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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.

Well it has finally come together and pretty much on time. I always say to Suzzanna, my layout person, that it won’t hurt if it is late with each one, but we always manage to pull it together and get it ready.  I have to admit I did lose faith during this one, but I am so excited that it is done and will be available on Sunday, well, that is unless you have subscribed, you will get it on Saturday then.

Let’s take a look at the cover.

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The cover shot is by Emily Carter Mitchell who has also written an article on The Great Migration of the Serengeti.

We have another great photographer to Introduce to you, Lori Nix and I have written you a tutorial on how to replace a sky in an image. You will also get the photo to practice with and some sky images.

Instead of me telling you what is in it, let me show you the contents page.

DRM, Issue 5 Contents Page

It is a big Issue and almost 100 pages.

Don’t forget that you can subscribe to the magazine, and it is the best way to help support us and to make sure you get each issue. You get it sent to you and can read it before it becomes available to the wider community.
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It will be ready for you to purchase this Sunday and will cost $7.  I do hope you will continue to support the magazine.

Last week I showed you the birds from the Spirits of the Sky show at Healesville Sanctuary, but I took so many other photos that I thought it might be good to show you them today. I’m sorry there is a lot of them. I couldn’t help myself, I got so many that I was proud of. I had to show you.

I hope you enjoy them. The last image was one I took with the Lensbaby.  I was trying it out at the zoo. Though most of these photos were taken with the very cheap 70-300mm lens that I got from Nikon. I am always amazed at the results of this lens.

The weekend is slipping by here, but it has been good so far, and I hope yours is the same.

It’s late, I’m sorry, but I’ve been away trying to get my image for this months theme, Movement. Finally got an image for it, so I’m feeling very relieved.  Once again there have been some great interpretations of the theme. I’m sure you will enjoy them.

The theme for September is going to be Roads. It will be the first week of September.

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I was at the Pink Lakes the other day and the clouds were moving fast, and the wind was making the water choppy. I thought it would be good to try a long exposure. I used the old rotten wood of the ramp to lead you into the image. I did do it as a straight black and white, but since it was the pink lakes, I thought a pink tone might help.

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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It is Wednesday night and I usually have Monochrome Madness done by now, but I’ve just got home and I still have to work on my image. I hope you will forgive me, but it is going to be late this week. I will do it first thing in the morning, so hopefully not too late.

Here is a photo for you to ponder on while you wait. I took this last night up in the Pink Lakes.

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Yesterday I went to Healesville Sanctuary with my friend Chris from sv-takeiteasy. She loves photographing birds, so we went to the Spirits of the Sky show. I’m getting better at photographing these, but I’m coming to think that the Nikon D800 may not be the right camera for it. It doesn’t take many photos per second and with each image being so large it doesn’t take long for the camera to stop working as it catches up.  I might have to try my D300s for it.

Here is a gallery with the Australia birds. I’m off to my mum’s place today, so it is going to be a long day.

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Following are the two images that have been on Instagram in the last two days.

The first is one of the pink lakes in the Murray Sunset National Park. It is from my time in the Mallee earlier this year. I’m looking forward to seeing it again next week.

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This next one, which went up today, is from an early morning trip into the city a couple of weeks ago. The morning was so still and the water had almost no movement, great opportunity to get some fantastic reflections. This was a five image HDR image.

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Don’t forget to check out the Instagram feed to see what my daily tips are.

Last call, I suppose for the next theme. Next week will be our themed MM and for those that have forgotten it will be Movement.

You can start sending your images anytime.

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I took this the last time I was up at the Mallee. It was an old house near Yaapeet. No one lives in it now, and I think it has been abandoned for a long time.  I’m off to the Mallee again next week. I’m looking forward to seeing it again.

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.

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This went up on most of my social media sites this morning. It is an old car that sits on a hill at the Pink Lakes in the Murray Sunset National Park up in the Mallee.

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When the image went up on Instagram I also put a tip with it. If you want to see that you will have to take a look at my Instagram page.

I have decided that I will start posting photos like this here on days I don’t normally blog. For the Catching Up posts I will be posting photos that have been on my other blog. I have to start deleting files over there as at the end of the year I will lose my extra storage, domain name and a few other things. I need to get the media down below 3 GB, so I have been deleting many photos, mainly the ones that aren’t mine, like Monochrome Madness and the Introduction posts. It will be nice to see some of the older photos here. I might even repost some of the Weekend Wandering Posts.  I hope you will enjoy seeing them again as well.

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It is getting to that time and it really is head down bum up, or so the saying goes. I’m working very hard to get the next issue of DRM out to those that subscribe and those that want to see it.  Really looking forward to it being ready for you all to see.  I have also had some great images up on Instagram this week, and I would like to share them with you as well.

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A macro flower taken with the Lensbaby

Dynamic Range Magazine

As I said, it is all coming together. I’m working around the clock to get it ready, plus get everything else I have to do done. It is looking like it is going to be very interesting Issue especially as we enter our second year. We are constantly mixing things up and finding what works. We are also always trying to make sure you get value for the money you spend on it.

Don’t forget that you can subscribe to the magazine, and it is the best way to help support us and to make sure you get each issue. You get it sent to you and can read it before it becomes available to the wider community.

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This next one we are going to be including a tutorial. I am taking all I have learned from writing for dPS to start writing them for the magazine. One process that I hear from a lot of people is that they want to know how to replace a sky. I have written a very easy tutorial for a basic sky replacement. I am also giving the image away for you to practice plus 4 sky photos. It means the next issue will also be a zip file to include those for you.

I hope you are looking forward to Issue 5 as much as we are.

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Looking over Princes Bridge in Melbourne as the lights in the city were coming on.

Yoast and Self Hosting

One of the biggest problems with self hosting is that you have to work a lot of stuff out for yourself. It isn’t easy and then you have to find plugins for nearly everything.

One plugin that I was recommended to get was Yoast, to help with SEO, but I have to say it has driven me crazy and I have deactivated it. It is always updating, so you are continually have to go the plugins page to press update now, but also it has started giving notifications. When you try and find out what the notification is for, well I gave up, who knew what it was for, but the red 1 was annoying.

I wrote to them, basically to see if there was a glitch in the plugin and was basically told to bugger off because I was using the free version and they wouldn’t help me. I told them that their response convinced me to never pay for it and to stop using it altogther.

Now I am not stupid. I know that developers like to get paid, and I happily pay for many things. but to get a response like that was too much. If I get help and I think it is a good product, then I will happily pay for it, but to be told straight out no, we only help paid customers, then they lose me. I have often given money towards development, and will continue to do so. I think if you use something, enjoy using it, then you should help out financially otherwise it will disappear.

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Lake St Clair was a stop we made when driving from Strahan to Hobart in Tasmania.

Instagram

My photos today are again from Instagram. I do love Instagram, and love the nature of it. I have started using a new app to help me schedule posts, it is called Later, and it is making my Instagram life a lot easier. I also think the tips I put up each day are helping others, and I will continue to do that.

There are four photos today, plus one you have already seen, but I did a bit more work to it for IG.

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This is down at Docklands here in Melbourne. The sun had just set and the lights were coming on.

 

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An amazing sunset in Melbourne a week or so back when I was in there experimenting the Lensbaby Lenses. I took this with it.