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Friday’s Bits and Bobs

Queen-victoria-market-produce-morning-8Another week gone, the time is flying this year, although possibly no more than any other. It has been a little quieter this week for me, and I’ve managed to spend more time at home sorting things. My girls have been in Sydney so it has been very quiet during the day, just Tiddles and me. Our cat, Tiddles, has been very clingy though, he is funny when people are away and you can see that he is confused. He is asleep now on the coffee table on a soft toy, the heater is warming him up, though his heat pack is very warm under him. He isn’t spoiled at all, no not at all. So what I have been doing this week.

Making Video Presentations

Queen-victoria-market-produce-morning-10I downloaded the trial version of Camtasia last week and this week I’ve been trying to learn how to use it.  I have been having a lot of fun with it.  It has been good to try out lots of different things with it.  If you follow my News Blog on my website then you will have seen some of the videos that I have done so far. I have been trying to record what I do to images when I am processing them, then speeding them up and attaching music to them.  I think it gives people a quick idea of what I do when I am processing an image.  It is just a glimpse, but I know I enjoy watching videos like that myself, so I hope others do as well.  The response has been good so far.

Of course, one of the best uses, I hope, will be for Online Photography Classes. I hope to test it out soon, with a session that is coming up.  It would be good to record the session and then let my client have a copy of it for future reference.  Hopefully it will be a great success.  Not sure about some aspects of it, but I am sure we will work it out.  It has been good for doing small tutorials for her Queen-victoria-market-produce-morning-5on specific things and then sending them to her.

Another reason I got it, and perhaps the one that I am excited about the most, is for doing time lapse videos and slideshow presentations of my work. I have redone the one for Lake Albacutya using Camtasia and it was so much better.  I had a lot more control on what was happening.  I still need to work out some things, but once I learn how to use it properly I am hoping I can do some really great things like this.  Would love to do a lot more of them from places up in the Mallee.

Really that is all I have been doing this week, trying to learn new software, which isn’t a bad thing.  I had to work out how to use it and see if it would be worthwhile purchasing it.  I had considered purchasing it once before, about 18 months ago, but I couldn’t see the point back then spending $300 on Queen-victoria-market-produce-morning-1software to do tutorials for other people, and I wasn’t really getting anything for it, so I didn’t buy it and I stopped doing the video tutorials.  I think I can see why I should get it now, and this time it is for me, though I won’t go back to doing the tutorials, there is already enough on the internet.

My husband can be so funny about buying things, but he changed his mind the other night when I did the following for him.  He rides a bicycle to work, and has a GoPro camera mounted on his helmet.  He gave me the footage of one trip into the city, and I put it into Camtasia and then speed it up to about 4 minutes, added some music and gave it back it to him.  He loves his video and thinks I should buy the software now.  LOL, if you want to see where he rides his bike, here is the link, Off-road ride to work – 20.5km.

One On One Photography Session Photos

Today’s photos are all from a One on One Session I did last week in the city.  My client was here from WA and we spent a lovely, early, morning at the Queen Victoria Market, so the photos in this Queen-victoria-market-produce-morning-12post are from that morning.  It was great being there so early, though 6am is a hard time to find good coffee.

Social Snappers

The first Social Snappers excursion is this coming week, off to the docklands, so that should be a lot of fun.  I really haven’t explored that area enough, so I am looking forward to doing that.

That is about it for this week. I hope you have had time to go out and take photos and do some things, or just relax.

Here are the photos from above and a few others.

Weekend Wanderings – Fitzroy Gardens Part 1

Fitzroy Gardens are on the edge of the city, sort of behind Parliament House.  They are quite extensive and beautiful.  I haven’t been there for years, but I travel past them every time I go to the city on the train. It looks like these gardens are almost as old as Melbourne with a history going back to 1848.  Melbourne is a young city, when compared to so many around the world, settlement started in the 1830’s.

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There are lots of parks around Melbourne, at one stage we called ourselves the Garden State, but most of those are really parks, like the ones around me are more like what is naturally here.  On the other hand you have gardens like these, designed by gardeners thinking of Mother England and therefore are very English in their design.  They are the type of garden where you can see the four seasons, especially Autumn.  I am sure that I have mentioned before that the trees in most of Australia don’t lose their leaves in winter.  They stay green all year round, so trees that do, stand out so much.

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Captain Cooks cottage is also found here.  Of course Captain Cook never lived in Melbourne, doubt he even visited the area either, and why we ended up with it is anyone’s guess, you would think Sydney would have been a better choice.  Captain Cook is the British Captain who apparently “discovered” Australia in 1770.  This was his cottage in England and it was taken apart and brought here and reconstructed.  I didn’t go in, they wanted money to go inside, and well, I get a little sick of the hand out for money all the time.  I wish sometimes they would give the people who live here, the people who have paid for these things through their taxes, GST, etc, a discount.  Like a loyalty card for repeat returns.  I didn’t go, so only took photos from the outside.  I have been in it before, a long time ago and well, you pretty much walk in and then straight out again.

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I have seen this building on the train a lot, the Conservatory.  I know it was one, but had never been in it before.  Was so happy you could just walk in.  I do love the style of the building from the outside.

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There were lots of flowers, and water features inside, it was really nice.  My friend and I just walked around taking photos of all the flowers.  I was using my 24-70mm for these.  I was really surprised at good they came out, and how close I can get with that lens.  I might have to see if I can get some better extension tubes for that lens.

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Back outside and back into Autumn, though it is now winter, it was one of those days where it felt like Autumn.  The sun was shining, it wasn’t cold and as you can see the leaves are still changing colours and dropping. Autumn has been very late there this year, we didn’t think it was going.

The gardens were so big, and walked around most of it, but I got so many photos that I decided to divide this into two posts, so I will show you the remaining photos next Saturday.  I do have a gallery for you, with more photos from the conservatory and a few from outside.  Next week I will have more outside shots for you.  Enjoy your weekend and happy snapping.

 

 

Weekend Wanderings – Lessons in Melbourne

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.

Weekend Wanderings – Melbourne at Night

It is becoming very popular with my Practical Photography Class to spend the last week’s class in the city doing some night photography. It is by far the best class, and so many students really look forward to it and enjoy the evening so much, and this last class was no different.  I am getting so much better at planning where to go, making sure they get some great images.

This last class, I wasn’t sure how it would be.  We decided to go on Sunday, less people, but all day Sunday it rained.  Even as I was getting on the train to the city and getting off, it rained.  As we went for a coffee to start with, it was raining.  Not heavy rain, but enough to be annoying.

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Our first stop was in front of the Casino. I had planned that we would be there for the 6pm gas show that the casino does every night.  Though I suspect some nights it is better than others.  I don’t know if it was because it was Sunday or because it had been raining, but it wasn’t great.  The above shot was just before.

The rain stopped for the rest of the evening and it turned out to be a fantastic night for night photography.  The clouds hung around and gave some wonderful skies, I liked the way the light from the city bounced off them.

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Then the gas fires started and it went off.  One, there in the middle, wasn’t working, and didn’t give it great symmetry.  It was very disappointing really, though it was good to know that we were in a good spot for capturing them.

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We thought of taking more reflections, but there were still so many people around it was hard to get the footpaths with the reflections on them.  Melbourne has become such a busy city, it always seems like there are so many people around.

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There were a couple of Black Swans in the water on the river.  They were so hard to photograph in the dark.  I had to turn my ISO all the way up to get any shots of them.  They move around constantly.  I have seen them there before, there are also two that have been hanging out in a park near here too.

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I think I mentioned yesterday that I had a One on One Photography Session with someone yesterday, and part of what she wanted to learn to do was take some night photos so after doing some other things around the city we headed down to the river.  It was wonderful being back there, though the biggest difference between last night and last sunday, were the buildings, there were so many more lights on them last night.  They really lit up the skies.

I am going to include a gallery for you now. I will put as the title, Sunday, for the ones taken last week, and Friday for the ones taken last night.  I hope you get to see some night skies with your camera this weekend.  Happy Snapping.

Weekend Wanderings – Melbourne from across the Bay

Many years ago I saw something while I was in Williamstown and I tried taking a photo of it.  I was so excited, but after I got the film back the image was out of focus, I should’ve used a tripod.  So I have been trying to get that image again and last night I had my chance.

LeanneCole-melbourne-williamstown-20140531-9797The image I had got previously was one at sunset and the sunset was reflected in all the buildings in the city.  We pretty much knew we wouldn’t get a good sunset, the forecast for today was all about rain, so there wouldn’t be one really, and we were right.  There was a little colour, but not enough really.

We decided it didn’t matter, we can always go back and so the trip would be more of a scouting trip for future photo classes.

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We watched as the sun went down and the lights on the city came on.

LeanneCole-melbourne-williamstown-20140531-9884Massive ships went in and out of the Bay, leaving big light trails on our images.

LeanneCole-melbourne-williamstown-20140531-9916For me the magic started after the sun had gone down.  The cloud cover acted like a reflector and light from the city was bounced around everywhere.

I am going to finish here, and leave you with the gallery.  It is raining here, so not much chance of any photography, though I do have a class tonight, night photography in the city, I hope my students remember their umbrellas. After seeing the marks on these images, I better go and clean my sensor before I go out again.

 

Trying to Photograph the #BusttheBudget Rally

Last week our government here announced the new budget and it isn’t good.  Well, it is good if you are part of the minority of rich people, but basically if you are poor then it is very bad.  Our daughters will be really affected by it, with rising University fees and youth unemployment very high at the moment.  The Greens, another political party here, organised a rally last Sunday to #BustTheBudget, they were happening in every capital city in Australia.  It was very short notice, but my husband and children wanted to go and I thought I would go too, show my support.  I also thought it would be good to take the camera and get some photos.

We often think of these sort of things as being attended by the rabble of our society, but it was interesting to see people of all walks of life.  Children, parents, students, older people, every one was represented I think.

I don’t want to be political here, this isn’t the place, but it was a great experience to go there with the camera and see what I could get.  There were lots of other photographers there, but they were all standing on the sidelines taking photos, whereas I was right in the thick of it, so to speak.  It wasn’t easy, I am a short person and well under the average height, so I had to stick my camera up in the air many times to get any descent photos.

I am just going to put them in a gallery for you now.  We started out front of the State Library, the crowd just seemed to get bigger and bigger.  There were speakers, there were unplanned speeches, then we walked from the State Library to Federation Square.  I am always amazed at how friendly people can be during times like this.  It was a great march. Did it do any good?  Time will tell.

Weekend Wanderings – Travelling by Instagram

Last weekend I went into the city with my plastic Holga lens and for todays post I thought I might do something similar with my phone and Instagram.  I thought it might be fun to see what the city would look like through Instagram photos. Though I started with the train trip.

 

IMG_20140514_113700I had to wait for the train.  As I was approaching the station I heard that a train was leaving, so then I had to wait for ages for the next one.

I thought I would divide this post into two parts, first I thought we might look at the train trip in.  People love trains and when I went I probably looked like a tourist as I had my phone up against the window of the train taking photos most of the way in.

I have processed them all with Instagram, though, as I have found out, you don’t have to put the photos on Instagram.  I did them all and then used Dropbox to send the images to my laptop.  A different way of working and I am sure there are others. Here is a gallery of the train trip.

Taking photos from the train was interesting and not always easy. I got lots of blurred photos.  Though, I am going to say that it isn’t something I am really interested in perfecting.  I do like Instagram though, and I think it is something that is fun.

As I said, Instagram can be fun, and I have seen some great images with it, but they do all tend to look very similar

IMG_20140514_214401When I got into the city I stopped at quite a few places and took photos of what was around me.  I think filters in Instagram are good, but they don’t really show the reality of what is there.

The thing I do like it about it is that if you follow me on Instagram or Facebook then you would be familiar with my photos as I travel around.  I have tried to get a lot better at using my phone to do that sort of thing. I don’t do photos every day, but if I go somewhere to take photos then if I do some Instagram photos you get a quick glimpse of what is coming on the blog.

I am going to put the photos of the city into a gallery now.  Though, I do want to reassure you that I won’t make it a habit of doing posts of Instagram photos, but I did think it would be good to do a post on it and look at it.

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