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MM50: Monochrome Madness 50

Oh wow, 50 already, only two weeks to go until 52 and a year of Monochrome Madness, how amazing.  I would like to say the votes are in, but since no one really voted, I have to say the general feeling is that we should all post our favourite image that we have submitted in the last year.  On your own blog that day, it has been suggested that you all put a gallery of some of your images from the last year.  Sounds like a nice idea. I think that sounds good.

The other thing that is has been suggested is that we do some theme monochromes, not every week, but maybe once a month, maybe the first Wednesday each month, what do you think? I know some people won’t want to do it, but it could be fun. I also want to apologise again for not responding to all your emails, it has been two of the hardest weeks of my life, but hopefully everything will be fine now.

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My image was taken a couple of weeks ago when I went into the city to take some photos of the Royal Exhibition Building at night.  This man reeking of alcohol came past and stopped to chat, he suggested coming back when it was dark and then going to the spot, where this image was taken, with the big spot light behind it and taking a photo.  He took off, then came back to show us a photo he had on his phone.  It looked like it would be worth coming back for, and I think it was.  The light behind the fountain was fantastic.

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Here is Laura Macky’s image and if you would like to know more about it them check out her post, Butterfly Minus – 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.

 

Up for Discussion: Why We Blog

I’ve told you that it is a crazy week for me, and not a good one, so I am trying not to be too lazy, but I can’t do a massive Up for Discussion post today, so I thought I might do one on Why We Blog.  I will start.  I will tell you why I blog.  Then you can leave me a comment with why you blog, or maybe you might do your own blog post on why you blog with a pingback to this post.  Why do you think?

Why I Blog

I wrote my first blog post on WordPress, in September 2010, however it wasn’t my first blog.  I originally started in January 2010 on Blogspot, First One.sm20101031-3488

I started a blog for a couple of reasons, one was because I was photographing cycling and trying to sell the photos. A guy who worked with my husband suggested that I start a blog, that people liked blogs.  Well it never helped with the cycling, but then it had a second effect. Suddenly I wanted to post, I wanted to share my photos, and over time I realised that the photos I was taking for the posts was changing.

I changed to WordPress in September because I liked the stats better. WP had much better stats, still do, you could really get an idea of what people were looking at, it was good.  Then I started meeting people, I started making friends.  I have met some amazing people church0788-1scvirtually, I love seeing what they do. It has been such an incredible experience.

I really came to WP and blogging with the intention of using it to help me produce work.  In September 2010 I was trying to do lots of things, art wise that is, painting, printmaking, drawing and taking photos.  I thought having the blog would make me do work for it, but it really didn’t work out that way. Within a year of starting this blog I made the decision to give everything else up and concentrate on photography, I have never regretted that decision.

Then in November 2011 I decided to challenge myself to see if I could do a post every day, and post a photo each for the month of November, and since that time I have done a post nearly every day since.  With the exception of the odd here I still post everyday.  It works for me.

20110802-0010Posting each day makes me to go and take photos. Being a relatively lazy person, going out to take photos can be hard, so with the threat of a blog and the need for photos, I have taken far more photos than I would have otherwise.  I have found the blog a fantastic incentive to take photos.

Conclusion

The blog has meant I have met people who I would never have met otherwise.  It drives me to get out and take photos to show people.  It has been an incredibly positive experience for me.

So why do you blog?

I’m just going to approve all the comments for now, and I will try to respond to them all, but I hope you will forgive me if I can’t.

The photos today are from various posts during my first year on WordPress.

MM49: Monochrome Madness 49

It is getting close, only a three weeks and then it will be MM52.  I need your input.  I’ve had two suggestions for MM52, one is to do something special with the number one or 5 and 2, not quite sure what, or the other suggestion is we all pick our favourite photo that we have submitted to MM over the year and then we can do a gallery on our own blogs, if you wish of some or all of your images.  Obviously I won’t do the gallery, as all your images will be on mine, but that’s okay.  I don’t mind if people want to send one special image for it as well, if they have never entered.  I think it would be great if it was a big week.

Please let me know what you think!

Now on with this weeks Monochrome Madness.

point-lonsdale-lighthouse-beach-monochrome

This is an image that I took a couple of weeks ago when I was at Point Lonsdale.  It is the very early morning light on the lighthouse.

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Laura Macky has sent her image for MM this week and if you would like to read more about it, then please go to her post, Selfie – 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 Bit and Bobs: Briefly

Not a lot of time today to do a post, things have been happening here, stuff I can’t go into, but it means that my mind is elsewhere today.  I am not going to do my usual post, perhaps I will do more on Thursday.  I don’t know how much spare time I will have today, and what I do have I have to get Monochrome Madness ready.

Today I thought I would show you some photos I did a while back, about two and half years ago. They are from one of my trips to the Mallee and are from a few different places.  I hope you enjoy seeing them again, for those that have seen them before, and for those that haven’t, I hope you enjoy them now. Take care, have a great day everyone.

MM48: Monochrome Madness 48

The other day someone reminded me that MM52 was coming around fast, and I couldn’t believe it, I had forgotten all about it, but they were right, it is almost here.  I guess the next thing is to decide if we want to do something special for it or not. We have done so for other milestones, so do we do it for this massive one?

I was thinking maybe we could all pick our favourite images that we have submitted and go with those. That is one idea, what else do you think?

emu-flat-church-monochrome

This is another image I did from the same place as the image I showed you last week, from Emu Flat.  The other image was of the school house, but this is the Church next door.  You can open the gate and go into the yard where the building is, unlike the school house.  We had a look through the windows and I don’t think it is really used as a Church anymore, but I could be wrong. It is being looked after as the grass was mowed.  We tried to do some long exposures, but the sky was too white and had nothing, so I have replaced the sky in this to give the appearance of a long exposure.

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Here is Laura Macky’s image for this week, and, as usual, if you want to go and see what she has to say about it, then go to her post, Lone Boat – Pacific Grove, California

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

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.

flinders-australia-boat-ramp-pier

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.

 Instagram

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.

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