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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.

A Bit Before

The other night when I went to take photos under the Westgate Bridge, I took lots.  Of course, the ones I showed you the other night were the best, but I have a few more to show you now.

The Sun on the BridgeThis is a HDR image, processed with HDR Efex with 5 images.  These are also the first five shots I took when I got there.  It was also the only time I got the sun shining on the bridge like this.

Some of the best views of Melbourne can be seen from on top of that bridge, but there is no way you can take photos from it unless you do it from a moving car.  They built this great big high bridge, but you can’t walk over it to look at the city.  It is such a waste.

Sun on the Ship YardsThis is the same place as the last photo in Sunday’s post.  This image is also a 5 image HDR image processed with HDR Efex.  It is good to use it and see what can be done with it.  I did as Another Thousand Words suggested and upped the contrast and that has helped a lot.

Ship Going UnderThis is the front of the ship that I showed on Sunday.  It is heading out.  I had to do this as a single image.  The ship was moving way too fast to do a HDR and when I tried it the ship had too much ghosting.  This worked out a lot better, though I lost a lot of detail in the bridge.

Sun Sets in For NightThe sun set, just before it turned the sky on fire.  It was great to watch it unfolding.

I am heading into the city tonight, hopefully will get some photos.  I need to see what the city is going to be like for Christmas.  I would like to go back in and get some night shots.  I am hoping some of you will join me.  We will have to make a time and date, well, the time will need to be about 8 o’clock at night.  Let me know if you are interested.

Awards 

I have been nominated for some more awards by some wonderful people.

MOTION Photography has nominated me for the Blog of the Year 2012

elladee_words has nominated me for the Sisterhood of World Bloggers Award

and finally

miriam troxler has  nominated me for The Very Inspiring Blogger Award

Thank you to all three, it is very much appreciated, and I hope everyone else will visit their blogs.

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