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Weekend Wanderings: Taking Photos Around the Countryside

A couple of weeks ago I went into the country with a couple of friends driving around and just seeing what we could find. Stopping when we saw something. It is an interesting thing to do and you just never know where you will end up. We stopped often and saw some great scenery.

It is probably one of my favourite things to do. I love just driving around and seeing what we will find. We are never far from the car so you can take all the gear you think you might need and then all the gear you might not need but you never know. It is good that you can just change your lens, but don’t have to worry about carrying everything with you. I call it car boot photography or roadside photography.

It was a foggy morning on this particular day, then it rained, and a lot, but not long after that the sun even came out. We got it all that day. It was a good day and one of those that when you get home you know you have some great shots, and can’t wait to see them. I did take a lot and here is a small sample of some.

Weekend again, I will be spending it getting the magazine ready for you to start purchasing. I hope you have a great weekend taking photos.

UfD: My Seven Tips for Blogging

Sometimes it is hard to find a topic for these posts, but for a while I’ve been thinking about blogging. I get asked questions all the time about my blog and I thought if you wanted to know my seven top tips for blogging, then what would they be. So I’ve been thinking about them for awhile and this is what I’ve come up with.

1 – Blog like you like to read blogs.

It sounds cliché but it is so true. If you want people to read your blog, think about the blogs you love and then ask  yourself why you like them. Then take those answers and apply them to yours. It is a valuable exercise. You want to railway-0709-1scattract like minded people to yourself, so blog the way they do. Don’t copy them, but look at the ways they do things and see if you can incorporate some of that yourself.

2 – You get what you put in.

I was going to call this point ‘if you build it they won’t come’, but thought maybe not. However, it is true, if you want people to visit your blog, then you need to start visiting other blogs as well. Looking, and liking posts let’s others know you are there and saying hello really let’s them know.

3 – Think about your followers.

I think sometimes people don’t think enough about their followers and how their blog affects them. We all know blogs sczinnia-hdr4that post a single photo and then do that a 100 times a day. If you are following them then every time they post you get an email. Your inbox is filling up quickly. It goes back to that first point, if you don’t like that, then make sure you don’t do it.

4 – Resize your images.

If you post large res images you run the risk of people stealing them. High res images can be used for anything. Don’t think your photos aren’t good enough, there are many people who have thought their images weren’t and found out they had been stolen.

The other problem is that large images can make your blog very hard to load. There are places around the world where the internet connection can be very bad, or people don’t have unlimited data. Make it easy for people to see your blog and make sure you resize your images to smaller files.

5 – People don’t have a lot of time to read.scdwight-hpm6877-5

Someone asked me once how much should they write. I said try for around 500 words. I know that lots of people don’t read my blog and only look at the photos. I can’t be disappointed with that, but for those that do read it I try very hard not to write too many words. I think blog posts shouldn’t be longer than 1000 words at the most. I know it isn’t always easy, but I try hard for that. Now that is my personal preference, you might decide differently. Again it goes back to that first point, if you like reading very long blogs then you could write them.

I have heard, I don’t know if it is still true, that if you want Google to find you that you need at least 300 words. I try to write at least that much, but sometimes I don’t worry.

6 – Be Consistent

Really the trick here is that you shouldn’t be inconsistent. If you blog on regular basis then people will know when to look at your blog. Blogs who only post every now and then are hard to follow. You don’t have to blog every day, but you scbarwon-8016-se1could blog three times a week, once a week or even once a month, just do it consistently.

7 – Be certain about what your blog is about.

It is important to know why you are blogging and follow that through. My blog is about photography, so I won’t suddenly do a post on sewing quilts. If there is no photography angle then I don’t blog about it. Sometimes I sneak things in, but really, I am very strict about that. I suggest you do the same, I think it helps make your blog a lot stronger.

So they are my tips, what would you suggest to someone if they asked you?

The photos are all from the first couple of years that I was blogging. I’m coming up to 5 years soon, so it is always interesting looking back.

Quiet Thursday: Being Cheeky

It is Thursday again and I have to admit I’m being cheeky, or I am being naughty, I’m running away for the day to take some photos. It has been go go go here and I need to go and take some photos. So I am escaping, but before I go I have some things to share with you.

Are you ready for this?

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What do you think?

The cover of the magazine. How amazing does it look. I am so excited about it. Everything is really coming together and I can’t wait to launch it, so stay tuned.

On another note I’ve been working on images and putting them up on social media. It has been fun to just do one image here and one there. I am not going to talk to much about them, but will just put them in a gallery before I run away.  I hope you are doing something today that you love.

MM 2-21: Monochrome Madness 2-21

Next week is our next theme so I hope you have all been getting out and getting  your photos ready. I’ve going out and photographing bridges every where. I don’t think I have photographed so many before. I’ve found some great bridges, some bad ones, some in disrepair, some falling apart, some beautiful, some only half there and I have no idea what I am going to choose, you will have to wait.

If you have your image for the Bridges theme next week then email it to me, I’m looking forward to seeing them. I’ve already seen quite a few and they are looking good.

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This is the fourth image I’ve done for this weeks MM. Not that there was anything wrong with them, but if you follow me on other social media sites then you have already seen them, so thought I might do something new. I took this image a couple of weeks ago and then forgot about it. Then when I went back and had another look and realized all the sheep were all looking at me, I knew I had to do this one for this week.

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.

 

Now, Monochrome Madness will continue next 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.  I respect your copyright and would never keep any of the images.

Tuesday’s Bits and Bobs: The Countdown Starts

Another busy week ahead, but everything is definitely going in the right direction and moving on. It is quite an exciting time really. With the book moving along, the magazine getting put together and then there is my trip to the US coming up quickly. It is also a scary time, I really am embarking on things that are completely new to me.

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It is all coming together and now it is time to start assembling it. The articles are all in and most have been edited just waiting on a couple, but all good really. It is getting really exciting but also really scary. I’ve never done this before and I really scbmx20111105-0195want it to look good. It will be good if people really like it as well, that’s the scary part.

My Book

We have made the decision to put it back a little, because while I have photos for nearly all the seasons, I need some more for the summer period. I am a bit relieved that I have that now. I love the idea of the seasons, but I knew I didn’t have many photos with summer, so I will have go looking for them.

Another thing with the book is that all the natives are flowering down in Banyule Flats. I am going to have to spend some time down there and get som20110103-0925edsce images. I think that will be really good too. The wattle is coming out everywhere and I’m told there are 11 different species down there, so I will have to see how many I can find. There are some other things to find down there too.

Going to the US

Are you ready for it?

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I fly out in 5 weeks from today. I can’t believe it is almost here, and now I have to start getting things finalized and worked out. My friend has lent me her suitcase that she uses when she travels, though I told her I would probably pack the night before I go. Okay maybe the day before.

Travel Insurance, I remembered that I needed to get some, so have a quote I am happy with. Though I was a bit worried about my photography gear and how much it was going to cost me to insure it, but it seems the insurance I already have for it will be fine. Seems it will cover my gear all around the world, so score one for me. Now I can save just over two hundred dollars, that is fantastic.

Getting sponsors for the trip has been interesting. I managed to get some, Tamron, Lowepro and Merrell. I haven’t sccrits-3906been able to get any others, not sure why, though I am starting to suspect that I am the wrong sex for it. Perhaps if I were a man I might get more attention.  I’ve seen men who have less exposure than me get sponsorship. Hopefully the magazine is going to help women everywhere.

A few people have said they want to meet me when I come and so I have been thinking about having a get together, well two really, one in San Francisco and one in New York. So if you are interested, please let me know.

Photos

I try and show old photos, but I feel like I’ve shown everything. Then I came across some BMX photos I took a few years ago and thought why not show them. Then I saw some of the cycling ones, ones from the Bay Crits and thought why not.  So here is a selection of some of my cycling photos. It is nice to look back.

Influencing Me: Joel Tjintjelaar

If you love architectural photography then you will, I’m sure, know about Joel Tjintjelaar.  He is like a guru when it comes to architecture and long exposures. I know many of you already know his work and those that don’t will fall in love in love with it.  His work is something I aspire to be able to do and I plan work thinking of how he executes it. Shame he is in another country to me.

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There is a rawness to his images, they are devoid of distractions. When you look at his work there are lessons to be learned on what you should include and what you shouldn’t include.

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The work is about shape and form, and you look at the structure of the building. It is like an architects vision of what they thought the building would look like.

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His work is predominantly black and white. It strips away more of the distractions. It helps make the buildings beautiful, but also very simple, if that is the right way of putting it.

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Though I was also surprised to see that there are some colour photos. Actually one really, this was the only one I found, but still the image has the colour, but not much. It has been stripped of most and is just the bare essential colours.

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His long exposures are also worth looking at. For someone who is experimenting with this process myself his work really is inspirational. Of course the water ones are, but so are the architectural ones.

Minimalism at its best really.  It is something I think many of us can learn as we compose our images and work out what to leave in and what to leave out.

Joel did give me permission to show you his work and I had to make sure that you knew that the work was his. I can’t find a website but he is on Google+, Facebook, and Flickr. I would also like thank Joel for allowing me to show his work to you.

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I have a gallery with more of his images now.  Click on an image to get a larger image. I know you will enjoy them.

Weekend Wanderings: Macro Clifftop

One of the things that I said when I did my first post on the area called Red Rocks was that I didn’t have my macro lens with me. I knew before I went back that I had to take it with me the next time. So we walked to the cliffs first and did all the photos that I showed you yesterday. We knew it was downhill all the way to them, and the plan was to go to the bottom take our photos and then on the way back to the car use the macro lens.

The clifftops have been re-vegetated and all the plants there are Australian natives that were chosen, I’m sure, because they are native to the area, but also because they will survive in the conditions of where they are. The clifftops are subject to a lot of wind, and then there is the salt spray from the ocean below. It is very hard to get things to grow in those conditions so you need particular plants, ones that have been growing there for millions of years.

In Australia this time of the year is when you start to see many of the native flora flowering and if you want to see it you have to be prepared to get out in the bad and cold weather. It is something I need to do in the area I live as many plants are starting to flower right now.

I think we have some really unique flora here and I think I need to start paying attention. I don’t know what anything is and that is something that I need to get better at. I am going to start learning what our flora is. I am just going to put them into a gallery for you now, don’t forget you can click on individual images to see a larger image. I hope you are having a great weekend.  Take care.

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