Catching Up and Some Photos of Melbourne

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.

Dynamic Range Magazine.Cover - Issue 4

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.


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.


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.


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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  1. Beautiful shots of Docklands in the morning, Leanne. So pristine and the water looks like glass. Always a delight when the water is still and you have your camera ready 😀

    Very happy for you that your trip to Tasmania is coming up. I am sure you will be able to pack all you need as the time comes…you’d be very focused on the trip then and know exactly what you need. I am sorry to hear that sponsors aren’t working out for you. It sounds like it requires effort, or luck, and either way it can be frustrating. I can relate in a way – this year I’ve been going out with my camera hoping to catch a decent sunset (the kind with clouds in the sky and lots of colour) but have not had any luck. Oh well. Hope you enjoy photography in Tasmania, and more importantly, enjoy yourself 🙂

    1. Thank you Mabel. I love it when the water is like that, doesn’t happen often, but when it is I try and make the most of it.

      Yes, I’m really looking forward to Tasmania and seeing what it is like, will be my first time. It is frustrating, I can’t help wondering how much of it is because I am a woman, and a woman that doesn’t do portraits or weddings, so not the norm apparently. Silly really. I will have to wait it seems. I think it is the wrong time of year for those really stunning sunsets, though we should still get them from time to time, it isn’t like it has been really cold. We are having a very warm entry into winter. Thanks again, I’m sure I will and good luck getting that sunset, I’ve been seeing your photos on IG, you are getting some great shots. 😀

    2. You do seem to have luck in the mornings with the water and reflections 😀 Those Docklands shots look exquisite, and it’s also a nice place for a peaceful walk.

      Yes, it is silly that woman are pigeonholed into being good at wedding photography, maybe even pet and family photography. The least we can do is keep doing what we do and put it out there.

      Thanks, Leanne. IG is fun and I always look forward to your photos there. A great variety from you and keep working hard at it 😀

    3. Sometimes, I do love it when it happens. Docklands is lovely.
      Exactly, start showing we are capable of so much more.
      Thanks Mabel.

  2. Hi Leanne. I’m the same way about traveling. As long as I know where I’m sleeping, the rest is not planned out. Regarding your feelings about not getting what some other photographers get, I read the comments to this post. You may have more than other photographers get. You have friends all over the world who love your photography, read the new magazine and offer support. I’ve seen your photography change and become even more beautiful over the last 3 years. Our day of shooting together was something I will never forget. Many photographers don’t have the friendships and caring support you have. The rest will come in time.

    1. It is a nice way to travel, I think especially if you are traveling with someone that does like to plan, it is all easy going then. The problem is that all those friends aren’t paying the mortgage, lol, it is easy to have lots of friends I think on something like this, but realistically speaking, I need to be earning. I see other photographers with similar followings to me getting so much, and I am still in the same place I was four years ago, if you that makes sense. Everything I try to do fails, nothing ever succeeds, the magazines, well, let’s not talk about that right now. I hope you are right, but time is running out, so it better happen soon. Thank you Anne, thank you for your support, it does mean a lot.

  3. I’ve been having a spell of those feelings too. Maybe it’s Mars retrograde, a good time to reflect and to work on completing unfinished projects. It’s such a crowded field these days and it can get tiring to scratch and claw to get anywhere, but you need to look at how far you’ve come. I look at you and you are so far ahead of me, you’re a role model for keeping on keeping on.

    Love the images, Leanne.

    I’m this same about travel now and I’ve learned it’s fine to have your own way of doing things. Going with the flow is a lot better than butting heads over travel plans. It can work out great that way. I’m excited for your trip.

    I’m enjoying going through your articles. They’re great.

    1. Maybe, maybe it is winter coming here, I don’t know. I know what you mean Nicci, it really is. I have to say, I am really enjoying the work I’m doing now, so I think I want some recognition, or something, oh well.
      Thank you so much.
      I think it worked well when I was in the US too, I was happy to be shown around and don’t feel like I missed anything. It was fantastic.
      That’s good to hear, more to come, so I hope the reflections worked for you. YOu are a dear and your support has always been wonderful, thank you so much my dear.

  4. Thanks for these posts Leanne. I absolutely love your pictures of the docklands reflected buildings, and reflections in the river. It’s not often that a good composition lines up with an exquisite and perfect balance of light that makes it vibrate. I can’t say enough about these two shots. If it helps, I have been taking pictures for 40 years now. Mostly personal – some professional in projects in various spots around the world. The best sponsorship I have ever managed to receive was a cup of coffee, the odd meal, and a small understanding gallery for a couple of years. I ‘quit’ in frustration for 4 or 5 years but always snuck a few shots, but in the end wouldn’t have traded it for anything! I think it seriously improved my decisions and my eye. Congrats on continuing to take such great photos producing a great publication and being an inspiration for so many others!!

    1. You’re welcome Bruce. You are right, it doesn’t happen often, but very nice when it does. No, i wouldn’t like to give it all up, but I have a husband who thinks I should start paying my way, maybe I do need another job, lol. Thank you for sharing your story and making me laugh.

  5. Hi Leanne, I can only reiterate what my very good friend Don says, We would hate you to suffer burn out, I have been down at times but since finding the group we are both in then no more. I am inspired by you and my friends to go out and take lots of photos having learnt lots along the way. Maybe we will meet some day, I certainly hope so and then we will have lots to share. Take care Leanne and keep enjoying photography as you bring a lot of pleasure to a lot of people, Regards Ron

    1. Thank you Ron, I think I might already be there, haha, it is nice to know I inspire others, and I’m sure I will get over it, a friend things I need to concentrate on a couple of things and stop trying to do so much. I don’t think there is any worry there, I love it too much to consider giving it up.

  6. Leanne, so disturbed to learn you are “in the dumps”.

    For what it’s worth, I find your work very inspirational. You have a wonderful photographic eye – which I envy very much. More importantly, you are an uplifting person. We have shared a cup of coffee and I often look back at that brief time with fondness.

    If I may make a recommendation, slow down a bit. You need to make time for just YOURSELF and stop being driven by your own creativity. I suspect that’s very difficult for a person with your talent to do.

    But as a preacher friend of mine once said, “I’ve never heard a dying person confess – If only I had spent more time in the office.”.

    Look after yourself, friend.

    1. Thank you Don, I do get like this from time to time, especially when I see other photographers that seem to be getting deals from companies and I don’t seem to be able to get anything. It does start making you question whether what you do is really any good. The life of an artist I suppose.
      If I slow down I just fall asleep, haha. I like being busy, but I do have work that I have been putting off, maybe that will get my mind off it.
      I really enjoyed our coffee together as well. I hope your holiday is going well Don, and thank you again.

  7. Wow .. These look beautiful and as I have said before amazing and inspirational to see your work …like that saying goes ” when the student is ready the master will appear “…. I’m here !!

  8. Leanne – You create such beautiful photographs, it is really too bad that you are feeling despondent about your other endeavours. I know it’s trite, but really what doesn’t kill you makes you grow. It never feels like that at the time, but when you back you know it’s true. Hang in there and keep forging on!

    1. I am sure I will carry on Derek, thank you, just gets hard sometimes. I keep hoping my ship will sail in, and then wonder if it has just sailed out, lol.

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