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MM 2-18: Monochrome Madness 2-18

Last week’s theme was great. It was fantastic to hear all the comments and how people found the K entries. I’ve heard from some that they were stumped on a few, and then others were great.

Just a reminder that the next Monochrome Madness theme is Bridges, and it is going to be the first week of August, MM 2-22.

Shall we take a look at MM for this week?

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On the weekend I went to Point Lonsdale for the sunrise. As you can see there wasn’t one, it was too overcast, however I loved the clouds. They were like long exposure clouds but they were natural. I kept trying to get the best images with them. I liked this one looking down the pier with the clouds above.

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: Getting Ready for Time Away

It seems I’m doing the same thing as before, going out too much to take photos and not spending nearly enough time at home. I have decided to just enjoy it for the next week and a bit and then get things organized again.

Dynamic Range Magazine

I’ve been spending a bit of time looking at other photography magazines and working out what it is that I want this one to be about. I am thinking about you all and what you have said you would like. It is an interesting thing to examine.

Articles have been coming in and it is exciting to think that it is really coming together. Hopefully it will be ready and 20110707-untitled-5230available for you to purchase at the end of the month.

Book

I have to get to this and start working out what images I want to be in it. I have hundreds of photos so I need to cull them down, should be great looking through them all and working out which ones.

Online Classes

I just want to remind you that I do offer online classes if you want to learn photography or learn how to use Lightroom 20100529-untitled-4700or Photoshop.  So if you are interested take a look at my website.

Apollo bay

Next week I am off to Apollo Bay with Kaz. I am sure it is going to be a great week, if not quite exhausting. Kaz wants to do everything and with only four days there I’m not sure how we will go, but we will do our best. It is such a beautiful part of Victoria and you get a different feel no matter where you go up the road. There are beaches, waterfalls, rainforests, lighthouses and Koalas. It is going to be great, cold, but great. I just hope the weather behaves.

Photos

Speaking of the weather we are having a very cold winter here this year. Well I think it is. It is about time really as the last few have been quite mild. I thought it might be fun today to go through my archives and find some winter photos. Some of these I’ve never shown here before, I don’t think.20100515-untitled-1784

I went for a day trip up to the snow a few years ago and took some photos and it was so amazing. It was really the first time I had seen snow like this in Australia. I had seen it overseas, but not here.

There are also some more photos of fog and such, cold mornings.

It is time for me to get busy and get some work done.

Influencing Me: Those That Came Before – Margaret Bourke-White

Today I have another female photographer for you from the past. A woman who had a distinguished career and was quite remarkable considering the time she was working. She was Margaret Bourke-White.

Instead of me just telling you about her here is what Wikipedia had to say about her:

Margaret Bourke-White ( June 14, 1904 – August 27, 1971) was an American photographer and documentary photographer. She is best known as the first foreign photographer permitted to take pictures of Soviet industry, the first American female war photojournalist, and the first female photographer for Henry Luce’s Life magazine, where her photograph appeared on the first cover. She died of Parkinson’s disease about eighteen years after she developed her first symptoms.

What an amazing career. There is a link there to a page on her and I’m sure you could learn a lot about her.

I am just going to put her work into a gallery. I just love her work. How amazing is it and it is so different to what most women were doing back then.  I am sure you will agree with me.

On a side note, thanks Victor for the suggestion, it was a good one.

Weekend Wanderings: Foggy Mornings in Victoria

The other morning a friend and I decided to see if we could get to Bonnie Doon and maybe Mansfield. We didn’t really do enough research about going there, especially with how long it would take us to drive there. We did feel like we spent the whole day in the car.

The best part really was as we left the house we could see that it was a little bit foggy and as we got out of the city it was even foggier. Though first of all we saw a bit of a sunrise and then realized we just had to stop on the side of the road to take photos of it.

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We saw lots more fog, but we didn’t want to stop too much as we wanted to get the fog through the Black Spur which is a rainforest area just after Healesville.

We didn’t stop anywhere else and then we got to the Black Spur and there was no fog. However, as we continued to drive through it we saw more and more fog, though not enough to really capture it in a photo. Then just as we were about to give up we got just what we were hoping for.

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The fog with the sun trying to break through it. It was fantastic. We stopped and took quite a few photos here. I love how warm it looks.

As we continued our drive and left the rainforest the fog got a lot thicker. Nearly the whole trip to Bonnie Doon was in thick fog. It was amazing what we could see, or couldn’t. Finally we decided we had to stop and take some photos with this thick fog.

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This really was how it was. The fog was that thick. I love images like this, so haunting. I do wish we had taken a lot more, and that is the problem when you are going somewhere new, you don’t know what is ahead.

We did see one place on the way to Mansfield and on the way back decided we would have to stop there and take more photos. Actually I just wanted to do a tree, but once we got there we realised there was a lot more to see, so we spent some time there.

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I loved the gnarly dead tree, and the fog behind it just set the scene perfectly, don’t you think?

We were then on way back to Bonnie Doon and we decided to find a place to take some photos around the top of Lake Eildon.

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The water has recently receded and the sides were muddy. The fog was starting to clear and you could really only see it on the top of the near by hills. I still like the atmosphere that was created. I don’t know if these are live or dead trees. They could have just lost their leaves. Still, they looked great in the almost still water.

It was a great day for photography, but I think both of use decided, in the end, that we spent way too much time sitting in the car getting there. We think we will go again, but maybe next time rent a room somewhere so we can have more time to explore and take photos.

I have some more photos for you now. I love the atmosphere in these. I do hope you have some great plans for photos this weekend, or have been out already. I’ve been enjoying all the photography. Take care, and enjoy your weekend.

Weekend Wanderings: Red Rocks Near Anglesea

Last weekend I spent the weekend in Jan Juc with Chris from sv-takeiteasy. We went to a few places and she told me about the red rocks near Anglesea. I’ve seen them many times from a distance as they stand out a lot when you are driving there from Aireys Inlet, but I’ve never known how to get there. I was telling Chris about it, she just said, oh red rocks, I know where they are. So off we went.

We had a lot of fun walking along there. Some spots I’m not sure we should have been, but I will say no more. Neither of us brought the right lenses. I should have had my macro with me, and she should have had her big lens for the birds. I suspect we will go back, but this time with the right ones.

I took all of these shots with my 24-70mm lens and it did an okay job. It is a nice lens and my favourite really, but like all lenses it has its limitations.

I’m back in Jan Juc this weekend, but I don’t know if we will go back here. There are so many places to explore here. I am just putting the images into a gallery for you now. I hope you have a great weekend planned too.

UfD: Protecting You and Your Images

Recently I was given an opportunity to put some work into an exhibition. It seemed like a great idea and I have to say I took a lot for granted and through it I learned a lot. There are things that many of us who don’t exhibit often don’t know or don’t think about.

The Exhibition

The work I had in the exhibition was in a public place, but it wasn’t being watched. I wasn’t the only one with work there and two out of my three pieces were stolen, or have disappeared. Others have experienced the same.

The problem then arises as to who is responsible?

LC01-Lake Charm at SunsetWith almost all exhibitions the gallery or place where you exhibit your work takes no responsibility for stolen or damaged work. When you put your work in to be exhibited you usually do it at your own risk. Unfortunately, I wasn’t really aware of it for this exhibition. It wasn’t until I had gone too far into it that I realized the work wasn’t going to be supervised.

Not long after that we were told that the digital files of all the images would be given to the people who held the exhibition so they could print them out for exhibitions elsewhere. I have to say I was never easy with this idea, but waited until I had a chance to talk LC02-Guiding Lights-wmto someone about it.

What I found out was that the images have just been given to them without any conditions placed on them as to what they can do with them, well as far as I can tell. Everyone has got carried away with the idea that their work might be in further exhibitions. Though we all found out about this before we were aware that images had been stolen from the original show.

So now these people have three of my images, which are all high resolution images, so they can be printed and I have no control over what happens with them. I have asked that they delete them, but who can ever be sure that it actually happens.

Protecting Yourself

I am just going to list some ideas on how you can protect yourself from this happening again. I’m sure others have had similar ideas, so please, if you can contribute please do.

1 – Make Sure You Know the Factsscbarwonheads-4hpm0376-2

By this I mean, make sure you know exactly what is going on. Never assume anything.

2 – Will the Work Be Supervised

Really as soon as I knew it wasn’t going to be I should’ve clicked. The work is not protected from anything. There is no one to stop people from just taking the work, or from destroying it. You really shouldn’t agree to work not being supervised unless it is behind glass or protected some other way. Our work was just pinned to boards.

3 – Find Out About Compensation

If the conditions are like ours, where the work wasn’t secured at all you need to find out if you will be compensated if something happens to it.

4 – Have an Agreement in Writing

LeanneCole-pinklakes-6286-5hpmGet a contract, make sure you know what you are liable for and what they are. Don’t try and be nice, this is your work and you have every right to protect it.

5 – Giving High Resolution Images

It should be, never give them to anyone. Once people have them they can do what they like with them, unless you have a contract. If you have one then you can stipulate what they can and can’t do with them. You have something to protect you.

Our images were given away basically, so we have nothing set up to protect us.

Competitions

Many competitions require you to send in your images as well and again, you need to be aware of what is required. sccity-3hpm1824Read the fine print, find out what they can and can’t do with your images. It will be there in the Terms and Conditions. You can’t argue with them, and either you agree with them or you don’t, so then you have to decide whether or not you will enter it.

Don’t ever enter a competition where they have full rights to  your images. You might be signing away all rights and they might make millions from your image. You just don’t know.

I hope these points all help you to understand how you can better protect yourself. The part that is the most concerning for me is that we have given away our images and there is control over what they can do with them. They could use them for advertising, they could sell them or they could just give them away. We don’t know.  I am not quite sure what to do now, I’ve requested that my images be removed from them, but I don’t  know how to check that it has been.

So protect yourself, be sure you know what you are doing, be aware of the details, read the fine print, get things in writing.

The images today are ones that I would use for exhibition purposes.

Quiet Thursday: Social Media Images

On Tuesday I mentioned what a busy week it is has been and it would seem that it isn’t slowing down. I’m away again this weekend and I have to get posts ready before I go. I also have articles to write and articles to read, as ones for the magazine start to come in. They are looking good.

I should have mentioned the other day that Merrell did agree to sponsor me for my trip to the US and a new pair of hiking shoes have arrived. I wore them to Bonnie Doon the other day and they were great. I love that they are waterproof and because it was so wet and foggy I really didn’t have worry about my feet getting wet in the long grass. It amazes me how my feet stay dry.

I have tried some other companies, Sandisk never got back to me. Three Legged Things, tripod company said no to me. I suspect I’m the wrong gender for them as all their tripods are named after men. They tried to tell me it wasn’t true, but they aren’t doing much to show that they support women’s photography. I also never heard back from Nikon, I’ve sent two emails now and got no response from either.

There is another company here too, CR Kennedy, they are distributors and I’ve dealt with them before. The first guy I dealt with there was fantastic, but the guy I have to deal with now is horrible. He is so dismissive of me. I really dislike it. He accused me of being unAustralian once, because I didn’t want to pay over inflated prices for what I was buying. That if I’m Australian I should support the local industry and pay double for everything, be happy about it. Silly really. Then when I asked if they would help me out on my trip he said they only support Print Media, like magazines. I asked why don’t they support blogs and he said they do, but he just said they didn’t. It was very confrontational and I really hate dealing with him. I don’t think I will deal with CR Kennedy again. I never know how I will be treated, oh I do know, like I’m a pain in the butt and not worth the effort. Thankfully other companies are much better to deal with, though I’m sure it is just this guy and not the company.

I just have Instagram photos and a couple from Facebook for you today all taken with my phone, I hope that is okay. I’ve been away a bit and here are some photos from some of my trips. I’ve been to the coast again, but some of these photos are from trips into the country, one of which, as I said, was to Bonnie Doon where it was a very foggy day. We took advantage of the fog and you will see some in the photos.

I will be spending today trying to get more blog posts done. I hope you are planning some great photography trips.

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