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Yes, I know I’m neglecting the blog too much, but rest assured it is partly because there are some new things in the pipeworks. I don’t want to say anything about it yet, but things are going to get better here.

I have been busy, perhaps going out to take photos a little too much. It has been fun, but it is time to get some work done, well after the next couple of days.

Here are the photos I’ve had up on Instagram this week.

Today reminds me that it has been twelve months to the day, pretty much that I met some amazing people in New York and had an incredible day looking around some of the sites. I wanted to remember that day, and thought I could do it with you.

I’m going to give you links to two previous posts and give you a collection of some of the photos.

USA Wanderings: Starting at Grand Central

USA Wanderings: Walking and Viewing the Brooklyn Bridge

I have a busy day ahead, so that is all I have for you, sorry, but I am sure you will love looking back on my trip as well.

It has been a very exciting week, as most of you know, but I suppose things still have to progress and go on.

Dynamic Range Magazine

Now that my book is finished I can concentrate on the next Issue of Dynamic Range Magazine. I am really excited about what we have in store for you.

Don’t forget to go to the Shop to get your copy if you haven’t already.

The Six Seasons of My Backyard

Thank you everyone for your kind words on the publishing of my book. It has been such an exciting time for me. Thank you to those that have purchased it, I am truly grateful.

I would also like to mention that $5 from the sale of every book is being donated to the Wurundjeri people. It is a small way to say thank you to them for allowing me to use part of their culture, the seasons, for my book.

To purchases, if you live around Melbourne, then please contact me, however if you live overseas you can order a copy from createspace, and it is now on Amazon as well.

Formatt Hitech Filters

I have been using the Formatt Hitech Filters for some time now, about a year and was made a featured artist a while back. They are filters that I believe in a great deal and think they are among the best filters available.

I have now been given a code so you too can buy the filters. With this code you will receive 10% discount from anything they offer.

The code is: LCOLE10

It is an affiliation, so if you use it, I will get a kick back as well.

Royal Melbourne Show

This is a big event here which starts tomorrow. It is like a big carnival I suppose. Rides, competitions, animals, all sorts of things. I was able to get Media Accreditation for it. I am rather excited at being able to try some photography things there. I am planning on going a few times. I’m looking forward to sharing the photos with you.

Photos

The photos are some taken almost two years ago and are from Banyule Flats. They are some of the birds that you see down there. None of these photos are in the book, but it is nice to look at them again.

Friday night here, and I’m looking forward to the weekend, though I do have a couple of articles I need to finish for Digital Photography School. I hope you have a good weekend planned.

Some funny stuff has happened this week. Well, really the gallery I normally use for this post is disrupting everything. They updated the plugin and now, well it won’t let you read the posts. I’m sure some of you experienced it at the end of the last week. They have fixed it, but I can’t get the update, so we are going to do it differently this week. There aren’t a lot of images, so it should work okay.

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It has been raining so much in Melbourne this last week or so and yesterday I was in the city to take photos, so everything had to be done inside. We went to the State Library of Victoria and went around the stacks taking photos. When I worked there only staff were allowed in the stacks. Now all the books are gone and anyone can go up there. It is a great place for the wide angle. Would be fun to try it with the fisheye.

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.

Gallery

1/ MICHELLE LUNATO PHOTOGRAPHY

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2/ 

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3/ Rainbow Junkie

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4/ MyBlog – solaner

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5/ One Day | One Image

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6/ sv-takeiteasy

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7/ DRAWING WITH LIGHT

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8/ Crow Canyon Journal

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9/ The World Is a Book…

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10/ P N C O

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11/ SIX PIXX

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12/ gottatakemorepix

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13/ THE SHADY TREE

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14/ Lisa Chelkowski

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15/ rainy day reflections

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16/ Stupidity Hole

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17/ ARTKORPPI II

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18/ THE RUNES OF THE GATEKEEPER’S DAUGHTER

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19/ 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.

The Book and Instagram

For you today I have photos that have been up on Instagram this week, I also have a new page for you to look at.

The Six Seasons of My Backyard

Most of you, i hope, know by now that my book has been published, but some have expressed a wish to see inside the book. Unfortunately I don’t know how to do that where you can purchase it, so I have put together a page where you can see a random selection of about 5 double pages from the book. It should give you an idea of what the book is like.

It is separated into the six season, with a description at the start of each one so you know how the Wurundjeri saw the seasons. Then throughout the pages are lines of poems written by Courtney Colclough a local girl who grew up in the area. Where we could, we have tried to match the images to go with the words. The poems are so beautiful.

There are also instructions on how you can order your copy.  To see the page click here.

Instagram

Five photos for you today from this last week on Instagram.

Author, Author

The day has arrived and I am now an author, so it would seem. It is incredible that the day is finally here. The book has been published and now people can buy it.

The Six Seasons of My Backyard

This is a real book, not digital, so once you place your order the book is printed and then sent to you.

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It is now available on createspace and is being sold for USD$45.

For those of you in Melbourne who are interested send me an email as I will do a bulk order for you.

The book has been a lot of work, but I am so glad it is finally done. I am really proud of it and what I have achieved. Now it is time to sit back and rest before the work of marketing it starts.

If you would like to order a copy of it, then you can click on the image of the book and it will take you to the page to order it or click here.

While I have the Lensbaby Velvet 56 it is my intention to use it as much as possible to see what I can get with it. I do hope you won’t get sick of the photos, but I have to say for some things it is magic.

I went to the main Melbourne Zoo the other day and took a walk through the Butterfly House. I wanted to see what I could get with the Velvet 56. I have to say I wasn’t disappointed. I don’t think I have tried to capture butterflies up close like this before. Now I want to go back with more gear to see what else I can get.

It is a busy weekend here and I can’t talk too long, I have to go and finish my book so I am just going to leave you with a selection of the butterflies I took. I hope you like them.

Wow, what a week, it has been quite amazing, in many ways, but perhaps I should just tell you about it.

Dynamic Range Magazine

The work is about to start on the next issue. There is little time between when the work on one finishes and the work on the next starts. I have to admit I have been a bit distracted from it recently, but I will tell you more on that soon.six-seasons-cover

Don’t forget if you think the magazine is a great thing and want to support it, buy a copy, or better yet subscribe. Follow the link at the top that says Shop.

Six Seasons of My Backyard

Well it is almost done now, really, I can’t believe it. We have done all the work on it and it is ready to be published. we also have a cover for it. I’m putting it up here for you to see. I love it and I hope you do too.

With luck it will be ready for people to buy in about two weeks.

I’m excited.

printMOR Australia

I have found a new place to get images printed, printMOR Australia. Mike printed a couple of my images onto

canvas. It is not something I had really thought about doing before, but they came out great.

It has got me thinking about how wonderful the macro image came out. I am thinking of putting together a page of macro images that can be printed on canvas for around $400. I will let you know when I have the page ready for you.

If you would like to check out what Mike offers then please visit his website, click printMOR Australia.

The image on my wall.

The image on my wall.

Wine Country Camera

This is a new company that a friend has set up in the US. He is selling a new filter holder for ND Filters that will hold both ND filters and graduated ones. It looks like a great system and has taken into consideration the problems likw light leakage.

There are always hassles with filters, specially ones that are very dark, the 10 stop and longer ones. Having to take them off and on every time you want to take a photo is annoying, so a system that makes that easy is good and this holder does make it easier.

They are not quite ready for sale yet, but the company is taking pre-orders, take a look, here is the link, Wine Country Camera.

Photos

I realised the other day that it has been a year since my trip to the USA and this time twelve months ago I was in California, so I am going to put up some of the photos from there.  I hope you either enjoy seeing them for the first time, or enjoy seeing them again.

 

MM 3-21: Monochrome Madness

Here we are again, it is time for Monochrome Madness.

The next theme is the first Thursday in October, it is Pets, or cats and dogs.

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This is another shot from my early morning trip to Port Melbourne. This was along the rocks where we were standing.

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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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.

The last couple of weeks I have been talking a lot about Lensbaby, and I hope you get the idea that I really love them. They have been great lenses for me and recently I wrote an article about them for Digital Photography School. It was published today and here is the link.

Overview of the Lensbaby System – Is it for you?

I have photos for you as well that have been on Instagram this week. I hope you enjoy them.