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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.


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.


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.


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. 


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.


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.


Quiet Thursdays

I really look forward to Thursdays, it means Monochrome Madness is done for another week and I can just relax, or play with some photos on the computer, which is what I have been doing.  Actually I did more of it yesterday.  I like seeing what I can get.


I’m afraid it is not a very exciting image.  It is the doorway to ANZAC House in Collins Street in the city of Melbourne.  I took this image one Sunday during a Social Snappers Photography Excursion.  I do love the opportunities I get to take photos on these excursions.  My photography catalog has grown so much because of them.  I know I go on about them a lot, but I do want them to be successful. Funny how people in Melbourne are so hard to find.

Oh well, back to the image.  I’ve been trying a few things, incorporating some old techniques and then looking at some new ones.  Trying to decide what I want to be important in an image.  I am happy with quite a few aspects, and glad that I finally found some time to try them out.  I know I will have more time in the weeks to come with things winding down for Christmas and January is often a slow time for me.

I have also done a great deal of work on another image for Stacy’s AB Friday, but you will have to wait around 36 hours to see it, and it will be on my other blog.  You will also be able to see most of the entries on Stacy’s blog, Visual Venturing, again, you will have to wait for Friday where Stacy is.

I plan on taking it easy for the rest of the day, I hope you can too.

MM41 – Monochrome Madness 41

Two weeks to Monochrome Madness 43 and the Christmas Splash of Colour, I still haven’t done the tutorial, but then a friend reminded me that I have done one already.  I did it a couple of years ago, Colour Coming Through, My Way, so it is somewhere to start for those of you who would like to start.  I will do a Video Tutorial this week and announce it on the blog somewhere.  Okay, let’s get on with Monochrome Madness 41.


I got so carried away this last week with quite a few things, and I thought I wasn’t going to have any images.  My last two Social Snappers Excursions for the year took up a lot of my attention this week. It has been raining here, so this morning I put the macro on and went into garden to photograph the Agapanthas that are starting to bloom, and as I was working around the garden I saw this carnation.  I planted carnations years ago, and didn’t realise one was still there.  I love how it looks through the macro lens, and with some water drops on it.  Beautiful.


Laura Macky has continued with a series she has been working on, and if you would like to find out more about this image, then got to her blog post Evolution of a Corn Flower – 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
  • 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

Tuesday is here again and for me, Tuesday usually means getting Monochrome Madness ready for another week.  I tend to spend the afternoon doing it and then I scheduled the post to publish while I am asleep, so I can just wake up to it.  Nice to know when I go to sleep on Tuesday night it is done.  It isn’t a big week again this week, though I expect more emails will arrive today as well.  If you haven’t got yours in yet, there isn’t much time left.

Introductions and Websites

It was great to see how many of you really enjoyed the introductions post last week for Alex Bihlo.  At the time I did the post on Alex he only had his Google+ page, but he and I started talking and he thought it might be good to look into getting something.  I received an email from him the my-garden-macro-flowers-rain-525other day and he told me he has put one together, so I thought I would tell you.  It is a website, ALEX BIHLO PHOTOGRAPHY, and you can find many of Alex’s amazing images there.


I had a wonderful experience this week when I received an email from Julie Powell wanting to know if she could interview me for a project she is working on.  I rarely get interviewed, actually almost never, so it was wonderful to have someone asking me and wanting to showcase my work.  I was emailed a list of questions and I answered them, and then emails went backwards and forwards.  Then I was sent a link to the interview, so I have it here for you as well, An Interview with Leanne Cole, Photographer.  Some of the questions were really interesting and it was quite a comprehensive look at my photography.  I want to thank Julie for thinking I was interesting enough to interview.

New York

My trip dates are starting to get finalised with the hope of buying the tickets soon.  Thanks to everyone for the help on what gear to take, I think I have a better handle on that now.  I am not going to say too much on it now, but I do plan on starting a regular part of these my-garden-macro-flowers-rain-535posts on my lead up to it next year.  I am hoping to meet many of  you that live in those areas when I am there as well.

Social Snappers

We had our last Social Snappers Photography Excursion for the year the other night.  We went back into the city to take photos of the Christmas Decorations.  I love how organic these can be.  I like that there is a rough plan, but if everyone wants to go somewhere else then we do and it isn’t a problem.  Because I had been on Thursday night, I didn’t take a lot of photos, but I did spend time trying to get one ladies camera to cooperate, it wasn’t behaving.  I might need to download the manual and have a proper look.  Another lady forgot her tripod plate, which is the same as mine, so we spent time sharing our plates.  It was a great evening, and that is what it is about really.  I like being asked to help, it was good to feel usual.  I am looking forward to them starting up again next year.


my-garden-macro-flowers-rain-531The weather has been shocking here, we have been getting a bit of rain, and lots of humidity, yuck.  Not what we are used to here in Melbourne.  I haven’t been using the macro lens as much as I would like, but I have plans for some things.  I did go out yesterday just after the rain to take some photos of the flowers in my garden, and they are the photos in this post. I will be trying out the macro a lot more over the next few weeks.  So far, I can’t tell the difference between using the Nikon or the Tamron, except the Nikon is a little heavier.  All the images in this post were hand held, so I can use it like the Tamron as well. I will test it out more and let you know what I think.

One Four Challenge

I have done my image for the week and if you would like to see what i have done, then you will need to go to my other blog,  One Four Challenge for December Week 2.

That’s it for today, remember to get your MM images in straight away. I just wanted to add, if you have a major announcement or something, and I know you, then please let me know, I don’t mind telling others about it.




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