Tag: long exposures


Instagram Apologies

Many of you have said how much you have enjoyed the Instagram posts and I’ve enjoyed writing them, but unfortunately this week has got away from me. I haven’t had time to write the next part. So I am begging for forgiveness and promise I will have it next week.
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This post is usually done on a Friday, but to be honest, I don’t really have any news. I’m trying to get some articles written and I’ve been away for a few days. I thought perhaps we could just look at what I’ve posted to Instagram for the last week. We will see what happens in the following week.

Here are my Instagram images. If you do follow me on Instagram then you will also know that with each post I give tips on taking photos or processing them.


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.

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.


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

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.

This weeks weekend wanderings was hard to name. After being to a few places I didn’t know what to call it. There and back again came to mind, then again from one place to another, but in the end settled on from here to there, which pretty much described the day. I went out with a friend and first we went to a waterfall, then to a viaduct railway bridge and finally to an old railway bridge that is no longer used. None of the places were new to use, but they were all so different to previous visits.

Turpins Falls

I’ve been to this waterfall many times. I’ve been when I thought the flow was good, then again a few months back when it was terrible. We have had a lot of rain recently so when Chris Wilson suggested going there it seemed like a good idea. We weren’t disappointed with the flow, that’s for sure.

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It was disappointing with the sun beating down on it directly. Though the weather turned almost straight away after we left, maybe we should have hung around for another half an hour.


The last time Chris and I had been there it was a beautiful winters day. The sun was shining and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky, unfortunately. We had both wanted to find the viaduct railway bridge and do some long exposures, but with no clouds, there was no point. It was a bit disappointing, still we did get some nice photos of the bridge reflected in the water.

This time as we got closer to Malmsbury the clouds rolled in and kept rolling in. There were so many clouds and it was so overcast that long exposures were out of the question again. If the sky is full of clouds and not much blue long exposures can look just white, almost pointless. I did try a couple, but they really didn’t work. Still the clouds were great and I enjoyed the moodiness they created in the images.

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After the bridge we went into the park there. There were some geese running around there. I do love geese. I think they are great fun. I tried to get photos and wanted to see how close they would let me get.

After the park we went to the bakery and had a quick lunch before heading to our next stop.

Cairn Curran Reservoir

The last place we went to was the Cairn Curran Reservoir near Newstead. We went there last year and visited this old disused railway bridge, that most of last century was under water. When we went that time the area around it was all mud and we couldn’t get close the river or we sank in the mud.

This time we had thought it would be much the same, but were shocked to find that it was completely overgrown with vegetation and we could get very close to the river. The ground was hard enough to walk on.

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The photos were so different to last time.


It is amazing how much a place can change from year to year. It is always worth going back to see what has changed and what photographs you can get. In all three places we got something completely different to previous visits. I hope you go back to previous places to see how much they have changed.