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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.

Weekend Wandering: Warburton and Lala Falls Part 2

Back in Warburton today.  I thought we might have a look at the trip back from the waterfall and some images I took along the Yarra River in Warburton.  If you missed the trip to the waterfall and images of it then take a look at yesterday’s post, Weekend Wandering: Warburton and Lala Falls Part 1.

On the way back from the waterfall it was all downhill and we moved a lot faster than we did on the way up. I think moving a lot faster we didn’t see as much.

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This little guy was a fun find, though we had to move very quickly to get it.  I think this is a skink lizard, well that is what my husband said.  I got about 4 images and then it was over the other side of the log.

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I just love the images along the path, it looks so beautiful and peaceful.  I hope you can tell we were walking downhill.

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Warburton is on the Yarra River, but it looks so different to what you see of it in the city.  In Warburton it is barely more than a trickle and there are lots of places to take photos of the water running over rocks.  There is a big walk you can do along the river here, and I would like to do that one day, we just did a small part.  The weather wasn’t great, and we thought it would be better and cooler to walk through a rain forest, we were right.

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There were lots of flowers out along the river and we were enjoying taking photos of them.  As I said, it would be nice to go back and just spend a few hours wandering along the river, with my tripod as well.  Could get some magnificent photos, I can see them now, so I know I will be back.

I am just going to show the images in a gallery now. The first lot will be the walk back, the second part will be from the first image of the bridge, and then it will be photos from around the river. The cool change has come through and hopefully the temperatures will be much lower now, we will all be breathing a sigh of relief.  I also hope the rain that has come with the cool change will help put out all the fires that have been burning around the state.

 

A Quiet Day

It has been a busy week here on this blog that today I thought I would just show an image and not talk much.  I hope you don’t mind.

This is an image I did a few weeks ago for Monochrome Madness, but in the end decided to use a similar image of this bridge that is near Kyneton in central Victoria.

Enjoy your day.

Taking Students Out to Familiar Places

Last Thursday I showed you two images that had been taken at the same spot, but two years apart.  We talked about how it is can be an interesting thing to to go back to old places and see what you can get.  Last Saturday I had my last class with the term 1 students doing my Practical Photography course, and we had decided that for the last class, instead of doing sports photography, we would go into the city and do Night Photography.  It was clearly a great idea and they all were very keen.

The plan was to catch the train in, where we would start at the Docklands end and continue to Flinders Street Station.  It worked wonderfully.  I told them, it was time for them to work on their own while I was still there, and if they had problems or questions, then they could still ask.  Of course I told them how to do the shots first and gave them the notes to help them in the future, I didn’t leave them to work it out on their own.

As we walked along the river there was a spot where I had taken an image last year.

LeanneCole-scdocklands-3hpm5774It has always been one of my favourite night images, so I told them to try doing one for themselves.  As I was able to photograph this as well, I thought I would have another go at taking it.  This image is a HDR and it was done with 3 images in Photomatix Pro.

LeanneCole-citylight-1404054920_HDRThey have both been taken around the same time of night, but at different times of the year, the first was taken around July last year, and the one above taken last Saturday night.  This one is also a HDR, though processed with HDR Efex from the Nik Collection.  I tried using Photomatix, but they have a new version and it kept blowing out all the highlights.  I need to play with it more.  I like how Efex has done it though.

They are the same image really, there isn’t much difference between them, the second one is a slightly wider angle, and the moon is in it.  I like the reflection of the moon in the water as well. Interesting to get almost identical shots.

The class went really well, and did go overtime a little, but I think they all had a great time.  One student said the course was great, but Saturday was brilliant.  You can’t ask much more than that when you are teaching.  It was also nice to hear quite a few of them say they would like to know of more classes that I will be teaching.  So now I think I have realised the direction that I have to go in, I need to do more teaching. I will have to start planning a variety of courses, some to be taught at Eltham and some that I can do myself.

My next six week course starts on the 26th of April, so if anyone is interested there are still a couple of places available.  If you are interested then the details and how to book are available at Living & Learning Nillumbik, or click here.

Of course people can always do my  One on One Photography session though, I am planning on offering more group things, like Photographing the Architecture in the City, Night Photography Along the Water, and some other ones around the city and near by places.  I thought I would start a mailing list for people who would be interested in doing classes with me and want to know what is going on.  If you are interested and would like to get emails on dates and courses available, then please email me, leanne@leannecole.com.au with Classes as the subject.

A gallery to view the images better.

24 Days to Christmas

The silly season has begun, and I have been out taking lots of photos of what is happening around the city, both for myself and the City of Melbourne.  The city is abuzz with the Christmas Spirit and you can find it nearly everywhere you look, well the main parts of it anyway.  The city is also so crowded, didn’t expect that with Christmas still 24 days away that so many people would be in the city.

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Image part of the City of Melbourne’s Christmas Festival

This the main walking bridge between Flinders Street Station and Southbank, and it has been lit up for Christmas.  I went in there last night to get some photos of the bridge, and took this one a bit down the river.  I love the way the lights reflect off the water.

The main reason for going in last night was because handing in the middle of this bridge is a light decoration of mistletoe, so I had to get a couple kissing under it.

Image part of the City of Melbourne's Christmas Festival

Image part of the City of Melbourne’s Christmas Festival

Mistletoe is not something we do here really, and I suspect a lot of people don’t know what it looks like, so I thought if I gave the council a photo of a couple kissing then they could use the image to help show people what to do under it.  Not sure how it will go.

Was hard to get, the bridge was moving so much with the people on it, but you get the idea.

Will find time to start processing all the photos I’ve taken, so more will be coming.  I am looking forward the emails from you guys about the photos you have been taking.

Weekend Wanderings – Kyneton

Last Wednesday I went for a trip with my photography friends and we decided to head north to Kyneton.  It is a beautiful country town, with many old buildings and some fantastic little features.  With it only being about a two hour drive up the Calder Freeway, it is a very doable day trip.  We didn’t do much in the town, but rather headed out the Malmsbury Road to photograph a bridge I have photographed quite a few times.

LeanneCole-kyneton-20131002-8487It is a disused bridge that is alongside the road.  I find it quite fascinating.  Every time I go back there is something different, and this time it was the water, it was up so high.  We have been having a lot of rain lately.  Actually we almost didn’t go because of the weather.  It was very windy, I mean very windy, and we thought we would get rained on.  Which we did, but not until we got to town.

kyneton-20131002-8582_4hpmWe discovered a way to get to the other side of the bridge, which was really nice, and I suppose technically trespassing, but no one came and said get out, so we took more photos.  It was nice to take a walk in the paddock and see the river more.  Can you tell what the weather was like?  The river was behind this tree, over near the other ones, but it was so wet and soggy I couldn’t get close to it.

kyneton-20131002-8732_4hpmThis a photo from in town.  We had lunch there and had planned on wandering and taking photos, but the rain set in so we headed home.  I couldn’t believe the footpaths, look at them.  We think it is bluestone blocks.  I haven’t see footpaths like these before.  I thought they were amazing.

I have more photos for you to see and will put them in a gallery.  Enjoy your weekend.

A Good Friday in Melbourne

On Friday’s I usually do a rework of a previous image, but today, being Good Friday and Easter, well I thought I would do something else.  I did go into the city very early this morning to take some photos.  I had hoped that I might find the city empty, and to a certain extent it was, but there were still people around.  I wasn’t finding much inspiration, so I didn’t take many photos.  I did take some of a subject that I have photographed before.

From this SideI have taken this image plenty of times.  At different times of the day, and in different weather.  One day I will have to put them altogether and see if there are differences in the scene.  The sun was really bright so I used the curve of the bridge to block it out and I think it worked really well.  I quite like this composition.

Then From the Other SideI haven’t really taken this one before, I don’t think.  I tried to do it with no people, but when I got here it all of a sudden got very busy and people were everywhere.  This was the emptiest we saw it.

I like the blue sky, strange because on the way home it became overcast and has been ever since.  It had been cloudy earlier, so the beautiful blue sky was a surprise.  It contrasts so well against the white structure of the bridge.

I didn’t get what I hoped to get this morning, but I had a lovely time and got to catch up with a really good friend, what more can you ask for.

We looked at the postcards and I think I got my first order, she loved them, so that is great news.

Hope you are having a great Easter.

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