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Some Things about Me

  • I grew up in Northern Victoria, Australia, in various country towns.
  • I have lived in Melbourne for over 25 years and know it really well.
  • I have been married since 1990
  • I’ve been taking photos most of my life, though seriously since 1993 when I got my first SLR, a Pentax K1000, though I’ve done heaps, I am always learning.
  • I studied photography at NMIT, though didn’t finish the course because I went on to complete a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Victorian College of the Arts, which I did in 2006.
  • I can give technical advice about photography and some editing.
  • I love landscape photography, though I prefer landscapes with some man made element in them.
  • I consider myself a fine art photographer, a photo artist.
  • I love coffee
  • I have a cat called Tiddles
  • I love digital photography and the control you can have over it.
  • Buildings that are falling apart and ravaged by time are incredibly appealing.
  • I am good with faces but terrible with names.
  • I enjoy talking to other people about photography.
  • I have two red headed daughters that are now at Uni, so proud of them
  • My first experience with photo editing was about 10 or 12 years ago and was with GIMP
  • I first used Photoshop in 2003 during a photography course I was doing, but have only been using it seriously for the last few years.
  • It is always great to look at other peoples photos and help them make them better, or be amazed at what they have done.
  • I really enjoy showing and teaching people photography.
  • I enjoy photographs with a high sense of drama.
2310 Comments Post a comment
  1. Thank you for liking a post on my blog. Your photography is amazing. I am new to photography and love to learn. I look forward to following your blog and learning what I can from you.
    Happy New Year!

    January 2, 2015
    • You’re very welcome, and thank you so much. I try and show things, but not in the ordinary way, well the way that most people do.
      Happy New Year to you, hope to hear from you again.

      January 2, 2015
  2. Thanks for checking out my blog and for liking a post! I’m happy to have found You and your beautiful blog!
    Best Wishes,
    Miss B.

    January 5, 2015
    • Sounds like it was good for both us then, you’re welcome and thanks for the return visit.

      January 5, 2015
  3. Hi, I am a Melbourne mixed media artist. Lovely work. Also really like the way you dot pointed your about page.

    January 11, 2015
    • Hello Cheryle, nice to meet you, I like your work too, lovely to meet someone else from Melbourne. Thanks, it seemed an easy way of doing it.

      January 11, 2015
  4. Leanne, you are a professioner i admire so much. Though i didn’t know how deep you are at d begining of my encountering your blog. but since i know, every of your like is a push on. Thank you so much.

    January 14, 2015
    • Thank you, that is so nice of you to say. That is wonderful, I hope you continue to enjoy my blog.

      January 14, 2015
  5. Hello Leanne! Thank you very much for the like on my blog post. I LOVE your black and white photos. I am not a stellar photographer nor do I have the right equipment to get certain shots that I want but your tips on photography will really help!🙂

    January 20, 2015
    • You’re welcome, thank you too, no one thinks they are a stellar photographer, so I wouldn’t worry about that. The best camera is the one you have with you, so they say. I believe if you love taking photos then it will show in your images, so just keep doing it, and trying different things. I give tips when I can. 😀

      January 20, 2015
  6. Thank you for visiting my blog and liking one of my posts. Blessings, Natalie 🙂

    January 21, 2015
  7. Hi Leanne, I just changed my last post Serenity at Sea II, three times !after the initial post! right after I read one of your tutorials. #1 don’t put the horizon dead center – I did. #2 don’t forget to straighten the horizon – I didn’t. Well, I went back and modified the same image and repost it 2 more times before I thought I had it looking better. Thanks for the tips. Sometimes we don’t see what is right before our eyes.

    January 24, 2015
    • You’re welcome, though do remember that the tips are just that tips, guidelines, and not rules. It is good to think about that sort of thing. I will have to go and take another look at your photos then. Thanks for letting me know, good to hear that they are useful.

      January 24, 2015
  8. Thanks for visiting my blog – glad you liked it. My photography efforts are pretty feeble compared to yours, but it’s something I like doing and I hope to learn more when I have time.

    January 26, 2015
    • You’re welcome, I think, though, that we all think we aren’t good enough. I know I often feel that way. If you love doing it then it will shine through and there is never a problem with learning, I hope to keep learning forever.

      January 26, 2015
  9. claradoodles #

    Hello🙂 Thanks for liking my photos today. They were taken with my mobile phone though. I have a Pentax SLR, and I am ashamed to say I don’t use it that often, since its mostly quick shots I take, and I find having a larger camera quite cumbersome.. Having seen your photos though,, I am motivated to get to grips with it finally, and take some quality photographs! Thanks for inspiring me😀

    February 1, 2015
    • You’re welcome on both counts Clara, I had a friend who came out with me one day and described my use of my DSLR as though it were a compact, that it was just part of me, which I think describes it really well. It does just become part of you. NOthing wrong with taking photos with your phone either, I usually try to do both when I am out. Thanks for coming over to say Hello. 😀

      February 1, 2015
  10. Ha! Hi Leanne. This is so familiar. I’m from Melbourne, too. I’m still using GIMP. I recently discovered UFRaw to go with it. Works really well. Thanks for liking my post this week. I’ll be back!

    February 16, 2015
    • Lovely to meet another Melbournite Richard. I stopped using GIMP a few years ago, mainly because at the time it was hard to get information on how to use it, it sounds like that has changed a lot, but I do love what I can do with PS. Keep in touch.

      February 17, 2015
  11. learningtocry #

    Thanks for liking my post “I want to be dangerous” on learningtocry.wordpress.com
    Suzanne

    February 24, 2015
  12. Hey there, came by to say thanks for looking around my place. We have stuff in common, though I don’t even own a camera. I like stuff too. old ruins, junk rigs. visual nightmares.

    February 25, 2015
    • No need for thanks, really, I like checking out what other people are doing. So if you don’t own a camera, how do you take photos?

      February 25, 2015
      • I have FastStone Capture, and get it off the web. Not really efficient but works.

        February 25, 2015
      • I’ve never heard of it.

        February 25, 2015
      • It’s a screen capture tool. I will do an article about it, if you like.

        February 25, 2015
      • Oh okay, like print screen. So they aren’t your photos that do screen grabs on?

        February 25, 2015
      • No, I can only show others photographs

        February 25, 2015
      • Oh okay. so do you ever use the camera on a phone?

        February 25, 2015
      • my phone is not very modern, and not a smart one.

        February 25, 2015
      • sounds funny doesn’t it, the phone isn’t smart.

        February 25, 2015
      • no it isn’t. I can’t afford an android or iphone, or the bills that go w/them. I don’t talk on phones much anyway. I suppose I’m not very smart for not being more modern, and technically up to date.

        February 25, 2015
      • I don’t talk on the phone much, use it more for the internet, texting, taking photos that sort of thing. I guess we all do what suits us.

        February 25, 2015
  13. Breathtakingly beautiful images. Such talent.

    Shine On

    February 25, 2015
  14. Thanks for liking my photography posts! I really like the photo of the ocean on the About page. I am particularly interested in nature and animal photos, but I sometimes take photos of buildings. I discovered gimp last year and have been using it to edit my photos. I used to take graphic design classes, so I’m familiar with Photoshop, and I find the two to be rather similar.

    March 1, 2015
    • You’re welcome. That’s good to hear. I am getting more and more into nature and animal photos too, not sure how it happened. I love photographing buildings. I used to use GIMP, a few years ago and then I switched to Photoshop. They are very similar. Thanks for stopping by.

      March 1, 2015
  15. Thanks so much for following my blog. What beautiful photographs you have here! It’s a pleasure to imbibe the spirit of this blog.

    March 5, 2015
    • You’re welcome and thank you so much for what you said about my photography.

      March 5, 2015
  16. Thanks for liking my Photography 101 blog post! I’m eager to look around your site, as it seems you are quite an accomplished photographer!

    March 6, 2015
    • You’re welcome, thank you, I just try lots of things and hopefully some of them work.

      March 6, 2015
  17. charli.badge #

    This is a very nice blog; your photos are beautiful.

    March 14, 2015
  18. prairiegalfotos #

    thanks for stopping by my blog

    March 17, 2015
  19. Hi,

    We’d just like to nominate you for the Creative blogger award, we’ve enjoyed many of your posts and will continue to keep our eyes peeled for new ones🙂.

    https://derwentvalleyphotography.wordpress.com/2015/03/29/creative-bloggers-award/

    Regards
    Lee and Jimmy

    March 30, 2015
    • That’s wonderful to hear, and thank you so much for nominating me. I don’t do awards, but I have added your name and a link to your post on my awards page. Thanks again for thinking of me. 🙂

      March 30, 2015
  20. siterinadi #

    Bula Leanne, thank you for the likes on my recent posts. I appreciate it; it is greatly encouraging.

    March 31, 2015
    • You’re very welcome, that is wonderful, and thank you so much for swinging by here.

      March 31, 2015
  21. I love old falling down buildings too. But I am also drawn to ancient cars and trucks, that have been sitting forever. Great place here.

    March 31, 2015
    • There is something about old things that so many photographers love, thank you, glad you enjoyed it.

      March 31, 2015
  22. I nominate you, Leanne Cole Photography for the black and white five-day photo challenge!  I hope you enjoy if you do it!! The goal of this challenge is to post one black and white photo each day for five days and nominate someone each day.  Check out my other ones if you haven’t: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4.

    April 5, 2015
    • Thank you so much for the nomination, but at this point in time, I don’t think I will be able to do it. I have so much going on and my own blog is starting to feel neglected. Thank you for thinking of me.

      April 5, 2015
      • You’re welcome🙂 That’s perfectly fine. I hope you have a great day!

        April 6, 2015
      • Thank you for understand. I’ve been challenged to it a few times now, I tried to do the one on facebook, but did get very far.

        April 6, 2015
  23. Hi Leanne!

    I just read the article you wrote at DPS “it´s your photo do whatever you want with it” or something like that. It was sooooooo inspiring, and a relief to read.

    I´m always reading these things about “how to take the perfect photo” and they are all so technical and boring and kind of kill-joy. Yours was the opposite, and I thank you for that.

    I also want to thank you for all your likes on my newbie “experiments”. I hope that one day I´ll really learn how to use my camera, but I´m having fun messing around with it in the mean time.🙂

    April 10, 2015
    • Thank you so much vafann, I really enjoyed writing it and the response was great.
      I’m so glad you found it read able, that is good, I try to make it easy to read.
      You’re welcome, I’m sure if you want to learn you will, messing around is always fun too.

      April 10, 2015
  24. Thanks so much for visiting my blog! I appreciate it very much.🙂

    April 10, 2015
    • You’re very welcome Jackie, I try to look at as many as I can, I like to see what everyone is doing. 🙂

      April 11, 2015
  25. Just sending some blogging love…you made it on my Friday top 5 blogger list😀
    http://domesticatedmomster.com/2015/04/10/fridays-top-5-410/

    April 11, 2015
  26. Hi Leanne, Thank you for following my photography blog, Jane’s Lens. I hope you enjoy my work. I certainly have loved your posts and your passion for photography. I lived in Sydney for three months last year and miss your beautiful country.

    April 12, 2015
    • You’re welcome, I can’t promise to comment, but I always look. That is wonderful, to hear, thank you. Sydney, that place, haha. Next time you will have to come to Melbourne, much nicer here, coffee’s better too. LOL

      April 12, 2015
      • We spent a week visiting a friend in Melbourne and it was fabulous. Funny, she said the same thing🙂 we had some great coffee. A small place we went to several times in an alley w just a counter. Will look it up. I’d come back in a second if it were a wee bit easier to do!. 😊

        April 12, 2015
      • There is a bit of a revelry between Melbourne and Sydney, though those of us who live in Melbourne know it is the best. 🙂 There are so many places to get good coffee here. Was the place called Jungle Juice? I hope you can come back, great place for photos.

        April 12, 2015
  27. Hi Leanne
    Thanks for stopping by at my blog, and your like on ‘New picture in Still Life’. Cheers, Adrian

    April 14, 2015
    • Hey Adrian, you’re welcome, nice seeing what everyone else is doing.

      April 14, 2015
  28. Thanks for visiting my blog! I love your work!

    April 15, 2015
    • You’re very welcome, and thank you so much Leo.

      April 15, 2015
  29. Your experiences are assets.You also a Proud !

    April 20, 2015
  30. personatus50 #

    Thanks for the like.

    Do you still use the GIMP? How does it compare with Photoshop, in your opinion?

    May 2, 2015
  31. Congratulations on your blog Leanne, over 34k followers. Great effort.

    May 3, 2015
    • Thank you, it has been great to have people who like my work and blog enough to want to follow me.

      May 4, 2015
  32. sarinal #

    Hi there! I’ve been meaning to come over here for ages, and am very glad I finally did ^^ Lovely to meet you, and thanks for all these views on my blog🙂

    May 9, 2015
    • Lovely meeting you as well, and you’re welcome, thanks for stopping by.🙂

      May 9, 2015
      • sarinal #

        Any time, I expect I’ll be back🙂

        May 9, 2015
      • I look forward to hearing from you again.🙂

        May 10, 2015
  33. fairviewmedia2015 #

    Hi Leanne,

    Thanks for liking my Red Arrows post. I love your photographs and thought I’d been following your blog for ages, but apparently not. Am now though🙂

    May 12, 2015
    • You’re welcome, and that is such a lovely thing to say, you must comment some more,😉 welcome to my blog, and thank you.🙂

      May 12, 2015
  34. somdattadeb #

    thanks a lot for visiting my blog and liking my post

    May 14, 2015
  35. Thank you so very much for your visit. I am still a point and shoot person but since I bought the new camera a Canon SLR and I really should learn how to use it. I can’t get any worse than I currently am – surely .. Again, thank you for the visit.

    May 23, 2015
    • You’re welcome, Yes, I think you should learn to use, you can really have so much control over your images then. I’m sure you aren’t as bad as you think you are, we all think that about our work.

      May 24, 2015
  36. Very nice web you have,elegant and very nice galleries!

    June 3, 2015
  37. Hi Leanne,
    Thanks for the like on my post ‘Point and Click of a Faddist Photographer’. I’ll be following – I’m sure I can pick up some great advice for improvements🙂

    June 11, 2015
    • You’re welcome Haylee, thanks for the return visit. I try to help, so if I can that is wonderful. 🙂

      June 11, 2015
  38. somdattadeb #

    Hi Thanks a lot for visiting my blog and liking.

    June 14, 2015
  39. Hi Leanne, you have some great photos. I will look forward to seeing more as I follow you. Any advice you have for my photos will be appreciated.
    Thanks
    Mark.

    June 22, 2015
    • Thank you Mark, I am not really comfortable giving advice on photos, I think everyone is different, if you love what you do, then that is all that is important.

      June 22, 2015
      • Fair enough, hopefully I can learn to take photos as good as yours.

        June 22, 2015
      • Keep going and practice and looking, that is the best way, it’s how I learned. So I wish all the best and I’m sure if you really want it you will achieve it.

        June 22, 2015
  40. Thanks for stopping by my blog and liking my latest post. I’m glad you did because it gave me a chance to see your site!

    June 22, 2015
    • You’re welcome, I love seeing what other people are doing, and thank you for stopping by mine.

      June 22, 2015
  41. Thank you for stopping at my blog. Cheers🙂

    June 22, 2015
  42. Thanks for stopping by my blog and liking my post The Corn Mill That Saved a Family! Your blog is very inspiring!

    June 29, 2015
    • You’re very welcome, happy to visit and thank you for the return visit.

      June 29, 2015
  43. Thanks for liking my blog and pictures . Pictures hold thousands of words. I’m very amateurish compared to others but the enjoyment could not be more. Thanks again and I will learn from you as I follow.

    July 1, 2015
    • You’re welcome, I agree with you. I hope you learn, I try to share. Thanks.

      July 1, 2015
  44. Thanks for visiting my blog. Like your photos. They are amazing. I wish I get to that level someday.🙂
    Keep it up

    July 3, 2015
    • You’re welcome and thank you, it is all experience and just getting out there if you want to achieve it, you will. Good Luck.🙂

      July 3, 2015
      • Thanks. I love capturing moments and beauty and I do that of course I am not as good as you. I am still learning🙂

        July 4, 2015
      • You’re welcome, I think many of us feel the same way, hey I think we are all still learning.

        July 4, 2015
      • 🙂

        July 4, 2015
  45. Wow! I love the way you introduce your photos with meandering adventures. I get taken into your world like that.

    July 12, 2015
  46. Dear Leanne, thanks for liking so many of my picture blogs. I would like to include some of your photography in my picture blogs but first you should really put your name on them as a form of advertising so that they can be copied on the internet without the danger of copyright infringement. Best wishes. Uldis

    July 23, 2015
    • You’re welcome and all my images are watermarked, sometimes you have to look very closely to see them. The only images I don’t watermark are ones like Instagram photos.

      July 23, 2015
  47. Agi Forro #

    Thank you for stopping by me blog! I appreciate every like🙂 ! Have a nice day

    July 23, 2015
  48. Greetings–Just a warm “thanks” for visiting my blog. Yours is a wonderful collection of emotions captured. I wander across the blogosphere and do drop by your site now and then. It never disappoints!! All the best to you and Tiddles!!

    July 24, 2015
    • Thank you, and you’re welcome. That is great to hear, the blogsphere is an amazing place, so many great places to visit. thanks for thinking of Tiddles, and take care.

      July 24, 2015
  49. Hi Leanne,
    Thank you for liking my image post today – I had a chance to read some of your blog posts and really enjoyed them.
    All the best,
    Raj🙂

    August 5, 2015
    • You’re welcome Raj, and thanks for coming a taking a lot, so glad you enjoyed them. 🙂

      August 5, 2015
  50. Hi Leanne, thanks for checking out my blog all the time, great support!

    August 5, 2015
  51. Hi, thanks for your like! Your photos are amazing!

    August 15, 2015
  52. Hi and thanks for the like. Your photos are great – I wish I could spend more time on learning the technical side of the photography.

    August 23, 2015
    • You’re welcome, and thank you. I think when and if you decide you want to learn you will find the time.

      August 24, 2015
  53. Great pictures! Love all the detail and creativity in them.🙂

    August 29, 2015
  54. Thank you for visiting my blog and liking one of my posts. It has enabled me to find yours. You have beautiful photos and from first glance your site is very informative and I shall be returning. Kay

    August 30, 2015
    • You’re welcome Kay, and thank you for stopping by in return. That is lovely of you to say, don’t be a stranger.

      August 30, 2015
  55. urbanshutterbuguk #

    Hi Leanne, greeting from England. I wanted to thank you for liking my blog post ‘Train Carriage Tranquility’, I really appreciate it. It means a lot coming from someone with a established blog & a great eye!

    Many Thanks, Urban Shutterbug.

    September 4, 2015
    • Hello, you’re welcome, I don’t look at things that way, we are all just at different stages. Thank you.

      September 6, 2015
  56. Thank you so much for liking my blog! You’re a photography teacher? Excellent. You’ll be getting questions from me soon!

    September 13, 2015
    • You’re welcome, yes, I do teach photography.

      September 14, 2015
  57. HI

    Thank you so much for finding my blog and liking a post. Hope you come back again soon

    October 1, 2015
    • You’re welcome, you never know, I try to see as many as I can.

      October 1, 2015
  58. As I wandered through your blog posts, my jaw dropped lower and lower. Wow. That’s the difference between an experienced photographer like you and a wannabe like me.

    November 9, 2015
    • We were all wannabes Joanne, so just keep going and if you are as passionate, or my husband would say obsessed, as me then you will get all those shots too. Thank you.

      November 9, 2015
  59. Thanks for stopping by my blog and liking some of my photos. Photography has been a huge part of my life forever. Like you, I try to find something different in the ordinary. You clearly have a great eye and I’m enjoying wandering through your photographs. (PS my husband and my kids call me obsessed too)

    November 25, 2015
    • Thank you Tracey, glad you enjoyed the wandering. You’re welcome, I love looking at photos and spend a good part of my day doing that. Haha, ah yes, the photography obsession, has got me good. 😀

      November 25, 2015
  60. HI, Thanks for visiting my site. Your pictures are wonderful and inspiring.

    November 30, 2015
    • You’re welcome and what a lovely thing to say, thank you.

      December 1, 2015
  61. Hello, you liked one of my post and then I discovered your a-ma-zing pictures! I like your “not in an ordinary way” Photography. This is true, your art and personality are singular and worth knowing, I’ll be very pleased to follow your work.

    March 17, 2016
    • Thank you so much for that, I hope you continue to enjoy my work.

      March 18, 2016
  62. The Millionaire's Digest #

    Thanks for Checking Out My Posts!
    Sincerely, The Millionaire’s Digest

    March 22, 2016

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