Week 3 of Robyn’s challenge, from her blog Captivate me, and her challenge ONE FOUR CHALLENGE  NOVEMBER WEEK 3. I have gone back to my original image and had another go at trying to process the same image a different way.

Week 3


I did the reverse thing again this week, like I did for Monochrome Madness last week.  So I got the original image, and made it black and white and worked on it as a black and white image, and then when I was done, I went back to where I had converted it to monochrome and made it colour again. It doesn’t always work well doing this, but sometimes it really makes the colours stand out, I like that.

I’m not pleased with everything I did to it, that is normal, but I think one of the things that I love about this challenge is how you can learn things.  It is like you get to just play and it doesn’t have to be serious.  Robyn did well coming up with this.

One week to go, and then I think we start again, will have to check with Robyn on that.  It has been good fun and I’m looking forward to finding another image to work on.  I don’t think I picked well this time, but that has made it more of a challenge which hasn’t been bad.  I will have to spend some time working out what I will do to this image for Week 4.

Remember to go to Robyn’s blog and her post, ONE FOUR CHALLENGE – NOV WK 3 and look at her post, and the others who have participated in the challenge.

I thought I might do what Robyn has done and give you a gallery with the original and the different changes.

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For the image that I did today for Monochrome Madness 37 I thought I might go back into the processing and see what the image would look like if I changed it back to a colour image.


It is almost like doing in reverse.  Usually you have the colour image first, but I have to say I quite like how this turned out.  It is quite surreal. The smooth water really makes the image, though it was so choppy that I am so surprised that I was able to get it like this.

I still like the monochrome, and am really happy with that one, but I also like this too.   I like them for different reasons.  You can make up your own mind.

Don’t forget to to Monochrome Madness 37 and check out all the other fantastic images that are there and then take a look at all the blog and links.


It is week 2 of Robyn’s challenge the One Four Challenge and I thought I would put it over here on this blog this week.  I am looking forward to seeing what I come up with each week for it.


This week I tried to give the image a vintage feel.  I have made it sepia and put some textures over the top.  It hasn’t all worked out the way I had hoped but I don’t mind it. I love textures and like the way they can transform an image.  Though they have to be used sparingly, not good to use them too much.  They are great for making images look vintage.

There are details on Robyn’s blog Captivate Me about doing this challenge, and if you want to see other great entries then go to ONE FOUR CHALLENGE – NOV WK 2.

If you want to see my first weeks entry into the challenge then please go there, Quiet Thursdays – Robyn’s One Four Challenge.


For my post today, Slowly Converting to Black and White, I thought I might take a look an image that I took last Friday morning at Point Lonsdale just after sunrise.  It is the image I am using for Monochrome Madness tomorrow, which you can find on my other blog. I thought I would show the orginal as it was shot, no processing. Then take a look at the processing I did for it for my blog post Weekend Wanderings – Point Lonsdale Through Grad ND Filter.  Then, how I decided to make this image a black and white image for Monochrome Madness.


So this is the original.  It is pretty much straight from the camera.  I did straighten it a little, but that is about all I did.


This is the colour image after I had finished processing it.  I have brightened up part of it and tried to bring out the sunrise colours.  I have brought the clouds out more.

Then as I was looking for an image to do for Monochrome Madness, this was one of the ones I decided to try in black and white.


I obviously did even more work on this one.  I lost a lot of detail in the jetty by converting it to monochrome, so I worked quite a bit to get more light on the pier.  I like the way it brings the boards up more.

I did do other images, but I decided to go with this one after I put the image up on Facebook and Google+.  On both platforms the image got lots of attention and seemed to be enjoyed by lots of people, so it seemed like a good idea to use it for Monochrome Madness this week.

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This week is Monochrome Madness over on my main blog, so today I have been trying more black and white photography, trying to find a good image for MM35 on LCP Blog.  I went to the Black Spur, which is a rainforest area on the road between Healesville and Marysville in Victoria,  last week with a friend and we were trying to see if we could take some photos of the rain forest around the main road that goes through it.

It wasn’t easy and in the end we left because there aren’t too many places were you can take photos.  It is such a beautiful area and with it only being about an hours drive from my home, it seemed like a great place to go.

We did find one place where we could stop and take a look. There was a bit of a path there, so we went up it a bit.  It was early in the morning and the light coming through the trees was very soft, if that is the right way of putting it.

I had to do a photo for Monochrome Madness 35, and I thought one of these might be really good for it.  So I started with one, then just kept going.  I end up doing 5 of them.  I don’t think they are all bad, but I didn’t like any of them for Monochrome Madness, but I hate working on photos and not showing them.

I’m just going to put them into a gallery for you to see, I think that is the best idea, then you can just scroll through them.  The image I ended up choosing for MM35 was one I took a couple of years ago, but you will have to wait until Wednesday to see that.

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A lot of people who start photography think they need a wide angle lens, especially for landscape photography,as part of  a new series I want to start,  photography tips, so I am going to do this one on using a wide angle lenses.  I have to admit I was one of those.  I thought it would be great for everything, I would be able to fit in so much.  I got it and then I started using it and I was disappointed.


The thing many of us don’t realise when we decide to get a wide angle lens is that while it fits in a lot of the scene, it is also makes everything a lot smaller.  It isn’t as easy to use as you may think.

When I first got my full frame camera to use with my 14-24mm, I thought I was in heaven, but after using it a bit I started to realise what the person who told me how tricky it was to use actually meant.

They are easy to use, but it is best to use them in with specific goals, like emphasising something in the landscape.


With this I was trying to show the flowers in a burnt environment.  I went up close to the flowers, and it is a good way of using the wide angle.  I think if you are using a wide angle, then getting in the face of what you want to take photos of is the best way to go.

You can enlarge what is in the foreground, but still have something in the background.  It is great for showing the foregrond and the background.  I’ve seen some great images of something in the foreground, and then mountains in the background.


Filling the foreground with the flowers that lead you to lots more flowers and then the burnt trees in the background.

I think before you get a really wide angle lens it is good to consider how often you think you will do this sort of photography.  I hardly use my 14-24mm now.  I tend to use my 24-70mm a lot more.  I do like the wide angle for architecture, I can get a whole skyscrapper in an image with it.

So if you have a wide angle and want to use it for landscape, remember to get up close to things in the environment and fill your frame with it.

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It is time for Black and White Photography Again over on my other blog with Monochrome Madness, and I thought we might look at my image for MM34 and what it looks like in colour.  Sort of like a before and after.marysville-waterfall-steavensons-falls-colour-100

On Monday I went for a drive through a rain forest with a friend and then we went to a waterfall near Marysville.  I have been trying out some Cokin Filters and I thought the waterfall would be perfect for the filters.  Though the waterfall was in the shade and it was easier to do a slightly longer exposure than I thought it would be.  I didn’t have a tripod, so I used the railing of the barriers to anchor my camera so I could take longer exposures, not very long, but around a 1/5 of a second.

When I saw the images on the computer I remembered another waterfall and how someone had said it would be good in black and white, that one wasn’t but I did wonder about this one.


I have done a bit more processing to this, and I wanted to make the water stand out more.  I also put in a cloudy sky so the sky didn’t look white.  I darkened some parts of it, but did try and let the black and white conversion do a lot of the work for me.  I do like the way the water and rocks have come out more in this monochrome image than in the colour versions.  I also tried to give the image a lot more mood.

So if you haven’t been to see it yet, there are lots of other great black and white images over on Leanne Cole Photography’s Blog.

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Last week I was trying to photograph the full moon.  The weather here was horrible for it.  I did have one image that I thought would be a good image for a post on Black and White Photography the full moon.  I am also using it for monochrome madness this week over on my main blog and I will put a link here to that post here on Leanne Cole Photography.


This is my submission for MM33 this week.  I have had the image on Facebook, Flickr and Google+ and a few people have asked me how I got it, so I thought I would share it here. I have explained it a few times how it is actually two images put together.  The moon is so bright and if you try and take a photo of the clouds and the moon, then you can only get one part of it.


This was the original image for the clouds.  I like the way I have got the clouds, but, as you can see, the moon is totally burned out and there is no detail in it at all. It really isn’t what I was looking for.


This was taken a few seconds later, and you can see that there is a lot more detail in the moon, but all the clouds are gone. I took the image with the clouds and then I took the image with the moon, cut the moon out and moved it onto the blown moon with the clouds.  It has given the moon a lovely halo.  The one I put on my social media sites was in colour, but I did something weird to it when I was processing it.  I am not sure what, but when I decided to redo it, it seemed like a good idea to do it black and white as well.  The reworked on turned out a lot better.

It really isn’t a good reflection of what the evening was.  It really was a night of cloud watching, not moon watching.  We would start to see the moon popping out from the clouds, and we would jump up and see if we could get some photos before it disappeared again.  It was really frustrating.


Photography has been something that I have enjoyed for a very long time, though there are different types, and Landscape Photography has been something that I never used to like, but in the last couple of years I’ve been trying to work it out a lot more.  I can remember times walking around places and not seeing what I wanted to photography.  Now I have started to work out what it is about landscape photography that I enjoy.


I enjoy it a lot more now, and I think the reason I enjoy it, is because I understand what it is about the landscape that I want to do a lot more.  I have found my story.


It seems to be an important aspect to Landscape Photography, and something that I am only starting to get.  If you find landscape photography hard it could just be because you haven’t found your story yet.


Going up the Mallee in North West Victoria has been really good for me, it has really helped me to work out what my story is.  I now can’t wait to go up more and more to continue exploring what my story is.  For me there always has to be an element of man, in some way.  It is what draws me to architecture and old abandoned buildings.  I think the landscape has to have the same thing, some aspect of that.


The salt lakes and salt pans have an element of that, as the salt problem is getting worse and worse.  Part of the reason for that is the removal of all the trees for farming, so crops could be planted.  I don’t know the whole story, but it is a start.

There is another part that I like to. After seeing areas totally burned out by bush fires earlier this year, it is good to go back and continue taking photos and seeing how the area regenerates after.  Slowly it is all coming back.

So when you are out doing your landscape photography, it is important to think about what your story is and why you are taking photos.



Today is Monochrome Madness over on my main blog and there are submissions from all over the world.  It is a post that many enjoy, including me.  I like the challenge and how it makes me do a lot more monochrome images than I wouldn’t otherwise do.  I often don’t do a post here on my images, but I thought it might be interesting to do a before and after of the image that I did for it today. I thought it would be good to show both the colour image and the black and white photography version.


This is the image as I took it.  I have done very little to it.  I like the scene, the way the wood stretched out like a spider or something.  The other thing that I really liked was how the weathered the wood was.  If this image was near the ocean, you would think it was driftwood, but it is about 300km from the coast.

As I saw the image on the computer I could see that it was really void of colour, so I thought there was a good chance it would look good in monochrome.



I think I was right.  I really wanted to emphasize the grain in the wood and I did a lot of work to try and bring that out a lot more.  It was important to me to draw that out as it was what drew me to photograph it in the first place. I also played around with the sky, trying to decide whether to make it more stormy or do more high key processing and almost eliminate it.  In the end I decided I liked the look of the stormy look, it gives it a more ominous look, well I think it does.

I am happy with how it has come out, it was a good one to do.  I will have to look for more images from the Mallee to make into black and white.  Here is a gallery so you can see them side by side a bit better.

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