Today was d day, the day of my first class for Living & Learning Nillumbik in Eltham. I think it went okay.  I really enjoyed myself and I hope the people doing it did as well.

We spent the first hour talking about cameras, talking photos and how to correctly expose images.  We also looked at some architecture photos that I had taken and I talked about different ways of approaching architecture.  We took photos around the centre, and then headed over to the Eltham Library.  A building with a distinctive style, very Eltham.

This structure was in the park next to the library.  We had to go past it and the students wanted to take photos of it.  I didn’t take many photos, I didn’t think it was appropriate.  I did manage to get a few, though it was better to be ready to answer questions and help when needed.  This was an interesting sculpture, it just stood there, it really commanded attention in an otherwise very green park.

I did this as a 3 image HDR and I think it was a better choice.  One of the things we did after each outing today was to look at the photos that they took, and one of the things I noticed in their photos was the sky whited out.  I think with the HDR image, I managed to get some detail in the sky.

This is the entrance to the Eltham Library.  It is such an amazing building.  It has lots of odd angles, strange shapes and different textures everywhere.  I thought for teaching architecture it would be perfect.  They all got great images and it was so interesting watching how they took photos.  It is really interesting watching people photographing the same thing and they all end up with something completely different.

My first class only had three people in it, but that was fine.  I think it was great only having a small class for the first one and I didn’t feel too pressured.  It was still hard and the questions came quickly and I had to think on my feet.  We ran to the schedule that I had set, though we run a little over time, but not by much.  The time just flew, I was shocked every time I looked at my watch.  I hope they all enjoyed the class and now I am looking forward to the next one.

Here they are photographing the sculpture in the park.  I couldn’t resist this image, they all look perfectly set up, but they really did get themselves into these positions, it wasn’t on purpose.  I have wondered about doing a post on how I photograph architecture.


  1. Yay – glad you enjoyed it! That is a really interesting structure. I’m presuming its sculptural rather than functional?

    • Thanks Liz, yes, it is sculptural, it stands very tall in the park. It is next to the Eltham Library, have you ever been there? I used to take my girls to the library and the park when they were little, they loved it.

  2. Congrats to your firts class, well done!
    ”I have wondered about doing a post on how I photograph architecture.”
    – yes please do :) fun to see how others do

  3. Good news, glad this went so good for you! The structure is odd and interesting too.

    • Thank you John, I am happy about it as well. It is a strange structure. No idea what it is meant to represent.

    • I will find out soon I think, they did seem to enjoy it. I will work on a post about architecture this week. Thanks Elissa Dee

    • That is a good way of putting, I did enjoy it. I did teach kids art after school for a couple of years, but this is so much better.

  4. Congratulations, Teacher! Loving the ‘looking up’ shot with the beauty of the clouds…and BTW, do you think next time, someone will bring you an apple? I surely would!

    • Haha, thank you so much, I don’t know if they do that anymore, bringing an apple. Nice idea though. I quite liked that shot too. Thanks again.

  5. richman22 says

    Glad to hear it went well. It’s cool how each of us interpret the same objects with varying results.

    • I think you are right, it is interesting, probably just as well otherwise our photography would all look the same. That would be boring. Thanks

  6. is there any difficulties when you toke all the pictures? is it possible to me capture any architecture picture by digital camera?

    • I don’t think I quite understand what you mean. I take all my photos with digital, and there aren’t any problems with how many I take.

  7. It would be interesting, Leanne, to read about the positions you get into to take that one photo that you see in your mind. We always see the end result, and reading the steps you take to get there would make interesting reading I think.

  8. Tricia's Blogs says

    Your photos were great of course, and i like the structure itself, but it brought a smile to my face to see the last image you took of your students completely absorbed in taking their own photos. What a delight.

    • Thank you Tricia, I loved that image as well, I saw them all there like that and I just had to take it.

    • The library is a fascinating building, designed to blend into its environment. It has so many different lines and angles, it is amazing. Thanks Sid.

  9. Congratulation on your first class. I’m sure you were nervous but it gets easer the more you do. That is something I learned about life in general, the more you do something the easer it becomes.

    • That is certainly true. I think only having 3 made it easier, and they were all really nice people, so another bonus. I just hope I didn’t confuse them too much. Thanks

  10. saymber says

    I like the sculpture – makes me think of when we toured the Roman Forum in Rome. It would be interesting to see this image in black and white.

  11. Congratulations on being a new teacher :)

    Nothing constructive to say, but I really like that second shot against the sky.

    • Thanks Richard, it seem to go well, time will tell. How did I know you would like that one. haha, :)

  12. Well done! You will be amazed next time at how much easier it is to teach, now that you have done it once. I’m sure your students learned lots! Carol.

  13. Glad your first class went well. I also smiled at the fact that while your students were snapping away, you chose not to take but a few. I’ve seen that before on photowalks that I’ve joined. But you are, after all, the teacher…. Well done!

    • I thought it best to give them my attention, I know what I am like when I am taking photos, I get too absorbed in it all. Thanks Stephen.

  14. Beautiful pictures! That last one made me smile-photography types are such a funny breed. :)

  15. Congratulations on the class. I’d be interested in reading about how you photograph architecture.

    • Thanks riverpearl, I think I will start working on an article this week about photographing architecture.

  16. I am really interested in Photography and happy to find u’re blog, it’s awesome, thanks also for dropping by and liking my post…

    • I hope you find the blog useful, I try to use it to show off my images, but also to pass on knowledge. I like looking at other people’s blogs, so you’re welcome.

  17. Great shots and I have nominated you for the Lovely Blog Award. Congrats and thanks for all your sharing. Regards Leanne

  18. Loved the arches and would love to take a class from you… I am such a newbie to a dslr, I use my iPhone cuz it is with me at all times, gradually going to change that.

  19. Congratulations on a successful first class. Looks fun, and that sculpture would be interesting to photograph, as well as to see your students’ various efforts and approaches.

    • Their efforts were pretty amazing, Thanks EllaDee, it was a great experience, and I enjoyed it far more than I thought I would.

  20. I always enjoy photos of others taking photos! Especially when they just set themselves up perfectly like that! Even the lady at the right has just the right pop of red! I love your second image too- the one where you are looking up at the sky. I’ve been playing a bit with HDR, but nothing good enough to post yet!

    • Thanks, it was a great chance, and I was so happy that they all got in those positions all on their own. Good luck with your HDR images, they can be beautiful.

  21. Congratulations dear Leanne Cole, I am so glad as much as you. This is amazing photograph again. So impressive too. Thank you, have a nice week, love, nia

  22. Little Brown Tomato (LBT) says

    Amazing how you got that last photo. I love how it was unposed. :)

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