About

Some Things about Me

  • I grew up in Northern Victoria, Australia, in various country towns.
  • I have lived in Melbourne for over 25 years and know it really well.
  • I’ve been taking photos most of my life, though seriously since 1993 when I got my first SLR, a Pentax K1000, though I’ve done heaps, I am always learning.
  • I studied photography at NMIT, though didn’t finish the course because I went on to complete a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Victorian College of the Arts, which I did in 2006.
  • I can give technical advice about photography and some editing.
  • I love landscape photography, though I prefer landscapes with some man made element in them.
  • I consider myself a fine art photographer, a photo artist.
  • I love coffee
  • I have a cat called Tiddles
  • I love digital photography and the control you can have over it.
  • Buildings that are falling apart and ravaged by time are incredibly appealing.
  • I am good with faces but terrible with names.
  • I enjoy talking to other people about photography.
  • My first experience with photo editing was about 10 or 12 years ago and was with GIMP
  • I first used Photoshop in 2003 during a photography course I was doing, but have only been using it seriously for the last couple of years.
  • It is always great to look at other peoples photos and help them make them better, or be amazed at what they have done.
  • I really enjoy showing and teaching people photography.
  • I enjoy photographs with a high sense of drama.
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  1. I’ve never studied, but was introduced to photography by my father who had been one for Stars and Stripes during WWII. The first camera he bought me was a Pentax K1000 and a really cool 3 in one lens to go with it. I’m also terrible with names, but great with faces. I guess that says something about how my brain works. I love to look at beautiful pictures so very happy to have found your blog.

    • Sounds like we have a lot in common Julia. I really wish sometimes that I never sold my K1000, it would have been a great camera for teaching. I think it sounds like we are visual people. I also have trouble with some people’s names and will have trouble remembering it until I have seen it written down. I am a visual person. Welcome to my blog Julia, don’t be a stranger.

  2. I really like the work you have posted on here. You seem to have a natural eye for a picture.

  3. Sascha Wabeke said:

    Hi Leanne, came across your blog by accident as i was researching olive cotton for an assignment for NMIT where i’m currently studying. Glad i did come across yours though love your photos on the old school. Amazing…… It ‘s really inspiring to see more female photographers at work. Thank you….

    • I love Olive Cotton, her work is so amazing. Wow, I studied at NMIT for a year, start the diploma of Visual Art, doing photography in Epping. I left at the end of the year to go to the VCA. Thank you so much, glad you like my work, I hope yours is going well too.

  4. I’ve just discovered your website and blogs, enjoyable informative reading. To be truthful I mostly use 4×5 film cameras, scan the negs or use an enlarger to make a direct print. 100 Yr old barrel lenses ooze character. I do have a nice compact digital camera as well that I am starting to involve myself with more now I have Photoshop Elements and this is how I found your site, surfing for tips on PSE.

    I’m chuffed to see you are chronicling the Mallee, all my growing years were there but now I have moved to the big city. Each little dusty town has a story to tell for those willing to explore them.

    Also glad that someone local is providing expert advice, thanks.

    • Welcome to my site Colin, nice to meet you. Wow, you have to be dedicated to use film these days, whell that is what I think. Photoshop Elements is good software.

      I love the Mallee and try to get up there as much as I can. Each town is very different.

      Thank you.

  5. Do you understand Hindi ? I’m asking it because you liked my poem which was written in HIndi. And i was literally shocked to see it. It is seriously great and interesting if you know it.

  6. Thanks for visiting my blog and for the like!

  7. you take beautiful photos

  8. Thanks a lot leanne … for visiting my blogspace. I’m glad that you liked it :)
    Followed a few pages of your Blogs, liked unique ways f clicking the pics !

  9. Thank you for liking my posts and following my blog!

  10. Just seen your blog after seeing a notification that you liked on of my blog posts… thank you very much! I feel honoured that such a good photographer liked my post! I actually love photography and would be doing it much more if I was good at it! Lol!

    I have an amazing DSLR – a Canon EOS 40D – but I’m too busy being a mum to really try and learn how to use it properly. Let’s just say I’m a frustrated photographer, always wanting to learn new techniques and skills but never quite having the confidence to think I can learn and apply… Writing is my forte, I guess!

    Loving your work and images, and would always welcome any advice on my pics or photography in general! :-)

    • You are very welcome Nikki.
      When my children were little was really when I got into photography a lot more seriously. I took lots of photos of my girls. I also got out at times with my camera. Good luck with it and keep trying you will get there.
      Thank you so much, I don’t do critiquing of other peoples work, it isn’t something I feel comfortable with, just keep going, find someone you really trust and get them to do it for you.

  11. Kenneth McLennan said:

    A very impressive blog and site. I’m not sure how I stumbled on your work but very glad that I did. It’s the combination of great photography, wonderful presentation and your down-to-earth tone that really appeals to me. I consider myself a keen amateur photographer who enjoys taking pictures of structures mostly. The extent of my photo editing and image enhancing is limited to Aperture so I’m intrigued with the work you’ve done. I plan to keep following your posts in hopes of gleaning a few tips and tricks along the way.

    • Thank you so much Kenneth, I do love editing my photos, and it is great to have the blog to show what I have done. I love structures too, possibly my favourite thing to photograph. I hope you pick up some hints and tips. Welcome and thanks again.

  12. Hello, thank you for visiting and liking my blog. You have a great blog.. I am following yours. Happy blogging, Regards from Indonesia

  13. Thank you for stopping by my photography blog and liking my photographs. As a color blind person in the world of photography, I have often been told in my past that I would never produce anything but snapshots. I promise to come back and amble through you pictoral past. God Bless.

    • You are welcome, that is silly about the colour blindness, have you heard of the photographer Joel Grimes, very famous american photographer, he is colour blind, he has just worked out how to work around it, so you can too. Good luck.

  14. To say your images are beautiful, would be an understatement. Thanks for sharing your passions with us

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