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MM 2-42: Monochrome Madness

Welcome to another week of Monochrome Madness. The weeks seem to be flying this year, I wonder if they are doing the same for you. I can’t believe January is almost over already and our first theme is next week.

Next week it is our theme: CURVES

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My image was taken last Sunday morning when I went into the city to do some long exposure photography, but it was raining, so I took photos of other things. I have talked about this one in a blog post on my other blog, Silent City.

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.

Influencing Us: Self Portraits

Today every where you go people have their phones out, some on selfie sticks, others arms outstretched to take a photo of themselves where they are. The selfie seems to be a massive phenomenon since the advent of mobile phones.

However, if we consider that the portrait, before cameras, were painted, then it seems that many artists have been doing selfies for a long time. Of course, artists were the only people who could do selfies back then, as you needed to be able to paint or draw.

It seems to be something that nearly every artist did, a self portrait, and it is good to see that they are still around. I thought today we could take a look at some of those self portraits. Some of them are straight forward portraits, while some are done in a very artistic style.

I am just going to leave you with a gallery of the self portraits today.

Weekend wanderings with some bits and bobs

Things have been crazy this last week, but more on that soon. Anyway, I just didn’t get around to doing my normal Bits and Bobs post, and then I thought, why don’t I combine them. So today I have photos for you from one of my wanderings and some updates on what I’ve been doing.

Dynamic Range Magazine

I think it is safe to say that we should make our deadline of February the 10th for the publishing date of Issue 3. I am so excited about the next issue. It has been a bit of an Melbourne-skyline-summer-architecture-3449effort getting everything done for it, Christmas put us  behind a bit, but we are fine now.

There is a profile on Julia Anna Gospodarou, an article on Lightroom, one on competitions and entering them, how to make your own bird photography studio, processing a black and white image in Lightroom, an introduction to long exposure photography, how to choose a photography tour to go on, and another article on the history of women photographers. We also have a new writer who has written on women and marketing for us. I’ve been really enjoying the articles as they have been coming in. I hope you are excited to buy your issue.

If you just want the issue sent to you then buy a subscription for twelve months. You won’t have the worry of remembering to get it each time and will just get the link to Melbourne-skyline-summer-architecture-3414download it in your inbox.

Go to the Products page and click Subscribe.

Of course the issue will also be for individual sale.

Don’t forget to spread the word and let everyone you know about it as well.

Photographers.com.au

I’ve just published another article on the blog for this site. I have written my first article on Social Media.

Social Media for Marketing the Photographer

I have been doing so much research on social media for my own work and marketing the magazine that it was good to finally get a chance to write somewhere about it. It is the start of a series of articles.

One on One Photography Lessons

I’ve been getting quite a number of inquiries for these. It is good. I love sharing my knowledge so good to see that people want to learn from me. Melbourne-skyline-summer-architecture-3341

I had a great experience with someone just recently who had done several classes with other people, but was still confused and I managed to explain it to her in a language she understood. Then after she said it was wonderful and didn’t know why other teachers hadn’t explained it that way before. I have been told from others that I am very good at explaining things in very simple terms that are easy to understand.

If you want to check out what I offer, click here.

Don’t forget that I also have amazing Photoshop skills and I do teach photo processing as well. We do them over Skype and I record the sessions for you as well.  You can find out more about those by clicking here.

Weekend Wandering photos

The photos were taken a few weeks ago on a hot summer day here in Melbourne. They are a good example of why you shouldn’t shoot in summer. I went wandering with a friend to try and capture the skyline of Melbourne. I am looking for places I can go back to.  I also saw some spots I haven’t been to before.

The photos in the gallery are all over the place, another WordPress change, doesn’t load the photos up in the order that you had them.  Thank you WordPress for stuffing up something else.  I have to say my interest in blogging is waning a little, and no doubt WordPress and all their changes really have a lot to do with it.  I love that the blog on my website never gets this many changes.  I really like blogging there so much more.

MM 2-41: Monochrome Madness

Another week, and another Monochrome Madness, seems we aren’t far off the second year anniversary.

Just a reminder that the next theme is the week after next and is Curves.

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The reflection of the old in the face of the new. I like that. I took this image on a wander around the city a couple of weeks ago.

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.

Introductions: Hillary Younger

My friend Chris recently asked if I knew a photographer called Hillary Younger, I didn’t, but I made it my business to find out more about her.  Her work is so stunning, and I knew that I would want to introduce her to you.

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Hillary has some amazing and stunning seascapes, and when you see all the work together you can see an wonderful body of work.

I asked Hillary where in the world she was.

I’m from Tasmania, which is the island state off the southeast top of Australia ( I call it “bottom of the world turn right”)

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Lots of mountains too. Hillary is prepared to go where she needs to, to get the shot that will help make her stand out. I love landscape images, but I’m not sure I could climb a mountain to get some of these.

She said she had been taking photos since 2007 and this is why:

I’m passionate about my photography being used to help in conservation of wilderness. Currently I’m involved in an exciting and innovative movement involving artists of many disciplines, to get the Tarkine wilderness in north west Tasmania declared a National Park and protected from mining, logging and other destructive practices.

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While she is from Tasmania she also travels. She has spent quite a bit of time in the US and I have to say I love this tree. I think we are all looking for a tree like this to photograph. It is incredible.

I asked Hillary about her inspiration.

My inspiration is live of the natural world. And the magic of light. I grew up alone on a horse in the bush. I’ve always felt free and uplifted in the wilderness.

My initial inspiration re photographers was Galen Rowell, whose images show a deep knowledge and mastery of light. Galen was also a world class climber and a great writer. I share his passion for the light. And for wilderness.

As well as for the paths less travelled. I’m deeply interested in traditional relationships of people with the land and would dearly love to explore that more deeply through the lens. I’m also finding great pleasure and inspiration through teaching and collaborating.

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Talking to Hillary is wonderful and hearing what she will do or the places she will go to get an image is incredible. You know that many of her images are taken in places that not many others have seen.

Hillary told me about new plans.

I have recently joined with Daniel Greenwood and Jason Mordecai in our new venture Luminary Light Collective.

This is our web site providing access to our Skype processing training and also future field workshops. Very exciting stuff.

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The colours in her work are just stunning as well.  Lots of sunsets or sunrises, and amazing rock formations. She takes wonderful landscape images.  I look at them in awe.

As I usually do I asked Hillary about her gear.

My gear ~ Nikon D810, Nikkor 14-24mm, 105mm micro, 70-200mm. Fotodiox Wonderpana filters, Gitzo tripod, Photoshop CC, Adobe Camera Raw.

I would like to thank Hillary for giving me and you some insight into how she works. Thanks also for allowing me to feature her work here for you to see.  If you would like to see more, than you can go to the website, Luminary Light Collective. You can also find her on Facebook, Flickr and 500px.

I have a gallery for you now so you can see some of my favourite images.

Weekend Wanderings: Trip to the Zoo

The other day a friend suggested we take a trip to the zoo. They had a special opening for members, well it’s happening every Wednesday this month. We thought it would be good to see the animals early. We didn’t want to see too many, that is one of the wonderful things I love about being a member, you can go anytime you like and just have a quick visit is you want to.

We really only looked at about three or four things, but somethings were surprises. I love the gardens there too and must remember to take my macro lens with me next time. There are some exotic flowers there.

All the images were taken with the Nikon 28-300mm, as I said the other day it really hasn’t been off my camera since I got it. For most things in the zoo it was perfect. I know I keep saying it, but it really is a great lens, and the focal length is brilliant.  I must get some prices, see if I could afford one.

I’m just going to leave you with a few photos now.  I hope your weekend is going well. Mine is a little strange, my eldest daughter has moved out. I am not upset about it, a little worried about her, but I have always thought independence was great for them, so this is real independence. I know she will have a lot of fun.

Bits and Bobs: More Changes

If I thought last year was really busy I had no idea what I would be in for this year. It is crazy and I am finding myself wanting to hide in a hole more and more. I have to slowly work my way through everything and get it done. I am lucky that I now have someone working with me, in a way, that is very good at organizing everything and helping me to work out what I need to do. I just wish I earned enough money to be able to pay her, but I am hoping that will come.

Dynamic Range Magazine

It is getting to crunch time and I am very consumed right now getting the articles done andpoint-nepean-fort-coast-melbourne-135 ready for layout. I am busy writing for it and getting my articles done as well. I also have to add some things this time as well.

As I said previously we are going to add the publication to google play. While it will be easier for people to access, it also means that we will loose quite a chuck of the money so we are going to increase the price to $7. It isn’t a big increase and we hope you will understand. It will still be available for purchase on my website.

Subscriptions

You can now subscribe for one year and it will cost $25. You will need a Paypal account to be able to subscribe.

You can now subscribe, here is the link, Products.

Digital Photography School

I have had another article published there,

12 Common Newbie Photography Mistakes to Avoid

Merrell Australia

Speaking of writing, I wrote an article on Outdoor photography for the Merrell Australia Blog, here is the link to it.

How To: A Guide To Outdoor Photography

This Blog

point-nepean-fort-coast-melbourne-119I am thinking of making some changes here as well. Nothing too major, but I have decided that I can’t respond to all the comments anymore. So for the Monochrome Madness and Introduction posts I am just going to approve them unless I am asked something specific. I hope that won’t stop you from commenting.

Another change is that I am thinking of putting the Weekend Wandering posts on my other blog, not sure yet, but will see what happens.

Nikon Lens

The Nikon lens, the 28-300mm is due to be sent back to them. I love being able to borrow point-nepean-fort-coast-melbourne-117lenses and try them out, but it is also sad when they have to go back. This lens is very sad.

I love this focal length, I really enjoy the 28-300mm and how I can get so much with it. I’ve had it on my camera since I got it and haven’t taken it off. It really is my go to lens while I have it. I might have to think about getting my own, the big question will be whether to get the Tamron or the Nikon one.

Photos

I went through the photos that I took last January and found some from a day where I went to Point Nepean and the old fort that was there from the first and second world wars.