Architecture, Art, Photography, Weekend Wanderings

The Year That Was 2013

This has been the biggest year of my blogging career and the most rewarding.  The year began after I had completed the blogging everyday for a year, and I had thought I would continue doing that, however, I haven’t posted every day this year, but pretty close.

I had around 8,400 followers at the start of the year and that has steadily climbed to over 20,000, which I am so happy about.  I have been getting lots of comments over recent days about how I inspire you, and I have to say that you all inspire me so much.  I know that I try a lot harder to get great images because I don’t want to disappoint you and every time I write I think about all of you and hope you like what I am writing or the photos I am showing you.  So to each and every one of you, thank you for this year, I am very grateful.

scmu-5hpm7446-13At the end of 2012 I was giving the opportunity to photograph some of the interiors of the Manchester Unity Building, which was mainly completed in the first few months of 2013.  It was the biggest job I had ever undertaken and was one which I have learned the most, on how to conduct myself, but also on learning new ways of doing photoshop.  I learned the difference between destructive editing and non-destructive editing.  It was a fantastic opportunity for me.


For the last few years my new year has always started with the Bay Crits and then onto lots of other cycling events.  In 2013 this was the only racing I photographed.  For personal reasons, and from a business point of view it was time to stop.  For me, in the end, it just wasn’t worth it.  It was hard work and no real rewards.

scchambers-5hpm7546-6Part of my dealings with the City of Melbourne lead me to be allowed to go and photograph the Council Chambers in the Melbourne Town Hall.  I worked on the photos for weeks as I showed them to you.  I really enjoyed this series of work.

LeanneCole-dca-5105-2As I said the other day working with Deaf Children Australia has been an incredible experience and one that I have really enjoyed.  I have been given some great opportunities here as well and to be able to go there and take photos of whatever I like, when I like, has been brilliant.  I would also like to thank them for all their help and for allowing me to go there.



Of course, as I have spoken over the weekend, one of the best things I started doing was my Weekend Wandering posts.  They were really good for me, because they made me get out there and take photos. I am sure I have spoken to you before about how I am a lazy person, well, for me the WWs made me get out.  I have been to places that I might not have visited if I didn’t need to get images to show you.

I think one of the things that I have found wonderful has been showing Melbourne to you, and my state of Victoria as well.  I have learned so much about my city because I wanted to get more images for you.  It has been great to see how many of you love the images of Melbourne, and even better to see how many people would love to come here and visit.


Painting by Rick Amor, Niagra Galleries

I started my influencing me posts so I could show you the artists that have had an influence on me and my work.  Rick Amor, above, was the first of these.  These posts grew, and I started featuring other photographers from WordPress, though the title changed to Introductions.  I know people think I do a lot of work for these, but it isn’t as much as you would think.  I love seeing what people think of the artists I show and the responses have been wonderful.

leannecole-scsandra-3322-4For me one of the biggest changes has been the portraits.  I watched Brooke Shaden on creativeLIVE and my world changed.  I knew I wanted to do portraits, but I didn’t want to do the ones of people looking at the camera just smiling and being nice.  I wanted more, and through the workshop she did I started to see that I could do more.

LeanneCole-thea-montsalvat_1666Compositing is something else I’ve been experimenting with and through creativeLIVE I have been learning how to do that with Photoshop.  I think I have the artistic background to help make it work.  I understand light and how shadows work.  It is an exciting time for me.

LeanneCole-docklands-20131217-4854Finishing the year off with the biggest job I have ever had, photographing the Christmas Festival for the City of Melbourne, has been phenomenal.  Yet another fantastic opportunity.  I loved doing it and I hope they loved the images I got for them.

Writing for another blog has also been wonderful and I have really enjoyed that, and I have so appreciated the support that you have given me there in helping to make it successful.

scclasses-9834sepTeaching has been a rewarding experience too.  I started teaching in 2012, but this year I have done a lot more.  I have taught quite a few classes, and I am learning all the time how to be a better teacher.  It is great to help people learn how to take photos and to be better photographers.

I almost forgot to mention my gear, this year I got a new camera, the Nikon D800, I got two new lenses, the Nikon 50mm 1.8 and the Nikon 14-24mm 2.8.  I also got a new speedlight, the Nikon SB910.  Did I mention that Santa bought me a new tripod as well.  I have been a lucky girl, and I really do have to thank Nikon for all their help.

It has been an amazing year, and once again, thank you.  I am going to put some of my favourite work from the year in a gallery for you, I hope it isn’t too long.  I know some of it I will have shown in the last few days, but I hope you will indulge me.

Happy New Year, all the best in 2014.


  1. Another banner year, Leanne! Congratulations! Happy New Year to you and your family! Thanks so much for your writing, photography, and blogging! Fabio

  2. It’s been wonderful to see photographs of such consistent quality from you in every post this year Leanne, and also to see how you’ve tried to do different things and tackle different subjects always with such skill and artistic brilliance! Have a great new year :) Mike

    • It has been great to have an audience who have indulged me and followed me through all of this, that is my inspiration. It has been a great year, and all the more for all of you. I have enjoyed the experiments, some worked, some didn’t, but it has been great to push and keep trying things. Thank you so much and all the best for 2014. :)

  3. Thank you, Leanne, for sharing your (he)art. You do, indeed inspire me to go out and take lots more photos. I also appreciate your photos of around Melbourne, it is such a beautiful city – probably the best city in Oz. Your images of around Victoria are also inspiring (hopefully I will make it down to Queenscliff to share some of this part as well), as are your portraits. Wishing you a Happy and Prosperous New Year, and may it be filled with more of your magical images.

    • If I inspire people to do that, then I think I am doing a great job. Providing inspiration is fantastic. I love Melbourne, and I think it is a fabulous city as well. I hope you do get down there, I am hoping to get out next month and get more photos. Thank you for your support, it is so appreciated. All the best for 2014, may you take many many beautiful images.

  4. Between what you wrote and your photographs, I have tears in my eyes. May 2014 be your best year yet, Leanne! Happy New Year!!


    • Don’t get me started Amy, I am on the verge too, people are saying some really beautiful things and I am finding it all rather emotional. Thank you so much Amy, thank you for your lovely comments and for visiting, it is so appreciated, and all the best to you and your photography in 2014. :)

  5. I think I started following your blog either early this year or late last year when you were doing the adjustments tot he building interiors. I have enjoyed seeing your work and hope to continue to do so in 2014

    • Thank you so much John, all the best in 2014 for you as well. Thank you for being one of my longest supporters. :)

  6. Your work has been tremendously inspiring Leanne and I look forward to seeing where 2014 takes you on your creative journey-best wishes for a tremendous New Year and thank you for being so generous with your time and your art-all best, Meg

    • Inspiration comes from all sorts of places doesn’t it, I get so much from all of you, so thank you. I am excited about the new year and can’t wait to start working on some things. Meg, giving my time is a pleasure, thank you for all your support, and all the best in 2014.

  7. Being from the East Coast of the U.S., I have really enjoyed seeing Australia through your eyes. I wish you continued success in 2014.

  8. Thank-you. I’d love to visit your corner of the planet. Maybe some day I will get to do that but for now I’ll be happy enjoying your photos!

  9. Congratulations on a huge year! I think you show off our beautiful state wonderfully and I also look forward to seeing more images in 2014 :)

    • Thank you so much Lisa, I love photographing it. So many more places to visit in 2014, you live in a nice part as well. All the best for 2014. :)

  10. Happy new year to you. I enjoyed your posts and tutorials. Here’s to many more lovely photos. :-)

    • Thank you Nia, I was worried I might have gone on too much, then I would finish and remember other stuff I wanted to say, so it is long. I am so glad you have been throughout as well, and then meeting you was even better. It has been a brilliant year.
      Happy New Year to you as well, and all the best for 2014, let’s hope we both find a lot of success.

  11. Rich Proctor says

    You do wonderful work Leanne. I am happy to say I am one of those new followers, and I look forward to being inspired by more of your work in the coming year. Happy New Year to you.

    • Thank you very much Rich, thank you for being one of my followers, lots more to come I hope. Thanks you and all the best for 2014.

  12. Your works is very inspiring obviously and thank you very much for having shared your knowledge as well as tips of photography.

    Happy New Year 2014 and all the best for you! :)

  13. Your pictures are so amazing!!! And always an inspiration to me!!! Thank you for sharing your talents with us and I look forward to seeing more in 2014!!! Happy New Year Leanne!

    • Thank you so much Tracy, that is fantastic to hear, it always great to know that I inspire others and that drives me on. So many plans for next year, so lots more to come. Happy New Year to you Tracy, all the best for 2014.

  14. Leanne the quality of your work is amazing. I am inspired that you started with a 365 blogging project. As I begin my own quest for quality photography in 2014, the community of WordPress will nudge me to be better … friends without faces, Thank you, Happy New Year!

    • I didn’t really start with that, but it is what got me into blogging in a more serious manner, I was a bit all over the place before that. The WordPress community is fantastic for that, it does drive to be better. Yes, friends without faces, strange, but really wonderful. Thank you so much Sally and Happy New Year to you too.

  15. All those images are incredible! I’m so glad I found your blog. Thank you for inspiring me and I look forward to your 2014 blog! Happy New Year!

    • Oh thank you Laura, and thank you for being another blogging friend. All the best for 2014 Laura, lots and lots of photography ahead.

  16. Your portraits are beautiful and I really like your outdoor scenery, including landscape with and without water, as well as the architecture, indoors and out.

  17. Thanks for posting some truly extraordinary photos. I truly enjoyed your take on 2013 and hope you have a Happy and Safe New Year!

  18. Very nice post, Leanne. As a new follower of your work, I very much enjoyed this lovely and inspiring array of images. Looking forward to more in the coming year. -Mark

    • Welcome to my blog Mark, I hope you will continue to enjoy the posts I do in the following year. Thank you so much and all the best for 2014.

  19. Lots of photo greats in 2013!
    Thanks for sharing your natural born talent, your learning in progress, photo experiments & thanks for sharing YOU. :)

    • Thank you so much RoSy, thank you also for following me and being a constant presence, that means a lot to me.
      I hope you have a wonderful and successful 2014. :) Take care.

  20. Tracy says

    Your photography always inspires me. I look forward to what you have to offer for the new year. Have a safe and happy 2014!

    • Thank you Tracy, that is wonderful and you inspire me to keep doing it. I think the new year is going to be fantastic and I have lots of plans, will reveal some tomorrow. You have a great 2014 too.

  21. Thank you Leanne, for all the work you put into this blog and your photos. I don’t remember how I discovered your blog, but I’m glad I did (and I’m not into photography blogs at all! Now…a different story). Seeing your passion and hard work for photography has inspired me to blog more. I really liked the Melbourne photos you took – am familiar with most of the locations you’ve photographed and I get so happy when I see them in photos. Happy New Year, and may 2014 be a good year for you :)

    • You don’t need to thank me for that Mabel, I am just happy that people don’t mind me rambling on at times. I am honoured that you chose to follow my blog and I bet you do know a lot of the places I have photographed. It is wonderful to hear that I inspire others, I used to find it a little strange, but I think the inspiration goes both ways. All the best for 2014 to you as well, maybe we will run into one another somewhere ;) Thank you so much, good luck with your blog.

  22. Oh, I love the mill photo! The angle and framing are so perfect.

    And you are an inspiration, it focuses my own work. I especially like your architecture work.

    Happy New Year!

    • Thank you Jen.
      It is great to find inspiration from other people, so thank you for that. I love the architectural work as well.
      All the best for 2014 Jen.

  23. Must have been such a fruitful year! :) Piggletino loves your blog; it gives his scout motivation to work on Photography (ok, the scout isn’t working hard enough, obviously) … Thanks for sharing your adventures and photos, and have a great year ahead!

    • It really has been, Photography is great to work on. Thank you for following along and allt he best for 2014.

  24. I’m glad to hear you’ve got such a large following …. it’s well-deserved! Your photos are always wonderful, they brighten my day, and you’ve helped me get over my phobia about processing my photos. Seeing all the lovely processing you do with your photos encouraged me to revisit my photos, and to start reworking them, giving them a new look and feel.

    Happy 2014! Here’s to your next 20,000 followers!

    • Thank you John, what a wonderful thing to say. That is also fantastic to hear, it is great to know that I give people inspiration and courage to try things. I hope you are liking editing a lot more now.
      Happy New Year to you too John, all the best for 2014.

  25. Hi Leanne,

    I thoroughly enjoyed your posts throughout this year, and your’s is one of the first blogs I started following.

    Thanks a lot for making my READER so colorful almost everyday :)

    Have a great year ahead.

    • Oh thank you, what a great thing to say, getting comments like this makes me want to keep going, so thank you for that.
      All the best for 2014 Sreejith.

  26. hutchphotography2020 says

    Coongrats on the year, Leanne. I enjoy your work and look forward to seeing what you are up to on any given day. You are one fine talented lady. The best to you iin 2014.

  27. A wonderful year. A beautiful journey. Congrats and thank you for inviting everyone to share it with you. I wish you a very Happy New Year even more good things in 2014!

    • Thank you so much Gina, I wish you a very inspiring and bright 2014 and hope you have the best year.

  28. Well done, Leanne. A great year with stunning images demonstrating your fine talent, and congratulations on the Melbourne City commission.
    My very best wishes for 2014. :-)

    • Thank you Paul, it has been a great year, working for the City of Melbourne was fantastic.
      Happy New Year and the best for 2014. :)

  29. Thanks and all the best to you in the new year. You are not only very creative but a most generous person – a nice combination for an artist! Although we are not quite to 2014 here (yet) – I raise a glass of cheer to you and your family for only good things in the coming year.

    • I raise my glass back to you Robert, thank you for the kind words and best wishes, I hope you find many more things to photograph with the D100 and lots of abandoned buildings to explore. All the best for 2014.

  30. Leanne, I really, really like your photo of Yvette, with the stick bouquet, it is so awesome! Now, if WordPress had the “like” button working….. :)

    • Thank you so much, I love that photo as well, oh WordPress, they do like to run to their own beat. ;)

  31. Happy New Year, Leanne! I’m still in 2013 (13 more hours to go where I am :)). Let’s hope that 2014 will be good for all of us!

    • I have just woken up to 2014 and the weather is not great, wet day ahead. Thank you so much and I think the same, here’s to 2014 being the year so far.

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  33. Wow! 20,000 followers! How did that happen?!? To me it seems impossible to reach such a high number. Anyway, just wanted to wish you a happy new year. Looking forward to see what you come up with in 2014.
    All the best!

    • Yes, it has been quite amazing, fills me with a sense of responsibility, but in a good way, makes me want to keep improving and providing good content. Thank you so much Cardinal, all the best to you in 2014 as well, hope you have a great year.
      Take care.

  34. What a great year! And you have the “galleries” to prove it! May 2014 bring you joy and happiness…and great, new creative ideas!

  35. Thank you for liking “Timepieces for the New Year.” I have enjoyed looking at your photography over the past year. I am glad to hear that 2013 was a rewarding year for you. Congratulations, and I hope 2014 will be a great year for you as well. :)

    • You are welcome and thank you so much, I am excited about the year ahead. I hope you have a great year too, Happy New Year. :)

  36. Dear Leanne,
    Your work is stunning. And I would just like to say thank you for inspiring me. I am rediscovering my passion for photography and I am so moved by your work. I have so much to learn but your work is such a source of motivation. Thank you for putting your work out there and I look forward to seeing more of it this year!

    • Thank you Kim, what a lovely comment. I hope you continue to discover your passion and keep going and take some amazing photos. You are very welcome, and I hope there will be lots more.
      All the best with your photography this year.

  37. My husband and I really love your photography! He was so impressed with your photos, he loves the darkness in them. :) I do, too. They are all absolutely stunning! There’s so much I still need to learn – especially about light/dark and proper exposures, etc. Practice makes better, right? Have a blessed and wonderful New Year!

    • Thank you so much Em, that is so wonderful to hear. Some people don’t like my dark images, and I have to admit I have steered away from them, but this year I really want to get back into doing more. I think we all have lots to learn, I know there are still many things I want to learn about. Practice most definitely makes better, practice, practice, practice. That is what I tell people. Just keep trying and experimenting. Good luck with it and thank you, all the best to you for this year.

  38. Hi Leanne

    Nice yearly summary, and some really excellent pictures there in the mix. Particularly like some of the portraits!

  39. Some really excellent captures, wow. I can’t wait to see what 2014 brings. Congrats on, well, all the good that’s come your way.

  40. bkloflin says

    Keep up the good work and continue to fuel your passion!

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