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Over on my other blog it is monochrome madness and I thought I would take a look at my image here.

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One of the things I love about taking photos in the Malllee is how amazing the clouds can be here. They can be very wispy and almost are a story themselves.

I did the image in black and white and then wondered how it would look if I made it colour again.

tree-sand-dune-lakealbacutya-victoria-colourI do think the advantage of this one is that the small tree does stand out more from the background or the sky. Perhaps the colour one takes some of the focus from the clouds.

What do you think?

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Here I am up in the Mallee again and I’m trying to get out and take photos as much as I can.  Yesterday I got to go out to Lake Albacutya and have a look around. Jonesy from Yaapeet is great and often takes me around. He has a 4WD that can handle the very sandy roads. I would’t be able to see it otherwise.

The weather was very warm and it seems up here mother nature thinks it’s still summer. Though there have been blue skies and amazing wispy clouds, they do look good in photos.

I have done a few photos to show you, just a few. I have a small laptop here and I can’t really see what I’m doing so hopefully they will look okay.

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Over on the other blog it is Monochrome Madness 3-1, and, as I usually do, I put up a photo, the following one.

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I took this last week when I was exploring some areas around central Victoria. This is the dam wall for the dam at Cairn Curran Reservoir.  It seemed like a good chance to use my filters and do a long exposure.

The Formatt Hitech Firecrest 16 ND filter was used for this four minute exposure.

Long exposures are great in monochrome, but I don’t believe it is the only way to do them. I like seeing how they also look in colour. I get a choice then. I have never been a firm believer that black and white is so much better than colour.

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In this case, perhaps the monochrome is better.

It is interesting to do.  I like getting the two and doing the comparisons. It is a technique that I’m working on and the results work sometimes, and other times, like this time, they don’t.

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Last week I was given an opportunity to spend a night down at St Leonards. I’m teaching a woman there and she kindly offered to let me stay overnight with her.

St Leonards is a great place to visit in the Bellarine Peninsula and close to may other places. I haven’t been there much, but I hope to change that in the near future.

In the morning we got up early and headed down to the pier to see if there was a sunrise. We were greeted with some lovely colours.

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While it wasn’t overly cloudy we did get some gorgeous colours. I’m learning enough in Adobe Photoshop these days that I can enhance what I get.

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I was reading somewhere recently that sunrises and sunsets are lovely, but you need to have something else in them to make them interesting. Piers at beaches can be so perfect for providing that interest.

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Turning away from the sunset can also provide some intriguing images. Just the mood that is set by the sunrise can give great photos. The light is darker, but you can get some very moody images.  I love that light and so do many photographers.

The sunset or sunrise is not the be all and end all, just think about how many other photographers are out there photographing it as well.

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This was a little shop on the pier. It is at the start of it, and you can see it is called the Sirens Boathouse Kiosk. I don’t know that it is still open, but it made a great subject for the image. I like how the colours of dawn are reflected on the building as well.

I much prefer sunrise to sunset, though both can be beautiful, but there is something very peaceful about the early hours of the morning.

When you go out to those lovely ends of the day remember to look around and see what else you can photograph.

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A couple of weeks ago I was invited by a group to go into the city and do some night photography in the lanes. A couple of the guys brought along some steel wool to burn and then spin around. I have seen so many photos of it in the past, only tried it once, so I was quite excited to try it again. It wasn’t as easy as I thought, but lots of fun.

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We went to Hosier Lane and did some with the graffiti as a backdrop. It worked out really well.

I put this image on Instagram and it did so well. Can’t believe how many likes it got, my most successful image ever really.

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They were making use of the doorways and spinning in those. It was quite amazing. I didn’t frame mine very well for this one, but it is all a learning experience.

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We went down to another lane which wasn’t so well lit up. The lights in adjacent buildings can create too much light in the lanes. This one was quite dark. They did an orb sort of thing in it. Quite weird, sparks went flying and you had to be careful. I had to walk away from my camera because I was getting sprayed.

I used my 14-24mm for these, but I think if I were doing it again I wouldn’t go so wide. I had to get so close to be able to get anything. It wasn’t always a problem, but it meant I could get in the way of others there. I think next time I would use the 24-70mm, or something similar.

It was a lot of fun, and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I would do it again, but only for fun. I can’t see myself trying to get a body of work doing this. I know there are people out there that doing it all the time, and that’s great, but I love doing other stuff more. I do hope I will get to do it again one day, you never know.

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It is interesting how you can process one image in two different ways and give it two completely different looks.

I took the following image of Point Lonsdale Pier at sunrise last year. It wasn’t an especially inspiring one, but it was very early. There really were too many clouds for it to be a good one.

Initially, I thought I would try the image in monochrome and see what I could get.

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The water is very light, and seems like there is light on it when it was very dark.

Then I wondered what it would be like if I made it colour again.

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It seems almost like this one is a different image and taken later in the morning, but I assure you they are the same image.

In the end I couldn’t decide which one I liked more. I asked my husband which one I should put on Instagram and he said the colour one. I did and people have seemed to like it. I don’t know, which would you choose?

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Last week I was doing some long exposures in the city and when I went to process one of them I converted it to black and white first. This is what I ended up with.

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I decided to use this image for Monochrome Madness over on my other blog today. I like how it came out in monochrome.

As I usually do I converted it back to colour to see how it would look.

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I lost some of the detail in the sky, but the blues in it are quite nice. It is going to be personal choice I think as to which one is better. I don’t think I have a preference.

 

When I went to the US last year I was loaned some gear from Nikon Australia and part of the deal was that I would allow them to interview me when I returned. The interview was published this month and if you have an iPad or iPhone you can access it via iTunes, but if you are one of the many 80% of people who don’t have those and instead have android, I thought I would give you a link to the interview of me.

You can click on my name here LeanneCole or the image below to get access to the interview.

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It is interesting reading it now, as the interview was done very soon after my return. It is almost like a nice reminder of it and how I felt when I got back.

Though I have to say that it isn’t edited very well and I had nothing to do with that. The interview was done on the phone. There are links to things in it and unforunately you can’t click on those.

I only have android so I haven’t been able to see the magazine it was in, or click on the links, which is a shame.  Anyway I hope you enjoy it.

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Last week I spent a wonderful day at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show. One of the things I love about going is the range of flowers that are there that you can photograph. The day was perfect for taking photos. The sun was shining and there wasn’t too much wind, sadly the weather didn’t stay that way.

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No one looks at you weirdly as if you are ripping them off because  you are taking photos. It is a comfortable environment to do it, and I think it is almost expected.

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I can take as many as I like. There are so many people there doing exactly the same thing. Everywhere you look there are people with cameras around their necks. Some are there to get shots like me, and others just to record what they are seeing.

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I love doing macro flowers but if you don’t have a great garden then opportunities to take some of these flowers is incredibly hard. I don’t have one, I don’t have the patience to look after one, so events like this are perfect for me.

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It is great getting lots of photos and then coming home putting them on the computer to see what I can do to them. I love the opportunity to play with them. I sometimes feel I don’t do it enough.

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I don’t think I did a great job of getting the flowers this year. I thought I would an opportunity to go back so I didn’t spend as much time as I should have. Unfortunately, I didn’t get back. Still there is always next year. I did make contact with a nursery and there might be the possibility of going there to get some more macro photos. We will see.

These images were all taken with the Tamron 90mm macro lens.

Over on my other blog it it Monochrome Madness today and I did the following photo for it.

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I love those sun rays and really wanted to make the most of them, but I tend to think that the tree and the clouds clash a bit.  So it seemed logical to put the colour back.

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I think the tree and clouds still blend in, but the colour seems to help with the separation.

It would have been easy to saturate the sunset, but I liked how it looked without the saturation. I hope it looks more subtle.

For this image I think the colour image looks a lot better than the monochrome one. Sometimes colour is better.