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Weekend Wanderings – Lessons in Melbourne

The Emporium

The post is a little late today, and it isn’t what I hoped it would be.  I have just finished on Skype doing my first Online Photography Lesson.  A little different to how I do them normally, but I just have to think a little differently and the class is more individual, so suited more to what my client feels they need to learn.  Today was about learning how to use a new camera and a different lens. Today I will have to come up with some lessons to email to them.

Speaking of lessons, I know you know about the One on One I did the other day in Melbourne, but today I thought I would show you some of the photos I took during that lesson. I know I normally show some photos of the area around where I am, but unfortunately I haven’t been able to get out, it has been a busy week, and a very wet week, so much rain.  Looks like the skies are clearing so I should get a lot more photos this coming week.

LeanneCole-melbourne-emporium-20140606-0102One of the things that my client said that she was having trouble with was taking photos when there is a lot of light and a lot of dark, so I tried to think of places that had those and helped her work out how to do them. There is a new shopping centre in Melbourne, it is The Emporium.  I have taken photos of it before with my phone and instagram, but this was the first time I had had a chance to take some with my Nikon D800.  It is an interesting building with lots of shapes and lines everywhere.  I wouldn’t mind going back and just wondering, but use my 14-24mm lens.

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On the same theme we went to Centre Place.  I think photographing this small dark laneway is so hard.  You have all the dark areas at the bottom, but then you have the bright spots at the top.  It is a challenge, especially at the time of day we were shooting.

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I have been enjoying how close I can get to things with my 24-70mm and love testing it, and who can walk past the cakes in the window of the Hopetoun Tea Rooms in the Block Arcade without taking photos?

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We went to Hosier Lane and found an artist doing his work on the wall.  I took a few photos, and it was good practice for my client to see if she could take photos of something moving.

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One thing she wanted to learn to do was panning.  So while we were waiting for the sun to go down to do some night photography we headed to the road to try our hand at panning.  It isn’t as easy as it sounds, and does take a lot practice.  I’m not bad at it, but I did it for many years when I was photographing the cycling.  Though when I look back on my early attempts, I am a bit embarassed.  I am going to get a post up on the News Blog today or tomorrow on panning for anyone who is interested in learning how to do it.

She learned a lot and said she got heaps out of the session.  She did email me to ask me to explain a couple of things, which was fine, I think that is fair enough.  You can’t be expected to remember everything in the one day.  I should make a list and then send an email afterwards, I think that would be a great idea.

This is what she said about the One on One Photography Session

“You certainly didn’t confuse me, you have a very practical and easy to understand approach. I am going to sit down and look at the photos today and make a few little notes, so I don’t forget what things you told me.

I felt like I really got a lot out of our session, but I will just have to get out there snapping I guess to get the practice.”

I was so happy to read that.

I am going to put the rest of the images in a gallery for you now.  I will a caption with each one so you know where they are.  I hope your weekend is going well. The sun has come out today here and the sky is blue, lovely.

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  1. Leanne, the food and the mall photos are fantastic. What a beautiful place! Lucky you to have such a fabulous place to live, work and play. :)

    June 8, 2014
    • Thank you John, I think the lens I had really helped too. It is beautiful, and I have to keep reminding myself that I live here.

      June 8, 2014
  2. Lovely to see Melbourne through your eyes. There is a lot of magic in your pictures.

    June 8, 2014
    • Thank you Katherine, glad you like it. I like the idea of magic, must remember that the next time I am taking photos.

      June 8, 2014
  3. So I was gasping at your images, and Dave thought something was wrong. lol! Seriously! He said, “what’s wrong?” And I replied, “It’s Leanne’s photos! They are amazing!” I really really love these. The architecture and alley ways are incredible!

    June 8, 2014
    • LOL, too funny. Thank you Laura, easy to do when you have great things to photograph.

      June 8, 2014
      • But still….they are beautifully captured. :)

        June 8, 2014
      • Thank you Laura, it is getting overcast again.

        June 8, 2014
      • oh no :(

        June 9, 2014
      • Better weather is forecasted for this week, so I am sure it will gone soon. :)

        June 9, 2014
      • yay!

        June 9, 2014
      • :)

        June 9, 2014
  4. Incredible photos, Leanne! My husband is sitting next to me (he’s a train and bus fan) noting the amazing shots you took! Brilliant! Cher xo

    June 8, 2014
    • Thank you Cher, the trams are great, I love the Melbourne has lots of them.

      June 8, 2014
  5. EXCELLENT, Leanne! Super, as always! I would like to visit that place with all those beautiful pies, cakes, etc. Super, again! Thanks so much!!! :)

    June 8, 2014
    • You know, I have really eaten any of those cakes, must go there one day and try some of them, thanks once again Fabio. :)

      June 8, 2014
  6. It was worth the wait Leanne, fantastic shots, love every single one of them and will be going back over them again with a cuppa!

    June 8, 2014
    • Thank you Kaz, hope you enjoy your cuppa, I think I need another one now.

      June 8, 2014
  7. Jackie Saulmon Ramirez #

    Those were beautiful! I especially liked the things overhead. they were so unusual. The street view was very appealing as well – and the FOOD! I’m hungry all over again. :)

    June 8, 2014
    • The walkways and such, great place to get abstract shots, I really want to go back there. Thank you Jackie, the food looks great, always does there, must try some one day. :)

      June 8, 2014
  8. looks like a great outing Leanne. Some fine pictures, well done.

    June 8, 2014
    • It was a great outing, I had so much fun, and thank you.

      June 8, 2014
  9. Wow Leanne .. Fabulous. Cakes,arcades, shopping, people!

    June 8, 2014
  10. Well looking at the architecture of the mall almost made me feel dizzy ;-) Really like the way you’ve composed the images, reminds me a bit of Escher!

    June 8, 2014
    • That’s a great reaction Sarah. Thank you, I like the Escher reference. :)

      June 8, 2014
      • It leapt straight to mind Leanne!

        June 8, 2014
      • Now that you have said, I think the same too. Great observation.

        June 8, 2014
      • I love hearing what other people see in my work! Very often it’s something I haven’t noticed myself. Seonaid said that my floral work is very intimate which I hadn’t realised until she’d said it. It’s something that I seem to do instinctively rather than it being a specific aim.

        June 8, 2014
      • I must admit I like the same, when people say things about my work, I am so terrible with descriptions, so it is wonderful to hear other people do it for me.

        June 8, 2014
      • It’s a great way to discover hidden things about yourself that are being subconsciously projected within your photos!

        June 8, 2014
      • I agree, I love it when people do it. I wouldn’t know I had a style if people didn’t let me know. You really can learn a lot. I mentioned you in today’s post, I hope you don’t mind.

        June 9, 2014
      • Ooh, of course I don’t mind :-) Thank you! I’ve not been on the computer yet today and must send you my monochrome image. It’s very humid here at the moment and I find it exhausting!

        June 10, 2014
      • Humid weather is like that Sarah, keep dry. Thank you, and I will look out for your image. :D

        June 10, 2014
      • I’ll do my best! The reports all say we’re heading into a heat wave which probably equates to “mild” for Aussies ;-) Just got the image emailed to you!

        June 10, 2014
      • I think it is all relative, we probably thing when it is really cold here, you would find warm. We have extreme summers, mild winters, other places are the opposite. Just take care and drink lots of water. I got your image, thank you Sarah, will add it to the post today for tomorrow.

        June 10, 2014
      • I’m very relieved that we’re going to have a nice bright day on Thursday as I’m photographing a wedding :-) It’s at a fabulously beautiful location so we’ll be making the most of the gardens for the photos!

        June 10, 2014
      • That is lucky, we aren’t getting many around here. It is supposed to be sunny today, but looks like it will be overcast and grey again. Hopefully the sun will come out somewhere. Sounds like a perfect day for some fantastic photos. Good luck.

        June 11, 2014
      • Thanks Leanne :-) It’s nice to booked for a wedding on the basis of all your art photography, just as you were last year!

        June 11, 2014
      • It is nice, maybe people are looking for something a little more unique these days.

        June 11, 2014
      • Yes, indeed! I’m hoping to do more :-)

        June 11, 2014
      • I would love to as well, I love the idea of being the second shooter, and just doing art images.

        June 11, 2014
      • No, I’m too much of a camera control freak ;-) The other half, Simon, is my assistant on Thurs!

        June 11, 2014
      • That is what I did with the one I did, I loved it, the other photographer was responsible for all the formal shots, and I just got to play, it was brilliant.

        June 11, 2014
      • Ha, love it :-) I’ve just had the group shot list sent through and I think I’m going to have to have a diplomatic discussion on how long it will all take!!

        June 11, 2014
      • Oh yes, the family shots and such, I didn’t have to do any of those, I went and took photos of the tables and settings while the other photographer was doing those.

        June 11, 2014
      • It’s the worst bit! Originally my couple said they didn’t want to focus on group shots and wanted more candid and art photos. I think the warm weather has gone to my bride’s head! I’ll gently reign her in ;-)

        June 11, 2014
      • Good luck with that

        June 11, 2014
      • Gonna need it!

        June 12, 2014
      • Let me know how you go.

        June 12, 2014
      • Will do! I’ve just finished trying to organise the group shots with highlighters ;-)

        June 12, 2014
      • :)

        June 12, 2014
  11. Love the shots! I am not good at panning. One thing that I have been practising, is blurring motion, using flash in the evenings. It’s fun! Online courses via Skype?

    June 8, 2014
    • Panning takes a lot of practice. I just finished a post on it. Yes, online via skype, wonderful. Thanks

      June 8, 2014
      • The Skype concept is interesting. Ever since I decided to work on my photography, I started doing a lot of online courses, but not on Skype.

        June 9, 2014
      • Skype is great, you can actually talk to people and explain things so much better. Show examples that are specific to what they want.

        June 9, 2014
  12. Lemuel #

    beautiful.

    June 8, 2014
  13. Nice photos. I especially like the food shots and the panning ones.

    I kind of want the 14-24mm lens but since it doesn’t take normal filters I would have to have a special setup just for that. I did try it out though but opted for the 16-35mm as it didn’t seem much different and in most situations I am in, I can just back up a little bit to get the same shot. I also have the 24-120mm lens and it is a nice one as it is wide angle as well as a little telephoto. It’s my lens of choice when doing a walk when I don’t want to carry much.

    June 8, 2014
    • Thank you Justin.
      I love the 14-24mm, true you can’t really use filters, but most things I would want to use filters I would just use the 24-70mm for. I have to say my 24-70mm is becoming or has become my lens of choice these days. I love it. The wide is good, but sometimes it is just too wide.

      June 8, 2014
  14. a beautiful and colorful appetizing series :-)

    June 8, 2014
  15. Like the shots and portrait of the Graffiti Artist and his work. Very interesting.

    June 8, 2014
    • Thanks Ben, it isn’t very often you get to see someone actually creating there, it was good to see.

      June 8, 2014
  16. Love your shots of the city, they are always my favourite. The shots of the Emporium all look similar to me. Then again, that place seems to look the same everywhere you turn. Love how the tearoom cakes turned out well, especially when their behind glass.

    Hope your weekend is going great. I went out and tried the panorama function on my phone. I am enjoying the weekend, but it’s going by way too fast.

    June 8, 2014
    • There are parts that are similar, but they are also different, it is about seeing different patterns. I like that. The lens I used for the cakes were so nice, I must explore more with that lens.

      I haven’t done that one, I should try it out. It has been nice the weekend, looking forward to some sunny weather.

      June 8, 2014
      • I think you’re right about the patterns at the Emporium. Haven’t notice other shopping centres with that many lines and curves. I think you photographed the cakes very well – very crisp and we don’t see too many food photos from you.

        Yeah, it has been a good weekend with one more day tomorrow. Just a bit too cold for my liking. Have a good one tomorrow :)

        June 8, 2014
      • Maybe they think the patterns make it more special, haha, who knows. Thanks, I don’t really do much food, don’t think I’m that good at it.

        Yes, it has been cold, I want some fog or frost. Looking foward to that, I want photos. Thanks, you have a good day too. :)

        June 8, 2014
  17. The images of the emporium make an interesting collage!

    June 8, 2014
    • Thank you Gypsy, it is an interesting place, still don’t know if I like it.

      June 8, 2014
  18. did enjoy the photos of the cakes and pastries.. that is my thing. I think i learned something.

    eve

    June 8, 2014
    • Thank you, not really my thing, but I will have a go at many things, now I’m curious what did you learn?

      June 8, 2014
      • people love food photos.. Living in France as I do, cookery is prepared by Artisans, at least in the better cafes, bakeries.. I learned to go close up and focus on a small piece of the cake, the pretty and most delicious part or decorations. thanks eve

        June 8, 2014
      • Must make photographing them amazing. I like doing that too, though I don’t really do a lot of food, but I do like doing that sort of thing. Thanks

        June 8, 2014
      • You really need to come to France to appreciate the beauty of cooking.. not the taste so much as the style.. Each bakery is charming..

        eve

        June 8, 2014
      • Perhaps one day I will get there too, I am hoping to get to a few places.

        June 8, 2014
  19. Many thanks for this wonderful post Leanne. I love your photos, you really inspire me to keep finding new ways to look at things. I love the lines, symmetry and intersections of the mall. Your beautiful food shots made me remember all of the scrummy food that I enjoyed in Melbourne ! I was particularly glutinous at the Queen Victoria Market !

    June 8, 2014
    • What a lovely thing to say, thank you. I love symmetry, there is something about it. Oh the Vic market, hot jam donuts, yum.

      June 8, 2014
  20. A fabulous gallery of images today, Leanne. The Emporium looks like a great environment for those of us who are lovers of line and geometry – you’ve captured some intriguing images in there.

    June 8, 2014
    • I think it is, so many different shapes, lines and angles, I have to go back. Thank you so much.

      June 8, 2014
  21. Reblogged this on Lianne's Picks – best of the blogs and commented:
    Absolutely fabulous photography Leanne – wish I were in Melbourne…I’d take lessons!!

    June 8, 2014
  22. I walked down this route few months ago. loved it! :)

    June 8, 2014
  23. I love your photos Leanne. You show us clean, clear lines. You show us movement. You show us colour. You show us beauty. I enjoyed looking at them.

    June 8, 2014
  24. Leanne, thanks for sharing this. The emporium is indeed beautiful with shapes and lines

    June 9, 2014
  25. The photos are great! I am not an expert of photography but I have to say that I really enjoyed the ones in the laneway because they give me the sense of mevement and life – I am not saying they are blurry eheh – I really enjoyed the one where the guy shows the paper because the guy is showing something personal, and for me is intruguing.

    Thank you for sharing this photos, I always enjoy seeing them.

    Bye!

    June 9, 2014
    • It was great seeing a graffiti artist actually working, so I enjoyed taking them. I should go back and get the final image. Will see.

      thank you Gabriel.

      June 9, 2014
  26. Lovely photos once again Leanne. I can almost taste the food!

    June 9, 2014
  27. That art is fantastic! A lot like E.E.Cummings’ earlier abstracts! :)

    June 9, 2014
  28. I feel as though I am there looking through your eyes!! It’s an adventure! I wanted to walk down the narrow street, ride the escalator and eat the pastries!! Love!!

    June 9, 2014
    • Wonderful Cybele, great response, maybe one day you will do all that with me. Thank you.

      June 9, 2014
  29. I loved these :) I really loved the emporium shots! you’re so lucky to live in a place like that :) I hope to get as good as you someday

    June 9, 2014
    • We are lucky, though I don’t know if it is uniquely here, or because I live in a city and I try to see as much as I can. It is a great city though. Thank you.

      June 9, 2014
  30. Leanne, this is a great post. So interesting and sounds like you had a great lesson with your client. I think your idea of a follow email is very helpful and supportive.
    I too especially love the closeups of the the food with your 24-70mm. Stunning!
    As always…inspiring! :)

    June 9, 2014
    • I thought so Robyn, I really enjoyed it, I do love doing them. I thought it would be too, I will have to make notes as I am doing it, so I remember what we did. That lens is so good for that, I will have to do more, can’t believe I had it for almost 2 years before I realised. Thank you Robyn. :)

      June 10, 2014
  31. LB #

    What a gallery! Those tea room shots are gorgeous!
    Gee … how much would it cost me to fly to Melbourne and have a day lesson (HA!)

    June 10, 2014
    • Haha, I don’t know LB, would be fun though.
      I love those tearooms, the window is just fantastic, I love stopping and looking. I must go in one day, but there is always a queue of people.

      June 10, 2014
  32. Gorgeous. Loved the food photos, and I’m hankering for a little dessert about now. Everything was pretty amazing, Leanne.

    June 10, 2014
    • I hope you got some ideas for dessert there Elen. Thank you.

      June 10, 2014
  33. Your pictures always make me feel like I’m right there with you! Beautiful!

    June 10, 2014
    • What a beautiful comment, thank you so much Michelle.

      June 10, 2014
  34. WOW! Really beautiful collection of photos!

    June 10, 2014

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