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Weekend Wanderings: The Pier at Flinders

Last weekend a friend and I had planned on doing some hiking at Cape Schanck, but when we got there it was raining, so change of plans.  The forecast didn’t look great and since we have only just started this, we weren’t so keen to start a walk and then get a certain point where it started raining and we couldn’t get back.  There were other places around there and we thought we might go and check them out.  One was in Flinders.  We had been to Flinders before, but found nothing there, then another friend asked if I knew about the pier there, so we went hunting for it.

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As you can see I have another pier for you today, though this one was taken on the other side of the bay and there is no light house here.  It is a much different one to the one at Point Lonsdale, this seem more serious, with all the boats and there were a lot of people around around.  I really liked the way the sun was hitting the water and ground.

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Here is the boat ramp again that I did the image of for Monochrome Madness this last week. I am fairly certainly it is really a relic now, but it makes a great subject for photos.

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You have to love a pier you can walk under and take photos.  This one is so large, and with the old next to the new, it was an interesting one.  I love all the wooden posts and the marks that different tides make on them

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One of the things that got us were the patterns in the sand. They were so beautiful and we kept taking photos of them.  It is not often that I see a shore line with sand that I just want to take photos, but here I did.  They were so sculptured and textual, just beautiful.  There will be lots more to see in the gallery.

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There were some unusual rocks there as well, like this round one.  I know this would have made a great long exposure, but I had left my tripod in the car, next time.

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We went for a walk along the pier too and photographed some of the boats.  It was so calm there, the water was beautiful, I seem to use that word a lot, but it was.

We walked around quite a bit, and though the area isn’t that big, when you divide the place up into smaller parts, and then the whole, you can end up with quite a lot of photos.  I was so surprised at how many I got, and the early morning light was just brilliant.  I think I like shooting early morning, such a shame these places are so far away to get photos.

I have got another map for you so you can see where we were.

Here is another gallery, lots of photos from around the pier.  After taking photos we headed into Flinders for breakfast, we found a lovely spot that was very busy, but had great food. I hope you are out and about this weekend.  It is raining here this morning, hopefully it will clear before I head into the city this afternoon for the first Sunday Social Snappers Excursion for the year. Take care.

Weekend Wanderings: Early Morning Trip to Point Lonsdale

This past Tuesday Christine Wilson and I headed out again to take photos. This time we decided to go to Point Lonsdale, she hadn’t been there before, but I had on a few occasions. Then we thought, hey let’s get there before sunrise, which for right now meant getting up at 3am to be out of the house by 4am. I’m not the type of person who likes to rush, I like to have time to get ready, to make sure I have everything.  So when 4am came around off I left. I met Chris just over the Westgate Bridge and then we took my car to Point Lonsdale, stopping for a coffee along the way.

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We knew as we were getting closer that we weren’t going to get much of sunrise, you could tell, there just weren’t enough clouds and really not enough colour.  As we were arriving a massive ship was going through the heads to Port Melbourne.  I love seeing the big ships going in and out.  We saw three the time we were there.

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There was some colour but the main reason we were there were to do some long exposures.  I got a Lee Big Stopper and was experimenting with it.  It seemed to work fine, but it doesn’t really fit the Cokin Filter holder properly, so I might have to get a proper Lee Holder, am searching for that now.  I’ve been getting stuff from the B&H, but it can take such a long time to get here, just over 3 weeks.  You can get stuff from the UK in a week, but from the US 5 weeks is nothing.  I might have to do some internet searching.  The Cokin one would be fine if the little nodules it has at the bottom could be pressed in so the front of the filter was flat, but you can only put filters in a certain distance and they get stuck.

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The early morning light is so lovely to work with.  I love how it hits everything, and we are almost at the time of year where a nice early morning will give some beautiful golden light here.  I think it happens around Autumn.  There was some on this morning, but not much.

I had to take photos of the lighthouse too.  It is something I really enjoy about Point Lonsdale is that there are a few things to photograph, you can do the pier, the lighthouse and then there are lots of rocks as well.

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I have been here a few times to take photos, but never when the tide was so far out.  It was incredible what was revealed when it went out.  Rocks everywhere.  I switched to my wide angle and tried getting some shots from different angles.  It really was getting too late in the day here, the sun was bright and the light was really bright, but it was fun.  We got there at 6am, left at around 1pm, though we did go into town for breakfast for an hour and half, so you can see there is a lot there to photograph.

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My long exposures were disappointing, I found out too late that my lens was dirty, I got some horrible light marks on my images and so had to convert to black and white.  I was kicking myself, especially after that post on mistakes we make, well, here is one for me, I must remember to clean my gear more often.  I was so particular about keeping the filters clean, I didn’t even think to check my camera.

For those that don’t know where Point Lonsdale is, here is a map for you.

We had a great morning, the weather was gorgeous, the only real problem we had were other people.  There were lots of people around, which was natural considering what a gorgeous summer day it was.  People were swimming, but I think it was too cold for that, still, it was sunny.  The clouds weren’t really moving enough for long exposures, still, we both know what is there, and I’m sure we will go back.  Maybe next time spend the night, so it is easier to get up early.

I have a gallery of the images, I hope you can see what a beautiful day it was. I hope you have plans for the weekend.  I have Social Snappers tomorrow, we are doing one end of Bourke Street to the other, which should be quite interesting, lots of architecture.

 

Up for Discussion: Learning on Online

There are so many places online that you can learn how to do photography, how to do Lightroom, Photoshop, really anything you want to learn, but how many of them are any good and should you have to pay for them?  That is the question I am asking today, I think.

Learning is a continuous thing, well for me, I know I am not an expert and I know there is a lot I don’t know.  I enjoy that and I like the challenge of finding out new things to do.  This last year I have learned about using a macro lens macro-mallee-viv-garden-mine086and doing macro photography.  I have learned how to photograph the milky way, and now I am starting to learn how to do long exposures.  You know I just learned a different way of replacing a sky with trees in the image, and I also learned about luminosity masks last year.  So learning new tricks never really stops, I hope it never does, life would be so boring if there was never anything new to look forward to.

Finding Where to Learn

So if you want to learn new things, the next step is finding somewhere.

Before the world of the computer, and the internet, you would have to find someone you knew, or knew through someone who could help you learn, or was willing to take the time to teach you.  If that wasn’t an option then you would have to find a class somewhere.  Then there was the library and books to teach you what you wanted to know.  If you lived in a small town then it was so much harder, the libraries often don’t have the books you want.

shearing-blurred-sunset-woomelangThe digital age has certainly changed all that. We now have access to a variety of information from all over the world and access to things that were never possible before.  One could say there is so much information out there how do you work out what is good for you, or how do you find what you are looking for?

Perhaps a good question or questions.  It is hard sorting out the crap stuff and finding the great stuff in amongst it.

Paying for Online Courses and Tutorials

There are definitely places online that you can find great tutorials for, but many of them you have to pay for.  Though usually when you pay for them you also have full access to them anytime you want, or so CreativeLive keep telling us.  Which has its benefits, but how often do you actually watch it again?

Then there is something like KelbyOne or Lynda.com where you have to become a member, pay a monthly subscription fee to get access to everything they have.  Still, you are paying a lot of money, and seriously how often do you watch stuff on them.  I’ve been with KelbyOne for a while now and I don’t think I’ve watched anything on there for months.  They don’t have new shows coming on all the time and then I get bombarded with information about events they are doing that are all in the US that I can’t attend because I live in another country.  Or they give you these fantastic offers, which you think are great, then find out they are available to US residents only. They are so happy to take money from their Non US customers, but don’t give them rewards either.

parks-garden-macro-banyule-flowers-103I’m not saying these online places aren’t good.  I have learned a lot from them, and truth be told, I’ve probably learned a lot more from CreativeLive than anyone else, and it is the one I use the most. I don’t like talking about them here because they can be rude and often don’t respond to emails.  I dislike giving people space on my blog if I think they are rude or arrogant.  However, I have spent a lot of time looking at their online tutorials.  I do like that you can view it for free first while it is being broadcast, then if you wish, you can purchase the course and then watch it any time you like.  I have quite a library and have spent quite a bit of money there.  There are courses I have purchased and wished I never did, so I am becoming a lot more picky about which ones I do get.  I make sure I watch a lot of it first.  It isn’t always possible to watch it all, but if I like what I see, and like the presenter, then I will purchase.

One of the biggest problems I find with these courses though is that professional photographers often are the teachers, and they are photographers not teachers, so they teach you what they know and how they do things.  Which can mean if they use expensive equipment to do what they do, that is what they show you.  Great that is how the professional does it, but what about the rest of us.  I remember watching something on architectural photography on KelbyOne and the photographer used all these really expensive lights to set up the shot, well I don’t have the money to do that, so how does someone like me do architectural photography when I’m working on a very tight budget?

aireysinlet-milkyway-lighthouse-stars-astrophotographyThe other thing I find is that they can sometimes have presenters who draw large crowds but then when you see them doing post processing it is clear they don’t work in an efficient way.  For example, Creative Live have a woman who is always on there doing different classes and she always does stuff with Photoshop, and I now know that she shows people how to do things in destructive ways. Other presenters there are always saying work in non destructive ways, so I don’t understand why they let her do classes on Photoshop when what she does is against what everyone else is saying. I guess it goes back to sorting through the crap for the gold.

Finding Free ones

Of course there are lots of other places to find information.  YouTube is a fantastic source of information and if you put in a search for how to do something you will find hundreds of tutorials.  Unfortunately they aren’t all good and sometimes you have to go through several before you find the ones that are good for you.  There are good free tutorials there, there are also some really bad ones.  I am hoping to start putting links to good ones in my newsletter when I find them.

LeanneCole-macro-20140530-0006There are sites like the Digital Photography School, which I believe is also free, I don’t think they charge you, though I haven’t had a lot to do with them, so not quite sure.

You don’t have to pay for good online classes and tutorials, but they can be harder to find.  I am doing a rethink of my online tutorials, and while I don’t think I need them as much, I still learn things and do look for them.  I am starting to rethink all I pay for and what I have access to for free.

Do you look at much online in the way of classes and tutorials?  Do you find it hard to work you way through the maze to find what you are looking for?  Have you found some places that you think are great?

All the images in this post are things I’ve learned to do in the last 12 months, some form online, but a lot from you and those that follow my blog.  I have found this blog has helped me learn so much.

Quiet Thursdays: Giving the Sky More, Something

Last week I sent out the first LCP Newsletter and in it I had a video for replacing the sky, it was something that was important to me last week as well. I went out to take photos to a place I had never been before, saw some amazing things, but the sky was so horrible, that all I got were great photos with a white sky.  I had intended to use the images for a Weekend Wanderings post, but I couldn’t put up photos that had terrible skies.

So yesterday I decided to convert one to Black and White, replace the sky and see what I could come up with.

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I did other things to it as well, but the main thing I wanted to do was give it a better sky.  Usually when there are this many trees I tend to put it in the too hard basket, but I had to try with this one,  and it was a good lesson for me.  It took a bit of effort, but I get there in the end.

I also did the reverse processing thing and have put the original image and the colour version of the above image on my other blog.  There is also more information over there on where the image was taken.  If you are interested in that, then please go to, When the Sky Gives you Blah.

I’m off to the Melbourne Zoo today for Social Snappers, the weather is looking perfect for it.  I will try and get some Instagram photos as well. I hope you have a quiet Thursday planned.

 

MM47: Monochrome Madness 47

Here we are again, another week of Monochrome Madness.  I just want to welcome the new people who have contributed this week.  I would also like to remind people to check their images in the gallery for comments, as many people take the time to look at each image and comment on as many of them as they can.

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I took this image last Sunday morning on an unexpected trip to Flinders down along the coast.  I hadn’t planned on going there, but it was a lovely surprise to end up there.  This is an old boat ramp, and judging by the rust on the rail I would guess it isn’t used anymore.  It looks great and makes for great images.

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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, Twisted Up – 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

Tuesday’s Bits and Bobs: Trying to Advertise

The year has well and truly started and I need to get on with things.  Some things are about to start and others have just gone by.

Newsletter

The first newsletter went out last week, and thank you to those that have let me know how they found it, I do appreciate it.  It was a bit light, and I am hoping that I will get more information for it.  I want to do more tutorials in it, have some for Lightroom and maybe some more advanced ones for Photoshop, will have to work on those.  I like the idea of the newsletter being more a learning and information thing.

IMG_20150116_140023If you missed out on the first newsletter, but don’t want to miss out on the next one, there is a button in the sidebar that says Sign up LCP Newsletter, if you click on that it will take you to where you can subscribe to it.

Advertising Social Snappers

The first Social Snappers is coming up this week and I am still trying to get women interested in doing them.  I really am not very good at the whole advertising and marketing thing.  I’m trying a couple of new things, so hopefully something will work.  I really want these to work, I love the idea, and so many people have said they love it too.  The Sunday one seems more popular, but I am hoping the Thursday one just school hours will also be successful.

IMG_20150125_090123This Thursday we are going to the zoo, and then on Sunday we are doing Bourke Street from one end to the other.

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I’ve been having lots of fun taking photos mainly with my DSLR, but also with my phone.  Yesterday I went to Flinders and the friend I was with was using her phone to take photos, and I might say having a ball doing it.  I did find her copying what I was doing as well.  She didn’t have Instagram, but I did, so I was having fun trying to get some images for it.

All the images in this post are ones that I have posted on Instagram.  I tend to use only photos that I have taken with my phone for it, since Instagram have the same rules as Facebook and they can use your photos I only use photos that I don’t really care about.  They aren’t always good, but I have a lot of fun doing them.IMG_20150112_161811

I tend to use Instagram only when I go out.  I thought those that follow me would enjoy seeing where I’ve been and get a heads up of what photos might be coming up.

That is about all for this week. As this image publishes I am hoping I will be catching a sunrise over on the Bellarine  Peninsula.  I hope I wake up to my 3am alarm.  I know I will love it, but I am not looking forward to it.

Introductions: Andy Porter

There are lots of different types of photographers out there, and sometimes you find ones that you just want to be like when you grow up.  I’ve shown many photographers whose work I feel that way about and today’s introduction is another.  Andy Porter from North Western Images is definitely one photographer I want to be like when I grow up. I love his landscapes, and I really hope you love them too.

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When I look at Andy’s work I think big, big landscapes.  They show a big wide world, and it got me wondering if he has a wide lens.  Of course, I can see that he does, and as I look at his images I realise he is taking the sort of images I would like to do.  I love the effect of the wide angle and how it makes the world seem even bigger.

I asked Andy where in the world he was?

Skagit County is where I live. Nestled between the North Cascades National Park and the Pacific Ocean in the most northwestern part of the US I have finally found home!

Though, it is worth reading his about page, he really has been everywhere, well it seems as those he has.

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This last year photographing the milky way has been something that I have been trying to do.  I have stopped over the summer because I don’t want to stay up that late, but will get back to it once daylight savings finished. I enjoy looking at other people who do the milky way because it can give me ideas, and it is great to see how other people do it as well.  I look at this work and can’t wait to get back to do it again.

I asked Andy how long he had been taking photos for and how long.

I have been taking pictures for…decades. I started when I was 17. With two of my friends from Pennsylvania, we hitchhiked out to Oregon to hike the Pacific Crest Trail through Oregon. I borrowed a friends Nikkormat camera for the adventure and my passion was born. Since then I have traveled to all 50 states and more than 40 countries. My life as a professional photographer began 7 years ago, and I love every minute of it!

For me photography has always been connected to backcountry travel. When you head out into the wilderness the desire to capture some part of the beauty, ruggedness, drama, and exhilaration burns brightly.

 

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There is a rawness in his images, not that I mean his images are raw, but more the enivironment, it looks rugged and also very beautiful.  Again, those big landscapes.  I have been trying to train myself to look more at the details, but really this is the type of thing I love too, big, big open skies with the world underneath it.

I asked Andy about what inspires him!

I have many inspirations. One of the biggest is conservation and protection of what little true wilderness we have left. Anything I can do to help this effort is important to me. I plan to do more. Another is the sheer joy from being outdoors. Hiking, camping, backpacking, trekking, all of these get my juices flowing! And then there is the technical aspect of trying (often futilely!) to capture with the camera the splendor of what I see.

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Angles that we take photos are often overlooked.  I think many photographers, mainly new ones go for the obvious angle, but I like to see how Andy hasn’t done that, he does look for different angles and it gives what he photographs almost a unique point of view. It is something I am always trying for as well, I often think how else can I photograph this.

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There is the element of surprise when you look at his work, you never quite know what you will see next, like a goat on a rock!

I asked Andy if there was anything special about the way he worked and he simply said no, but I think we can see that there is a technique here and he does try for something a little different, well I think he does.

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I think like many photographers whose work I particularly like, there is a serenity, a quietness in his work.  It is almost as though if you went there you could imagine the sounds you would hear, they would be the sounds of nature, it would be quiet.

I asked Andy about his gear.

I have a Canon 6D camera. It came with a 24-105mm lens. Recently I bought a Rokinon 14mm lens that I use for nighttime imaging and landscapes. Besides that I have a cheap (light!) tripod, a polarizer and a cable release.

I hope you have enjoyed this introduction to Andy Porter from the blog North Western Images and I hope you will go and say hello to him on his blog.  I would also like to thank Andy for giving me permission to showcase his photography here on my blog.  I have a gallery now of images that I loved.

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