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MM 2-22: Monochrome Madness Bridges

In the last month I’ve been seeing bridges from all around the world. Some of them I have seen before and some I haven’t. It has been really amazing to see them all. I am sure you are all going to enjoy them as well.

I have to pick a theme for next month, MM 2-26 and the thing that kept coming back to me was URBAN.

So that is the next them.  Remember it isn’t until next month, the first Wednesday of September, I will be in the USA then, so please, if you can have your images ready before I go that would be fantastic. In fact, I’m going to say this time that you have to send your photos for this theme by the 28th of August.

Urban doesn’t have to be city, I think of it as where people are, so towns or cities will fit the brief.

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Mine was a bridge or what is left of one. We found it driving around the countryside. It was a railway bridge until they decided to dam the area and then it was too low. So the top part, where the train would have done, has been remove or washed away. I suspect they were removed before it went under water.

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: The Magazine is Here

It has been a very stressful time the last few days. I have been sick, and trying to get my website ready for the launch of Dynamic Range. I have spent the last three days trying to get the e-commerce part of my website working. OMG, it doesn’t if they say it is easy, believe me, it isn’t abd wasn’t. I went through about 5 different ones until one of them finally took me by the hand to go through it. It is all up and running now.

Dynamic Range – Get Your Copy Now

We have seven articles for you, and I would like to this opportunity to thank all the contributors, Stacey, Mel, Chris, Loré, Sharon and Emily for their brilliant articles. They had faith in the magazine and wrote for it. Great quality as well and I’ve really enjoyed reading what they’ve written.

I would also like to thank another Chris for helping with the editing and my daughter Klara. She wants to be an editor so it was good for her to get some experience. Her lack of photography knowledge could be a problem at times, but I think she is going to learn.

I would also like to thank Julie for all her work putting the magazine together. Julie came up with the logo and has worked hard putting all the articles together. She has had to put up with me telling her what to, but she handled it well.

It is available to buy and we are selling it for $5. Here is the link to purchase it if you want to read it, Dynamic Range or click on the image below.

Dynamic Range_Aug15-1The cover again and you can see all the articles that are in it, a great range I think. I think there is something there for everyone. It is going to be great to see how it evolves over the coming months.

You can only purchase it with Paypal, but  you don’t need a Paypal account and can just do it with a credit card, there should be a thing at the bottom that will explain that.

There is also a new Facebook page for the magazine as well, Dynamic Range.

Here are some photos that from articles from the magazine. There is also a chance to win a camera bag thanks to Lowepro.

Introductions: Clyde Butcher

Last week as I was driving around country Victoria with a friend she asked me if I knew Clyde Butcher and I had to admit that I hadn’t, but I certainly do now. I got this from Clyde’s website, I think it describes him quite well: ‘Like fast-action drama in still life, the majestic beauty, boldness and depth of Clyde Butcher’s photographs, which have earned him recognition as the foremost landscape photographic artist in America today, will make your heart beat faster.’

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I really like his work and I’m really looking forward to studying it closely. I do like how on his website he has descriptions of the photos, so I am going to share some of those for a few photos.

Mangroves are special plants, because without them we would have no fish. Yet people do not respect them. I remember when Florida’s late Governor Lawton Chiles said he was afraid that if we didn’t pass a law to save the mangroves, the state would look like a giant bathtub because all the mangroves would be replaced by concrete sea walls.

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My friend described his work as having big skies, and I think she was right. There are many photos with some really amazing skies. You will see more here and on his website.

As an Artist in Residence at the Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast we spent the week photographing many wonderful locations. On this morning, Clyde and I woke up early and looked out the window to see what the weather was like. We could see a beautiful pink sunrise filled with large bulbous clouds hanging over Casey Key Island. We grabbed the camera gear and headed to the island. By the time we got to the island the light was perfect for photography. Clyde was able to capture this image before the cloud covered the sun.

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His work reminds me so much of Ansel Adams, the colour stripped away and we are left with nothing but the bare bones and beauty of the landscape before us.

My favorite period of art is the Hudson Bay period. I love the paintings from that era showing the romantic beauty of the earth. I have always wanted to photograph along the Hudson, but when I tried to find a place to shoot all I could find was man-made scenery. When I told the Columbia Land Conservancy Trust in Chatham New York about my dilemma, they helped me to find the natural landscape in the area. Thanks to them I was able to photograph this beautiful little waterfall.

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This image was a little different to most of the others that he has taken, read why.

This image is very different than my normal style of photography. Niki loves to photograph plants and was playing around photographing this plant when she decided they were just to wonderful for a small digital camera. She came and got me, requesting that I photograph them with my large format camera so that she could see all the detail when the image gets enlarged to a giant size. She says, “…so, because Clyde loves me, he took this photograph for me.”  Yes, that is true and it wasn’t easy! It was dusky, so my exposure was ten minutes. In a large format camera everything is upside down and backwards, which makes it hard to make good compositions. However, when the image is an abstract, it’s even harder. I really didn’t think I managed to capture it due to all of the technical problems.  However, I like it so well I might just do a few more close up images down the road!

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It is lovely to see how he uses light as well, something I think a lot of us can learn from.

We were only at the Badlands for 24 hours, but WOW, what a wondrous time it was! A violent storm, complete with tornadoes, ripped through the area. I photographed like mad trying to capture the sun hitting the landscape as it popped in and out of the dark storm clouds. By the end of the day, the sky was totally black with no sun. The next morning I woke up at our normal 4:00am and looked out the window to see that there wasn’t a star or even a glimmer of light on the horizon. Thinking the sun was going to be blocked out by the clouds, I went back to bed. I lay there for a few minutes and changed my mind. As we drove out of the parking lot the sun began to break through a slit in the clouds. In front of me was this wonderful formation with dark storm clouds behind it and the sun starting the process of brilliantly lighting up the mountains in the foreground. Niki and I jumped out of the car and set up the camera as quickly as we could. We managed to capture the scene just before the clouds covered up the sun.

I couldn’t interview Clyde, but his website does have a lot great information on it. I found this attached to every image.

SILVER GELATIN PHOTOGRAPH
Hand Printed by Clyde in his Darkroom
Recognized both nationally and internationally, Clyde is regarded as Florida’s finest landscape photographer. He has been reserving the untouched areas of the landscape on film for more than fifty years.  His images are created using 5×7″, 8×10″, or 11×14″ large format view cameras.  He hand-processes his photogrpahs in his on darkroom on silver gleatin fiber-base paper in a limited edition.  The photogrpahs are selenium toned, then mounted and matted to current archival standards.

I would invite you all to go and take a look at this website, Clyde Butcher and see for yourself how wonderful his images are. I would also like to thank Clyde for giving me permission to feature his work and introduce him to you.  I am going leave you with a gallery now.

Weekends Wanderings Around the City

Well not really around the city, but close enough. Last week a friend and I went into the city for the Open House thing and ended up not seeing anything. Not that we minded too much. We walked around the city and down to Southbank and I took some photos of things I’ve some things I’ve never done before. It was great.

It is just a very quick post, I really must apologize, but I spent all day yesterday working on the magazine and trying to get my website set up, which unfortunately it still isn’t. I’m trying to set up a e-commerce thing on it, and I’ve tried two different ones so far, and both have different problems I can’t work out. Hopefully I will have more luck. Doesn’t help that I am coming down with a cold so my head is mush anyway. Having said that, the magazine looks great, and is around 60 pages, so that is really good.

I’m going to leave you with a gallery now, I hope everything your part of the world is good and you are having a better time.  Take care.

Weekend Wanderings: Taking Photos Around the Countryside

A couple of weeks ago I went into the country with a couple of friends driving around and just seeing what we could find. Stopping when we saw something. It is an interesting thing to do and you just never know where you will end up. We stopped often and saw some great scenery.

It is probably one of my favourite things to do. I love just driving around and seeing what we will find. We are never far from the car so you can take all the gear you think you might need and then all the gear you might not need but you never know. It is good that you can just change your lens, but don’t have to worry about carrying everything with you. I call it car boot photography or roadside photography.

It was a foggy morning on this particular day, then it rained, and a lot, but not long after that the sun even came out. We got it all that day. It was a good day and one of those that when you get home you know you have some great shots, and can’t wait to see them. I did take a lot and here is a small sample of some.

Weekend again, I will be spending it getting the magazine ready for you to start purchasing. I hope you have a great weekend taking photos.

UfD: My Seven Tips for Blogging

Sometimes it is hard to find a topic for these posts, but for a while I’ve been thinking about blogging. I get asked questions all the time about my blog and I thought if you wanted to know my seven top tips for blogging, then what would they be. So I’ve been thinking about them for awhile and this is what I’ve come up with.

1 – Blog like you like to read blogs.

It sounds cliché but it is so true. If you want people to read your blog, think about the blogs you love and then ask  yourself why you like them. Then take those answers and apply them to yours. It is a valuable exercise. You want to railway-0709-1scattract like minded people to yourself, so blog the way they do. Don’t copy them, but look at the ways they do things and see if you can incorporate some of that yourself.

2 – You get what you put in.

I was going to call this point ‘if you build it they won’t come’, but thought maybe not. However, it is true, if you want people to visit your blog, then you need to start visiting other blogs as well. Looking, and liking posts let’s others know you are there and saying hello really let’s them know.

3 – Think about your followers.

I think sometimes people don’t think enough about their followers and how their blog affects them. We all know blogs sczinnia-hdr4that post a single photo and then do that a 100 times a day. If you are following them then every time they post you get an email. Your inbox is filling up quickly. It goes back to that first point, if you don’t like that, then make sure you don’t do it.

4 – Resize your images.

If you post large res images you run the risk of people stealing them. High res images can be used for anything. Don’t think your photos aren’t good enough, there are many people who have thought their images weren’t and found out they had been stolen.

The other problem is that large images can make your blog very hard to load. There are places around the world where the internet connection can be very bad, or people don’t have unlimited data. Make it easy for people to see your blog and make sure you resize your images to smaller files.

5 – People don’t have a lot of time to read.scdwight-hpm6877-5

Someone asked me once how much should they write. I said try for around 500 words. I know that lots of people don’t read my blog and only look at the photos. I can’t be disappointed with that, but for those that do read it I try very hard not to write too many words. I think blog posts shouldn’t be longer than 1000 words at the most. I know it isn’t always easy, but I try hard for that. Now that is my personal preference, you might decide differently. Again it goes back to that first point, if you like reading very long blogs then you could write them.

I have heard, I don’t know if it is still true, that if you want Google to find you that you need at least 300 words. I try to write at least that much, but sometimes I don’t worry.

6 – Be Consistent

Really the trick here is that you shouldn’t be inconsistent. If you blog on regular basis then people will know when to look at your blog. Blogs who only post every now and then are hard to follow. You don’t have to blog every day, but you scbarwon-8016-se1could blog three times a week, once a week or even once a month, just do it consistently.

7 – Be certain about what your blog is about.

It is important to know why you are blogging and follow that through. My blog is about photography, so I won’t suddenly do a post on sewing quilts. If there is no photography angle then I don’t blog about it. Sometimes I sneak things in, but really, I am very strict about that. I suggest you do the same, I think it helps make your blog a lot stronger.

So they are my tips, what would you suggest to someone if they asked you?

The photos are all from the first couple of years that I was blogging. I’m coming up to 5 years soon, so it is always interesting looking back.

MM 2-21: Monochrome Madness 2-21

Next week is our next theme so I hope you have all been getting out and getting  your photos ready. I’ve going out and photographing bridges every where. I don’t think I have photographed so many before. I’ve found some great bridges, some bad ones, some in disrepair, some falling apart, some beautiful, some only half there and I have no idea what I am going to choose, you will have to wait.

If you have your image for the Bridges theme next week then email it to me, I’m looking forward to seeing them. I’ve already seen quite a few and they are looking good.

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This is the fourth image I’ve done for this weeks MM. Not that there was anything wrong with them, but if you follow me on other social media sites then you have already seen them, so thought I might do something new. I took this image a couple of weeks ago and then forgot about it. Then when I went back and had another look and realized all the sheep were all looking at me, I knew I had to do this one for this week.

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.

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