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Portraits with a Little Touch of Gothica

The Tower

Last Saturday was my last class for the year.  It was a portrait class, and I am pretty sure I have told you about it already.  Today I thought I would show you a couple of photos that I took of my daughters.  The images have been processed, but not heavily, I had to use Color Efex as well, it was good to see it applied to portraits.

This is Briony, my eldest daughter.  She was quite tired and now that I look at the photos I can see that myself.

This is Klara.  They are my daughters and were the models for the class.  They did a great job.  I didn’t take many photos, but I took these as I was showing the class how to direct the models.   It is important to tell people what you want them to do while you’re photographing them.

Both girls think the other is prettier, though Klara loved the colour of her hair in the image.  When it was changed to black and white she wasn’t so keen.

The images were processed in camera raw, blemishes removed, and then the classical soft focus from Color Efex applied.  I could do more to them, but it would probably be better to do more photos.

Manchester Unity

Today I was given an opportunity to view the inside of the Manchester Unity Building in the Melbourne.  It stands on the corner of Collins Street and Swanston Street and is one of those buildings that is a famous landmark.  Not everyone knows the name, but everyone knows the building.

Recently I was approached by Dr Kia Pajouhesh, the Managing Director of Smile Solutions and the Chairman of the building, and he invited me to come in to take some photos.  Today was about looking around and seeing what he wants me to do and what else I might like to photograph.

It is the most amazing building.  The interior has been kept as it would have been when it was first built in 1932.

Of course the camera came with me, and I took a few photos.

It was the middle of the day, and great photos of the outside weren’t going to happen, but I snapped this one quickly and played around with it.  There are so many textures in the stone and details are everywhere.  This image doesn’t really work, but it is a start, and it was nice to get a shot like this.

I will be going back another day to take some more photos.  I’ll take the tripod and do some bracketed shots for some HDR images.  It is going to be a fantastic experience.  My mind is buzzing with ideas.  I need to go and write down some notes.

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  1. Your daughters have the same hair colour that my late mother had when she was their age.

    The building looks a great subject and I look forward to seeing what you do with it.

    November 20, 2012
    • They have hated their hair colour, but as they get older they are liking it a lot more.
      I can’t wait to photograph the building, it is such an amazing place. Thanks

      November 21, 2012
  2. Great lighting on the portraits

    November 20, 2012
    • Thanks Rob, it was window lighting with some bounce flash.

      November 21, 2012
  3. Your girls are beautiful Leanne!

    November 20, 2012
  4. Nice portraits of two very good looking young ladies.
    To me, they both have “Australian” eyes. I don’t know what that means but everyone I have ever known whether from the north, south, east, or west, of Australia has the “look” pass over their eyes from time to time.

    November 20, 2012
    • Thanks, I have never heard of that before, Australian eyes, strange, haha :)

      November 21, 2012
  5. I think the portraits are great… two good looking girls… can’t wait to see the building…

    November 20, 2012
    • Thanks Rob, I can’t wait for the building photos either, I am so excited about them.

      November 21, 2012
  6. lovely ladies! lovely shots!

    November 20, 2012
  7. Lovely portraits of your daughters Leanne.
    The photo of the building reminds me of something you would see in Gotham City. Will be interesting to see what you come up with on your next photo shoot.

    November 20, 2012
    • Thank you Colline.
      Would you believe that is part of my brief, it seems it is my processing that got me the job.

      November 21, 2012
      • Well done to you :)

        November 21, 2012
  8. I can’t wait to see what I’m sure will be absolutely amazing HDRs of Manchester Unity. What a great opportunity. Take lots and lots and lots of images. That first one is a winner for sure. D

    November 20, 2012
    • Oh I hope so Dave, I am really looking forward to it. I am really excited to see what happens. I will, that is the plan, I am making a list so I don’t forget anything. Thanks

      November 21, 2012
  9. The building photo looks great! Your daughters are beautiful young ladies. :)

    November 20, 2012
  10. Beautiful Girls! Love that red hair (mine is auburn :-)! Also love the photo of the building!

    November 20, 2012
    • I love their hair too, so much more interesting. I am glad about the building one, it is a good start. Thank you. :)

      November 21, 2012
  11. Very nice portraits, Leanne. Like the subtlety of the processing. Love the Manchester Unity Building shot – reminds me of Gormenghast.

    November 21, 2012
    • Thank you Richard, that is something I am starting to learn, more subtlety. The MU is amazing, and it is going to be such a great experience.

      November 21, 2012
  12. Pat #

    Wonderful portraits of your lovely daughters!

    November 21, 2012
  13. Your daughters are very charismatic and beautyfull.
    I think by drawing models it’s the same procedure to direct the models. It’s very importend to do that.
    sometimes I do 1 minute drawings, that’s difficult.

    November 21, 2012
    • I have done those one minute drawings, they are really hard. I think it is important to know how to direct your subjects. Thank you Susanne.

      November 21, 2012
  14. Leanne,
    How did you get the sky so dark and detailed in the last picture? I’m looking for ways to adjust this in a few of my pictures.
    Awesome shots as usual!!

    November 21, 2012
    • I just darkened the whole image and then lightened some of it again. To get the detail, it was full of soft clouds so I used Topaz Adjust to bring out the detail. I hope that helps, thanks Anne

      November 21, 2012
      • Thanks Leanne, it certainly does!

        November 22, 2012
  15. Nice portraits but personally the building shot is already amazing in detail, light and darkness! Greetings, Ron

    November 21, 2012
    • Thank you Ron, I like the building shot, but I know I can do better. It was a good start. I hope you enjoy the real shots.

      November 21, 2012
  16. Your daughters are beautiful. I really enjoy reading your daily blog. Makes me want to learn more about post production.

    November 21, 2012
    • Thank you Anne, that is such a nice thing to say.

      November 21, 2012
  17. Love the shots of ‘the girls’ – I have two daughters as well ;) LOOOVE the hair color of both! (She says modestly as a fellow redhead …)

    November 21, 2012
    • Haha, my grandmother hated their hair, reminded her too much of her first husband, my grandfather who was abusive, she is the only person who used to look at it with disdain. Thank you, :)

      November 21, 2012
      • Ugh. Well, hey. Her stuff, eh (though distantly understandable ….) – still, they are such lovely girls with such fantastic features to match that extraordinary color!

        November 22, 2012
  18. The portraits are more than lovely, Leanne…each girl’s character stands out…and IMHO, both are quite beautiful! Faces bare of make-up, naturally-done hair, nothing fussy…so very perfect! (And, Mom, please make sure the girls read this, as I have worked with many ‘celebrities’ and have seen them w/o their make-up…they couldn’t hold a candle to your two daughters!)

    Can’t wait for more shots of the MU…spectacular building exterior! I can only imagine what’s on the inside!

    November 21, 2012
    • Thank you 1000, I got them together and they read what you said, they were both very happy with it. what girl doesn’t like to hear she is beautiful, haha.

      I can’t wait either, it is going to be really good. I have so many ideas.

      November 21, 2012
  19. Your daughter is so beautiful .. truly beautiful – very Irish *smile – with her green eyes.
    Your photo of the Manchester Unity is stunning – so dramatic … love the color combination of dark blue and brown when it’s about clothes I wear – and your photo is full of. One of my favorite shots.

    November 21, 2012
    • Thank you viveka, I wish she believed it.
      I think the building image is a good start, and helps me to work out what I want to do, what I need to get the best shot. Thank you.

      November 21, 2012
      • I have also started taking photos with the camera on angels – its gives a total new prospective to the object. I really like your photo – the colors are so dramatic.

        November 21, 2012
  20. saymber #

    I couldn’t tell she was tired Leanne – both of your girls are lovely and the gothic architecture photo is awesome!

    November 21, 2012
    • Thank you so much saymber, I can see it, but maybe that is a mothers thing.

      November 21, 2012
  21. Your girls are lovely!

    November 21, 2012
  22. Beautiful portraits of your very pretty daughters.

    November 21, 2012
  23. Beautiful lighting that really brings out their great hair colour!

    November 21, 2012
    • It really did a great job of doing that, thanks.

      November 21, 2012
  24. A lucky mom you are.

    November 21, 2012
  25. Lovely girls!

    November 21, 2012
  26. Beautiful photos, I love The Tower and your daughters look lovely.

    November 21, 2012
  27. Your daughters have beautiful hair…. Mine was red (a little darker than theirs) growing up and I hated it…. LOL. Now, I would absolutely love to have it… Great post!

    November 21, 2012
    • Thank you Keli, it is funny isn’t it, they haven’t liked it either, but they are starting to accept it now, and I know Klara loves it.

      November 21, 2012
  28. Lovely natural portraits, they are so good to have as time passes, and it does so quickly. I really like the way you take reality such as the the Manchester Unity Building image, and distort it :)

    November 21, 2012
    • Thank you EllaDee, it was nice to get some, I really don’t do it enough anymore. Would you believe, that is why I was asked to do the photos, because that is what I do. It is nice that my editing is getting a reputation. :)

      November 21, 2012
  29. petit4chocolatier #

    Beautiful girls; lovely portraits!

    November 21, 2012
  30. I wish i had your photography skills, but that’s okay slowly and surely i’ll get there. We have one thing in common though, two beautiful daughters. :-)

    November 21, 2012
    • You will get there, we all have to start somewhere. Yes, two daughters, though mine aren’t always lovely, haha, thank you. :)

      November 21, 2012
  31. nice portraits :)

    November 21, 2012
  32. Beautifully ‘au naturale’!!

    November 22, 2012
  33. Good pictures, Leanne, especially the top one. Adrian

    November 24, 2012
    • Thank you Adrian, she has always been a great subject.

      November 30, 2012
  34. You have gorgeous girls, leanne! I also like that picture of the building a lot. The angle really appeals to me.

    November 24, 2012
    • Thank you Zelmare, I like that angle too, it is unusual for me, but I am happy I did it.

      November 30, 2012
  35. Your daughters are absolutely gorgeous! I love that you left them in color because their hair color is so pretty :) Thank you for giving some tips on portraits, I’m hoping to do more of that later :) Also, I love LOVE that last shot! What kind of lens did you use for it?

    November 25, 2012
    • Thanks Amanda, I left them in colour because my younger daughter liked the colour more, she liked how her hair looked. You are welcome about the tips, it can be fun to do. I think I used the 18-105mm wide angle zoom for that image.

      November 30, 2012
  36. Lovely daughters, Leanne. What more can I say that hasn’t been said already. The building is very cool. It has that “Batman” look, especially with that angle. Love your stuff. Keep going and thanks.

    November 27, 2012
    • That is great that the building has the Batman look, that is what I was after, I can’t wait to go back and do more shots of it. Thanks

      November 30, 2012

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