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Intoductions – Livonne

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Livonne first came to my attention when she started commenting on some of my posts.  We got to know each other a little and then I started watching what images she was doing.  I really enjoy her work.  I have been keeping an eye on it for a while with the hope that I would be able to feature her in one of these Introductions posts, and this seemed like the perfect time. I’m afraid it was short notice, and she didn’t get much warning, but she agreed to let me show you some of her images today.

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One of the first things I noticed was how very Australian some of her images are.  I don’t mean that in a derogatory way, just that I am always attracted to images that are from Australia, especially if they are places that I recognise.  LIke this one above, I knew as soon as I saw it that it was Southern Cross Station.  I’ve been there and taken photos there.

I asked Livonne why she takes photos.

I’ve always loved photographs, especially the old beautiful portraits that our grandparents had.  I’d always taken a lot of photos but never had a good camera.  When my daughter died at age 10, I realised that I didn’t have enough photos of her, let alone good ones.  It made me very determined to get as many good photos of my sons as I could.  I got given a Kodak digital camera for my 40th birthday and I became a bit obsessed.

When I started making slideshows for birthdays and other celebrations, I began to really curse the instamatic and polaroid cameras that robbed whole generations of their right to beautiful photos.  I started writing a blog nearly 2 years ago and as I wanted photos to go with what I’d written, I felt I could either feel guilty about “borrowing” google images or I could learn to take something decent of my own.

I enrolled in a Certificate IV of Photoimaging at Nepean TAFE and became completely hooked.  As soon as I completed that I started at Diploma level and am now only 2 months away from finishing that.

dsc_0594When you go through her blogs, she has two very similar ones, you can a large variety of images.  You never quite know what you are going to get, like this one, abandoned silos.  She does a lot of the challenges and I think this one was in response to the theme of Abandoned.  I hope I got that right, I’ve been looking at so many images.

Inspiration always comes next.

My inspiration changes daily.  When I started I was positive I’d be a portrait photographer as I love people. I love the style of Australia’s Peter Adams who takes everyday people and brings out a bit of whimsy in them.    It is certainly a style of photography that I aspire to.  I used to find landscape photography rather boring to be honest, but since learning to use a DSLR, I’m thrilled with what I see everyday.  I live in the Blue Mountains of NSW, so am blessed to be surrounded by absolute beauty everywhere I look.  I love capturing the beauty that we’re surrounded by.  I also love urban landscapes and the work of Trent Parke.   I think photography has changed the way I see the world as I used to worry a lot and look for bad stuff.. Now I am always framing the next photo so am looking for beauty everywhere.

dsc_0256There are also lots of photos of places she has visited from overseas.  After seeing what her inspiration is or what inspires her, I can see a lot of that in the images that she takes.  The images she seems to like a lot are really the images I enjoy too, lots of buildings.  Not always pretty, but still there is something about humans and our architecture.

I asked Livonne if there was anything special about the way she works.

I don’t know that I have anything special about the way I work.  I do love color so I don’t usually do black and white photography but will occasionally do some selective color.  I like a touch of fantasy or romance in my photos which I guess takes me away from the reality of an often harsh world. 

021There is something about her work too, the world around her, how she sees the world.  I see some of her images and wish I had taken them, or wish I had been in the same spot to take them.  There is a moodiness to her images that I really enjoy as well.  Many of them are dark, and everyone knows how I find dark images.

I asked about her gear, which was interesting when she told us what she started with.

I started the photography course with a Nikon D80 with just one lens which I bought second hand on ebay.  I have since progressed to the Nikon D610 and am slowly building up my lenses.  I have a 50 mm prime and a 70-300 mm.  I still have the 18-55mm that came with the D80 which I use too but am looking to buy a more versatile lens soon.

As I said, Livonne has two blogs, Livonne is her main blog and she also has one that she used for particular subjects, Livonne Photography.  Both are great and I would encourage you to go and take a look at either or both of them.  I would like to thank Livonne for giving me permission to feature her blog here and also for answering my questions so quickly, I really appreciated that.  I am glad I showed her blog and I am sure you will all love her work as well.  Here is a gallery of some images from her blog.  I need to go and starting working on my image for the MMC this week.

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  1. I love the kookaburra. He is thinking about something, maybe it’s his next meal slithering past.

    I really like the way the background is blurred. I can’t always achieve that, even though I try. Is it a particular setting on the camera?

    April 14, 2014
    • That is great Carol, maybe his thinking that.
      I think it is easier to do with a camera where you can control the aperture, then you can open it up to get that blurry background.

      April 14, 2014
      • Hmm, all this techno talk!! I will investigate.

        April 14, 2014
      • If you need any help, let me know.

        April 14, 2014
      • Oh dear, you might be getting into more than you bargained for. I will read my instruction book first.

        April 14, 2014
      • Haha, that’s okay.

        April 14, 2014
  2. Livonne has some gorgeous work. I agree with her that you cannot have too many photos of your family, especially your children and the animals.

    April 14, 2014
    • That is so true David, you really can’t. I am so glad you enjoyed her work.

      April 14, 2014
  3. Thank you, Leanne. I don’t know why I was unchecked not to follow so I refollowed you. I really am touched by the comment you left at Petals. And I loved Livonne’s work so much that I followed her. (((HUGS))) Amy

    April 14, 2014
    • I thought you had gone quiet, but thought you were just busy, that happens, nice to hear from you again. You are welcome, it was true, your macro work is really good. That is wonderful that you loved her work.

      April 14, 2014
      • I have gone quiet, that too. I am reopening my gardens which takes a lot of work. That and one of my cats was very ill this past week. Now I am trying to catch up here, so to speak. (smile) Love, Amy

        April 14, 2014
      • I hope your cat is okay, must be wonderful to be back in your garden after all this time, I hope it survived your winter.
        We are going into winter now, but nothing like yours. I am looking forward to it.

        April 14, 2014
      • I bet you are after all the intolerable heat. And yes he is OK, thank you. He does need dental surgery so we still have that to get through next week. All is good, though.

        April 14, 2014
      • Our cat went through dental work a couple of years ago, had to have a heap of teeth removed.

        April 14, 2014
      • I hope you cat is OK and I hope that won’t be the case for ours. I’ll get to that bridge when I cross it. (smile) Love, Amy

        April 14, 2014
      • Oh yes, Amy, he is more than okay. He manages with the teeth he has left. He was very unhappy for awhile, but he is gorgeous again now. :)

        April 14, 2014
      • That is so good to hear, Leanne. I pray that when this surgery is over, my Rocky will be back to his spunky self. I know it takes a long time for all the drugs to get out of the body (a lot longer then medicine will say) but with lots of good nutrition and Homeopathy, and with INTENT that he will do find, he will. He’s just been so sick for so long, we finally got him stable, and now this. Our vet said what we did would not probably be possible. We did it, Leanne. We did it. So, if we can turn him around from a very ill state, we can help him now with this. xx Amy

        April 14, 2014
      • That is great Amy, I’m sure he will be fine. They are funny after surgery, Tiddles was like a drunk cat, so floppy and cuddly, very cute.

        April 14, 2014
      • (smile) I know.

        April 14, 2014
      • :)

        April 14, 2014
  4. One can see what you mean about her style. You know, I don’t think it would take much practice for one to be able to identify one out of a few hundred known photographers just given twenty or so of their shots,

    April 14, 2014
    • I must admit, I know just what you mean Colonialist, I know there are images that I see and I know pretty much straight away who they belong to.

      April 14, 2014
  5. Jackie Saulmon Ramirez #

    Oh wow, I love the lighting and angles! This was a nice mix of many things. :)

    April 14, 2014
  6. leecleland #

    Great intro as usual to a great blog. Love her work and could place many of her shots in the Blue Mountains. The sepia tree is a perfect image to my eye. Thanks for the intro. to Livonne.

    April 14, 2014
    • That is fantastic Lee, I love it when you can place places you see in photos. I think the sepia tree is great too. You are more than welcome.

      April 14, 2014
  7. pausesandclicks #

    Beautiful images! Thanks for introducing your readers to yet another inspired photographer!

    April 14, 2014
    • You are welcome, and I am so glad that you liked her work.

      April 14, 2014
  8. I love her photography! I also love nice lighting and dark images. I wonder what that says about us lol. Thank you for sharing her work. I will definitely follow her.

    April 14, 2014
    • Yes, I wonder too Laura, LOL, I am glad you like her, it is great showcasing these other artists and photographers.

      April 14, 2014
  9. Leanne, thanks so much for following and featuring my work. I feel very humbled and honored. Not even 18 months ago, I’d never used a DSLR, only ever a point and shoot so to be part of your introductions is a huge thrill for me. Thank you everyone for your kind words and it’s great to have you onboard. I will get around to looking at everyone’s blog very soon. :)

    April 14, 2014
    • That is fantastic Livonne, and you are very welcome, It is something that I really enjoy doing. Wow, you have done well then, only 18 months ago.

      April 14, 2014
  10. Love her work

    April 14, 2014
  11. Stunning tree image!

    April 14, 2014
    • It is, I’m sure Livonne will be wrapped with how much people like it.

      April 14, 2014
      • I certainly am. I’m so thrilled that people enjoy what I do.. That tree was taken in Bullaburra in the Blue Mountains on a typical foggy day :)

        April 14, 2014
      • That’s wonderful Livonne. :)

        April 15, 2014
  12. Haha..i always love this blog.. many great picture inside.. Nice :D

    April 14, 2014
  13. Some really beautiful shots here – there is such a range of subjects and they are all so lovely! Thanks for showcasing. I love looking at other people’s work!

    April 14, 2014
    • You are welcome, it is always good that people enjoy the work of those that I showcase.

      April 14, 2014
  14. Some really great images , beautiful compositions and while im not a city girl I really like some of livonne’s building images ……really good
    : ))!

    April 14, 2014
    • That is great to hear Trees, glad you found things that you liked.

      April 14, 2014
  15. As an amateur, it is always encouraging to see that someone started taking photography a wee bit serious in her 40es and got so far in a short time. So, there is hope. :D Beautiful photographs, I will be sure to follow.

    April 14, 2014
    • I know exactly what you, I find it good too. That is wonderful.

      April 14, 2014
    • Anytime is a good time to start..I was over 50 when I started at school to learn the craft… It has renewed my whole life. Thanks for your kind words :)

      April 14, 2014
  16. Love her work!! So awesome that you featured this talented photographer!!!

    April 14, 2014
    • That is great to see, I’m so glad you enjoyed the post on her.

      April 15, 2014
  17. I think my favorite (and that was hard to choose from all these beauties) was the hayrake. It took me back to my childhood.

    April 14, 2014
    • That is a great one too, I know what you mean about it taking you back.

      April 15, 2014
  18. Susan Portnoy #

    Thanks Leanne, I really enjoy your “introductions.” It’s a great way to find and be inspired by different photographers, their styles and techniques.

    April 14, 2014
    • Your welcome Susan, it is good to see that people enjoy the posts on the introductions, I really enjoy doing them as well.

      April 15, 2014
  19. Lots of great photos!

    April 15, 2014
  20. Thank you for a great introduction again! I love the “misty forest” image, among many others.

    April 15, 2014
    • You are very welcome Tiny, it is great doing these posts, they are always well received.

      April 15, 2014
  21. Lovely handling of light and creating a mood in Livonne’s work !

    April 15, 2014
    • She is quite good with the lighting, I really like that too.

      April 15, 2014
  22. Nice tribute, Leanne. Her work is beautiful.

    April 15, 2014
  23. Lovely work by Livonne – it’s really nice to read someone’s motivation for taking photographs, and hers’ is a great one. This is such a great feature of your blog, Leanne.

    April 18, 2014
    • I agree, her motivation is certainly exceptional. Thank you Richard, it is certainly a popular one, which is great.

      April 18, 2014
  24. Thanks, Leanne, for introducing us to Livonne’s work. It’s encouraging to read about someone who started later and has progressed so well.

    April 18, 2014
    • You are very welcome, glad you found it inspiring.

      April 18, 2014

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