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Weekend Wanderings – Taking a Look Back at the Mallee

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It has been another one of those weeks, and not helped by the fact that I stayed up all night the last two nights to watch something on CreativeLive.  It was great to actually watch it live, but I am not functioning properly right now so I thought for this weekend’s post we might just take a look at photos I took of the Mallee in 2011.

I went up a few times that year, and it helped me fall in love with the place again.  Some of the images have been done with different processing, some very simply, but I hope you don’t mind if I show you a gallery of those images.  I do enjoy going back.

I hope you don’t mind these looking back posts.  It is good seeing where I have come from as an artist and a photographer.  Some of them make me cringe, some make me proud.

I need to find someone to do a post on on Monday, so please I would love you help, can you make some suggestions?

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  1. These are gorgeous, Leanne. Those stained-glass windows are spectacular. If I was a big, rich lady and I had a mansion, I would so put those in there.

    August 10, 2013
  2. Interesting images.

    August 10, 2013
  3. Love the images and love the subject!
    I enjoy looking back with you :D

    August 10, 2013
    • That is great to hear Robyn, thank you. I love this subject too, I really want to get back up there.

      August 10, 2013
  4. Smashing series of pictures Leanne!

    August 10, 2013
  5. Have you looked at the photographer, Sarah Moon, who was born on 1941 and became a photographer in 1970 after working as a model? I think you will appreciate her work in light of your current photographic interests.

    August 10, 2013
    • No, I haven’t heard of her, I will take a look, thanks for intro.

      August 10, 2013
  6. Reblogged this on Elementary Posters and commented:
    Leanne Cole from Melbourne, Australia publishes virtually every day one or more pictures. An absolute must follow blog. Sometimes I personally think that her images are a bit on the dark side but nevertheless I admire her efforts in creating her own style; something I’m still battling for.

    August 10, 2013
  7. WOW, great pictures. Liked them all. Thanks for it.

    August 10, 2013
  8. Most of them have an appealingly dramatic quality. The one with the cross is really Gothic – good novel cover!

    August 10, 2013
    • Thanks Colonialist. I have been trying to get some photos of those in front of the sunset for so long, so hard to get.

      August 10, 2013
  9. Lovely lovely photos, and interesting as you say to look back at… I like the way some of the photos are quite dark & others are quite light and fun. My favourite is the black & white one of the gate

    August 10, 2013
    • It is interesting to see how much you change over time. Thanks Barbara.

      August 10, 2013
  10. Love these photos especially the one of the church windows and the people walking on the tracks.l

    August 10, 2013
    • Thanks Nora, I love the ones of the old church, and that one of the girls too, that was one of my favourites from that trip.

      August 10, 2013
  11. I don’t mind looking back posts at all…these are lovely…

    August 10, 2013
    • That is great, thanks Georgia, it is great for me too, good excuse to look back.

      August 10, 2013
  12. You seem to know when and how to use different lenses to create different effects. Unfortunately I cannot do this with my non-DSLR camera. That’s why I try to make every image count. I really like this set…..

    August 10, 2013
    • I had never thought of that, I just do it. It is a lot harder on a camera that you can’t change the lenses on, but they often have good zoom lenses. Sounds like a great idea.

      August 11, 2013
  13. Very nice series – Is the town partly abandoned or did you just get some choice locations out of your visit? Any way, I’d be happy to claim any of these shots as my own, so don’t be too hard on yourself.

    August 10, 2013
    • I think the houses are still used, but many of the shops have gone out of business, there aren’t as many farmers now as farms are getting bigger and bigger. My mother lives there, which is the reason for frequent trips. Thanks Robert, I do like the shots, it is some of the processing I am not sure about now.

      August 11, 2013
  14. Suzanne #

    You have really captured the spirit of the Mallee in these photos. Terrific work.

    August 10, 2013
  15. It is important to take a look back to see how you have grown. As I was looking at these I couldn’t help thinking that your daughter makes a really good model :)

    August 10, 2013
    • Thank you Colline, it is important, I agree. My daughter, I am finding she does, they both do but for different things. :)

      August 11, 2013
  16. I’ve just stumbled upon your site. Your work is great, I particularly like the cemetery shot in this set; it’s dark and brooding. Love the colours!

    August 11, 2013
    • Welcome to my site, and thank you. I wanted to get a heap of those but there were a heap of tree that stopped the sunset. Oh well, that one was nice.

      August 11, 2013
  17. Great shots! Thanks for sharing.

    August 11, 2013
  18. As usual your photo’s are just stunning Leanne! Love them all! :D *hugs*

    August 11, 2013
    • Thank you Sonel, always great to hear from you. :) Glad you like the shots.

      August 11, 2013
  19. The Grand Tour #

    Only looking at these on my phone and they look great. Looking forward to seeing them properly when I get home.

    August 11, 2013
    • That is great to hear, thank you, I hope you still like them when you see you them bigger.

      August 11, 2013
      • The Grand Tour #

        Oh yes :-)

        August 11, 2013
      • :)

        August 11, 2013
  20. Gary (happymillerman) #

    I too love looking back. This week I also re-processed some photos from March when I began to get serious and posted them on my flickr feed. I was staggered by how I feel I have improved and how much more of an impact my images now make. Loving your blog and your work :-)

    August 11, 2013
    • That’s fantastic Gary, it is so important to look back and see how much you have changed. That is great to hear and thank you so much. :)

      August 11, 2013
  21. It’s nice to reminisce. I remember we found each other’s blogs two years ago when I was posting about our trip to Sydney in May 2011.

    August 11, 2013
    • It is, wow, that is a long time in the internet world. I vaguely remember that. Sorry, I am getting old and my mind is going. You would have seen all these images before then, I hope you don’t mind looking at them again? Thanks

      August 11, 2013
  22. Pat #

    Great group of photos. Very enjoyable to view in slide show mode.

    August 11, 2013
    • Thank you Pat, I didn’t know that mode was an option, I must go and take a look.

      August 11, 2013
  23. Funny how we are our own worst critics! Lovely images, old or new. You have an amazing eye for composition. Don’t sell yourself short. Your images always inspire me : )

    August 11, 2013
    • Thank you Connie, we are our own worse critics. That is wonderful to hear, lovely to know that I inspire others. I find inspiration in so many places.

      August 11, 2013
  24. A wonderful collection

    August 11, 2013
  25. I think it’s nice to look back. Time gives you fresh perspective (along with measuring growth) You get to fall in love again or say, “what was I thinking?”..lol. That said, I haven’t been following your blog as long as many of your other readers. So this is a first look for me. And a lovely one at that.

    August 11, 2013
    • Thank you Gina, usually for me, when I look back, I think the original images are usually okay, but it is the processing that I think, “what was I thinking”, haha. I do like seeing how much I have grown. I am glad I was able to share the images with you for your first look at them.

      August 11, 2013
  26. awesome photos

    August 11, 2013
  27. Leanne, WOW …. this is what I love …. to find the beauty in the the roughness and wasted maybe – stunning gallery. My favorites is the church windows – so beautiful and the silos .. Fantastic, Leanne
    I checked out the link, CreativeLive. – lot of fantastic workshops going on. If I remember I will have a look at the wedding workshop – I’m love creative wedding photos.
    I hope you weekend has been pleasant …

    August 12, 2013
    • This type of image does appeal to many people Viveka. I glad you looked at CreativeLIVE I have learned so much from them. Thanks

      August 12, 2013
      • I know …that I can understand – because when used similar photos in the challenges they have got many likes.
        Very interesting link that CreativeLife.

        August 12, 2013
      • That is true.
        Glad you like it, they have some wonderful stuff on there.

        August 12, 2013
  28. A beautiful photo set. Especially like the B&W and the colors of the stained glass.

    Some suggestions (recommendations) on possible photographers to profile: Jane Lurie, Carol Dunnigan, Tricia Booker, and Callie Codd.

    August 12, 2013
    • Thank you David, I think this subject matter really lends itself well to black and white, when I was shooting film, that was all I shot up there, black and white. I hated it in colour. Not sure why I started doing more colour.

      Thanks for the recommendations, I know Carol, and I think I know Tricia, not sure about the other two, you wouldn’t happen to know what their blogs are called or links to them?

      August 12, 2013
  29. Makes me think of The Thorn Birds! Fabulous!

    August 12, 2013
    • That brings back memories, haven’t thought of that for years. Thanks

      August 12, 2013
  30. This is some of your best stuff. Simple. Unadorned. True.

    August 12, 2013
    • Thanks, though, it is old stuff, I hope that doesn’t mean you think I’ve gone backwards.

      August 12, 2013
  31. Bee-YOU-tee full !!!!!!!!!!

    August 12, 2013
  32. I think it’s great to look back – there are some fine shots here, Leanne. You should be proud.

    August 13, 2013
    • Thanks Richard, it is nice to go back, it is amazing I can’t believe they were taken two years ago, it doesn’t seem that long ago.

      August 13, 2013
      • Time really does fly. I sometimes think visual memory plays tricks on us too (something to do with mulling images over before using them?).

        August 13, 2013
      • It does certainly do that, too fast sometimes. I think you could be right about the visual memory tricks. I think too because I have done some of these images many times, it has done that, does feel like they weren’t taken that long ago.

        August 13, 2013
  33. I still like that very first picture. I remember seeing it when you posted it before. I used all old pictures on my post today. I decided to look back and see how our experiment of scheduling posts has been working on my blog. I had fun with it. Hope you like it too! I only linked to you about 4 times. :)

    August 13, 2013
    • Haha, I will have to take a look, I will get there, I am so far behind in blogs. I think that first picture is very popular, many people still like it. Thanks Marsha. :)

      August 13, 2013
  34. LB #

    Your photography is what I wish mine will be someday!!

    August 14, 2013
    • I’m sure you will be very good at photography, desire and want to be good is a big part of it. Then practice, practice, practice.

      August 14, 2013
  35. Tremendous perspective, great work.

    August 14, 2013
  36. Lovely images, thanks for sharing!

    August 16, 2013
  37. Wonderful shots. REST!

    August 16, 2013
  38. Wow! These are amazing :)

    August 18, 2013

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