Floral, Photography, Weekend Wanderings

Weekend Wanderings – Getting Close to Como house.

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.


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

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



    • 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.

  2. Jackie Saulmon Ramirez says

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

    • 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Looks like a beautiful place to visit!
    Love the flowers photos. Flowers always brighten a day. :)

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

  6. 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

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

      • 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

      • 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.

      • 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

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

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

    • 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. :)

      • 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.

      • 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.

  9. 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 :)

    • 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.

  10. 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 ;-)

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

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

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

  12. 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.

    • 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.

  13. 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!

    • 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.

  14. 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.

    • 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.

  15. 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!

  16. 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! :)

  17. 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 :)

    • 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. :)

  18. 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! :)

    • 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 :)

  19. ramachandranramasamy says

    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 !!

  20. 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.

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