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It is another small selection this week. It must be the time of the year, everyone is very busy. I know I am. Things have been crazy for me.  I am sure you will still enjoy this selection.

I do believe that next week is the theme, Road, next Thursday is the 1st of September.

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On Tuesday I went to Trentham Falls. We climbed right down from the top. We started up a lot higher than the waterfall. It was a scary climb, very slippery and wet. A lot of water flowing at the moment, but my legs now are so sore. I don’t think I will climb down there again in a hurry.

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.

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This is a quick post and an apology. I’ve been very busy, but will explain all on Friday. I do need to get into a rhythm with this blog again, and might have to consider going back to daily. I keep forgetting about it, and I really don’t like that.

Here are four photos that have been on Instagram this week. I hope you like them.

Recently I said that I was going to start deleting photos and posts from my old blog, I have to because of the storage problem. I’ve paid for extra space for a while now, but now that I am here I don’t want to lose all those post, so I thought I might try reposting some.  I hope you enjoy seeing some again, or for some the first time.  This post was originally posted on the 23rd of August 2015, so basically a year ago. 


Travelling back from the Mallee recently I stopped off near Castlemaine, I told you about it a couple days ago,and how I caught up with Bev from FOZZIE.M. She took me for a drive to a local mountain and we stopped at some of the places for photos. It was foggy and I love it when it is like that. You can get some great photos with it.

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The area we went to, for me, is really what I think the Australian bush is really like. The fog helps create some atmosphere in it as well.

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A bare tree in the fog is even better.

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What Bev wanted to show me were the rocks up there. They are big and really dominate the landscape. They are also very odd, and I think Bev loves them. They are also very strange the way they just sit there and the shapes of them. Quite intriguing.

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There are also some wonderful trees with amazing textures on the bark. The fog makes the environment very damp so the grain of the bark just comes out. I like the saturated look you get from wet and damp conditions. It is such a contrast to what it will be like in summer.

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This is one of Bev’s favourite rocks, but I think it might be one of mine now as well. Have to love a big rock that just hangs there. It is quite amazing. Nature is wonderful, not something I really appreciated when I was younger, but the older I get the more I want to explore it, share it and protect it.

 

I have a few more photos from that day, but not from the top. I’ve decided to leave those for another day. It was a great day driving around with Bev and I really want to thank her for taking the time to see me and do that. I am really looking forward to going back up there. I know there is a lot more to see. I hope your weekend is going well. I’m trying to get organized for my trip, can’t believe it is just over a week away.

Here we go again, it is time for another week of Monochrome Madness.

A reminder that the theme for the first week of next month is Road.

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This was taken at Alowyn Gardens the other day. I was playing with the Lensbaby, but most of the shots I got were not great as the sun was out and it was too bright. I managed to get this one however, and I thought it came out 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.

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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.

This week has been a bit all over the place, especially when it comes to images for Instagram. I put up a couple of shots I’ve shown before, but from a while back, so I will show them again here.  Here are the images I have had up in the last week.

It has been a busy time trying to get the magazine out for people ready to read, but it was done and now I can breath a little before I have to get on with other things. Don’t forget to buy your copy.

Book – The Six Seasons of My Backyard

Book on Banyule Flats

It is now time to get stuck into the book and get it finished. I have everything, pretty much that I need now, so one final push and it should be ready for publication.

It has been a long road, but so worth it, and quite an interesting experience. I do hope those waiting for it won’t mind waiting just a little longer.

Mentoring

I wanted to mention this again, I’ve been working on it a lot more. There are a couple of different options for those that would like a chance to be mentored by me. The page I have set up has a description of what mentoring is for those of you that are unsure.

I’ve had quite a few people wanting to do one on one’s with me, really, they just want to spend time with me and talk, so I thought maybe others would like that opportunity.

With mentoring I critique photos and help you work out what direction you want to go. You can ask me as many questions as you have over the month, and for some, the opportunity to skype with me and just talk.

When I was at University doing my fine arts degree we would have private tutorials with lecturers, also artists who would advice and guide us, and mentoring does much the same.

If you would like to be mentored by me, then go to this link.

Photos

As I said a couple of weeks again, I am going to start moving photos onto this blog, so I have some photos taken in 2014 from Sorrento.  I hope you either enjoy them for the first time, or enjoy seeing them again.

A quick post to let you know that the magazine is now for sale. Please share the post and let everyone you know that it is now available. There are sharing options at the bottom of the post.

Remember that this magazine started so that we could support Photography by Women. It is meant to be a way to show that women are also good photographers and that we do more than portraits and weddings.  We really need your support.

This Issue is a zip file when you download it. There is a tutorial on replacing skies and you are being give the original image and 4 sky images to use as you like.

Here is a quick look at the cover again. The image is a link to the purchase page.

Issue 5 now on sale

Issue 5 now on sale

If you would like to see the contents page again, here it is.

DRM, Issue 5 Contents Page

 

 

 

 

My mother’s garden to be more precise. On my recent trip to my mums the first day there was horrible, it just rained and rained. My friend and I tried to get out to take photos, but it really wasn’t good for it, so we decided to just do some macro shots. My mothers garden always seems to have flowers, helps that she loves gardening.

We had thought that we would have to set up on the back verandah, but an incredible thing happened, as we were starting to get our gear ready the rain stopped. It was almost like a sign.

I have been watching lots of tutorials on macro photography and have got myself quite a collection of gear now. I have a lot of Lensbaby gear for doing them, and my extension tubes of course. Then there is my macro lens and I took my 50mm lens as well. We experimented a lot and tried lots of different combinations. I was even using her Tamron macro lens.

I will be upfront here, I know it frustrates some people, but I have no idea what the flowers are. It’s not something that really interests me, I just love photographing them and seeing how they come out. If I love a flower, I will find out its name so I can get it for my garden, but it kind of stops there.  Sorry if that annoys you.

For the photos I have left the file names so you could see what lens I used and with what, but for some reason the default gallery with this theme does not show them. I am starting to find too many faults with this theme and am at the stage where I might need to start looking for a new one. The galleries are too sensitive and don’t show what I want, unfortunately.  The joys of self hosting I suppose. Of course, the best solution would be to pay someone to do a web design for me that is exactly what I want, but I don’t have the money for that, maybe one day. I am putting the photos into a gallery that I purchased a plugin for. You should be able to see what they were shot with in this one.

I will continue working on ideas so you can find out and comment on galleries. The search continues.

I hope your weekend is going well. I’m getting excited about the next installment of Dynamic Range which will be out on Sunday. It looks great, and I’m so proud of it.

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Comp-Pro Composer Pro

Doubleg Double Glass optic

MacroC macro converters for the composer pro

Extension tubes come in difference size.

It is nearly always quiet after a theme week, but this one has been very quiet. Everyone is very busy I suppose.

Just a reminder that the next theme will be the first week of September and it is Roads.

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I thought I would show another photo from my trip to the Mallee last week. This is the old car that I have photographed quite a few times now. It does seem to be quite popular with people. I thought it would be fun to do it in black and white this time.

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.

It has been a while since I did a post showing you the photos that I have had up on Instagram. I usually do it with a catch up post, though all I’ve been working on recently is Dynamic Range, but I did want to tell you about something that I have decided to start offering.

Mentoring

I think it is time to offer it as a service. Mentoring is something that can be done online and it is a way for me to help people improve their photography.

I will critique photos, give advice, answer questions, in the form of emails, and we can have two skype sessions to discuss what you like. For this I am going to charge $300. However, I am also offering the above without the Skype sessions for $180 as well.

Mentoring can be a great way to learn without having the hassle of formal classes. If you like my photography and want to learn more about it, this can be a great way to do that.

If you are interesting click on Mentoring.

Photos

The photos have been taken in lots of different places, but I have given each one a title with where and how they were taken. Again, if you want to know more, go to my Instagram feed and you will also pick up some tips.