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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.

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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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The other night I had a One on One Photography Session with a lovely woman. She already knew how to take photos, but she wanted to spend some time learning about long exposures and seeing how I take photos. I am finding more and more people want me to teach them this type of photography. I am, as always, happy to oblige.

We spent some time doing the long exposures, working out times and such. Then the sun started to go down. We found ourselves down in the Docklands at the Webb Bridge. I love it there, you can get some amazing images if it isn’t too windy and the water is calm enough.

It was overcast and I love the way the city lights bounce off the clouds. Most of the images are around one minute. No filters were used, just long exposures. I think my student had a good time and hopefully will feel more confident doing long exposures from now on. I hope you enjoy the photos.

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Great seeing all the city images last week for the theme of city. Now we are back to the usual posts and there are lots of great ones again.

The next theme, which will be published just before I go to Tasmania will be Closed. Your interpretation.

Let’s take a look at this weeks MM.

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One of the images I took last week on a day trip to Apollo Bay. We were walking to Triplet Falls when I took this photo. Digital Photography School are selling some new Lightroom Presets by Sarah Sisson for only $20 for a short time. Great presets and lots of black and white ones as well. I did this image with one of those.

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 nice to be able to show you the photos I’ve had up on Instagram this last week. I will put them into a gallery for you, but first I want to talk about something.

Selling Images.

I don’t try and sell my images. It isn’t that people can’t buy them, I just don’t see the point in trying to push it. I don’t want to sell my images for small change and I find that most people on the internet want them for free, or for that small amount.

When you buy one of my images you are buying my experience and expertise. That hasn’t come cheap. I have a three degree behind me, I have spent thousands learning how to use Photoshop and Lightroom. My gear has cost me a lot of money as well, so I don’t want to give away my work. I am an artist and I would like to be paid accordingly. I know that most people don’t want to pay me what I think my images are worth, fair enough, and I get that. However, I get emails from people all the time wanting to know how much an image would cost, when I tell them, I never hear from them again, I don’t even get an answer to say they can’t afford it, or no longer want it.

In response to this I have now added a price list to this site, so hopefully I will stop getting those emails. If you are interested in purchasing one of my images then before you send the email please take a look at the list, here is the link, Price List.

Shall we take a look at the photos from Instagram this last week?

 

It has all come together and in a relatively relaxed manner. It almost seems like we know what we are doing. I am sure Suzzanna, who does the layout and makes sure everything gets done wouldn’t agree, but by far it has been the best to do for me.

You can purchase your issue from the Shop tab at the top of this page, or follow this link, Shop.

This is our fourth issue and this rounds up the first year of Dynamic Range Magazine. It has been quite a year.  I hope those of you who have purchased the magazine have enjoyed it immensely.  It has been quite a trip, but I can’t talk too much about that, or I will be giving away my editorial.  Let’s take another look at the cover.

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This image for this issue is by Christine Danger, many of you know her from Monochrome Madness and her blog sv-takeiteasy. Chris has also written an article on underwater photography, so the cover image is one of those. A clam that she took photos of. It is amazing.

Of course there are lots of great images and I was fortunate enough to be able to interview Hillary Younger and do a feature on her work. She is an incredible landscape photographer and has some great tips for others who also want to do that type of photography.

Melissa Jones is becoming our marketing guru and has got some great ideas for how you can do better on Instagram. It is a very popular platform right now on and thanks to her I have improved my site a lot.

Emily Carter Mitchell has given a great article on the wildlife that you will come across if you go to Costa Rica.

We have a new writer this issue, Anne Sandler, from the blog Slow Shutter Speed. She has given her insights into what it is like coming to photography later in life.

Loré Dombaj has more great women photographers to introduce to us in her series on the History of Women in Photography.

I’ve written two for this one. I finally got around to writing about Architectural Photography and the different forms of it. I hope to do more in the future about it as well. I have also done the second part to the one on Lightroom, this one is about the pros and cons of using Photoshop.

Finally, Christine Wilson has given some insight into how she processed one of her black and white images in Post Processing Possibilities.

I have already received some feedback and was told:

just read DRM cover to cover …. another excellent issue!!!

You can buy the magazine from the Shop tab at the top of this page, or follow this link, Shop.

At that same link you can also subscribe to the magazine.

It has taken a while to get all this together, working out when to do it, though I still don’t have it set properly. I’m sure I will get there eventually.  Lots has been happening so shall we get on with it.

Dynamic Range Magazine

Cover - Issue 4We did it, Issue 4 is about to be published. We are just doing the final proof reading and then it will be available for sale. So we are hoping the subscribers will get it today and then everyone else will be able to purchase it from tomorrow.

It’s not too late to subscribe, just follow this link, leannecole.com.au/shop or click on the Shop page at the top.

Review – Kitvision Escape HD5 Action Video Camera

A while back I was given an opportunity to try out the Kitvision Escape HD5 Action Video Camera from MobileZap. It is very much like a GoPro and could be a cheaper equivalent. My husband has a GoPro so it was good to be able to do comparisons between the two. They look very similar in their waterproof cases, and they are the same to use, well the buttons are the not the same, but they do operate in a similar way.

51640In the box are a multitude of accessories for you to decide how to use it, or attach it to many things. It seems well thought out, though I didn’t really need to attach it to anything.

One of the nice things that I really liked about it was the screen on the back. When you are filming stuff you can actually see what you are filming. I found that a great plus over the GoPro, as with the latter I was guessing and hoping I was getting what I wanted.

The case it comes in is water tight so you can put it under water and take footage. I did that a lot when I took it to the beach with me. As with all of these though, the sound is bad and you can’t really hear things properly.

Perhaps one thing I think they could improve on is the resolution of the image. Sometimes the quality can be quite poor, but you can’t get it any higher, at least from the instruction manual that came with it, I couldn’t work it out. The instruction manual is also quite bad and not very clear.

I have had fun with it and I often put it in my camera bag to see what I can do with it. For the price, which isn’t much, it is a bit of fun.

A Friends Publishes her Book

One of my dear blogging friends has had a book published and I wanted to share the information. I have purchased it,tome-tender-quote but I’m still reading it, so I can’t give you a review. I have loved her other ones, so I can’t see why this one would be any different.

The book is called, Third Strikes the Charm and it is by Nicci Carrera. Her blog has all the information about where to order it and how, so go and see Nicci, here is her link.

Tasmania

The trip is in 4 weeks and I can’t believe it is almost here. I have the money for the trip, which is good. Have been saving like crazy, but I think we have been very lucky, nothing seems like it is going to cost us a lot, but still, good to be prepared.

tasmaniaI’ve spoken to Nikon Australia and looks like they are going to help out with sponsoring my trip. I will get to use the Nikon 28-300mm lens and I will get to use the Nikon D750 again. I am really looking forward to using them again.

It is nice to get some sponsorship, though I haven’t tried to get as much as I did for my trip last year. I think trying to get stuff as a woman doing more landscape type of photography is much harder. It seems to be anyway.  Or maybe they just think my work is horrible.

The next part is to start planning what I will need to take. Packing, mmm, not the thing I like doing. At least the car is all ready to go. I had it serviced and new tyres put on it recently, so it should be all set for Tasmania. Going to be interesting putting it on the Spirit of Tasmania to go over, however it will also be great taking the car because I will be able to take a lot more stuff with me.

Mother’s Day and Flowers

It is Mother’s Day here in Australia today. My mother is hope in Woomelang and I will give her a call later. My daughters are still asleep as I write this, but I’m sure they will do something nice for me today, well I hope they do.  In honour of the occasion I thought it might be nice to look at some flowers that I took at the Fitzroy Gardens a while back.  A great place to see some great flowers.

I hope you are having a great weekend. It has been raining here, so could be the perfect day to see what Dynamic Range is all about.

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