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Weekend Wanderings – From One End to the Other

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Last weekend I went into the city to do some night photography shots, most of you know this already, as I took my class in for a night photography class.  It was the final class in the course and it was a great way to finish it off.  There were 10 of us with our tripods and camera gear going along the Yarra River for our night shots.  Each week we approached something new to help them learn how to use their cameras.  My classes are very practical, I always think you “Learn by Doing”, so taking photos is an important aspect of what I teach.  I haven’t seen what they got when they went out, but I have been working on the images that I took.

LeanneCole-citylight-1404054981_5HDR-2You have seen a few of them already, and there aren’t that many more of them.  I am happy with what I got.  One thing I did with my class was to let them know they should do more on their own.  I would set up my image and then do 5 exposures for HDR and if they needed help my camera would be fine taking its photos while I helped them.  It worked really well.  I felt more like the person who was keeping them together and moving them along when the time was right than the teacher.  It was a lovely relaxed class.

We started down at Docklands and ended up near Flinders Street Station, not quite to it. We ran out of time and then had to rush to get the train.  I don’t think anyone minded.

Then yesterday morning I went into the city very early in the morning.  The sun was coming up, but thought I would take some photos along the Yarra River again, only daylight ones.

LeanneCole-city_5013-10hpmWe have had so much rain, and I was hoping that if it had stopped raining that maybe, fingers crossed maybe, the Yarra River would be still, and look at that, it was.  I have seen it much calmer, but this wasn’t bad.  Unfortunately the rowers started coming up and down, with their coaches in motor boats and that stillness disappeared.  It was lovely while it lasted.  I love seeing all the buildings reflected in the water.

Nearly all the night photography images are HDR images.  They were all done using the Nik Collection HDR Efex.  It seemed to work much better for the night shots than Photomatix.  Most of the morning shots are straight images, except for two, the above one and one of the bridge.  I used Photomatix for these two, as it seemed to be better for the day ones, softer.  All images were taken with the 14-24mm wide angle lens.

The gallery will have all the night images I have processed, the image I used for the MMC is here too, but the colour version.  I will also put the morning images.   Some of the morning images that I have done were taken at the same spots I did the night shots.  I should have done that more, it would have been interesting comparing them.  If you are interested in my classes then please go to my website, www.leannecole.com.au.  Enjoy your Sunday.

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  1. Bravo!

    April 13, 2014
  2. Fabulous absolutely Fabulous!!!! I love your photography!!!

    April 13, 2014
  3. I love your Melbourne shots. Next time I get to Melbourne, I’d love a class with you for the day. :)

    April 13, 2014
    • Thank you Suz, well, if you come to Melbourne let me know, I will do you a special deal. :)

      April 13, 2014
  4. The pictures are beautiful. Really stunning visuals. :-)

    April 13, 2014
  5. haddyism #

    Spectacular

    April 13, 2014
    • Thank you.

      April 13, 2014
      • haddyism #

        You’re welcome

        April 13, 2014
  6. Beautiful reflections!

    April 13, 2014
  7. All impressive, but the reflections in the second picture are simply stunning. Perhaps photographers should carry a different kind of Cannon – to blow boats out of the water!

    April 13, 2014
    • LOL, wouldn’t that be fantastic Colonialist, make some good shots too. Thank you.

      April 13, 2014
  8. Like the reflective pictures. The way the colour is picked up by the harbour.

    Jim

    April 13, 2014
    • It is pretty cool how the water does that, I really like that too, thank you Jim.

      April 13, 2014
  9. Those are awesome Leanne and love the way you shot from different angles. Enjoyed seeing them. :)

    April 13, 2014
    • Thank you, it is great to just wander along the river and just take photos everywhere. :)

      April 13, 2014
  10. Jackie Saulmon Ramirez #

    Very colorful! :)

    April 13, 2014
  11. You have captured beautiful reflections in the water.

    April 13, 2014
  12. Stunning!!! I really admire your architecture and night shots. They are spectacular.

    April 13, 2014
    • Thank you Laura, I love doing the night photography, the images nearly always look great.

      April 13, 2014
      • I’d like to talk to you some time about your night photography processing. Maybe some time (when I can talk without coughing) we can talk about it on skype.

        April 14, 2014
      • Okay, sounds good, I don’t have skype anymore, but I am sure it won’t take much to get it back. I look forward to it.

        April 14, 2014
      • Me too!

        April 14, 2014
  13. FANTASTIC photos, Leanne! Ohmygosh. Seriously. Beautiful, beautiful – I love the balance, the symmetry, the reflections, the light… you live in a beautiful place – thank you for sharing it with us!

    April 13, 2014
    • Thank you Karen, I think I live in a beautiful place too, I love taking photos of it.

      April 13, 2014
  14. Love how you captured the reflection of the lights in the water!

    April 13, 2014
    • I love the reflections, one of the great things about doing night photography near a river, thanks RoSy.

      April 13, 2014
  15. I love the city skyline lit up and reflecting in the water! Gorgeous!

    April 13, 2014
    • Thank you, the skyline is great with the reflection.

      April 13, 2014
  16. As much as I enjoy Sunday walks in the nature, this series of photos, Leanne, has me thinking Sunday in the city!!

    April 13, 2014
    • It is a nice way to spend time. I hope you do and I hope you enjoy it. Thanks

      April 13, 2014
  17. Oh wow. The photos are superb!

    April 13, 2014
  18. Reblogged this on dunjav.

    April 13, 2014
  19. Definitely agree with the stillness there. No ripples whatsoever on the water in the second shot in the post, my favourite of the lot. The ruler-like building, that one I like a lot too. Great angle with that. This seems like a very random question, but I was wondering do you like doing panoramic shots? It seems like the in-thing for many with smartphones.

    April 13, 2014
    • The stillness was great while it lasted, I don’t see the Yarra like that very often. I have no idea what that building is.
      I haven’t got into it, mainly because I hate taking photos with my camera, I keep meaning to try, but haven’t got into it yet. Have you tried it.

      April 13, 2014
      • I have seen that building before along the Yarra but like you, have no idea what it is. Haven’t been down there in a bit, just too busy.

        I’ve tried panomaric photos with my Canon Ixus 80. Theu turn out okay. Just okay, nothing spectacular. Need to brush up on my photography skills, as always. Have a good week ahead, Leanne :)

        April 13, 2014
      • I don’t think you have missed much, it is still pretty much the same.

        I know you can get apps for your phone to do them, but I haven’t looked them up or tried to get any. Good luck with getting your skills up, it all takes time. Thanks and you too, I hope your week is better than last week. :)

        April 13, 2014
  20. Wow your second photo is gorgeous. It always amazes me anew how much cleaner and clearer everything is after rain and this photo shows that beautifully.

    April 13, 2014
    • I thought the rain did a great job of that too, I was so happy to see how still the water is. We had so much rain, even the swampland near me is now full again, there was no water in it a couple of weeks ago. Thanks Carol

      April 13, 2014
      • We’ve just returned from a week at the Sunshine Coast where the weather was glorious. The cyclone has put paid to that and it started raining this morning. Perfect timing!

        April 13, 2014
      • Sounds wonderful, I guess that means we will probably get the rain from that as well. Yes, we love rain, we do.

        April 13, 2014
      • I don’t know if it will go that far south, but we will be getting it tomorrow. I will send it your way!

        April 13, 2014
      • Okay, can you give me some warning though, so I can make it does ruin anything. LOL

        April 13, 2014
      • I’ll do my best!

        April 13, 2014
      • :)

        April 13, 2014
  21. Stunning scenery, and captured in some truly beautiful shots. I imagine you make quite the good teacher! :-)

    April 13, 2014
    • Thank you, the river has some great buildings along it, they have done a lot in the last 20 years to improve it and make it a nice place to go. I hope I am a good teacher, it is always hard to know really. :)

      April 14, 2014
  22. very impressive selection of nightshots and early morning shots

    April 13, 2014
  23. The second image has me continually revisiting its grandeur. Your perspective works so well.

    April 13, 2014
    • Thank you Sally, I have to say, I do like it, but I have been surprised at how popular it is.

      April 14, 2014
      • That’s part of this process: we learn about how and what others see.

        April 14, 2014
      • That is so true, and it is always interesting to see how we are different by what images people like.

        April 14, 2014
  24. These are all beautiful Leanne! I especially like the “blue hour” images. My favorite time to shoot :-) Cheers!

    April 13, 2014
    • Thank you Dan, I like that term, the “blue hour”.

      April 14, 2014
      • I do too!!! It’s my favorite time after sunset and before sunrise :-)

        April 15, 2014
      • I like the golden hour too, really it is the best time to be out taking photos through it all. :)

        April 15, 2014
      • Couldn’t agree more :-)

        April 15, 2014
      • :)

        April 16, 2014
  25. Stunning Leanne x I love the light on water effect and the buildings are spectacular . What a setting for photography!

    April 14, 2014
    • It is a great setting, I go in there a lot to take photos. I never tire of it always something new to see. Thank you.

      April 14, 2014
  26. gtonthenet #

    The reflections in the Yarra river is a great shot – very nice.

    April 14, 2014
    • Thank you, it is nice when the river is calm enough to get them.

      April 14, 2014
  27. at this point, “only” 294 likes. I don’t have to say anything else … :) Well deserved, my friend! Take care, Leanne, you and your family! :)

    April 14, 2014
    • Thank you Fabio. You take care too, have a great week. :)

      April 14, 2014
  28. Amazing photos. Inspires me to get out to try some city photography for a change.

    April 14, 2014
    • I love photographing the city, so I hope you so. Thank you Cybele.

      April 14, 2014
  29. I can only say wow Leanne!! Amazing shots, both day and night :)

    April 14, 2014
  30. Reblogged this on Rock Thiz Magazine.

    April 14, 2014
  31. Oh, I so LOVE your photos for the clear, bold-eyed beauty.

    April 14, 2014
  32. Gorgeous, Leanne!

    April 14, 2014
  33. Your images are awesome Leanne! I would say you passed this class with flying colors!

    April 14, 2014
    • Thank you, that is great, but I was teaching it, so I hope that also means that I can teach. :)

      April 14, 2014
      • So sorry for my misunderstanding who was the student.

        April 14, 2014
      • You don’t need to apologise, I may not have explained it properly. Teaching is something I really want to do more of, so I hope showing images like this will encourage people to want to do classes with me.

        April 14, 2014
  34. Incredible how still that water was in that second photo. I wondered about the change in that almost perfect reflection when the rowers came through. thanx for sharing these shots.

    April 14, 2014
    • I know, I think it was because of all the rain we have had, it sort of calmed everything down. We lost that lovely stillness once the rowers started, it would almost go still again and then another one would come through. Probably need to be out there earlier. Thank you.

      April 14, 2014
  35. Unbelievable! Wow!

    April 14, 2014
  36. The second image in this post — those rounded building reflected in the water and that one structure sporting the pop of red — awesome.

    April 15, 2014
    • Thank you Elen, we were walking further down, but I had to stop and take a photo, and I am so glad I did.

      April 15, 2014
  37. Beautiful!

    April 15, 2014
  38. Wow! amazing work. The building and the water work well together because the water is so calm and reflective. I love the architecture in Australia. :)

    April 15, 2014
    • Thanks Marsha, it was a great both times I went. It’s wonderful when that happens. You know you might just have to come and visit and see it for yourself. ;)

      April 16, 2014
      • I’d love that! Maybe in a year after I’m all done with my duties at CCSS. I’ll save my pennies.

        April 18, 2014
      • That would be so good if you good. Imagine the fun.

        April 19, 2014
      • I can’t EVEN imagine how fun it would be!!! I might not want to go back home! Yikes! :)

        April 19, 2014
      • You never know. I will have to save my pennies too. :)

        April 19, 2014
      • I just read about your other visitors from California, and your 4 hour photography sessions. That’s for me! :)

        April 19, 2014
      • We had a great day, when my visitors came, we did part of coastline, took all day, it was spectacular. I loved and enjoyed every minute of it. Would love to teach you photography, but do you think you need it? I’ve been looking at your photos, didn’t want to say anything, but then you mentioned the blue, it wouldn’t be ISO doing that, it would be your white balance, looks like you have it set for indoor lighting. :)

        April 19, 2014
      • I did have it set for indoor lighting. I redo both of those when I take pictures inside, and then I forget to change it when I go outside! Yikes. I do sometimes remember the ISO, but I often forget the white balance. Thanks! I hadn’t considered that was the reason for the problem. Is there a good way to fix it in Photoshop? I didn’t renew my adobe license, so I’m down to just Elements again. I didn’t like Photoshop proper.

        April 20, 2014
      • ISO will just make the images dark or light if it is set incorrectly, but if there is colour changes then it is nearly always the wrong white balance. I don’t know if you can fix it in photoshop, maybe you can try adding some more colour, like yellow, that might compensate for it. I don’t have elements right now. I did, but then when we reinstalled windows I lost it. I will check it out when I get home.

        April 20, 2014
      • I tried adjusting the color balance, but I couldn’t find anything that made it normal looking. Sometimes it helps to turn it black and white, but many pictures aren’t interesting enough to make black and white. :)

        April 20, 2014
      • We will have to work on them.

        April 20, 2014
      • I had some luck with hue saturation then lightening it. It was not the beautiful vivid color, but it was ok. At least not as blue. :)

        April 20, 2014
      • That’s good Marsha, always good to play. I sent you an email, did you get it?

        April 20, 2014
      • No, I’ll have to look again. Did you send it to tchistorygal@gmail.com

        April 22, 2014
      • I got an email from you Marsha, I haven’t really looked at it, I am still away, but going home today, so will do some catch up when I get home.

        April 22, 2014
      • OK, my friend. :)

        April 23, 2014
      • I’m back, have seen the image, and played with it a little, have some work to do today, but will get back to you soon.

        April 23, 2014
      • :) We should chat soon, anyway! It’s been way too long! :)

        April 24, 2014
      • Yes it has been a long time. Sounds good. :)

        April 25, 2014
  39. Really fantastic shots, Leanne. I like the sound of your classes – subtle tuition and camaraderie.

    April 18, 2014
    • I hope so Richard, I try not to be too teachery, if that makes sense. I like it to be fun.

      April 18, 2014

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