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Giving Things a Go

Today’s post is going to be quick.  I am late with it and I need to do some other stuff. I decided today to give something a go.  It hasn’t really worked well, I rush too much, but it is a beginning and something that could be a lot of fun in the future.

The Coffee CupsI saw an image in the reader the other day of two hands with a map of the world on them.  It got me thinking and I wondered if I would be able to do something similar.  so I gave it a go with two white coffee mugs and put an image of wrapping paper over the top.  It hasn’t turned out too bad, but I need to experiment a lot more.  I must write down some notes on what I have done and what to do differently.

Tea SetThis one I did with all white crockery again.  I probably should have lightened it again. I am pretty sure I know what I would do differently next time.  It is another interesting process to explore and one that could open up new possibilities   I look forward to experimenting more with it.

Thank you to everyone for the birthday wishes, there are so many comments.  I am having a really hard time keeping on top of them and I am not sure what to do.  At the moment I have 597 comments to respond to.  I am thinking of making the decision to not respond to everyone anymore, and only do those that ask me questions or want more information.  The ones that just make a short statement should always assume that I really do thank them for their comments.   I am hoping no one will mind if I do that from now on.

Waterproof Cameras

A woman asked me recently for some advice on a waterproof camera, one her husband couldn’t destroy while fishing or when put through the washing machine.  I wrote an email to Michael’s Camera and Video and asked them what they would recommend.  They recommended two cameras, the Olympus TG-1, and the Panasonic FT20 which can go to a depth of 5 metres.  The first one retails here for around $400 and the second around $230.  I hope this helps.

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  1. I really do not know how you manage to keep up with the socializing side of blogging. No need to respond!

    January 8, 2013
  2. Beautiful cups..no need to respond x0x

    January 8, 2013
  3. These are so beautiful, what a clever idea! :)

    January 8, 2013
  4. In reference to the image, you said, your saw a picture with two hands with a map of the world on them. With the coffee cups if they where white when you shot them and then added the wallpaper on top then ( which i think you did) then there is one extra step I would add before blending the wallpaper in. I would use Image transform and then warp to bend the wallpaper realistically around the mugs.

    If i have got the wrong end of the stick, sorry.

    January 8, 2013
    • No you haven’t Ben, that is part of the things I would do differently, there are a few other things as well.

      January 8, 2013
  5. What a great idea. I really like the results. There’s no need to respond, Leanne – I don’t know how you keep up with it normally, let alone after 597. I’m struggling to work out a strategy for blogging that doesn’t take up so much time.

    January 8, 2013
  6. Are you using selection tools, or brushing the edges by hand with layer masking? I’m new to compositing and selecting objects seems to be the hardest step.

    January 8, 2013
  7. Reblogged this on Ambiography.

    January 8, 2013
  8. Looks great, and like fun.

    January 8, 2013
  9. Hey about the underwater camera,

    Your friend can check out the GoPro collection, specifically designed for extreme sports (for in all weather conditions and in water) I think he won’t be able to break that one so easily ;)

    http://gopro.com/products/?gclid=CJ7Yqb-u2LQCFSTLtAodUSgAXA

    January 8, 2013
  10. Yes I could see some fun possibilities with this idea too Leanne ;-) nice .
    And if not commenting except to specific q’s or advice frees up time to get on with your photography and the experimental side of it all and then that is a must .
    Everyone will benefit so to speak, you yourself , and from your explanations and wonderful results we can then feel “why yes, I’ll have a go at that too!”
    So I vote for No Need To Respond Day 1 ;-)

    January 8, 2013
  11. For what it’s worth, there’s a review of waterproof cameras here: http://www.lenstip.com/134.1-article-Waterproof_cameras_test_2012_-_part_I.html

    January 8, 2013
  12. Lovely shots – like the crockery – very pretty. I would need a water proof camera, it has been raining nearly none stop for since boxing day. Hate it .. thanks for brining some beuty into my day.

    January 8, 2013
    • That is one thing we desperately need right now. We haven’t had any rain for weeks. Please send it here.

      January 8, 2013
      • Yes, I know about the fires too – terrible .. maybe if I do a “rain dance” *smile

        January 8, 2013
      • I have just woken up Viveka and it has rained, the garden is saved.

        January 9, 2013
      • So my “rain dance” helped … good to know !!! *smile Thanks for letting me know.

        January 9, 2013
  13. yeah after all those comments, its completely underfstandable that you dont respond lol. Responding to 500 plus message would literally take me the whole day. Btw, I cant believe how awesome these cups came out. When I first saw the image I thought to mysel, “oh those are some cool looking cups” then I read the post and realized, this is photoshoped? My jaw dropped, lol. well done. (no need to respond :)

    January 8, 2013
  14. The experiment went well! The cups look great Leanne. Your arsenal of photo applications are great. :)

    January 8, 2013
  15. I agree, only reply to the well wishers who ask a question! :)

    January 9, 2013
  16. Your thought of only responding to specific questions is the only realistic way to handle these blogs. People could spend all day responding to every comment and never have time for what they are blogging about in the first place! The blog then becomes a tremendous burden lurking in your mind and takes away from your creative thinking. Spend your time on your photography, after all, that’s your passion!

    January 9, 2013
  17. Ahh … the price of fame. You’re run up against the edge of that infamous double-edged sword. You want lots of traffic so the buzz might spill over to the business (money making) side of things and yet the traffic brings with it other obligations. I’ve known other ‘well known’ bloggers who have done exactly what it looks like you might do as well – and more power to you. Some have simply removed the comment button from their posts – perhaps that would make your life easier? If you continued to allow likes then you could keep track of traffic and level of appeal without the obligation of having to respond to so many people clamoring for your attentions. You have been quite gracious about commenting on my posts Leanne and even responding to my comments to yours. If those begin to lessen over time I will absolutely understand. The less of your attention I receive the more time you will have to pay to your ambitious attempt to make Leanne Cole Photography your vocation as well as your passion. You have my full and unqualified support. If you do continue to follow Pairodox Farm perhaps you could consider hitting that like button from time to time! [Sorry, couldn't sign off with one little show of selfishness.] Dave

    January 9, 2013
  18. lovely shots…they look so pretty…you know I’ve wondered about you responding myself…that is always a difficult decision when the comments become overwhelming, it can take so much time out of a day…do what you can.
    cheers

    January 9, 2013
  19. Holy cow…that is cool!!!

    January 9, 2013
  20. I think the cups are fabulous. And no, etiquette does not require that you respond to every post. Especially when your blog is this popular. Happy belated birthday.

    January 9, 2013
  21. Now, that looks like some fun, Leanne…but it DOES take time! Love the effect…and the fact that once again, you’re delving into the unknown and making/taking the time to experiment! KUDOS!!!

    January 9, 2013
  22. FWIW, we have that $400 Olympus and love it. Have taken it diving in fresh and saltwater, and have had it out kayaking multiple times as well as skiing. It’s a good recommendation.

    January 9, 2013
  23. What a cool idea! I love the pattern you chose, too. I’m absolutely incompetent when it comes to anything beyond basic editing, so things like this tend to blow my mind. And the commitment you put into your blog is astounding – I think it would take me half the day to LOOK at that many comments, let alone respond!

    January 9, 2013
  24. Tricia's Blogs #

    What an interesting idea, never realized you could do that. I think it worked out great, I thought you were photographing flowered cups until I read the content! (No need to respond).

    January 9, 2013
  25. I love the coffe cups! They’re awesome :)
    Very cool photoshopping!

    January 9, 2013
  26. This is very cool, Leanne! I would love a tutorial on this one!

    January 9, 2013
  27. Very nice! I’d send some rain, but I’m in a desert. No need to respond…thanks for dropping by!

    January 9, 2013
  28. fascinating…please share hoe you did this, and Happy Birthday!

    January 9, 2013
  29. Goodness gracious, nice problem :)

    January 9, 2013
  30. Very intersting concept, I like the whole idea of it. Very nice …!!!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog. Great posts here.
    Isadora

    January 9, 2013
  31. Hi Leanne, what a fantastic experiment! I quite like the results and am here to cheer you on. Thanks for your taking the time to like my blog post earlier today. I appreciate your time!

    January 9, 2013
  32. Nice!
    About a week or so ago, I was experimenting with a teapot and cups too (got them as a Christmas present) !
    I found out that, if I put them on the granite countertop, turned off all the lights, and took flash photos in the dark.—I could capture the image and the perfect reflection below. Because I could not see what I was doing, I had to take a lot of pictures before I got it right. Back in the olden days, when my camera had film, it would have been expensive to take so many experimental photos. Now, with a digiital camera, I can just hit “delete” and try again. I love it.

    January 9, 2013
  33. Dea #

    Love the cups! xx

    http://www.timelessdifference.com

    January 9, 2013
  34. saymber #

    AACK I missed your birthday somehow – I’ve not been on here everyday so that’s probably why! A belated Happy birthday wish to you Leanne!

    January 10, 2013
  35. I really love this. It’s such a sweet idea, like a little gift of a cup of tea :)
    It looks really well done too, the light and curvature of the patterns. I’d love to know how you did it.
    However you managed it, very well done :)

    January 11, 2013
    • Thanks odphotography, it was an interesting idea and one I think I might do more work on at some stage. I still have some things to fine tune. :)

      January 11, 2013
  36. I like the result!

    January 11, 2013
  37. Oh man Leanne! That’s a really neat idea! When I first glanced at them I just thought it was a really pretty set lol and when I started reading I started taking a closer look and it still looks like a printed set! HAHA! That’s really creative and I love it :) No hard feelings about not commenting everyone, I’m sure you get a LOT of comments lol! That would be really hard to go through each one. I know with me when it comes to everyones blogs, if I’m behind at all it takes me days to catch up! So if I don’t hear back from you, I’ll know you appreciate it :)

    January 12, 2013
    • I hear you. I feel like I am drowning at the moment. I do try and respond to as many comments as I can, but I think the folder now has over 700 comments I need to respond to. Some one save me please :)
      Glad you liked the photos. I thought it was really, and I can lots of possibilites, but I probably need to experiment more. It was fun, though I rushed it somewhat.

      January 12, 2013
      • Well it doesn’t look like you rushed it at all :) Always so professional and inspiring

        January 12, 2013
      • Thanks Babe

        January 12, 2013
  38. petit4chocolatier #

    I love this!!

    January 12, 2013
  39. Amazing!

    January 18, 2013

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