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Up for Discussion – Environmental Photography

This weeks guest post is by me, I won’t introduce myself and I hope you don’t mind me doing one of these posts. I have always had ideas of what to write about, but I have enjoyed letting other people write posts for me, gives me a day off.  I hadn’t organised anyone for today, so I thought I might talk to you about something that I have been thinking about a lot lately.

Environmental Photography

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Peter Dombrovskis, Morning Mist, Rock Island Bend, National Library of Australia, Canberra

Those of you that have been with me for almost 4 years will know that my photography has changed a lot over that time.  I am not going to go into how, but more recently I’ve started noticing that I am doing so much more landscape work, which 15 years ago, I would never have considered. I am always looking for places to take photos that I think are interesting. I don’t know that what I want to do falls under the umbrella of nature, though it is sort of like nature, however I don’t really want to photograph the animals or the birds.

So where does that leave me, I have started thinking it leaves me in the world of environmental photography, is that such a thing? I thought first we should explore what environmentalism and what it means to be an environmentalist. I looked up those words in the Wikipedia.

Environmentalism is a broad philosophy, ideology and social movement regarding concerns for environmental protection and improvement of the health of the environ ment, particularly as the measure for this health seeks to incorporate the concerns of non-human elements. Environmentalism advocates the preservation, restoration and/or improvement of the natural environment, and may be referred to as a movement to control pollution or protect plant and animal diversity. For this reason, concepts such as a land ethic, enviromental ethics, biodiversity, ecology and the biophilia hypothesis figure predominantly.

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An environmentalist broadly supports the goals of the environmental movement, “a political and ethical movement that seeks to improve and protect the quality of the natural environment through changes to environmentally harmful human activities”. An environmentalist is engaged in or believes in the philosophy of environmentalism.

LeanneCole-mallee-20140125-7858If that is what an environmentalist is, then can a photographer be one?

This is a question I keep asking myself, especially when you consider that in the past photography has been so harmful to the environment with all the film and chemicals.  It is one thing that I do love about digital, it is so much better for the environment, though I have heard that it is still bad because we keep upgrading our gear. I don’t know about that, I do upgrade, but I always seem to hang onto my old gear, just in case. So now the question is, what or how can we be an environmental photographer?

The most famous photographer I can think of that has been called this is Ansel Adams and how he photographed theLeanneCole-banyule-20140302-0525 world around him.  Did he change things?  I don’t know, but I do know an Australian photographer that stopped a dam. Peter Dombrovskis took the first image in this post and it has been credited with helping to stop the Franklin River dam.  What the photo depicted would have been under the dam if it had happened. How many of us would like to take a photo that could have that much impact?

I have to admit I like the idea, but a check with reality makes me realise that in todays world that is going to be a lot harder. Though I do believe that our climate is changing, and in the years I’ve been here the weather has changed a lot. Our environment is changing constantly and perhaps it would be good to start taking photos of what is here now, and then what is here next year, and the year after.

LeanneCole-mallee-20140125-7864So I find myself asking, can I be a “greenie”, or do I want to be one! I really like the idea of taking more environmental style images.  I like going into my local park to see what I can get, in all sorts of conditions.  I also really like going to the Mallee for the same sorts of reasons. The Mallee is an area that has changed a lot over the last 200 years, and it continues to suffer from what we are doing to the planet. I know since I was child growing up in the area things have changed there, farmers have become a lot more knowledgeable about sustaining the enviroment and things I saw as a child, you no longer see.  Though we haven’t gone far enough.LeanneCole-banyule-20140302-0532

One of the things that I have enjoyed doing is going to the national parks up there and looking around them, then seeing what is happening. They say the desert area in Australia is getting bigger all the time, and when you go up there it isn’t hard to believe.  If the original settlers, well the English ones found what is there now, I don’t know that they would have stuck around.  The land there has been changed so much, and many of the lakes that had water, now have none. It is very different now. Who knows what it will be like in another 100 years, and all I can do is photograph it and show everyone what it is like.  I do hope that my photos help people to lake-albacutya-sand-dunes-1understand what is happening.

I suppose that means that I want to be an environmental photographer, and I think I’m fine with that.  I really look forward to my trips up to the Mallee and to areas around me.  It is fascinating seeing the areas and talking to people about the areas, I love hearing the history of the areas as much as I like taking photos of them. I think for me, the idea would be to make people aware of what is around me and around the country.

If I go and take photos of what is here, and in other places, then I put them up here on my blog, then you and others become aware of those places.  You might make a connection and then help to protect it.  I think there is land worth saving, and worth protecting.

What do you think of when you think of Environment photography?  Do any particular photographers come to mind?

For this post, with the exception of the first image, the photos are mine and they have been taken over the last couple of years, though most of them this year.  I wanted to show the different situations where banyule-flats-fog-parks-trees-9change can happen, one of them being a dry summer, and the other being fire.  When the Black Saturday fires happened here over 5 years ago I was sort of told that I shouldn’t take photos, I wish I had though.  I took photos after the Mallee fires and now have been able to go back and see how the land is regenerating, now I will be able to continue doing that and to show you.  At the end I have included a video that I just did recently of the Pink Lakes from the photos I took there.

I have included a video here that I just did recently of the Pink Lakes from the photos I took there.  This is something else that I want to do more, using my photos to tell stories of areas, and so I am working on getting better at doing these video presentation.

Introductions – John Holding

The last few weeks I seem to have mentioned or featured John Holding on my blog quite a few times, probably has something to do with the fact that I know him and we go out to take photos together. It occurred to me that I hadn’t done an Introductions post on him, and thought maybe it was time I gave him a proper introduction.  So today I would like to introduce to you John Holding.

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I’ve known John for a bit more than a year now, and though both of us have WordPress blogs, it isn’t really how we met.  I seem to recall we met through Red Bubble. I was trying to sell some photos there, and he introduced himself and helped me work out how to do things.  I am not on Red Bubble any more, but John and I stayed in contact and then I found his blog.  The above image is one of the first I remember seeing there.  It is a church in Melbourne and his photos have made me want to go and visit it ever since, still haven’t got there, but I will one day.

I asked John my usual questions, the first was why do you take photos?

Its always an interesting question as to why someone does something especially when the interest ventures into the creative world.  There are a number of reasons why I take photographs.  There is the intellectual aspect where mastering, and I am no where near that yet, an area is challenging. Not only the technical aspects of the camera/gear but also understanding and seeing light in a different way to normal.  It took roughly two years to start to see light much how a camera sees it. To notice the nuances of how light falls on an object or scene.  Of course there is much more than just those simple aspects.  There is still much to learn,  I think I read somewhere that it takes about 10,000 hours to master an activity.  Still about 8,000 hours to go.  Oh I don’t give much truck to the supposed rules of photography you know the rule of thirds etc.

I also asked how long he had been taking photos for.

I first had a camera when I was a teenager, however like many the financial imperative of life meant little to none over many years whilst raising a family.  Finally in 2010 I bought my first serious digital, a Sony but then the bug really bit me and it was a two year journey to get to the equipment I now have.

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When you look through John’s blog you never quite know what you will find.  I think after reading why he takes photos it makes more sense to me why he does this. He is experimenting and trying different things, which I think we all know is a great way to learn.  He is also very generous with his knowledge, and I think part of the reason my milky way shots have got a lot better is because he has been helping me.  We have been out to get photos of the stars a few times now.

Inspiration, I know John has others that help him find that.

There is no one thing that inspires me about photography.  I look at many works and artists and each genre has its own beauty, many sublimely so.  As I look at the many works it is the sheer ability to capture such beauty whether it is in the portrait, landscape of fine art.  If I had to bring it down to one thing I guess it would be light and the sublime subtleties that it produces.

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Something I like about his work is how you are never quite sure what you will get, an ordinary street shot changed because he noticed the woman looking up. I know that John also likes to wander the city and images of people, and this is a great example.  I’ve never done that with him,

I do think we all work in our own unique ways, and so I asked John if there was anything special about the way he worked.

Nothing special about the way I work.  Though I do have a series of botanical prints in which I work in a particular way to achieve the high key photographs.  Much of the work goes into finding a subject whether it is a leaf of flower that will work in the high key genre,  many don’t.  Sometimes when I have the right subject it can be all finished in ten minutes, which is pretty quick.  I think it goes that quickly because I spend a lot of time visualising what I want from a photograph.  For instance there is an Astro photograph that I want to try,  I have the vision in my head and the location I just have to get there and do it.  Then when there will be about 10 minutes of work. Though in this case I might actually have to spend a bit more time getting it to work as it will be quite a challenge  technically.

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One thing I think John does well is the coast.  He seems to know the area around Sorrento and Blairgowrie really well, and I have discovered new areas because of him.  I enjoy seeing how he approaches the ocean and how he records it.

Funny thing about photographers, we always want to know what hear we each have.

I currently use the following equipment,  Canon 5D Mark 2, with a number of lenses, two macro, one wide angle 16-35 a beautiful lens for landscapes, a general purpose 24-105, a zoom 100-400 which I don’t use a great deal and a fisheye which I mostly use for Astro work as it grabs so much of the sky.  Mind you it also quite good for some landscapes for the same reason.   I also have a very cheap 50mm which is astoundingly sharp for $120 and a laser cut pinhole which I use very occasionally.

I hope you will go and see John’s blog, John Holding, and introduce yourselves to him.  I would also like to take this opportunity to thank John for giving me permission to feature his work here. I have made a selection of the works that I enjoy seeing, I didn’t pick his astro work, mainly because we have seen a bit of it lately and I wanted to show you other work he does.  Please enjoy.

MM22- Monochrome Madness Week 22

It is upon us once more.  Another good week with lots of images.  This week has been funny, so much happening, and so many images coming in.  I hope you enjoy this weeks madness. We had a couple of suggestions for what to do for the six month anniversary, one was to get everyone to take monochrome images, so look for things to photography that are already monochrome, if that makes sense.  I thought maybe we could all post our favourite image.  Or we can just do it like every other week, anymore suggestions?

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On Sunday I had a Social Snappers Excursion and we went to the Royal Exhibition.  I saw the gorgeous building reflected in the glass of the Museum. I like how abstract it is.  I will put the colour version up on the News Blog on my website.

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Laura Macky has submitted the above image, she is making good use of her macro lens I think, and if you want to read more about her post then go to Hidden Away.

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 as small as it can be, 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 Week 21

As someone pointed out the other day we have been doing this for almost six months, maybe when we get to week 26 we should think of something special.  So if you have any ideas let me know. It is time for another week of Monochrome Madness, I hope you enjoy all the entries this week. banyule-flats-fog-morning-monochrome

For those of you who follow my blog, especially my Weekend Wanderings posts will know that I have been upset with the weather here, but I am so happy that I finally got a change to photograph some foggy scenes.  We have had a few mornings of fog, but I haven’t been able to get out, but this is about the 5th or 6th morning, so we haven’t had many.  I went all over the place, well to a few places that I thought would be good for fog.  This is one I took of Banyule Flats.  I really like the isolated, or desolate look (thanks for the word Jackie).  I thought this would be a great entry for today. For the link today I am sending you to my other blog where I did a post on the weekend, and I have put all the photos that I have done for MM, it was nice seeing them altogether, all 21 of them.

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Laura Macky has done something completely different and sent a portrait.  If you want to find out more information on the portrait then please visit her blog post Birthday Boy in B&W – 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 as small as it can be, 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 Week 20

This last week has flown and the entries have been coming in at a consistent speed for MM20.  Hard to believe this has been going for 20 weeks already.  It also seems to be contagious, the madness that is, with me receiving lots of submissions this week from lots of new people.  It is great to see more and more people wanting to participate in the challenge each week.  Welcome to all the new people, I hope you give them a warm welcome.

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This is an image that I took up at the pink lakes.  I went through quite a few images before I finally settled on this one.  You know how it is, you can think one image will be good and then you process it but it just doesn’t turn out the way you hoped it would.  This one I did some different things to and I liked how it turned out.  There is a hint of colour, but I hope that you can’t really tell, except that I told you about it.

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Laura Macky has sent in her image this week as well, two bridges over the bay in San Francisco, one that is being pulled down.  If you want more information then please visit Laura’s blog.

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 as small as it can be, 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 Week 19

Welcome to another week of Monochrome Madness and it seems the madness is continuing.  I have started finding myself doing monochrome images that aren’t for this, which I think is fantastic. I just want to explain something too, I don’t put information here on this post about the images or about the people submitting them because I think you should go to their blogs or their links and meet them that way.  I think of these posts as the first step in the introduction and it is up to you to take it further.

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My image this week is from the same place as last weeks, the 100 year old shearing shed that I got to photograph when I was up in the Mallee.  I have done a post on the image over on my other blog, My Image for MM19, and I did something new, I did a video of how I processed it.  It has been sped up and has music with it as well.

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Here is Laura Macky’s image and as usual, you can go to her blog to find out more information about it, she has written the following post on it, The Door – Monochrome Madness.

Don’t forget if you like the MMC and would like to submit your own image then there are instructions at the end of this post on how you should do that.  Please remember to follow them.  It is great getting new people entering along with those that do it each week.  This challenge was set up so we would do more black and white, so if think you don’t do enough, then this is most definitely something you should consider. Now here is the gallery.

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 as small as it can be, 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 Week 18

It has been such a busy week and as time went on more and more images for Monochrome Madness came in.  I do enjoy doing this, but I have to admit this week was hard, but it is all good now and I am pleased to see it all come together again. I should start by saying I didn’t send anyone emails for their images, I want to apologise, but being away, there just wasn’t enough time.  Welcome to Week 18 of this Madness that we see in Monochrome.

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While I was in the Mallee, I was given an opportunity to go and photograph a farm that has been operating for over a hundred years.  On the farm was an old shearing shed that they still use today.  It was fantastic to wander around it and see the pieces that are really old and the new additions, plus all the bits in between.  This clock was hanging on the wall in one of the sheep pens.  I couldn’t resist taking a photo, though the clock doesn’t work anymore, I like all the textures on it and around it. I think it is funny that I chose this image, I have felt that the last few days I’ve needed more of this, more time.

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Laura Macky has submitted the above image this week for Monochrome Madness and if you want to read about the image, then go to her post Ribbit.

Here we go again, another week of Monochrome Madness, the gallery.  The links for the images are below the images, and don’t forget if you want to participate in this Madness, the instructions are at the end of the post.

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 as small as it can be, 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.

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