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Here we are in our new home with MM 3-3 and it is nice to finally have Monochrome Madness here. Things are going to be different as this is a self hosted blog, things work differently. You won’t be able to leave individual messages on the photos, but I would recommend leaving a message and starting it with the number of the photo so the person will know you mean it for them.

We also have our theme next week, city. I hope you have been working on your images for it, and I’m looking forward to seeing what you all send in to me.

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I went to Sovereign Hill yesterday and I spent quite a bit of time trying to photograph this guy as he was working. More on this place later in the week.

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 Wednesday 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 new thing for us. I have transferred everyone over onto this blog and I hope you all continue to enjoy it. If you normally get email updates of when I do do new posts then you will need to subscribe to this, otherwise you will only get the updates in the reader.

Today I thought we would look at some of the photos that I have been sharing on Instagram and Flickr. There are images that I do a lot more work to and then they don’t find their way here. I do want to change that, so will try and start making sure I post them here for you to see. They are among my favourite images.

I am just going to put a gallery of them for you.

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It is time to get back to reality and I’m now back home. I have to get my act together quickly as I am required to get a heap of writing done. It is nice to be busy and besides lots of articles I am getting booked for more One on One Photography Lessons which are great. It is good that I work well under pressure.

Dynamic Range Magazine

It is coming up quick. The next issue will be ready in a couple of weeks. We have made some more changes, but the articles and photos in it are still great and informative.

If you want to subscribe you can do that on the Shop page, or follow this link, Shop.

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Tasmania

Things are coming together nicely for our trip to Tasmania. We have worked out where we are going to be when, but haven’t done a lot of working out exactly what we will be doing. We have booked a couple of cruises, which should be great and from what we can work out, the most expensive things we will be doing. It is nice to know that you can go on holidays and not spend thousands.

One thing I want to do while I am there is explore Tasmania in winter and see how that goes. I have never been a fan of summer and the images you get with it. My favourite time of the year to take images has always been winter.

While I am away I will not be doing regular posts. I will try and do some posts on my trip and let you know what I will be doing, but there will be no Monochrome Madness.

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This Blog

Speaking of this one, I am now going to be doing all my posts over here and have asked that all my followers be transferred over. Hopefully the change will be smooth.

Many of you said that it would be far less confusing if I just had one, so this will be it from now on.  Everyone thing in one place.

Articles

I’ve had another article published on Digital Photography School:

My Favourite Travel Lens – The Tamron 28-300mm

Also one has been on the Photographers.com.au website blog:

I want to be a photographer when I grow up

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Photos

The photos were taken a couple of weeks ago when I was doing a One on One Photography lesson and my client wanted to explore Chinatown in the city. I have to admit I’ve never really taken photos around there, possibly because it isn’t necessarily a nice place, but a great place to eat.

We walked around and down lanes, and at one stage went up into a carpark to see what we could see from the top. It was a good day and I found some things I didn’t know were there before.

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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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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.