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Some Times it Just Happens in Front of You

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Yesterday when I went into the city, the first stop was the State Library of Victoria, and I wanted to take some photos of the front of the building, you know to see how much I could fit in.  As I was doing that, all of a sudden this woman came from behind with a beautiful dress on.  

LeanneCole-city-20131107-0121I had to take photos, I did.  She was with other people and they were there for a photo shoot, I couldn’t believe my luck.  The dress was so stunning, though I did make some changes to it.  It didn’t go out the back that much, so I made it do that more.  

The photo has been manipulated a lot.  I wanted to create something else.  I love the way she is walking towards it.  I would love to use the library a lot more for photos, and I am working on some plans for that.  I am planning a post on it next week.  

I wish this kind of thing could happen a lot more.  I know it is luck, but it would be wonderful to work with a designer and do more images like this with their designs.  I love the idea of collaboration with other artists, working together.  

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  1. Wow! This is totally stunning!

    November 8, 2013
    • Thank you Nia, such a random thing to have happen.

      November 8, 2013
  2. Lovely shot, Leanne!

    November 8, 2013
  3. Perfect!

    November 8, 2013
  4. Very nice! I suppose you would have to actually live in the city centre to have fast access and be ready for those rare occasions more often.

    November 8, 2013
    • I don’t think this sort of thing happens very often John. I suspect that next door to the library is a Universtiy, and they do fashion design there, so it probably has something to do with that. Thank you John.

      November 8, 2013
  5. I love the feeling of your photos! So gorgeous the way you processed it.

    November 8, 2013
    • Thank you Laura, I did this rather quickly, I might have to try doing it again at some stage, thank you.

      November 8, 2013
  6. Well as you already know I’m a big fan of your work! Your photos are so different each time. You always reinvent yourself which is a unique quality these days. I like the fact that the Architectural component in this photo is asymmetric so the eye stops looking for perfection in Architecture but finds it in the woman infront of the building. Or at least that’s my interpretation.

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    November 8, 2013
    • Thank you, I hope I am doing that, evolving I like to think. I like what you have said about the architecture and the woman, that is fantastic. I would love to do more shots with architecture in the background.

      November 8, 2013
  7. Wow… That is impressive. :) I like how she is going up the steps, and it almost seems like she is late, or nervous or something. And the colour and the sky are wonderful. When I look at a photograph, first I look for a feeling, and this image has a good one. :)

    November 8, 2013
    • Thank you Joseph, I am glad you can find that feeling, I do try to get that, and lots of drama, though as this happened in front of me, I didn’t have a lot of control over what was happening.

      November 8, 2013
      • You may not have had control over what was happening when you took the picture, but you did when you edited it, and that is what made this image what it is. Unless I misunderstood you, it wasn’t the same, much less solitary, and probably the colours were different. ;)

        November 8, 2013
      • Yes, you are right there, I did do a lot of work to get rid of other people in the image and I have changed the colours a bit, put in a new sky. All that stuff.

        November 8, 2013
  8. Stunning!

    November 8, 2013
  9. What luck! I’m still surprised she was what happened–what are the chances?! The photo is lovely.

    November 8, 2013
    • I know, what are the chances, I am never that lucky, not usually, so I was so surprised when she was standing there in front of me. Very happy. Thanks Bernadette.

      November 8, 2013
  10. Amazing! The girl should’ve hired you for the photo shoot. :)

    November 8, 2013
    • Wouldn’t that have been wonderful, her and the dress. Thanks Anna.

      November 8, 2013
  11. Ann #

    Love your retouch of the photo! And, I’ve heard that the longer you do something, the luckier you get….which I think means that you aren’t lucky at all but instead skilled.

    November 8, 2013
    • Thank you Ann, I like that idea, I like it a lot, maybe that sort of thing will start happening more in front of me.

      November 8, 2013
  12. Right place at the right time!

    November 8, 2013
  13. Unbelievable drama, luck and skill!!!

    November 8, 2013
  14. Amor Usagi #

    This is so nice! Wished I have done this too

    November 8, 2013
  15. Your trip to the library was fortuitous, sure enough! What a gorgeous image with wonderful light. And such mystery suggesting a story… I love it.

    November 8, 2013
  16. Absolutely lovely, I read your bog everyday or whenever you post, over a year now. I am so inspired and have learnt so much. A huge thank you!!

    November 8, 2013
    • Thank you Wendy, I really do love hearing that I inspire people and that people learn from me, I find that inspires me to keep trying things and sharing what I do. So thank you very much as well.

      November 8, 2013
  17. Liz #

    Love it Leanne. Fabulous look and feel and location. I used to spend hours in that library when I was in high school – Allegedly doing research but usually just using it as an excuse to come into the city centre.

    November 8, 2013
    • Thank you Liz, I remember the students coming in when I worked there, though when I was there yesterday the place was packed. I think a lot of them are there for similar reasons.

      November 8, 2013
  18. Beautiful, beautiful photo Leanne-what a wonderful opportunity to have happen for you-there are no coincidences!!

    November 8, 2013
    • It was a wonderful opportunity, almost couldn’t believe my luck, it was fantastic. Thank you.

      November 8, 2013
  19. WOW! Is the most appropriate response to this photograph Leanne! What great luck you had when she entered your shot! I am so glad you were able to capture this! Love it!

    November 8, 2013
    • I know, how lucky was I, if I had been a little earlier, or if I hadn’t stopped to take photos of the outside I would never have seen it. I am glad I got it as well. Thank you.

      November 8, 2013
      • I hear ya, a lot of “what if’s”, but you definitely were at the right place at the right time for this pic. Did you ever get the chance to find out who the woman was to show her your photograph? I think you need to find her, as she would love your photograph that was 100% perfect!

        November 8, 2013
      • I certainly was and very happy that I was. No, I have no idea who she was, or even what she was doing there. She was in public, so I had no problems taking photos of her. It would be nice, maybe she will see this, or someone she knows will see it.

        November 8, 2013
  20. This is such a lovely image and one of my favorites of yours.

    November 8, 2013
    • Thank you, that is great to hear, I think this image shows that I need to start putting some architecture into my images.

      November 8, 2013
  21. Stunning work. This sort of thing is why I always try to have my camera with me.

    November 8, 2013
    • I just can’t believe it happened when I had my DSLR with me, it was fantastic. Thank you.

      November 8, 2013
  22. Wow, so lovely!

    November 8, 2013
  23. I love the whole ambience you have created in this picture! Brilliant!

    November 8, 2013
  24. anitadesignstudio #

    Speechless!! This is a beautiful photo! Well done :)

    November 8, 2013
  25. Strictly Vivid Photography #

    Wow, right place at the right time! It’s stunning!

    November 8, 2013
  26. What a heart-stopping image – so full of emotion. Love it!

    November 8, 2013
    • Thank you so much, such a lucky shot, glad you like it.

      November 8, 2013
  27. brilliant composition and loving the colour cast. can we see the original image please?

    November 8, 2013
    • Thank you, that is fantastic. At the moment seeing the original is not possible, small computer malfunction and well, Windows will be a pain.

      November 8, 2013
  28. A classic masterpiece. Congrats

    November 8, 2013
  29. Serendipity! What a beautiful shot; love the editing you’ve done.

    November 8, 2013
    • Absolutely Angeline, thank you, I am happy with how it has come out as well.

      November 8, 2013
  30. Stunning! It looks like a painting

    November 8, 2013
  31. What great timing! :)

    November 8, 2013
    • It was the best timing. Couldn’t believe my luck. :)

      November 8, 2013
  32. Love it! Makes me feel like I’m in another time.

    November 8, 2013
  33. oh wow. great picture.

    November 8, 2013
  34. Beautiful and evocative imagery. You say ‘sometimes it just happens in front of you’, but not many would be able to use that opportunity to such great effect. This is a great example of your talent, not just a co-incidence.

    November 8, 2013
    • Believe me, I was thinking fast, I kept thinking, go for it, just take photos, keep taking photos. I did, and this is the one I liked best. I loved that dress. Thank you so much.

      November 8, 2013
  35. Perfect !! beautiful !!

    November 8, 2013
  36. Ed #

    Creepy, haunting….FANTASTIC!!!

    November 8, 2013
  37. Reblogged this on WIN FROM THE SKY.

    November 8, 2013
  38. It’s got a bit of a Cinderella feel to it!!
    I’ve got the bug of collaboration too! A friend has started making incredible cakes-wedding, baby shower, birthday etc and I took a few photos for her ad she loved them, and I’m hooked too! I’m desperate for her to make more so I can make her cakes look as amazing in photos as they do in real life.

    November 8, 2013
    • Thank you.
      That is fantastic, I love working with other people, it is a great feeling. I’ve seen at least one of those cakes, they are fantastic, well they look fantastic, I haven’t tasted them.

      November 8, 2013
      • Oh yep,amazing on the outside AND the inside!!

        November 8, 2013
      • I will have to try one one day, after you photograph it of course.

        November 8, 2013
      • Haha yep! I told her she needs to make a cake for me to photograph, then I’ll take a bite out of it or and handful and take another photo :) Always wanted to do that!

        November 8, 2013
      • Sounds like a great idea.

        November 8, 2013
  39. This plays to what we spoke of yesterday – being in total sync with your equipment. Sure you got lucky, but that is only part of it – you were able to capitalize on your luck by coming back with a fantastic shot – because the mechanics of the shot were second nature to you – no fumbling around.

    November 8, 2013
    • Thank you Robert, someone said the same thing, maybe it is second nature, though, I do wish I had had a different lens on, but I am pretty happy with it, I did have to do a lot of work on the building behind, because of the very wide angle. Oh well, I am still happy with it.

      November 8, 2013
  40. Great shot; love the colors and the ethereal effect

    November 8, 2013
    • Thank you, I was a bit worried about the colour, but I think I might be the only one.

      November 8, 2013
      • Well the color worked for me–have faith in your choices :>

        November 8, 2013
      • That is brilliant to know, thanks.

        November 9, 2013
  41. Cinderella, on the way to the ball! :)
    Love it, all the way ’round!

    November 8, 2013
    • Thank you Marie, I do too, can’t believe how lucky I was. :)

      November 9, 2013
  42. Really gorgeous. Beautiful and haunting.

    November 8, 2013
  43. What a wonderful photograph. Your growth as a photographer over the past year has been amazing.

    November 9, 2013
    • Thank you, what a lovely thing to say, thank you so much.

      November 9, 2013
  44. A truly magnificent image … love it.

    November 9, 2013
  45. Absolutely unique and gorgeous!

    November 9, 2013
  46. Di' #

    Marvelous work, Leanne. The way she held her gown and walked towards the building feels like in those long time ago moments when a princess tried to find her prince by going to a ball.

    November 9, 2013
    • Yes, I think so to. I did make the dress a little bigger, and I think if I were photographing her I would probably have done more with the dress, but I can’t complain, I couldn’t believe she was just there. Thank you so much. I want to do more images that have that feeling of stepping back in time.

      November 9, 2013
  47. I agree, you had great luck. I figured this was one of your models. It’s your style. V was talking yesterday about photos today being more artistic. He notices that stuff, and I said, that was where you are going with your photos. So I thought that was interesting that he came up with that out of the blue. He is the creative one in the family, so maybe he will help me pose and stage some interesting photos in the future – Leanne Style. :)

    November 9, 2013
    • I certainly did. I wish it was one of models, I might have made more of the dress, but that is okay, I still like the image. It is interesting what V said, very, I didn’t realise that he was the creative one, I thought you were, perhaps the two of you should collaborate, see what you come up with. :) I like the last part.

      November 9, 2013
      • I think we both have our talents. We brainstorm about this book every day. It’s been a kick to write. I’m on Chapter 9 already, and I’m ahead of schedule! :)

        November 9, 2013
      • That is great to hear, must be fantastic working together on something like that. :)

        November 9, 2013
      • It’s fun. He’s gone back home for the next couple of days, so I have 3 whole days to write, write, write. :)

        November 9, 2013
      • You go gurrl, write, write, write.

        November 9, 2013
      • Ok I just finished chapter 9.

        November 9, 2013
      • Oh wow, you are really rockin’ it.

        November 9, 2013
      • Trying. I want to pump out 2 today and 2 tomorrow, and 2 on Monday, and at least 1 on Monday. I go to St. Louis on the 21st for 5 days, and I know I won’t be writing there! :) Wish me luck! :) If you have time and want the link I’ll send it to you so you can read along and make comments.

        November 10, 2013
      • Wow you are really going for it. I admire you for that. You are off again Miss jetsetter. I am envious. I want to say yes that I will read it, but I don’t know if I will have time. Up to you. I can certainly take a quick look, if that is possible. :)

        November 10, 2013
  48. Fantastic! What a steal – love what you’ve done with the image, Leanne.

    November 9, 2013
    • It’s funny you know, I didn’t worry about asking if it was okay, I just went with it, I just snapped heaps of images. I didn’t care if it was okay or not. Not like me at all. She was most definitely in a public space, and I wanted the shot. Thanks Richard.

      November 9, 2013
      • I can’t see she’d be upset by what you’ve done. It’s great.

        November 9, 2013
      • Thank you Richard, it would be nice if she could see it.

        November 9, 2013
  49. This is fabulous – letting things happen gave you golden nuggets in this case. Beautiful work!

    November 9, 2013
    • It certainly did Mary, it was such a lucky thing to have happen. Thank you so much Mary.

      November 9, 2013
  50. Luck is so often a matter of seeing opportunities and grabbing them.

    November 9, 2013
    • I think in this case it was both, the dress, that was lucky, but I am glad I had the presence of mind to just take photos. I think 12 months ago I would have just watched. So happy I go the shots.

      November 9, 2013
  51. Speechless. It is so beautiful thát I do nt have words to express

    November 9, 2013
  52. You could always get a tripod and a timer, get all dressed up, and do the shot yourself!

    November 9, 2013
    • I don’t think I would look that good, no I wouldn’t. Though I have two teenage daughters with lots of friends who are always willing to take photos with me. So I can do that.

      November 9, 2013
  53. Leanne,
    I look at this image and I want to see the rest of this movie, read the rest of this book, hear the rest of this song. You really are a storyteller. Nicely done, as always!

    November 9, 2013
    • Thank you Gina, I love a comment that starts my mind ticking, and I think you have just done that for me. I love the idea of the story. Though, I have no idea what the rest of her story is I am afraid.

      November 9, 2013
  54. Incredible imagery! Great capture!

    November 9, 2013
  55. Very pretty. With a dress like that, it’s like hoping she’s not too late for her own wedding. :)

    November 9, 2013
    • I think she might have been modelling the dress for a designer, RMIT has a design course next door to the library. The girl in the dress was there and being photographed with a boy, but he looked too casual to be an actual groom. Then again, you never know. Thanks

      November 9, 2013
  56. Just wow! Your photos make want to learn more and try harder, even though I’m more of a scribbler. And I’m sure you’ll get more chances to get unique shoots there. That’s the life cycle of children born in Victoria, right? :)

    November 9, 2013
    • That is wonderful to hear, it is great to inspire others. I hope I get other opportunities, though I think I will have to make them happen. I don’t know, is it!! :) Thank you.

      November 9, 2013
  57. WendyJC #

    It’s a beautiful capture …yes luck that she came along!
    love the city and the excitement of catching moments!!

    November 9, 2013
    • Thank you Wendy, very lucky, I am not usually that lucky, so perhaps my luck is finally starting to change.

      November 9, 2013
      • WendyJC #

        I believe we are all lucky, perhaps sometimes luck is used on the unforeseen … definitely worth feeding the feeling and enjoying the moment!

        November 9, 2013
      • No, I have never been lucky, I can quite honestly say that, but this does make me feel that my luck might be changing, then again, maybe luck is a state of mind. Maybe my state of mind is changing. It is definitely worth feeding, thanks.

        November 9, 2013
      • WendyJC #

        your welcome :))x

        November 9, 2013
  58. Great Catch!

    November 9, 2013
    • Lucky catch, thanks Sally

      November 9, 2013
      • I love following your work!!

        November 9, 2013
      • Oh, what a lovely thing to say, I love seeing what you get up to, you do some beautiful work as well Sally.

        November 9, 2013
  59. one of those “decisive moments”

    November 9, 2013
  60. LB #

    Right place / Right time / Awesome result!

    November 9, 2013
  61. Haunting edit… I love it. I think you absolutely could collaborate with a bridal boutique / dress shop to arrange a shoot, it would be great for their business… sort of a win/win!

    November 9, 2013
    • Thank you so much. I think collaborating would be so great, I just need to find some dress designers or boutique’s who would want to work with me. I think win win too.

      November 9, 2013
  62. amazing

    November 9, 2013
  63. It looks like a shot from a very dramatic drama film! Very Interesting.

    November 9, 2013
    • I have no idea why she was there, and maybe that is what they were doing, I just got the shots I wanted and took off, but I like what you have said, thank you Helen.

      November 9, 2013
  64. Beautiful as always! Great luck getting this image. Must have been perfect timing! ~ Sheila

    November 9, 2013
    • It was great luck, Sheila, couldn’t believe it. If we had been 5 minutes earlier I would have missed, which is usually what my luck is like. Thank you Sheila.

      November 9, 2013
  65. daraghbeeston #

    Stunning shot! I love the sepia colours- it looks like it was taken in the old days!!
    Well done!

    November 9, 2013
    • Thank you, sounds like the type of idea I was going for.

      November 9, 2013
  66. Great photo Leanne! How’s the D800 coming along. I found the camera very user friendly and of course the pictures speak for themselves! :-)

    November 10, 2013
    • Thank you Chillbrook. The D800 is really coming along, I am loving it, still lots of explore, and yes, that is something that has really surprised me is how user friendly it is. I have to say, that is something I have always found with Nikon, they are very easy to work out. :)

      November 10, 2013
  67. Reblogged this on Tangent.

    November 10, 2013
  68. Reblogged this on ice yuna's dreams.

    November 10, 2013
  69. Jen #

    Timing and the ability to see what’s going on are major components of luck. ;) Lovely photo, and I am glad for you that you caught it! Nice work, especially since I’m sure you weren’t exactly prepared for this vision to appear in front of you. :)

    November 12, 2013
    • Thank you Jen, I think you are so right there. I am glad I caught it as well. I was not prepared for it at all, I really wish I had had another lens on the camera, but I am okay with what I got. :)

      November 12, 2013
  70. This is so beautiful! Lucky you ^^

    November 15, 2013
  71. I love this photo, Leanne!

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    November 16, 2013
  72. Excellent capture. When I looked at it I felt both a sense of beauty and loneliness. Why the loneliness is beyond me. Then before I read your post I thought, “Hey she must be late to her own wedding”. Finally I wondered if it was staged. Excellent photo and very creative post processing. Thank you for sharing and for checking out my blog. – CLG

    November 16, 2013
    • I can understand the loneliness, it is a vast space, and she is the only one in it, dwarfed by that building. I think she was there for shoot for the dress, there were people there taking photos and filming her. I do think it was staged, though, I didn’t stage it, but I definitely took advantage of the situation. Thank you so much and you are very welcome.

      November 16, 2013
  73. Great serendipitous shot, love the post -processing! :) oh, and thanks for your recent likes on my blog, much appreciated…

    November 16, 2013
    • It was certainly that, thank you, and you are very welcome, thanks for stopping by. :)

      November 17, 2013
      • :)

        November 17, 2013
  74. One of those right place/right times moments. I thought is was one of your wedding shots! How did you make it go out the back more? You are a wiz at photoshop!

    November 17, 2013
    • It most definitely was Darla, I couldn’t believe my luck. I did some transforming, hard to describe, added some, stretched it and made it fit.

      November 18, 2013
  75. Definitely one of my favorite pictures of yours :)

    November 18, 2013
    • I think it is one of mine too. Thank you Amanda.

      November 18, 2013
  76. Leah Jlyn #

    Wow! This photo is stunning for sure

    November 21, 2013
  77. Perfect place, perfect time and perfect composition. Of course, with a lot of finish and finesse. Loved it.

    November 25, 2013
  78. pmoyo #

    Beautiful indeed! And thank you that you often stop by my humble blog and like my posts :)

    November 27, 2013
    • Thank you, and you are very welcome, I like seeing what people do. :)

      November 27, 2013
  79. Great ‘catch’! And yes, collaboration is a delight. It’s incredibly inspiring when you find like-minded artists with whom you can work in any way. That’s a sort of ‘made luck’ that’s worth the effort! :D
    Beautiful work here!
    Kathryn

    November 30, 2013
    • I love the idea of it, but nothing has happened yet, I send out emails and no one responds. I don’t understand the world today, why people think it is okay to ignore emails. So annoying.
      I do want to try it though, could be amazing. Thanks you Kathryn. :)

      November 30, 2013
  80. Wow! … DOUBLE WOW!!!

    November 30, 2013
  81. Very beautiful. Your work inspires me!

    December 4, 2013
  82. Luck is wonderful, but if you hadn’t been there with your camera, you wouldn’t have been prepared to capture the moment. A wonderfully manipulated photo, worthy of some kind of national advertising bit, especially if you could have found out who she is so you could receive a model release. You might want to carry some of those with you wherever you go with your camera. You never know when you might need one. Superb!

    And thanks for liking my post Guardians of the Dead in my f-stop fantasy blog at http://fstopfantasy.wordpress.com/ I’ve since posted Skeletal Remains. You’re welcome any time, as well as your comments.

    December 6, 2013
    • Thank you, I was very lucky, I do have model release forms with me often in my backpack, but to be honest, didn’t even think of it that day. I am fine with using the image as it is, so that is good.
      You are very welcome, and thanks for stopping by here.

      December 6, 2013
  83. This is so beautiful. I love the possible narrative.

    Thanks for the visit to StudioThoughts.

    December 7, 2013

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