have one of my own and I am loving it. The last four were taken with it.

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From time to time I get asked how much will I sell an image for. People who like my photos often want to buy one for their walls, but when I give them the price, there is obvious shock and I never hear from them again. The main problem seems to be that they think I should sell them for far less, but they don’t take into consideration all that has gone into the creation of it. For today’s Up for Discussion post we are looking at How much is the image worth.
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Things are almost settling down, but then other things pop up. Sometimes I wonder if I will ever be bored again.

The Six Seasons of My Backyard

We have a launch date, so it seems. It is going to be launched on the 24th of November, more details will follow.

I have done a page for the book too. I am still fine tuning it, but it is almost done. Take a look, “The Six Seasons of My Backyard“.

Photo Editing Classes

I was talking to a potential client yesterday and when I looked at the page for online editing I realised the prices didn’t make sense. So I have fixed them up and put them back to Australian dollar prices. Which for many of you, if you wanted to do them would mean they would be cheaper since our dollar is doing so badly.

The other thing I offered this client was to pay for each lesson as he went, but discount the classes accordingly so by the time he had paid for the 5th class he would have paid the same amount. I know how hard it can be to find all the money at once.

Teaching a Class about Macro Photography

I have decided to try teaching Macro photography. I have found a place that is okay with me doing it and will host the class. It looks like it could be really good. It is going to cost about $150 for 4 hours and will include lunch. Pretty good deal I think. I will start advertising it properly soon when I have all the details.

Photos

Today it seemed appropriate to look at some photos I took last year. It was winter and a very foggy day. We really don’t get many days like this anymore. We seem to get lots of rain, but not fog and now that summer is definitely on the way, not much chance of getting any this year. On this day a friend and I were going to Bonnie Doon for the first time to check it out and we took lots of photos along the way. I hope you enjoy seeing them again, or seeing them for the first time.

tiddles-in-monochrome

It has arrived again, the start of the month and it is time to see our photos for the theme Pets, or cats and dogs. Not a lot of entries, perhaps not a lot of people have pets.

The next theme is going to be Travel. Your interpretation. See if you can do something different, that is my challenge to you.

REMEMBER: If you would like to join us the instructions are at the bottom of the post.

tiddles-in-monochrome

I had another photo of Tiddles I wanted to use, but for the life of me, I couldn’t find it. So the old boy had to have a quick photo shoot this afternoon and this is what I got. It is so hard to get a good photo of him, I think he hates the camera. Part of the reason for doing this theme was so I could do a photo of him. This image was taken with the Lensbaby Velvet 56.

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.


1/ MAFE ROIG

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2/ geoff.clements

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3/ 

romancing-reality


4/ Maralee Park

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5/ aflyonzwall

aflyonzwall


6/ Savage Thoughts

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7/ sv-takeiteasy

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8/ Rajiv Chopra

cat-rajivchopra


9/ MyBlog – solaner

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10/ MICHELLE LUNATO PHOTOGRAPHY

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11/ The World Is a Book…

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12/ Crow Canyon Journal

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13/ 51WPM

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14/ rainy day reflections

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15/ Lisa Chelkowski

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16/ ARTKORPPI II

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17/ Stupidity Hole

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18/ Snow’s Fissures and Fractures

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19/ P N C O

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20/ Leanne Cole

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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.