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Weekend Wanderings: Early Trip to Flinders

Back in January I took a trip to Flinders, a town on the coast and while I posted the photos that I took around the Flinders pier I never showed the ones of the blowhole that I took just out of town. I was thinking of using them and to my delight I discovered I had already processed them.  Today I thought I would show them to you.  I plan on showing some other photos of the same place soon, maybe tomorrow, but taken about a month ago.

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The sun was out on this morning, but the tide was coming in so we couldn’t see a lot.  Apparently there is a blowhole there, one day I’m sure I will see it, but I haven’t yet. I really like the rocks.

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I tried doing some long exposures.  The wind was going in the wrong direction however, so the clouds were going across.

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This was the view from some of the steps.  There were quite a few steps down, but it is nice down there. One of the advantages of getting there early is that no other people were around.

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I was a bit naughty and climbed a fence to take some photos of the bay next to the blowhole.  It looked like people were allowed up there at some stage.  It isn’t something I would recommend.

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The landscape in the area is very barren looking. I love the rolling hills with no trees, and the large crevices in the land.

It is a very lovely world down there, but very rough.  I mean the weather is.  The wind whips around and it can be very cold, like bone penetrating cold. I still like going down there to take photos.

I was down there about month ago for Social Snappers and the weather was very different.  Very moody, but you will have to wait for those, maybe tomorrow.  I hope your weekend starts out well and you get lots done. I have a fairly easy weekend planned which is nice.  Here is a gallery of more images for you.

Up for Discussion: Street Photography: A Few Myths and Misconceptions

Today we have another guest post and this time it’s from Sharon Morris.  She first approached me about the magazine on Facebook with a suggestion for a name, which turned out to be one that we couldn’t use, unfortunately.  She was interested in writing so I suggested she do a guest post and here it is.  It is on Street Photography, and I’m sure you will find it interesting.

Street Photography: A Few Myths and Misconceptions –

I cut my photographic teeth on the streets, falling into it instinctively, only after starting did I begin to follow other street photographers and read the myriad of thoughts about it online. Occasionally, or more than on occasion, I would find myself frustrated with espoused rules, particularly when they conflicted with my own experiences This post is an attempt to address a few of the commonly held furphies I’ve seen perpetuated by photographers of all styles and street photographers themselves about the genre. I appreciate the opportunity given to me by Leanne to set a few things straight… from my humble point of view… around this challenging and often controversial form of photography.

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Lets start with the two most common issues I see presented by non street photographers,

1) It’s an invasion of privacy – You should check when entering any country what the local laws and customs are regarding public photography, that’s a sensible practice and culturally appropriate. In Australia the law is clear, if you are in public view, walking down the street for example, then you are not afforded any right to privacy, and I am legally entitled to take a picture of you. Now just because I can doesn’t always mean I should, and that subjective judgement comes down to each photographer. Personally I believe in professional integrity as a photographer and respect for your ‘subjects’ should be paramount. Furthermore you can get yourself into legal bother if someone asks you to desist from taking their picture and you continue. Charges such as Disorderly Behaviour can be laid as a WA man found out in 2013.

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2) You require a Model release – A model release is required when an image is intended for commercial purposes such as to flog beer or burgers. No model release is required if you intend to show or sell the image for its own sake. Again though there’s no guarantee you won’t find yourself in a legal minefield if the person in an image decides to challenge your right in court, but it’s my understanding that as of this week, in this country, there is no imminent change to law in this regard….yet.

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3) Gear Matters – Not really. What matters is that whatever gear you choose is the most comfortable for you to use and accomplish your aim. Many street photographers will advocate for small cameras with a prime lens around 50mm. They believe using a compact is the key to being unobtrusive, which is paramount in grabbing candid shots. However I think the key to getting candid shots is to be quick as well as discrete, and there are many ways to do this, each person needs to work out their own style, but one way that’s most useful for grabbing a candid photo is obviously speed. This means having the camera you are most familiar and comfortable using, not necessarily the smallest. I shoot with a 6D and zoom on the street most of the time, I know it well and find it helps me to look like a tourist.

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4) You Need to Get Close – Again, no. Bruce Gilden is well known for having a style that is literally ‘in your face’. There’s few others who manage to pull off this approach and probably more than a few who have been on the receiving end a right hook for trying. It’s not necessary to good street photos to be up close and personal. Those who use a prime lens often need to be, but there are plenty of wonderful togs out there using a zoom to give a sense of space and place to their images.

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5) Have to Have People In Them – Nope. Evidence of people who have since left, scenes from a deserted street,  suburban landscapes are all part of this diverse genre. The classic mono shot in the busy city centre is but one of the many styles of street photography around these days. Three of my favourite Australian photographers illustrate this point beautifully. Trent Parke with his haunting rural like suburbia shots, Narelle Autio’s wonderful beach series includes spectacular underwater scenes and Melbourne based Jesse Marlow in his latest publication ‘ Don’t Just Tell Them, Show Them’ has many stunning images that contain no humans.

– On a quick side note, the three photographers mentioned above all reproduced the images described in colour underlining that street does not have to be black and white.

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6) Background and Composition Don’t Matter – A personal bug bear of mine. I see some photographers who think because they went into a public place and took pictures of people walking around their work is done. While’ it’s true that is street photography in a literal sense, it aint necessarily good street photography, unless you got really lucky. If you look at the best street photographers both past and present, their images are technically wonderful, as well , they often have a narrative, a moment of serendipity, humour, connection or emotion. That doesn’t happen by accident. Although some luck and good timing is absolutely an element of many great shots, a lot of thought in terms of background and composition often go into street pics, just like any other photographic style. Light of course is also powerful in terms of creating mood. This is why street can be so challenging, you don’t control the environment, it is constantly moving so you have to work in an ever evolving space of cars, people, lights and so on. You still need to take into account distracting aspects in your background by positioning yourself accordingly.

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That’s almost enough for now, but there’s many other points of conjecture, such as whether or not street should try to be aesthetically pleasing . Personally I think the best street photos can be as beautiful and captivating as a portrait or landscape. See the wonderful work of Marius Vieth as an example. The best street shots are unique in that they catch more than the day to day mundane, they often have an engaging playfulness. For me one of the best contemporary examples of this is London based street photographer Matt Stuart. Like the others mentioned above his work  encompass the elements of photographic skill, beauty and years of persistence, while breaking the stereotypical mold of older street styles.

The only hard and fast point I’d make about street photography is – if it’s easy, you’re probably doing it wrong.

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I would like to thank Sharon for taking the time to write this post for us and I hope you will thank her as well.  There are some links above so you can go and see more of her work.  She has also given me some more links to some of the photographers she mentioned.

I am going to put all the photos from above in a gallery as well so you can look at them individually.

Quiet Thursdays: The Macro World

The weather last weekend was shocking, we had lots and lots of rain.  Don’t get me wrong, the rain was good, but not good for taking photos.  After using my macro lens again recently I’ve really got back into  macro and am having a lot fun taking photos with it and then processing them.

I’m trying to keep experimenting on the macro images, like the ones I did for the International Flower and Garden Show.  I am trying to refine it more and work out what I want with them.  I do like where they are going.  I will continue to keep experimenting.

The other day I took the Tamron 150-600mm that I have on loan from Maxwell International Australia back to the Melbourne Zoo and was taking photos.  As we headed to the gorilla enclosure we walked around the corner and there in front of us was Kimya and her baby. She has a name name and is being called Kanzi. She was sitting on a hill eating.  I quickly got some photos then, as I was doing that, she climbed down and within a couple of minutes she was gone. I got a nice image of the new baby, so I thought I would share it with you today.

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I will leave you there with the image of mother and daughter. I’m out and about again today.  Some busy days ahead.  Think I will leave next week very free.  I hope you get some quiet time.

MM 2-7: Monochrome Madness 2-7

Here we are again, do I say that every week? I hope you have all had a great week seeking out your monochrome images for Monochrome Madness this week.  I would like to welcome all the new people who have sent images for the first time and say thank you to those who are regular contributors.  It’s been so good doing this, I love seeing what images will work in monochrome. Finding time to respond to the emails has been hard, so if I get some time I will, but I hope you won’t mind if it doesn’t happen.

Shall we start?

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I took this image last Sunday in Fitzroy Gardens in between downpours.  These were growing on some dirt and there were a lot of them.  I was using my macro lens so I got these with that.

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, Monochrome Madness will continue next week and 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.

Tuesday’s Bits and Bobs: Another Week Passes

Things are happening and it is great to have plans and ideas.  I have another article that has been published on Digital Photography School, the magazine is coming along and so are my online classes.

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I have had another article published at the Digital Photography School, it is Applying a Texture Overlay to Your Images to Create an Antique Look. I do hope, and ask you, to go and take a look, then if you would share it with people you know or on leannecole-ocean-ant7567your social media that would be wonderful.  I also hope you learn how to use textures, if you don’t know already.

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The name has been decided, I believe, and I know I am very happy with it.

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I like it, it is not gender biased and won’t look silly if a man reads it.

With the name decided it is now time to start looking for women to write for it and make sure we get some great articles. Looks like I have people already, but might need to find another couple of people. So if you are interested, let me know and I think what I will do first is get you to write a guest post for my blog, for the Friday posts.

leannecole-antiquemalle-7197The next step is working out what people want to see in the magazine. What sort of articles do you want to see? I am open to suggestions. I was thinking perhaps interviewing some women photographers. Perhaps some tutorials and reviews. I would like to hear from you and what you would like to see or read in it. I can’t promise that I will be able to do everything that is suggested, but I would still like to hear.

The other thing that I think that people need to be aware of is is that it isn’t going to be fancy. I hope it will get a lot better, but to start with, it’s going to be pretty rough.

Online Photography and Editing Lessons

I just wanted to remind you that I do offer Online Editing and Photography Lessons.  They are individual and designed to leannecole-antiquemallee-8961suit what you need.  Each session lasts for an hour to two hours, and I can record the sessions so you have a copy of what we do. I don’t claim to know everything, but what I don’t know, I know how to find out for you.  I do make sure that you understand and I am always happy to explain things in different ways to help you understand.

They are also a way for you to see how I edit my photos and learn many of the tricks I use.

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I chose the photos today because they go well with my tutorial on Digital Photography School.  They are lots of photos that I have done using textures, and if you want to know how they were done, then go over to the article Applying a Texture Overlay to Your Images to Create an Antique Look.  There is even a video there to help explain it.

Introduction: Art in Entropy

Today I would like to introduce you to a blog that I’ve been watching for quite some time.  I found this blog in the reader and then started following it to see if it would be a good blog for me to introduce you to.  The blog is Art in Entropy and it is full of images that most photographers wish they had in their folders. They are those sort of images that I find myself thinking, “I wish I had taken them.”

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Abandonment is a big theme for many photographers, and those that don’t do it feel like they should.  I suspect nearly every photographer out there has had at some stage taken photos of an abandoned building, even me, and those that haven’t are looking for one.

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The colours are amazing, almost desaturated, but there is still that pop of colour here and there in the photos.  The overall colour is like a sepia photograph, giving the impression that the scenes are very old.  It works really well.

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There is something very dramatic about them as well.  It is almost like they were staged, set up.  I don’t know if they were or not, but like the distribution of artifacts all over the floor. It gives it a sense of theatre, like a story is about to unfold, but we don’t know what that story is.

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Then in other images there is an ordered chaos almost.  There are things all around, but it almost like they were merely placed there, like they were being stored or something.

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Most photos are taken indoors, but there are the old few, with the same theme, but taken outside.  There is the abandoned feel to nature, what is left behind and forgotten until a photographer stumbles upon them.

There is a definite style to the work here, and they all look like they belong to the same person.  It is a wonderful body of work.

I did have permission to feature the work here and I would like to thank Art in Entropy for allowing me to showcase their work.  I’m sure you will all like it and I do hope you will go and visit his blog, Art in Entropy, where you will find even more amazing work.  I have a gallery for you now.

Weekend Wanderings: Wine and Wildlife Tour Part 2

Following on from yesterday on our Wine and Wildlife Tour once we had finished with the animals I changed the lens to my macro so I could take more macro photos.  We had really enjoyed the first part of the Wine and Wildlife Tour in the Yarra Valley, even though we didn’t get the close encounters that they said we would. Just goes to show you can’t believe everything.  We got ready to move on to our second part of the self drive tour.

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On the way out of Healesville Sanctuary, I took some photos of the Australian flora that is growing along the paths.  I love grevilleas.  I love the way they grow, the birds also love them, so I suppose I should plant more in my garden.

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Lunch was at De Bortoli Wines.  Very nice winery near Yarra Glen.  It was nice to go there and not have to worry about paying for it, it was included in the tour.

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I am not one that normally photographs their food, but since I was there with the macro lens I thought why not.  So I took a photo of the breads and oil we were given at the start, I took photos of the flowers in the vase on the table.  I even took photos of wine being poured into the glass, but as soon as they put my main meal in front of me I forgot all about the camera.  It was very nice. I was determined to photographed my dessert, the Bombe Alaska. I’d never had it before, it was also really good.

The lunch was fantastic, the waiters were wonderful and very pleasant, really the only thing that spoiled our meal was the table next to us.  They had brought along a very small child, probably around a year old, and it just squealed the whole time. A very high pitch squeal.  I don’t know why people bring children to restaurants if they are going to disturb other diners.  When my children were of the age where they couldn’t sit still, or made too much noise, we stopped going to restaurants, or we hired a babysitter so we could go.  Restaurants need, you know like the smoking and non smoking sections, they should have children and non children sections.

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After lunch we headed to the cellar to do some wine tasting.  I wasn’t really interested in doing any wine tasting so I took some photos.

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Then I headed outside to the wonderful gardens and took a heap of photos of the flowers with my macro lens.

Once the other two had made their purchases we headed to the Chocolaterie.

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The first thing we noticed when we got there was the massive number of cars. Then as we entered we discovered the place was absolutely packed.  You could hardly move.  We had so much trouble finding someone to help us.

Seriously, this was absolutely the worse part of the day.  Basically go in, have a taste of some stuff, if they have it available, then you can buy the chocolate with a 10% discount.  I hated it.  I don’t like crowds and not being able to move was terrible. They also told me that the chocolate I most wanted to try was available for testing. I put the chocolate I was thinking of getting back on the shelf and walked out. It was so different to the rest of the day.  There are so many ways they could’ve done it so it would have been better.

I liked the day, but if you were going to do it, I would insist on what they promise in the brouchure at Healesville Sanctuary. The lunch was great and so worth it.  However, the last stop, the Chocolaterie, I would skip that.  The chocolate is so expensive and you can find beautiful chocolate in many places in the city and the crowds are no where near as bad.

The day cost $88 and basically covered our lunch.  I get free admission to the Sanctuary anyway because I am a member, so for me, I shouldn’t have done the tour, just gone to the winery for lunch, it wouldn’t have cost me any more. Booking the tour was a waste of time, if you ask me.

I have a gallery for you now of some of my photos for you.  It is a wet rainy weekend here in Melbourne.  I hope the weather is better where you are.

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