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As this blog evolves I know I will be trying things and seeing how it all works together.  Today I thought I might try combining the photos I’ve had up on Instagram with a bit of a catch up.

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I was out teaching the other night and I took this while talking about bracketing shots. It is of the Docklands down in Melbourne along the Yarra River.

Tasmania

I leave in a few days. It is funny how a holiday or trip away just seems so conceptual until it is almost time to leave.  I know this trip has been like that, and now I am starting to think about packing and what I will take with me. Thankfully we’re taking a car so space isn’t going to be too much of an issue. Still have to fit everything in, but we can take more than if we were going on a plane.

Fingers crossed for good weather, though the forecast isn’t looking good, but still time for that to change. We can deal with cold, overcast skies, fog, frost, but not rain or snow.

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The lake at the bottom of the Alfred Nicholas Memorial Garden. I did a bit more work on this one for Instagram.

Monochrome Madness

This will not run next week. Next week the blog is going to be about Tasmania.

Articles Published

I have had a couple of articles published, one on Digital Photography School and one a new site for me, Formatt Hitech. Here are the links.

Step by Step How to do Cloud Stacking

A look at how to do something different with your clouds and time lapse photography.

Find Inspiration Shooting Near Your Home

This is from the Formatt Hitech blog and is pretty much as the title says. I think most of you know how passionate I am about shooting where you live.

I hope you enjoy them.

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This is my attempt at photographing Steavenson Falls in the rain. I went to Marysville last Friday, but it just rained while we were there. I had a hard time focusing and keeping my filter dry while trying to capture the water of the waterfall. A lot of water after recent rains.

Photos from Instagram

The photos from this post have all been up on Instagram this week. I do post everyday, but of course some of them have already been on the blog. It is a challenge trying to find a new photo each day.  I’ve added captions to them so you can see what they are and where they were taken.

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The foyer of 333 Collins Street. The foyer used to be the Chamber and Vestibule for the Commercial Bank of Australia. It is now an office building and the new building was built around the original foyer.

Last weekend I showed you some images that were taken when I went to the Piggery Café a couple of weeks ago, however on the same day we went for a walk through the Alfred Nicholas Memorial Gardens which are right next door. They are the gardens that were part of the Burnham Beeches Mansion which is in the same grounds. They are very extensive and while I went into them, we didn’t spend a lot of time there, I would like to go back and explore it more one day.

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There are flowers everywhere. I used the Nikon 28-300mm to take these images, but if I went again I would be sure to pack my macro lens.

alfrednicholas-gardens-flowers-lake-dandenongs-4176There are ponds up near the top.

The gardens are on the side of a hill and as you wander you go further and further down.

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At the bottom you will find a small lake with some great wooden arch bridges and a funny boathouse. It was autumn when we went and the trees were beginning to change. They made the lake very beautiful.

They are beautiful gardens and I have a friend that I know will especially want to go there and wander around with me. She loves photographing flowers and we often visit gardens together.

Here are some more images for you. I hope you enjoy them. Winter seems to have finally arrived in my part of the world and it has been cold and wet. Hopefully when I travel to Tasmania next week the weather won’t be wet.

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Just lately I’ve been playing a game with some friends, well photography friends. It is a bit of fun and I thought, hey why not, let’s play too.

If someone gave you $15000 what would you spend it on? It has to be on photography gear.

So here is my wishlist.

  • A new camera, a Nikon D810 or D750. I am not sure which. I think they are both great cameras.
  • A 28-300mm lens by Nikon. I love this lens and would really love my own.
  • Maybe a Nikon 24mm Tilt Shift lens. I like architecture and wonder if I should get one, but then I was with someone recently who had one and it was a bit of mucking around to get the photos, so not so sure now.
  • A slightly smaller tripod, I would like some new carbon fibre legs from Gitzo.
  • A geared Really Right Stuff tripod head with a L bracket.
  • Complete set of Formatt Hitech ND Filters for my Nikon 14-24mm lens.
  • Pay for Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom for about 5 years.
  • Maybe a Tamron 150-600mm lens.
  • New laptop.

I can’t think of anything else. Is your list close to mine? What would you get?

It is fun to dream and think about what if.

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Next week it is our next theme again, so I am looking forward to getting all your images that are for CLOSED.

I just wanted to add that I really appreciate people putting the name of their blog, either on the image or in the email, you have no idea how much easier it makes doing the post. Just fantastic, thank you so much.

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This is an image I took on the weekend while doing a One on One Photography session with someone wanting to do long exposure photography. I’ve been getting a few of those, so I am able to get more image, which is good.

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.

 

Someone asked me the other day what was with the Week number with these posts. I really didn’t know what to call them, so that is the number of the week of the year. Scary I know, we are that far along in the year already.

There are only 4 images today. I do post every day on Instagram, but I’ve already shown you quite a few.  I hope you enjoy them.

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It has been a very busy week, again. I know I must say that every week, but this week has been very busy with One on One’s. It is funny how you can get a run of them. It is also very nice.

Cover - Issue 4Dynamic Range Magazine

This latest issue hasn’t quite had the success that others have had. I really need to learn about marketing and working out how to get people to commit to buying it. I’ve made myself decide to stick with it at least until the end of next year, but may have to reassess that. It has been a good experience doing it, but I can’t keep doing things for nothing. I do want to thank everyone who has purchased it. It has meant a lot to me.

If you want to purchase it, then please go to the Shop at the top of this page.

Tasmania

Not much to report, except I’m leaving next week. While I’m away I will post about the trip, small things really. I don’t know how much time I will have at this stage, but will do what I can. There won’t be any Monochrome Madness while I’m away, but it will just be for one week.

Learning from Me

As I said at the start I’ve been getting lots of inquiries for One on One Photography Sessions, which has been fantastic. Though another thing I’ve been noticing is that many people on Instagram have been commenting on my editing. When I was out with a client the other day he suggested that I should teach photo editing. I’ve been trying to do that for a while, but don’t seem to be able to find people who want to learn how to edit photos with my Skype sessions. Then he suggested I put a course together and sell it.

It is an interesting idea. I thought maybe from the point of view of fine art editing, or how to give your images that fine art touch. I could do some video tutorials and then add some reference notes, maybe give away some images for editing purposes. Perhaps a beginners guide. I have the software to do the videos, so it could be worth a go. Then all I need to do is find my audience. Instagram could be good for that.

To try out the idea I did a video of my processing and then sped it up, so you can sort of see what is happening. I’ve had it all over social media, so thought I may as well let you see it too.

Photos from the Piggery Cafe

I’ve done something a little different this time. I often take photos like this, but wouldn’t normally show them on their own.

I love Masterchef Australia and I think Shannon Bennett is amazing. I’ve never tried his food, mind you. His restaurant in the Rialto Tower sounds incredible, but out of my price range. I would love to go up there and take photos, however. He now has a place in the Dandenongs, in a town called Sherbrooke. He has purchased the old Burnham Beeches mansion and plans to renovate it. It is a beautiful old art deco building that needs a lot of TLC. I sent an email to see if I could take photos of it, but never heard anything back, which a little disappointing.

I’m digressing, really we went to the cafe near the mansion, it is called the Piggery Café. I don’t know if they have made it from the old piggery that was there or not, though it does have that feel, but definitely not the smell. It was rather quaint and they didn’t seem to mind me taking photos, so I did. Here is a selection for you.

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Just recently I’ve been asked to do a few One on One Photography Sessions around Melbourne. It has been great to get people who want to learn how to photograph Melbourne like I do. It is also challenging. I met a lovely man from Sydney the other day and we spent a couple of days exploring Melbourne. On the second day I tried to show him some places that perhaps the average tourist wouldn’t really know about.

We met at Federation Square and went to Birrarung Mar, a local park near the city. You can get some great views of the city from there.

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The sun was going down and we really were at the wrong end of the city to be making the most of the sunset. It always seems to be the way with me, unfortunately.

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I love the images you can get from this bridge, I’ve been there a view times, but these are the first ones that I can say that I really liked.

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We also took photos of the trains going in and out of the city, I took lots so I could stack them. Two in the gallery are stacked, this is one and the other is just one image.

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To finish off the night we ended up Hosier Lane. A place that is usually photographed during the day. I’d seen some great shots of it at night and thought I would like to try, so I got this.

It was a fun evening and I think my client enjoyed what I showed him and what he got to photograph. We finished off the night with a drink and a bowl of chips with aioli at Young & Jackson, another Melbourne institution. I think he enjoyed his time and got some great shots too. I love showing my city to other people.

I have a gallery of a few more images, plus those above, I hope you enjoy them. Weekend here, and the weather is looking nice. Enjoy.

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We have a smaller amount of photos this week, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Sometimes it is nice to look at a few. They are all stellar images so I know you will enjoy them.

Remember the theme is the first week of June and the next one is Closed, your interpretation.

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This is a fountain near Parliament House here in Melbourne. I’ve wondered what a long exposure of this fountain would look like and yesterday I finally had a chance to do it. I used the Formatt Hitech ND 10 stop filter. This is a one minute exposure. I like how it looks, but also very please there wasn’t much on the other side.

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.

It is more week 19 and some of this week, but I’m sure you will forgive me for the confusion. It has been an interesting week on Instagram and some of the photos I’ve posted have been by far some of my favourites. Most were taken in the last week, but a couple are old ones that I’ve just worked on now.

Anyway enough from me, I hope you like them too.

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It is a new week and time to look ahead, but nothing wrong with a quick look back. There are some articles I’ve done that I’ve forgotten to tell you about and a few other things.

Dynamic Range Magazine.Cover - Issue 4

I’m not going to harp on this today, but if you haven’t got your copy you should buy it now.

Dynamic Range Shop.

Digital Photography School

unnamed-e1433476320774Just recently I’ve had two articles published there. One is  a tutorial and the other about long exposure photography.

8 Reasons to Love Long Exposure Photography

How to Add a Reflection in Photoshop

I hope you enjoy them. It is nice to be writing about Long Exposure Photography, I am really loving it as a technique and am always amazed at what I get.

Tasmania

The final things are being purchased and the excitement is building. Can’t wait to get down there with my camera.

tasmaniaI’m afraid I might be a lazy traveler and suspect I’ve left too much of the organising to my friend. I hate planning things, nothing ever goes according to it, and I like to just go with the flow. I suppose that could be annoying for many.

Sponsors

I haven’t really tried to get sponsors for this trip. I have to admit I’ve been feeling quite despondent lately. I’m feeling like there isn’t a lot of point trying to do anything because nothing really works out for me. I know it isn’t a good attitude and it doesn’t help. I’ve tried being positive, but it doesn’t work either.  I decided not to get worked up about it this time and didn’t ask for anything, besides Nikon. I see other people get everything, and then, me, nothing. I do have to wonder.  Enough of that.

Learn from Leanne

That is what I’ve called the section of this site for people who want to learn from me. I have got the One on One Sessions and the Photo editing options for Skype.

I’ve got a few 1 on 1 sessions coming up which is really nice, good for my trip as well. I am also finding more and more people want to go out and do long exposure photography which is also nice.

Photos

The other day I showed you some photos that I took the other night around Docklands. Today I have some photos taken in much the same places, but this time they were taken in the morning, around sunrise. There were no clouds so no sunrise really.  Still the water around the Webb Bridge was beautiful and I do love the pink skies you can get at that time of day.

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