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Quiet Thursdays: Eating Cupcakes

Isn’t that what you do after you photograph them?

I’ve been out all day, going to new places and taking photos.  Both places I went to were fantastic and I am looking forward to looking at the photos, hopefully I got some good ones.

The other day I tried some new things with the macro lens.  Something that I might try doing more of, and I have to admit, I really enjoyed doing it.  So today, I thought I might share with you some of the photos I was taking.  I tried photographing some jewellery that I had, see how I would go photographing it.  Then I saw a website for cupcakes and thought how bad the photos were for the wonderful cakes they were making, and thought I could do better, so I got my daughter to get me some cupcakes for me to photograph.

Here is a gallery with some of the jewellery imgaes and the cupcakes.  We did eat them after the photos and they were very nice.

MM42: Monochrome Madness 42

Not long to Christmas and not long to MM43 with a splash of Colour. People have already start sending in images for next week, and it has been great to see them.  Some of them have a Christmas theme and some don’t.  I don’t think it matters too much, as long as the image has a touch or splash of colour. If you missed I did a post last Friday on how to do an image with a touch of colour. However, that is next week and we should get on with this week.  This week has been very quiet for MM and one of the smallest weeks we’ve had for a while, I suspect most people are getting ready for Christmas, anyway, let’s take a look.

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Okay, not my best, but it has been a busy week and I really haven’t been able to get out and take photos, so I had to go through the archives for this one.  It was taken last year at Cape Schanck.  I did replace the sky, not sure what I did was great, but there you have it, not a good one for me.

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Here is Laura Macky‘s image this week, and remember if you want to find out about it go to here post Romance – Monochrome Madness.

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.

Now, if you wish to participate and submit an image here is how you do it:-

  • You must email me the image you want to include and if you have a blog or website, or somewhere else, please include the link. My email address is leanne@leannecole.com.au
  • The image size should be low res, so the largest side should be 1000 pixels or less.
  • Please insert either your name or your blogs name in the file name.
  • Remember I am on Australian time, so with GMT I am +11 hours at the moment, I publish my post on Wednesday morning.
  • If you need more help with sending images, and get confused about time zones, etc, well, there is a great website called The World Clock, if you go to that and look at Melbourne time, if it’s before 6pm on Tuesday evening, then you can still send me images.  If it’s after that time, you can send me an image, but it will be set aside for the following week.
  • Remember to include a link to your blog or website.
  • Please remember to resize your images, it is fairly simply, you just need to go into any editing software and usually under Image you will find, resize, scale, or image size, something like that and you can resize your image there. Change the dimensions to pixels and make the longest side 1000 pixels or smaller, hit return, and for most types of software that should change the other side automatically as well. Just remember to save it with a different name so you know it is the smaller version.  If you have any problems, please contact me, I don’t mind helping out.

Please note you don’t have to be a WordPress blogger to be in this challenge, you can have a link to a Facebook page, a Flickr page, anywhere really, or no link.  We just want to encourage people to do monochrome images, just for the madness of it. Just to let you know also, that as soon as the challenge is published, all emails and images you have sent me are deleted from my computer.  I respect your copyright and would never keep any of the images.

 

Tuesdays Bit and Bobs

Tuesday is here again, though there is only 8 days to Christmas and everything does seem to be winding down for the end of the year.  People are working out Christmas presents, putting up trees, and getting into the Christmas spirit.  It hasn’t hit our house this year, I’m sure it will in the next few days, but so far, we all seem to be carrying on as usual.

Social Snappers

I have made a gift voucher for Social Snappers, so that people can buy 5 excursions for people for Christmas.  I thought it would be a nice idea, you know for that pleannecole-ripponlea-20140325-9246erson that loves photography and you don’t know what to get for them.

However, I think I left it too late, and then when I tried to use Facebook to advertise it, well, I just couldn’t believe what they do.  I have done it in the past, boosted a post, I’m sure those that have FB have seen that you can boost posts, but now, if you have anything that looks like an image, and you have lots of writing on it, you know like a poster, well, they won’t approve it.  My image for the gift voucher, was a gift voucher, there were no photos on it, no images, just writing, and it wasn’t approved.  They are LeanneCole-exttubes-9500making it harder and harder, so I won’t be doing that anymore.  I will need to find another way to advertise what I am doing. I should stick with google ads.

One Four Challenge

I have done my Week 3 image for the One Four Challenge that Robyn is running from her blog, Captivate Me, and if you want to see my image here is the link, One Four Challenge for December Week 3.  I was really proud of what I did with this image, and it exceeded my expectations.  I did some new things, and what I did I suspect I will try more of in the future, that is if I can remember what I did.

The Macro

I have been trying out some new things with the macro, and thinking about how else I can use it.  A few years ago I had a an exhibition of sleannecole-macro-20140530-0006ome work I had done with ceramic pieces that I made.  The pieces were made from molds that I had done of everyday items.  I wanted the exhibition to reflect how we are turning our homes into rubbish dumps with consumerism.  For the exhibition I had some perspex boxes made.  They cost me a fortune at the time, but seemed worth it for the exhibition.  Since then they have been sitting around the house, and then I realised they would make perfect light boxes for doing macro photography.

So yesterday I set up the largest one I had to start trying some macro photography. I was trying out photographing jewelry.  I’ve been told that one of the biggest problems with people trying to see work on Etsy is that they don’t have good photos, well not all, but some, so I thought maybe I could do some of this, I mean I already have everything I need.  I like the idea of doing photography that LC3_3231fits in a box, be it a perspex box. I have put a few samples of what I did on Flickr.

News from Others

Last week when I did the post, Introductions: Ken Bennison, and introduced you to Ken he told me he had done a video of his photos and I thought I would share it with you, My Home In The North. It looks amazing and I am sure many of you would enjoy it. There is also a radio interview with Ken, and you can listen to it here.

Back in March I introduced you to another wonderful artist Anja Matko and it looks like she is having an exhibition, there leannecole-typewriter-1403311403319453are photos of it on her blog, so I hope you will go and take a look at that.

Remember if you have news you want to tell people about, let me know and I will add it to this section.

I don’t have any other news now, for the photos for this post, since macro has been a big part of my learning curve this year, I thought I would share some of the early macro photos I took, when I was working it all out.

 

Introductions: Jim Worrall

Today I want to introduce you to Melbourne based photographer Jim Worrall.  It is nice to show the work of someone who is local and takes photos of our amazing coastline.  I think the coastline around Melbourne and Victoria is extraordinary, and when I look at Jim’s photos on his blog, , I realise there are many spots around the coast that I know nothing about.  I am going to have to start exploring a lot more.

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There are stunning black and white images that show the harshness of the coastline, and how wild the ocean can be.  Much of the coastline along Victoria is called the Ship Wreck coast and when you see these images it is easier to understand why.

I asked Jim how long he had been taking photos and why.

I took up photography in 2006.

At that time I had a sense that something was missing from my life and I found that photography filled that void nicely.

Photography provides me with an escape from the mundane.   It allows me to immerse myself in the beauty of nature and provides me with a creative outlet that I can share with others.

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While most of Jim’s work is monochrome there are some images here and there that will surprise you with their brilliant colours.  There are some wonderful colour images of the ocean, and I love the way he has captured the colours in this image and the way the clouds seem to be coming out to get you is just amazing.

Inspiration is something we need, it helps us get out there to take photos, and so I also asked Jim where he got his inspiration from.

My inspiration comes from my fascination with the natural world.  I’m particularly intrigued by the ever changing shoreline areas where violent oceans meet the land.  I’m always in awe of the power that Mother Nature can display in these areas.

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I have to say I was surprised to find a calmness in many of his images, like a sadness of what has gone before.  It is something I’ve tried at times, to stop the ocean with images, to do some long exposures that make the ocean seem calm, even though we know it isn’t, and never can be.

I asked Jim if there was anything special about the way he worked.

I don’t think there’s anything special about the way I work.   I like to often use dark ND filters to give an ocean scene a slightly surreal feel.   I also like to use a wide angle lens and position myself as close as possible to the action if it’s not ridiculously dangerous. 

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While most of Jim’s images are of the ocean and the power it yields, there are some photos that are completely different. It is nice to come across some other images, though most of his images are taken near the ocean, or on the ocean.  It is great to see his photos.

My final question, was about gear.

I don’t think that gear is terribly important. Any modern DSLR camera is capable of capturing amazing images.

I’m currently using a mid-level Canon camera with a Sigma widey (10-20mm) for most shots.

I’ve had the same Manfrotto tripod since 2007, although the salt water is taking it’s toll on it now so I’ll need to buy a new one soon.

I would like to say thank you to Jim for allowing me to showcase his work here on my blog for you all.  I hope you will all go and visit his blog, , there are a lot more images there.  I have a gallery with lots of the images that I really liked for you now.

Weekend Wanderings: Looking Back at the Photos of Melbourne Part 2

Today I have the second half of the year and lots of the photos that I have taken in the last six months.  It has been fantastic going back over the shots.

It is 12 months ago now that I really hurt my back and was unable to sit at the computer for a long time.  My back has improved and it was interesting to see that some fine art images were slowly creeping back in, as I was able to sit at the computer again. I am starting to get right back into editing my photos again and seeing what I can do.  Some of the challenges that people run have been good to get me back into it, I have enjoyed the push to get me to try some things again, which in turn has made me want to go and try some new work.  Plans are under way, just as soon as I get my energy back.

So today the images are all architectural again, I believe, a few of the river, but I have explored some new areas of the city in the last six months and it has been good finding new places to photograph and then take photos of.  It is going to warm here today, not too hot, which is nice, but still warm enough that the best place to be is inside.  I hope you are experiencing nice weather where you are today.

Weekend Wanderings: Looking Back at the Photos of Melbourne Part 1

This last week has been busy and tiring, very tiring, and I haven’t been able to get out and take photos like I would have liked, actually if I am truthful, I haven’t been out at all and now I find myself with the weekend being here and no photos for Weekend Wanderings.  I had hoped to get out and take some photos, but it hasn’t been possible, so I thought I might start looking back on the year that has almost ended, seems like a good time to do that sort of thing.

I have been into the city so many times this year to take photos of Melbourne, so this weekend I thought we might just look back on some of the photos I have taken.  This post is going to be the first six months of the year.  I love going back and seeing what I have taken, I have usually forgotten half them, so it is good to see them again.  Tomorrow I will put up the second half of the year, and then over the weekend I will have rounded up the year and my photos of Melbourne.

I am just going to put the images into a gallery for you to look at. I am going to take it easy this weekend, and I hope you get a chance to do the same.

Up for Discussion: Getting a Touch of Colour for Christmas

Since Monochrome Madness 43 is going to be Christmas images with a touch of colour, and quite a few people said they wanted a tutorial on it, I’ve tried to do that.  I mentioned on Wednesday that I had written a tutorial a while back on how to do it,  Colour Coming Through, My Way.  It is one way of doing this, but I am sure there are other ways.

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I have done two tutorials showing you how to do this, one in Photoshop 2014 and on in Photoshop Elements 12. I am sure the one for Elements would be the same with GIMP, and both require you to work with layers.  I don’t know how to do it without layers, though I am sure there are ways.

I decided that since I did it a couple of weeks ago, perhaps we can open this conversation up.  So if you have a tutorial that you can send a link to, then please add to the comments and I will add it to the post.

If you know a different way to do this, then please leave an explanation that I can cut and paste into the post.  All suggestions will be considered.  It would be great to get some ideas from you.

Rainbow Junkie has sent a link to a tutorial she has done, Monochrome with a touch of colour and she used Coral Photo Paint.

theinbetweendream has sent a link for how to do this in Lightroom, Use this selective color Lightroom trick to make your photos pop.

I have done a few images for you to give you some ideas and inspiration for some things you could do.  Of course what you can do is endless.

 

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