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MM 2-43: Monochrome Madness Curves

Here is the first theme for the year and what a great reaction to it. It has been wonderful seeing all the curves being sent in. A wonderful selection of images.

I’m sure many of you have noticed that the post is 24 hours late, I’ve decided to reschedule it, and this will be the new time from now on.

We will announce the next theme next week.

seafarers-bridge-monochrome-river-curvesI had hoped to get into the city and get some images of this bridge, but it just didn’t happen. I did take this earlier this year, and I think it is still curves, so this is my response to the theme.

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.

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.

Introductions: Beth Moon

Remember that friend of mine, you know, the one that is always introducing me to many great photographers? Well the photographer today is another one she also introduced me to. I would now like to introduce you to the amazing work of Beth Moon.

The work is really stunning. While I was able to get permission to show her work, I wasn’t able to get her to answer the questions.

Heart-of-the-Dragon

She is well known for photographing ancient trees and from what I can understand she travels the world photographing them.

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I took this from her website, it is her artists statement.

Many of the trees I have photographed have survived because they are out of reach of civilization; on mountainsides, private estates, or on protected land. Certain species exist only in a few isolated areas of the world.  For example; there are 6 species of spectacular baobabs, found only on the island of Madagascar. Sadly, the baobab is now one of the three most endangered species on the island.

The criteria I use for choosing particular trees are basically three: age, immense size or notable history. I research the locations by a number of methods; history books, botanical books, tree registers, newspaper articles and information from friends and travelers.

Standing as the earth’s largest and oldest living monuments, I believe these symbolic trees will take on a greater significance, especially at a time when our focus is directed at finding better ways to live with the environment, celebrating the wonders of nature that have survived throughout the centuries. By feeling a larger sense of time, developing a relationship with the natural world, we carry that awareness with us as it becomes a part of who we are. I cannot imagine a better way to commemorate the lives of the world’s most dramatic trees, many which are in danger of destruction, than by exhibiting their portraits.

Beth Moon
2010

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I’m going to leave it there today. I do want to thank Beth for giving me permission to feature her work here for you. If you would like to see more please go to her website, Beth Moon.

I have a gallery for you now, but before you go to it, I just wanted to let you know that as part of the changes here, the introductions posts will now be on Tuesdays, and Monochrome Madness will be on Thursday, my time that is.

I hope you enjoy her work.

Latest News and Photos from Melbourne

It seemed to go down well last week combining the Bits and Bobs post with the Weekend Wandering one. It seems that time is becoming something that we are all struggling with and with so many places to go and see work it almost seems selfish to post too often. I am also enjoying have more time to work on my photos and promote myself on other platforms.

Dynamic Range Magazine

I have to start with this, only a week to go and it looks like we are all set to publish issue 3 next Sunday. It was a hard one to get together, but we got there. It looks fantastic and, if I say so myself, the best one yet. We are so excited about what is in it. There really is something for nearly everyone. I like it having lots of variety. I have part of the cover for you.

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It looks great, and we are so lucky to be able to showcase some of Julia Anna Gospodarou’s work and I was also very privileged to interview her.

With only one week to go don’t forget that subscriptions are now available. You can subscribe and get the 4 issues over the year for $25. If you are interested in just getting a link sent to you to download the magazine, then click the following link.

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Subscribe to Dynamic Range Magazine for one year. Price: $25

The magazine is still available to buy individually and it will be for sale next Sunday for $7.

Book on Banyule Flats

It is getting to crunch time and I’m feeling very pressured to get the book done now. It is great that it is finally coming together, but it also means that I have a lot to do. 

We are now at the stage of meeting with the Wurundjeri Elders to get some stories that melbourne-architecture-shops-wide-angle-5617will go with quite a number of the photos. That is almost the final stage and then it is finalizing the layout and sending it to the printers. I am looking forward to the finished product, but I am also looking forward to it being finished. It will give me some breathing space which is something that I could do with.

One on One Photography and Editing Classes

I’ve been getting quite a few more inquiries about these, especially since I’ve bee doing far more architectural photography. There seems to be many people who like that work from me and want me to show them how. It is very interesting.

If you are interested in learning from me, go to my website and find out how to buy classes.

Photos

I was in town the other day with a client and we were taking photos around the city. I was teaching her about ISO and that meant going inside and outside many places around the city. I used my 14-24mm wide angle lens to see what I could get. So I have some of the photos for you.

MM 2-42: Monochrome Madness

Welcome to another week of Monochrome Madness. The weeks seem to be flying this year, I wonder if they are doing the same for you. I can’t believe January is almost over already and our first theme is next week.

Next week it is our theme: CURVES

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My image was taken last Sunday morning when I went into the city to do some long exposure photography, but it was raining, so I took photos of other things. I have talked about this one in a blog post on my other blog, Silent City.

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.

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.

Influencing Us: Self Portraits

Today every where you go people have their phones out, some on selfie sticks, others arms outstretched to take a photo of themselves where they are. The selfie seems to be a massive phenomenon since the advent of mobile phones.

However, if we consider that the portrait, before cameras, were painted, then it seems that many artists have been doing selfies for a long time. Of course, artists were the only people who could do selfies back then, as you needed to be able to paint or draw.

It seems to be something that nearly every artist did, a self portrait, and it is good to see that they are still around. I thought today we could take a look at some of those self portraits. Some of them are straight forward portraits, while some are done in a very artistic style.

I am just going to leave you with a gallery of the self portraits today.

Weekend wanderings with some bits and bobs

Things have been crazy this last week, but more on that soon. Anyway, I just didn’t get around to doing my normal Bits and Bobs post, and then I thought, why don’t I combine them. So today I have photos for you from one of my wanderings and some updates on what I’ve been doing.

Dynamic Range Magazine

I think it is safe to say that we should make our deadline of February the 10th for the publishing date of Issue 3. I am so excited about the next issue. It has been a bit of an Melbourne-skyline-summer-architecture-3449effort getting everything done for it, Christmas put us  behind a bit, but we are fine now.

There is a profile on Julia Anna Gospodarou, an article on Lightroom, one on competitions and entering them, how to make your own bird photography studio, processing a black and white image in Lightroom, an introduction to long exposure photography, how to choose a photography tour to go on, and another article on the history of women photographers. We also have a new writer who has written on women and marketing for us. I’ve been really enjoying the articles as they have been coming in. I hope you are excited to buy your issue.

If you just want the issue sent to you then buy a subscription for twelve months. You won’t have the worry of remembering to get it each time and will just get the link to Melbourne-skyline-summer-architecture-3414download it in your inbox.

Go to the Products page and click Subscribe.

Of course the issue will also be for individual sale.

Don’t forget to spread the word and let everyone you know about it as well.

Photographers.com.au

I’ve just published another article on the blog for this site. I have written my first article on Social Media.

Social Media for Marketing the Photographer

I have been doing so much research on social media for my own work and marketing the magazine that it was good to finally get a chance to write somewhere about it. It is the start of a series of articles.

One on One Photography Lessons

I’ve been getting quite a number of inquiries for these. It is good. I love sharing my knowledge so good to see that people want to learn from me. Melbourne-skyline-summer-architecture-3341

I had a great experience with someone just recently who had done several classes with other people, but was still confused and I managed to explain it to her in a language she understood. Then after she said it was wonderful and didn’t know why other teachers hadn’t explained it that way before. I have been told from others that I am very good at explaining things in very simple terms that are easy to understand.

If you want to check out what I offer, click here.

Don’t forget that I also have amazing Photoshop skills and I do teach photo processing as well. We do them over Skype and I record the sessions for you as well.  You can find out more about those by clicking here.

Weekend Wandering photos

The photos were taken a few weeks ago on a hot summer day here in Melbourne. They are a good example of why you shouldn’t shoot in summer. I went wandering with a friend to try and capture the skyline of Melbourne. I am looking for places I can go back to.  I also saw some spots I haven’t been to before.

The photos in the gallery are all over the place, another WordPress change, doesn’t load the photos up in the order that you had them.  Thank you WordPress for stuffing up something else.  I have to say my interest in blogging is waning a little, and no doubt WordPress and all their changes really have a lot to do with it.  I love that the blog on my website never gets this many changes.  I really like blogging there so much more.

MM 2-41: Monochrome Madness

Another week, and another Monochrome Madness, seems we aren’t far off the second year anniversary.

Just a reminder that the next theme is the week after next and is Curves.

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The reflection of the old in the face of the new. I like that. I took this image on a wander around the city a couple of weeks ago.

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.

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.