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Quiet Thursdays

Quiet Thursday or Frantic Thursday, I wasn’t really sure what to call this post. I have five days left to get things organized for my trip so I’m busy trying to some things finished.

While I haven’t had a lot of time to go and take photos there has been a couple of opportunities. I’ve also done some work on some other photos taken at different times. I’m trying to build up my Flickr profile so I’ve been trying to get more photos up there. I like the way my page is starting to look and how it showcases me. So I thought I would show you some of the photos that I’ve had up there this week.

A lot of the photos I put up there I have already had on this blog.

I also put up the image from Monochrome Madness yesterday, but the colour version.

I think it gives it a very different look. I like the lushness of the green.

The same day that I took the above image I also took a lot more, but decided to do a couple for you here.

It was a morning and early afternoon of looking for the light. We were inspired by it and trying to see it everywhere. When we got to the Yarra River it was great to see the tree roots trying to find the water. There were so many and it was like a city of roots.

Another thing that I’ve been challenging myself to do is to post at least one photo a day on Instagram. I want to get a lot better at using it for when I am away. I’m sure I will be posting lots of photos on it and Flickr really.

Today I thought I would leave you with a gallery of photos I’ve posted on Instagram. All these photos were taken with my phone, I don’t tend to put photos I’ve taken with D800 on it, but might start doing some. Have a nice relaxing day.

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MM 2-25: Monochrome Madness 2-25

First of all I need everyone to read this please.

Next week all images for the theme Urban must be sent to me by Sunday morning. If you don’t send it by then it will not be in the post. I’m sorry, but I  won’t have time to do it after that.

There will be no MM after the next one until the first week of October and it will be another theme. You can send your photos, but it won’t be published until the 7th of October.  I will announce next week what that theme will be.

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I had a lovely walk through Banyule Flats yesterday with a friend. She had never been there before and we had a great time looking around. Of course it is too vast to do in one day, but I’m sure she will be back. The sun was going in and out and she spotted these hints of light, it seemed to be the day for light.

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.

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.

Monochrome Madness each 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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Tuesday’s Bits and Bobs: Getting Ready

This time next Tuesday I will getting ready to board a plane. I would be almost at the airport and, I no doubt, will be feeling incredibly anxious as I get ready to take my first international flight in over 20 years, and my first ever on my own.

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This week is very busy, but I don’t have a lot to report. I am spending the week getting things finished before I go and getting other things finalized.

Blog

The blog will be different while I’m away. I don’t want to stop doing it, but somethings I do now take a bit of time, like Monochrome Madness, so I am going to take a break from my usual routine. I will still blog, but I am going to do more a journal style and write about my trip.

The laptop I will be using isn’t great for processing, I also won’t have the time to do lots of work on images, so there might be a lot of photos taken with the phone, or processed very quickly. I macro-mallee-viv-garden-mine085will have Lightroom with me so I will be able to do some basic processing. I will wait until I get back to do most of the photos.

This will start from next week, most probably on Monday. There will be a Monochrome Madness post, but it will be on Tuesday, my time, and from there it will be the journal of my trip.

Monochrome Madness, if you don’t get your image to me by Sunday, it won’t go in the post.

Gear

Two new lens from Tamron Australia have arrived.  They have sent me the 15-30mm which is going to be brilliant in New York, and the 28-300mm. I went out yesterday with a friend to Banyule Flats and took the 28-300mm with me, can I start by saying wow. I’ve never used a lens macro-mallee-viv-garden-mine088like that would let me get that close to objects. It was almost as good as my macro, almost. I knew I wasn’t going to take my macro with me, there are only so many I can, but with this lens I will still be able to get close things and I think it will be a great compromise.

I am going to be using the Lowepro ProRunner II backpack on this trip. The bag has been loaned to me by Lowepro and it looks perfect for what I need. It is the smaller one, but there is enough room in it for my camera, three lenses, a few other pieces, but also my laptop will fit in as well. It will be my carry on luggage. The great thick straps are going to make it fine to wear.

Maxwell International Australia have also loaned me a gorrillapod. I’ve never used one before, so I’m really looking forward to trying that out. It is a Joby and is rather cool. It has a ballhead on it macro-mallee-viv-garden-mine091and a good size, so it is going to be fun seeing the different ways I can use it.  As I said, it will be my first time using it, and I think I will take it out with me each day and see how I can use it.

I’ve had my Merrell Moab hiking shoes for a little while and I’ve been getting out and wearing them as much as possible. I don’t want my trip to be spoiled by uncomfortable feet.

I’ve ordered some new memory cards and have decided to give SanDisk a miss on this trip and go with Lexar. I keep hearing good things about their cards, and that’s enough for me.

Clothes

I don’t know what clothes to pack, I assume summer ones, and maybe a couple of things for if the weather starts to cool. We are still wearing winter stuff here, so I’m not sure. Any tips from macro-mallee-viv-garden-mine084people about the weather there would be great.

Photos Today

I found some photos that were taken almost exactly a year ago. They are flowers from my mothers garden, so I was in the Mallee a year ago. It seemed like a good idea to show them today, I hope you enjoy seeing them again.

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Introductions: Michael Kenna

Today I have someone new to me and I hope if you haven’t seen his work before you will understand why I wanted to introduce you to him. Michael Kenna is an English photographer and he does some amazing images. He has traveled the world taking photos, but the images he has are very different to what others have got.

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There is a simplicity to his work. The minimalist look.

I got this from Wikipedia:

Michael Kenna (born 1953) is an English photographer best known for his black & white landscapes.

Kenna attended Upholland College in Lancashire, the Banbury School of Art in Oxfordshire, and the London College of Printing. In the 1980s, Kenna moved to San Francisco and worked as Ruth Bernhard’s printer.

Kenna’s photography focuses on unusual landscapes with ethereal light achieved by photographing at dawn or at night with exposures of up to 10 hours. Since about 1986 he has mainly used Hasselblad medium format and Holga cameras and this accounts for the square format of most of his photographs. The main exception was for the photographs in Monique’s Kindergarten for which a 4 x 5 large format camera was employed.

His work has been shown in galleries and museum exhibitions in Asia, Australia, Europe and the United States. He also has photographs included in the collections of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., the Patrimoine photographique in Paris, the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. His photography of the ruins of concentration camps was featured in the opening credits of the Holocaust film Esther’s Diary (2010).

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His work, as I already said, is quite different. I find what he photographs so interesting and engaging.

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One of the things that I was most attracted to was all the white, winter. After seeing these images I have realized that somewhere along the way I am going to have to go to snow and take photos. I find them really fascinating.

I don’t think I need to say a lot really. I do wish to thank Michael for giving me permission to show his work to you. You can find more of his work on his website, Michael Kenna. I have a selection of it for you now. Just enjoy, really, get lost in them, I know I will continue to.

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Weekend Wanderings: The Side of a Mountain Near Castlemaine

Travelling back from the Mallee recently I stopped off near Castlemaine, I told you about it a couple days ago,and how I caught up with Bev from FOZZIE.M. She took me for a drive to a local mountain and we stopped at some of the places for photos. It was foggy and I love it when it is like that. You can get some great photos with it.

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The area we went to, for me, is really what I think the Australian bush is really like. The fog helps create some atmosphere in it as well.

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A bare tree in the fog is even better.

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What Bev wanted to show me were the rocks up there. They are big and really dominate the landscape. They are also very odd, and I think Bev loves them. They are also very strange the way they just sit there and the shapes of them. Quite intriguing.

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There are also some wonderful trees with amazing textures on the bark. The fog makes the environment very damp so the grain of the bark just comes out. I like the saturated look you get from wet and damp conditions. It is such a contrast to what it will be like in summer.

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This is one of Bev’s favourite rocks, but I think it might be one of mine now as well. Have to love a big rock that just hangs there. It is quite amazing. Nature is wonderful, not something I really appreciated when I was younger, but the older I get the more I want to explore it, share it and protect it.

I have a few more photos from that day, but not from the top. I’ve decided to leave those for another day. It was a great day driving around with Bev and I really want to thank her for taking the time to see me and do that. I am really looking forward to going back up there. I know there is a lot more to see. I hope your weekend is going well. I’m trying to get organized for my trip, can’t believe it is just over a week away.

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Weekend Wanderings: Late Winter Days in Banyule Flats

Spring isn’t that far away from here, but you can see signs of it everywhere. All along the roads in the country the wattle is out in flower and there is yellow everywhere. It really is a stunning time of the year. We don’t get those brilliant autumn colours that many places get, but we get lots of bright yellows in late winter and into early spring.

I went out one day recently to Banyule Flats when rain was predicted to see if I could get some macro photos of the first blossoms for the season and maybe see how it looks right before a storm.

I love seeing the parks when it gets dark and storm clouds are coming. There had already been rain and the ground was wet with puddles of water everywhere.

Can I just say I love my new Merrell shoes. It still amazes me how you can walk around somewhere that is wet and muddy and your feet don’t get muddy. I’m getting used to it.

Then it started raining. I rushed to the swamp to try and get photos of the rain on the water. Unfortunately trying to change the lens in the rain took a bit too long and the rain didn’t last long. I am hoping to get more of it over the coming months.

The birds were having a lovely time in the water and rain. Some of them were very dark from the mud.

I’m hoping to get out to take some photos this weekend. The second lens from Tamron has arrived, the 28-300mm and I really want to try it out. I had a quick play in the garden this morning and wow, oh wow. I was taking photos in the front garden with it and I couldn’t believe how close I could get to the flowers, almost like a macro, but not quite.

That’s what I’m hoping to do this weekend, I hope you have great plans too.

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UfD: Themes and Challenges

It has been a challenge coming up with todays Up for Discussion Post, but then I thought maybe we could talk about whether or not we like themes and challenges.

Some people love them and others hate them.They can be great to get people doing something, or if you have no trouble making work then you might find it too hard to do. Having to stop what you do so you can do a special image for the theme can be a different kind of challenge.

Themes

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You can see where themes can be great for people who are starting out in photography. It helps them to work out what to take. When many people first start photography they know they want to take photos, but have a hard time working out what they are going to shoot. Themes can help solve that problem. If you are told what to take photos of then your problem is solved.

They can also be to broad for some people. If you are working on a particular body of work then a theme can be distracting from what you are trying to do.

I’ve always avoided themes. For the most part it meant making or taking something just for the sake of the theme. If you aren’t invested in it then how can you do your best work?

Starting the themes for Monochrome Madness was a joint decision between all of us. People said they wanted them so we started doing them. They are very popular and it is great to see how people respond to them.

Here are the images I’ve done for the various MM themes.

Challenges

Challenges can be another way to help you produce work. It can be a challenge that  you do with other people or something you do on your own. Depending on the challenge you can do your own work and still participate.

Monochrome Madness can be like that. The challenge is to produce a monochrome image each week. Your subject matter is completely up to you. As long as the image is monochrome and you send it in then you are doing the challenge.

There are other challenges you can do too. Many people do challenges for blogging. About four years ago I did one to post a photo every day for a month. I found it got me blogging more and it became part of what I did every day. It was a great challenge for me and it helped me get my blog going.

What are your thoughts on themes and challenges? Do you do them? If yes, why and if no, why?

Here are some photos that I have used in Monochrome Madness this year.