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Up for Discussion – Black and White Photography

You know how it is sometimes, it is the start of the day and you think, what am I going to post about today.  Then I had a thought.  I thought I might do a post on black and white photography, then I thought, I’m not an expert at it.  Then the light bulb went off, ting. What if I did a post on the ways I do black and white and then open it up to everyone to discuss how they do it.  There are people out there who know a whole lot more than me on this topic. So this is how it will work.  I am going to tell you quickly how I make a black and white image.  Then I want you to tell me how you do it.  You will leave it as a comment and I will approve it.  I am probably not going to comment on them, unless I think something is really cool, or I don’t understand.  Do you get what I am talking about?  I will …

Leanne Cole - Princess taking a Break.

On a Similar Note

I have just got home, and found an email to say that some of my work has been accepted into a show and I have until next week to come up with an artist statement, I knew it was coming, and have been working on it slowly.  I really need to refine it now and work out exactly what my work is about. I have not been responding the comments from yesterday.  I agree with some, and disagree with others.  Some make me angry, and some are lovely.  I decided that the best thing to do was just to approve them, and you can all make of them what you want. I am not doing anymore today, sorry, I haven’t even had time to unpack my laptop yet, not that I really took any photos while I was away.  It was lovely just catching up with my mum and taking it easy.  I did make some costumes, so it was productive.  It was a great trip on another level, but more about that another day. …

Leanne Cole - Reworked Cathedral Doors

ReWorking the Cathedral Doors

Almost 12 months to the day I went into the city and took some photos with friends and put them up here.  My processing was quite heavy and I thought I might try redoing one. This is the image from 12 months ago. I was never happy with it.  I found it too saturated and perhaps too textural. This was a 3 image HDR, but with the rework I decided to do something different. I put two images together, so the stained glass was from one image and the outside bit from another.  I wanted to make the most of the stained glass, it was very hard to make it stand out more.  Though I think the rework is more successful at that. I darkened the stonework more, and I brightened the stain glass.  In Camera Raw I added more clarity to the stained glass too.  I have done some blurring with the last layer of it quite low with only the glass in the door and the handles not being blurred. That was about …

Outside Reception

Reception – Through There

Another very early morning today.  Not as early as last Saturday, but still had to be in the city before 7am, that’s early.  I might even get used to it one day. I was in there again to take, perhaps for the final shots, of the Manchester Unity Building.  Today it was all about the first floor, and the reason for the early morning start was to try and get images done before it got too busy. As with most parts of this building, this is another area that is really beautiful.  The first time I went there I just wanted to stand around and look.  Today, I was really there just to take a few photos of a couple of things, but I went mad and took so many photos.  I have so many things to try now. The image is the main area and behind me are what used to be all the little shops that were on the first floor, now they are offices for Smile Solutions.  I have done quite a …

Giving Things a Go

Today’s post is going to be quick.  I am late with it and I need to do some other stuff. I decided today to give something a go.  It hasn’t really worked well, I rush too much, but it is a beginning and something that could be a lot of fun in the future. I saw an image in the reader the other day of two hands with a map of the world on them.  It got me thinking and I wondered if I would be able to do something similar.  so I gave it a go with two white coffee mugs and put an image of wrapping paper over the top.  It hasn’t turned out too bad, but I need to experiment a lot more.  I must write down some notes on what I have done and what to do differently. This one I did with all white crockery again.  I probably should have lightened it again. I am pretty sure I know what I would do differently next time.  It is another interesting …

Coffee with My Brownie 3 - Reworked

Brownie – ReWorked

Back in February I had a go at doing a still life with a brownie I had made and Cafe Latte, the post was One Brownie.  I set it up on my dining room table.  I can remember being really happy with the composition, but I do remember getting some comments that weren’t very nice and it really depressed me.  I almost considered giving up on HDR images, in fact even had doubts about my abilities as a photographer.  Let me show you the original HDR image as I had it on my blog. I can see so many of the problems now.  I can see that it is too saturated, the colours aren’t great.  Too much detail, and the brownie doesn’t stand out enough, but at the time, I loved it and was so proud of it. I don’t remember if it was this particular post or another one at the same time, but I do remember I got some comments that were very critical.  I don’t know if they were meant to be …

Marshy Mushrooms

Field Trip – It is Falling

Can you guess where we went?  Here is a hint. We took a drive to Erskine Falls.  The falls are behind Lorne, about a 10km drive.  I thought we were going to be in for a long work, but instead, we had to go down 220 metres of steps.  It was a long way down.  It was very wet and probably quite dangerous. It is an interesting spot.  It really is for tourists, and there were quite a few people there.  The stuff I read said that it was popular and there would be people there, but I think we were hoping that on a day of drizzling weather and it being cold people would stay away. It wasn’t so.  It could have been a lot worse. It is a very long skinny waterfall and at the bottom are these rocks.  It was very hard to see the water running though them.  I did use my neutral density filter to get the marshmallow effect.  Though, I felt we were really limited with where you could …