Author: Leanne Cole


Introductions: Stacy Fischer

It has been a week since I returned and over a month since I did an Introduction, so I thought I would start back with a mate. I know I can call her that now, even though we live half a world away, but when I was in New York I got to spend two days with her and I know I can say she is a friend. Of course I am talking about Stacy Fischer, from the blog Visual Venturing. We had such a great time wondering around the city of New York that I knew I would like to do an Introduction on her once I got back. I loved looking through her blog in its entirety, which can be quite different to seeing one post at a time. It was great to see the large variety of her work and also to go along with her on many of her travels. I asked Stacy where in the world she was. I live on the east coast of the United States in Virginia …


Weekend Wanderings: Kinglake and Back

On Friday I had another One on One Photography Session and this time we decided to do some landscape photography. First we headed out to Kinglake to see what we could see. It has been nice to see the countryside here again, especially as spring is happening all around. The weather has been warm, and that also means the snakes are going to be waking up, so care has to be taken as well. We were looking at lighting and how it can make your images more interesting. It was getting late in the day and we were able to get some great shots of back lit trees. Also trees that are blossoming with the season. With spring are also flowers and they were everywhere. Lots of wild ones, well they were growing out in the wild, so I assume they are. They are small, most of the ones we saw, and very beautiful. We were also looking at how the light was hitting certain things. Breaks through the trees and then the light hits …


Wanderings from the USA: Santa Cruz, Capitola and Monterey

Things are taking longer to get back to usual that I thought, and getting out to take photos here at home hasn’t been as easy as I thought. Still with thousands of photos from the USA I still have lots to show you. I also realized that while I was away I showed you some photos of places, but from the same place there are still many more I can show. I visited Santa Cruz, Capitola and Monterey on my third day in the US. I also did a post on it back there, USA Wanderings: Santa Cruz to Monterey, so today I thought I would go through the folder and show you some more of those photos. I’m not going to talk about them, I think you can see what they are.  It is the weekend here, and things have to be sorted out. I need to get on with some stuff, so I hope you have a safe and productive weekend.


Flatiron in Situ

It has been crazy since I got back, and I am trying to get the magazine ready to be published at the end of this month, or early next.  On top of that, family dramas, not much sleep and working, it is all getting on top of me. I also have quite a few articles I have to write for dPS, and one of them I need to get done straight away. As I was thinking about that article and what to do I remembered the morning I had gone to the Flatiron building. When I was there I tried to take photos at different angles and to give it a sense of place, or to show it in situ. I used different lenses to help get that. I also wanted to remember the detail so I took some close ups of it. I might never get to go back and I want to remember how it was. I used the 35mm lens from Nikon, then I put the camera on the Joby Gorillapod with the Tamron …


My Melbourne – Things Returning to Normal

Yesterday I had my first One on One Photography Session since returning and I guess it means the holiday really is over. In some ways it was nice that everything is getting back to normal, but then again I feel like I’m in a strange place as well, in my head that is. I don’t know how to explain it, but I think having my client being someone from the US was really good. We talked about my experiences there and she talked about her experiences here. It is always different to see your country through the eyes of a visitor, the good, and the bad. We met under the clocks at Flinders Street Station, a very iconic meeting place, and then caught a train to Southern Cross Station to take photos around Docklands. I think that is a place that visitors hear bad things about and might not go to, so I thought it would be a great place to start. We walked around there and eventually ended up at the Yarra River where …


Monochrome Madness Returning

Just a short post today to remind those that want to do it that Monochrome Madness will return next week. It is a themed week and the theme is to be Country. Not many entries have been coming in, so I don’t know if people have forgotten about it, or don’t want to do it anymore, but to get into the spirit of it I thought I would put an image for you. An image from Yosemite. It seemed a perfect idea to do one of these in monochrome. I’m sure Ansel Adams would have done a much better job, but I wanted to see what I could get from my first view of these famous mountains. Below are the details if you want to send in an image. Don’t forget all the instructions on how to enter your own images are at the bottom of the post.  If you have entered an image then please remember to check your image in the gallery, scroll down and see if anyone has left you any comments. …


USA Wanderings: Playing with Photoshop

One of the things that I really missed while I was away was my 27 inch monitor and Photoshop. I am sure I’ve told you before how much I wanted to process some photos with Photoshop and there is one group of images that I was excited about, but wasn’t quite sure what I would do with them until I got them on my computer here. On the day I went out with my brother in law to go sailing we also went somewhere else before hand. He took me to some of the salt ponds near San Francisco. They were amazing, though I had seen some from the air when I was flying into the city. We don’t have anything like these here, well not that I am aware of.  They are evaporation ponds, so they put salt water into them and wait for the water to evaporate and then collect the salt that is left behind. It was hot there, there was no shade and we did a lot of walking, so when …