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Quiet Thursdays: Catching Up

This Thursday is all about catching up for me and getting things sorted out. I have posters to do for upcoming workshops, and I am putting the final touches on my newsletter, so that will go out later today.  If you want to get the newsletter and haven’t let me yet, I have put a sign up widget in the margin, here on the left.  If you click on that it will take you to a page where you can sign up for it.

I thought today I would show an image that I took with my phone, it is one I took on my birthday, then I played around with it and made it monochrome.  You lose the lovely soft colours of the sky, but I think the monochrome is still very soft.

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This is the dome at the top of the Royal Exhibition Building.  I really am going to have to start going in there to take some photos, it seems like this would be a good time of night to do it as well. Soon.

I hope you are having a relaxing day, I feel like I’ve been everywhere, and there is so much to do here, well, back to work I go.

MM46: Monochrome Madness 46

This week has gone by in a blur, I can’t believe it is has been so a mad rush to get the images into the post so I could publish it.  I hope I didn’t get anything wrong in my rush.  I won’t talk long today, I’m tired, and I’ve been out taking lots more photos.  On with Monochrome Madness 46.

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I showed you this image last Sunday, but it was in colour.  The colour version came after the black and white one.  I quite like how dramatic it is, it is one of my favourite images at the moment, though that could change any time soon.

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Here is Laura Macky’s image and once again if you want to find out more about it then got to here post, Surfer Girl – 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 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.

Introductions: Exploratorius

The Introduction this week is from someone I found in the reader, I kept noticing his work and I liked it, so I thought I would like to introduce you to Exploratorius and the photographer behind it, Mitch. He has some wonderful images on his blog and I really want to show you those images. Mitch has given me permission to show you his work and I hope at the end of this post you will follow the link back to his blog

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There is a lot of architecture on Mitch’s blog, and I guess that is something that I am quite attracted to.  His work reminds me of how I photograph it, well the angles, I know we work differently, I think I do more digital.

I asked Mitch where in the world he was?

My wife and I live in the Mid-Atlantic region of the US, within Maryland — a state dominated by the Chesapeake Bay, which was formed by the seventh largest meteor impact crater in the world (http://exploratorius.us/2013/07/07/chesapeake-bay-impact-crater/).  We live just 27 miles (43km) from the White House, but you would never know it based upon the tiny rural community that we call home.

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Then there are the black and white images landscape images, now this is an area I really want to get better at. I like the landscapes he takes and when I look at them I realise there is no reason why I couldn’t do similar images.

I asked him how long he had been taking photos for and why?

My earliest attributed image was one I took of my mother when I was three and a half years old (March 1965), though it was only later — around the age of nine — when I discovered this thing called “composition” and began to take image creation seriously.  Eventually I was able to become a professional photographer and graphic designer in the late 1970s, before changing my career to computer support in the early 1990s (it is quite easy to starve as a professional photographer, less so as an IT guy).  Photography for me is a way to share my specific vision of the world; it can be an actual record of reality from a specific point in space and time, or it can be how I think it ought to look, with natural beauty being the primary focus.

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You could be mistaken to think that Mitch only took monochrome images, but it is good to see that he does do some colour, but they often aren’t the normal colour shots and you can expect something a little different with his.

I always ask about inspiration.

Ansel Adams is my primary photographic inspiration, but I believe I learned more about the importance of composition, lighting, and textures from the great painting and illustration masters — Rembrandt van Rijn, Johannes Vermeer, Thomas Moran, Albert Bierstadt, Charles Russell, and N.C. Wyeth.

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It was nice to see some close up work in his portfolio as well.  This is so soft and the colour is wonderful.  He has some other close ups too, but I don’t know that it is something that he specialises in, or does much of.

As usual I asked Mitch if there was anything special about the way he worked.

Compared to the greats?  No.  As I state in the tagline of my site, I am a photo hack; I may be a very good one, but I am still just a hack.  However, I continually strive to improve my work and I learn something new everyday.

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The familiar colours we see at either end of the day, something we all try and get.  This is a great one, it is something I find hard to get, there never seems to be any when I try.

I always ask about gear.

I have shot images with just about every major brand of camera gear out there, both as a pro and as a prosumer.  The smallest camera I have ever used was the Kodak Disc (truly tiny negatives and awful image quality), while the largest was a 20 foot (6m) long 20×24″ (500x600mm) NuArc horizontal process camera.  My favorite cameras have always been the small ones, the cameras that no one takes seriously — so at present I am shooting with a Leica M7 (35mm film), a Sony NEX-5N (APS-C digital), Olympus Stylus Epic (35mm film point-and-shoot), and whatever iPhone I am currently carrying.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mitch for allowing me to showcase his work.  I would invite you all to go and take a look at his blog, Exploratorius and maybe say hello.  I have a gallery for you now of some of my favourite images, it is just some, as there were too many to choose from.

Quiet Thursdays: Testing a Couple of Shots

Recently I was approached to see if I would like to participate in an exhibition for Street Photography in Melbourne, or really, Urban Photography, as they don’t have to be any people in the images.  It sounded good so I said yes.  We each get so much wall space and then we have to decide how many images we want to put up.  The works have to be framed, so I have four square frames, so I decided I would do four images.  That is enough.  I could go five, but then I would be short a frame.

On Monday I went into the city with a friend and we wandered around taking photos of things in Melbourne.  It was quite hot and the sun was very bright.  I did get some shots that I thought could work, so though I would show them to you and see what you think.  I have two here, they are black and white, the images have to be black and white I think, with minimal processing.

So I will put them both into a gallery, see what you think.  Enjoy your day.

 

MM45: Monochrome Madness 45

This last week has been very surprising for MM as I have been getting lots and lots of images by new people.  It has been wonderful, love getting emails from new people who would like to be part of Monochrome Madness.  Someone asked me if it was okay if all they had was a Instagram account, my answer has to be yes, it doesn’t matter, you don’t even have to have a link, it is about participating.  Monochrome Madness is all about challenging yourself to produce monochrome images each week.

I want to apologise again too, I know you have all sent me emails, but it has been a busy time here and I haven’t had time to respond to them, I am sorry, I want to, but sometimes I just don’t have the time, and this week is one of those.

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I got this image late last week.  It was just before we were about to get a lot of bad weather, so the the wind was blowing and the clouds were moving.  I went to Banyule Flats to get this, unfortunately it basically started raining, so I didn’t have a lot of time to play with the filters.  This is what I got, I’m happy with it, but I would like to do this more.

pofa3-2Here is Laura Macky’s image and if you would like to find out more about it then go to here post, Before Me, 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 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.

MM44: Monochrome Madness 44

Here we are in 2015 and still going.  It is wonderful to see how many people enjoy this post and how many send in their images.  I’ve had a few people ask if we would start with MM1, but to tell you the truth, I really want to keep going, I want to get to MM52.  I just think it would be a massive achievement to get to the one year mark.  Of course that doesn’t mean Monochrome Madness will stop.

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I took this image yesterday when I went to see the Jean Paul Gaultier Exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria.  I had nothing for MM this week and when I saw the suitcases with the perfume bottles I thought it would be interesting to do in monochrome.  I don’t know that it works totally, but I like the textures in it. I have a colour version of it, which I might put on my other blog.

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Here is Laura Macky’s image this week.  If you want to find out more about the image, then you will need to go to her post, A Walk in the Fog – 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 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.

Monochrome Madness in 2014

In February this year a challenge was started between myself and Laura Macky, and now here we are at the end of the year and it is still going.  At times it has been hard work, other times, frustrating, but always rewarding.  It has been wonderful to see all the images that people send me, and their trust that I will take care of their work.

On a personal level it has been wonderful because I have done 43 monochrome images that I may not have done otherwise.  I have met some amazing people along the way, and discovered new blogs to follow.  Many of my introductions posts have come from the people I have got to know through MM.  I used to always think in colour, but now I am often finding myself wondering if something would look good in monochrome, and what can I do with it.  I am also a lot more comfortable doing black and white now so MM has been fantastic for that.

For those who do it, some have been fantastic at sending an image every week, while others do it when they can.  I suppose, in some ways, I am the only one that can’t miss out, which has been good.  I hope you have enjoyed the MM posts each week and seen the wonderful, I also hope you will continue to enjoy it next year.

This week we are taking a week off, but will be back next week, entries have already started coming in.  I have gone over the last 43 weeks of MM and have a gallery for you looking at all the images I have taken for the Challenge.  It will be 2015 the next time I write, so Happy New Year to everyone too.

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