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Weekend Wanderings – Getting Close to Como house.

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Today I took the macro that Nikon Australia has lent me to a National Trust Property in Toorak, Come House.

LC3_3243Part of the reason for going was that the house has lovely gardens and I thought I could do more macro photography there.  There were flowers there, but it’s really the wrong time of the year.  Australia, summer and flowers don’t really go well together. However with Autumn now coming and winter, flowers will start growing again.  That isn’t to say there weren’t any flowers.

LC3_3259There were lots, but just not as many as we would have liked.  It was a lovely day to walk around the gardens, and the house is rather spectacular.

LC3_3301There were lots of views of it and the fountain was really nice.

LC3_3265I took quite a few photos of this from different angles, and I am afraid you will see them in the gallery.

LC3_3263I think the time there was really about taking photos of things as close as I could get to them.  I did take the advice that people had told me to do, and I used a smaller aperture so I could get a larger depth of field.  (for my students reading this I used a bigger number, so more depth of field).

LC3_3308Once we had finished walking around we headed to the coffee shop there, The Stables, and had coffee and cake, in my case, a pastry.  I had to try taking a photo of it.  I don’t normally do this sort of thing, but I think I like food photography, so I might try doing more of it over the next week or two while I have the macro lens.  My friend was horrified that I wanted to do it, but I just had to.  It was also a very nice coffee and the pastry was very good.

It was lovely wandering around with the macro.  I do wish that I didn’t have to get so close and I did have trouble at times.  It is so different to what I am used to.  I think I really want a 105mm, no money at this time.  Oh well, maybe Nikon will give me one, haha, wouldn’t that be nice.  Not likely, but nice idea.

Here is the gallery for you.  Every image in this gallery was taken with the macro. Interesting thing, it is good to realise that the macro can be used as a normal lens as well.

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  1. Beautiful images, looking forward to seeing more of your “practise” shots. :-)

    March 22, 2014
    • Thank you, I posted some more today, I think I am starting to understand what everyone has been saying.

      March 22, 2014
  2. Stunning seed heads!

    March 22, 2014
  3. Hi Leanne,
    It might be worth looking at the Fitzroy gardens conservatory. Apart from the plant specimens grown there there is the surrounding parkland.

    Cheers,

    Andrew

    March 22, 2014
    • I keep meaning to go there Andrew, I really should, I will have to plan a trip in the next week or so. I am going to Rippon Lea on Tuesday, they have a great garden. Thanks Andrew.

      March 22, 2014
  4. Jackie Saulmon Ramirez #

    What a beautiful place! It is gorgeous with all the shrubs and flowers. I fell in love with the fountain.

    March 22, 2014
    • It is a lovely place and lots of wonderful things around it, in spring I am sure it is gorgeous. I love the fountain too.

      March 22, 2014
  5. You might be just practising but these shots are a great start Leanne. I went to Como when I was young, many years ago. I will add it to my list of places to go to when in Melbourne.

    March 22, 2014
    • Thank you Carol, it is wonderful to be able to just go right in, I do like that, but there are other problems as well. Yes, do go, if you can.

      March 22, 2014
      • I feel another visit to Melbourne coming on…

        March 22, 2014
      • Sounds good, we just need to get Marsha here as well.

        March 22, 2014
      • Yes, for sure. We will have to keep working on that. We would have THE best time.

        March 22, 2014
      • I think so too, we really would. :)

        March 22, 2014
  6. Looks like a beautiful place to visit!
    Love the flowers photos. Flowers always brighten a day. :)

    March 22, 2014
    • Thank you RoSy, it is a wonderful place.
      Glad your day has been brightened. :)

      March 22, 2014
  7. I particularly enjoyed this selection.

    March 22, 2014
  8. Hey Leanne, magic as usual!

    March 22, 2014
  9. AV #

    Great shots! The flowers and the house look really nice regardless!

    March 22, 2014
  10. Ms. Cole,
    Again I love your artwork. It is wonderful because for instance this time on your weekend we get the plants and native growing of the area. Then we get the buildings and finally we get the food… You cover it all! The culture in gorgeous pictures… I just love it! Thank you again, claudy

    March 22, 2014
    • Thank you Claudy, I had never thought of it like that before, maybe I should do more things like this. Thanks for the idea.

      March 22, 2014
      • Just keep doing whatever you do! It is great and in a league of your own. You have the technical and the mental all down and together beautiful. It is no accident your work is so beautiful. You have worked very hard at it and it sure does show… Wonder what they will be saying 10,000 years from now about Ms. Coles images… Bet a lot like I say now.. Thank goodness she does it… claudy

        March 22, 2014
      • Now wouldn’t that be amazing, thank you so much Claudy, I work on my photography a lot and it is great that it shows.

        March 22, 2014
      • Oh yes Ma’am it shows! You write over 1000 words on just one piece of equipment for the camera. That’s into it! Really into it! And again and again it shows…. So talented and technically competent and that combination works and it is not surprising… I love your images… Thanks for sharing again.. claudy

        March 22, 2014
      • My husband would say obsessed, haha. Thank you so much, good confidence booster.

        March 22, 2014
  11. Really beautiful images Leanne and the light is stunning too.
    What a wonderful place to visit! You do take the most amazing photographs!!

    March 22, 2014
    • Thank you Robyn, what a beautiful thing to say, I don’t know what to say.
      The lighting was lovely yesterday.

      March 22, 2014
      • Lol.. Well you just do :) Sounds like you are enjoying yourself!

        March 22, 2014
      • :) :) I am, really enjoying the new lens.

        March 22, 2014
  12. Simply stunning :)

    March 22, 2014
  13. The flowers were lovely and the pastry made my mouth water!

    March 22, 2014
  14. wonderful colonial looking house!! Beautiful photos.

    March 22, 2014
  15. so beautiful … :)

    March 22, 2014
  16. Magnificent scenes captured by you with different angles and why you feel so afraid? I have seen all photographs and your gallery is really amazing. Especially fountain photograph is really splendid.

    March 22, 2014
    • Thank you, the lens is a little different to use, it is taking a bit to get used to.

      March 22, 2014
  17. Well that didn’t take long for you to get used to the new lens….some great macro images in this post Leanne 😊

    March 22, 2014
    • YOu didn’t see the rest of the images. I think I will use manual focus with it from now on and see what I get. Thank you Mark. :)

      March 22, 2014
      • That’s a good point….the experts do recommend manually focusing using Liveview for macro shots. On DSLRs they also recommend using mirror lock-up. That’s all fine if you’re using a tripod, a bit tricky when hand-holding though.

        March 22, 2014
      • I was trying to use live view but wasn’t having much luck with it, but the manual focusing today was working a lot better. Someone else said to do that mirror up, but as you said probably best with a tripod.

        March 22, 2014
  18. Wow, this place looks soo divine, love the shots..

    March 22, 2014
  19. I hope you had fun with your class this morning, Leanne. What a beautiful place the Como is. I didn’t know they had a cafe up there. It looks like a good pasty you had. Lol at your friend being horrified at you taking photos of the pastry…I do this with food quite a bit ;) I think your macro shots turned out nice, though I felt that the flowers didn’t look sharp enough.

    And hope you’re enjoying the weekend. I slept half the day away and then went to watch the orchestra. What a treat and I feel so energetic :)

    March 22, 2014
    • Yes, there is a cafe there. It is very nice. I think the thing about the images is that the depth of field is still very short, so parts of them are in focus and other parts aren’t. It is quite hard to use hand held, though I have been given lots of advice here.
      It has been nice so far, your weekend sounds nice.

      March 22, 2014
  20. You show JUST the reason why I love macro Leanne ! Some real beauties here , loving the larger depth of field in them .. you’re going to have everyone lusting after one of these now too ;-)

    March 22, 2014
    • The larger dof is so much better. Wouldn’t Nikon love that, if everyone wanted one now. haha. Thank you Poppytump.

      March 22, 2014
  21. Ann #

    Oh, you really like that lens – how will you ever give it back?! I love the two with the tiny thread of spider web.

    March 22, 2014
    • I do rather Ann, though it is a bit harder to use that I thought. Oh yes, they are nice, thank you.

      March 22, 2014
  22. Great job, Leanne!!! Looks to me you are well on your way to macro! Nice!! xx Amy

    March 22, 2014
  23. I love these shots, Leanne – especially the cake! Looks delicious! I am such a fan of macro shots. Thanks – looking forward to seeing more of them.

    March 23, 2014
    • It was delicious, I enjoyed it, after I had photographed it. I am a fan of them too, it is a whole new world really. That’s great to hear, thank you.

      March 23, 2014
  24. Marvelous house and gardens – great place to practice with the macro, too. Can’t wait to see the rest – and the other things you do while you have it!

    March 23, 2014
    • It was a great place, it isn’t big, but big enough for what I wanted. I am going to another place on Tuesday, it has a very extensive garden, so that should be good. There will be more, it is going to be fun to see what I can do with it. Thanks Marie.

      March 23, 2014
  25. Jen #

    Oh, the flower shots are really lovely—as is the pastry + coffee shot (coffee in a glass mug, how lovely! For some reason that’s my favourite kind). Did you use the macro for all of the shots, including the house? They’re all quite nice. Plus it sounds like you had a wonderful day, and that is always a good thing.

    March 23, 2014
    • Thank you Jen, cafe lattes always come in a glass here, my favourite. I did use the macro for all the shots in this post. It was interesting trying to use it as a normal lens. I didn’t mind that at all. It was lovely, the weather was really nice too.

      March 23, 2014
  26. Jen #

    PS—I’ve toted a camera since childhood and *still* roll my eyes over small aperture=larger number. Not sure why. It just leaves me shaking my head and chuckling!

    March 23, 2014
    • I know what you mean, I tell my students to think small number, small depth of field, large number large depth of field, it seems to make it easier.

      March 23, 2014
      • Jen #

        That is perfect.

        March 24, 2014
      • They seem to get it better then.

        March 24, 2014
  27. Thank you for liking “Spring Is Here!” The flowers are so colorful and beautiful, and the seed pods have interesting shapes and textures. I like the fountain shots too. Great post! :)

    March 23, 2014
    • You are welcome and thank you for the return visit. Glad you enjoyed the post. :)

      March 23, 2014
  28. Absolutely beautiful. I’ve been wanting to visit there for a while and now I really want to go! Ha ha, yes more food photos! I do love seeing how delicious cakes and such are and love taking photos of my food :)

    March 23, 2014
    • That is fantastic to hear, it is a lovely place to wander around, though you have to book ahead if you want to see in the house. We didn’t go in. I quite like food photography too, wouldn’t mind doing some more. I might try some baking. :)

      March 24, 2014
  29. Beautiful!! I use my macro lens as a portrait lens a lot of the time. I will say that I did get a new lens around Christmas time and I have hardly changed since. I got the 18mm-200mm Nikon lens and am just in love with it! :)

    March 25, 2014
    • That is a great lens, I recommended that one to my friend and she has loved it. The macro is taking a bit of getting used to, but I love how close you can get, someone also said the same to me, that you could use the macro for portraits. Thanks :)

      March 25, 2014
  30. Gorgeous place, gorgeous garden.

    March 25, 2014
    • They certainly are David, it is very nice there. Thank you.

      March 25, 2014
  31. Beautiful images, I love my macro lens. It has to be one of my best purchases

    March 25, 2014
    • Thank you, it is taking a bit of getting used to though. Oh well, if only I had the time, haha.

      March 25, 2014
  32. Beautiful house and garden, looks like a wonderful place to visit spring, summer and fall. Beautifully captured images Leanne.

    March 26, 2014
    • I think spring would be amazing, there would be flowers everywhere. Thank you Beth.

      March 26, 2014
  33. ramachandranramasamy #

    photographs on floral are well and very attractive !! It is true that the house surrounded by marvellous flowers gave peace and great enthusiasm to our mind and heart !! Thanks Leanne !!

    March 30, 2014
    • You are very welcome, it was a great trip there, love going there, it is very peaceful.

      March 30, 2014
  34. Another beautiful spot .. thank you so much for sharing – I would have loved to share that cake with you too. So excited to come to Melbourne.

    April 4, 2014
    • It is a lovely place to take photos. The cake was very nice. It will be exciting.

      April 5, 2014
      • Something on my bucket list for Melbourne.

        April 8, 2014
      • Definitely

        April 8, 2014
  35. Beautiful images of the grounds and flowers. That pastry looks pretty good too!

    April 5, 2014

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