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From This to That

Oh man, it is currently 39ºC and a top of 43 is expected.  You can’t go outside on a day like this, you just melt, so perfect weather to spend on the computer and work on photos.  I had forgotten how long it can take to work on an image.

Remember this image from the weekend?

city-20140111-6467I decided this morning that this would be the image I would work on.  I really liked the composition, but I wasn’t happy with the view either side, so I wanted to work on that.

LeanneCole-city-20140111-6467-3hpmI cropped the image, and then I went through all my photos and found something else that I could use in the background.  It was interesting doing that, it kind of changed the whole way I wanted to approach the image.  I think it was great thing to do, and I think I would really like to do this more, it could be a great thing to experiment with this.

I have played with the colour, the curves, and added textures, all sorts of things.  I like the effect of the different layers.  It ended up being a massive file and was taking so long to do anything.

A friend of mine made a donation this morning to the blog, thank you Nia, and we got talking about some of the work that I will be doing.  I thought I might use this opportunity to tell you about a project I am going to be doing during the year with a woman I have known for many years.

Teresa is a textile artist and we have been trying to find a project to work on together for a while.  We have been playing with ideas, and we have finally come up with an idea.  We are going to use my portraits as the base, but the dresses the models wear are going to be made out of paper.  I will take photos of models in those dresses and then Teresa will take those dresses and do something else with them, that may or may not be used for other dresses.

I am really excited about this project, I love the idea of being a sculptor as well and making the dresses.  I think it will a fun project.  We really want to see if we can get an exhibition at the end of it.  One of the other things we thought we might see if we can do is a crowd fundraising thing to help raise some money for the project.  We haven’t decided completed.

During the time I have been writing this the temperature has gone to 40.3ºC, so I am sure it will reach the expected 43 very soon.  I will put the images into a gallery so you can see them a little bigger.

Weekend Wandering – Flinders Street

This coming week is going to be a hot one here.  While the Northern Hemisphere is freezing, us in the south of Australia are going to be melting.  We have 5 days of hot days, from 34ºC to 41ºC, so the best thing to do in temperatures like that, is nothing, really, don’t go out, stay indoors.  Close all the curtains, keep the heat out, and just stay as still as possible.

To prepare for the heat, I thought I should take some photos that I could spend some time working on.  So yesterday when I was in the city I went for a walk along Flinders Street, and under the train line to get some images that I could try and do some art images of.

The cricket is on, so I won’t talk long today, but instead show you a selection of the images I took yesterday.  I haven’t really done anything to them much, just processed them in Camera Raw, I will leave the other stuff to do during the week.

I don’t know which ones I will do yet, but these are all the ones that I think have some potential.

If you are in the Northern Hemisphere, stay warm and safe.  If you are in the south of Australia, stay cool and drink plenty of fluids.

City of Melbourne For Lease

Our internet has been down most of the day, actually it hasn’t been good for the last couple of days. Hopefully it is working a lot better now.  Though, I still struggled with an image for you today.  I need to go out and get more images.  What a day.  On top of all that it is freezing, well, it is the coldest day we have had for a long time.

For LeaseI love this building.  I have no idea when it was built, oh I have the internet back, I can check it out, hang on a minute.  Okay, I’m back, it was built in 1888.  It is such a distinctive building.  Though I don’t think the City of Melbourne Building Society have anything to do with it any more, actually I’m not sure they even exist anymore.  It sits on the corner of Elizabeth Street and Little Collins Street.  It’s quite a landmark and most people who live in Melbourne would be aware of this building.

To process it, I did a HDR image with Photomatix Pro, and then it went through Camera Raw in Photoshop.  There were a few people walking on the street so I removed them.  I also removed the signs on the awning that covers the street.  I didn’t want the signage to take over the image.  I also replaced the sky.  I have done some blurring, but not a lot.  I just tried to bring out some of the details in the building.

I am not really happy with how the image came out.  I think part of the problem is that I snapped it early one morning, and it was, possibly, the wrong time.  I took some images of it another time, but they were in the afternoon, and were with Black and White film.  They were a lot better, the sun was shining on the building and gave it more definition.

There is something about the building sitting on the corner with the For Lease sign, the city of Melbourne is for Lease, interesting idea.


As today’s post is a short one, I am going to put up some nominations I’ve received for  various awards.

So I have been nominated for the following awards by the following people.

The Versatile Blogger Award

Dancing in the Storm



My Life Through Glass

Oil Pastels by Mary

 Epically Awesome Award of Epic Awesomeness Nomination!

elizabeth thomas photography of cape cod

Colline’s Blog

WordPress Family Blog Award

Mission Possible! 1st stop – Nicaragua

Living and Lovin

The Sunshine Award




Curious Mother

Through The Lens

Super Sweet Blogging Award



Lucy Williams

The Best Moment Award


The Very Inspiring Blogger Award





The Bouquet of Three Award


I know people may think that I get too many or I don’t appreciate them, but I still feel really honoured when people think of giving me one.  So thank you to everyone above.

Please, everyone, check out their blogs and what they have been up to.

ReWorking the Highlights

Mallee Girl - OriginalThis image was taken almost 2 years ago.  It was taken in the same shearing shed and about the same time as the ghost image last Friday.  I really like this image, well I like the expression on her face, but I don’t like the blown out bits.  It was over exposed, all my own fault entirely.  It was around the time I started doing bracketed shots, and I should have gone back to single shots.  So was the image ruined?

I thought I might use another image, one which had more of a cheeky smile on her face, and I might still do it, but not for today, but that image was better exposed.  So, as you can, I thought, put the images together.  I redid this above image in camera raw and got rid of as many highlights as I could without the image suffering.  I think it is important to remember that since this image was first done I have learned a lot more about using Photoshop and  I’m learning new things all the time.  So how I processed it would be different.

I got the face a lot better, but the bits that were blown out were still a problem.  To correct this I put the above image behind the image that was exposed better, then I applied a mask and let the above face shine through.  It wasn’t quite that easy, but here, take a look.

Malle Girl - ReworkedI hope you agree that this looks a lot better.  The focus is all on her face, and those eyes.  As I said, what I did was hard because of the hair, and to solve some of that I cropped the image.  I was having a hell of time with the hair on top, so I cropped it so you couldn’t tell.  I think the crop works better for the image anyway.

I have darkened some parts of the image.  Also being a teenage girl I had to spend some time on her skin so it looked as beautiful as it could.

I really like the image, of course I know she won’t like it, what teenage girls like images of themselves, but I am pretty sure her mum will love it.

Also, because I could.

Mallee Girl - Color Efex The image was processed with Color Efex Pro.  I used the glamour preset, which seemed very appropriate for this image.  I really like how soft it is.

Mallee Girl - Silver EfexThis one is the High Structure (smooth) in Silver Efex Pro.  I also turned the structure right down to make it softer.  I wonder if I will look at this image in a year or two and think I over did this.  Who know.

She has a great expression on her face and it is great that I’ve been able to make the image so much better than the original.

Red Bubble

Well, after hearing so much about Red Bubble I have decided to give it a go.  No idea if it will work for me, but I will give it a go.  I think selling images is one of the hardest things to do.  I have steered clear of sites like Red Bubble in the past because there are so many images on there, how will anyone find me.

I set up a shop there, and then started reading about selling, and found out how hard it is too sell on sites like that.  I can’t win.  Haha.  Making money from photography is hard.

Anyway, if you would like to check out my shop on Red Bubble then here is the link, Leanne Cole on Red Bubble.  There isn’t much there at the moment, but I will be adding more over the coming weeks.

GPO Three Ways

The internet and WordPress has been buzzing with the latest news from Nik Software by Google.  I thought it was time for me to keep you up to date with what is happening.  You can now get all of their programs in a special package for $149.  That is really amazing and a fantastic deal.  So to remind you of some of their programs, today I thought I would show you an image from my early morning in the city the other day and process it with some of the software.

GPO Done with Camera Raw

I processed this image as a HDR and then put it through camera raw in Photoshop.  I darkened it a big, maybe too much looking at it now.  Though for the next images I used the undarkened image.

GPO Done with Color Efex ProThen the image was processed with Color Efex.  I love the different looks you can get.  It is really nice.  The filter sunlight was used for this one.  It has given it a lovely soft glow.  I might have to use this one more often.

GPO Done with Silver Efex ProYou don’t get points for guessing this one.  I used Silver Efex and the low structure filter preset.  I will admit that I use the low structure one the most and then make my own changes to it.

I haven’t been using the programs from Nik Software a lot lately, I have really engrossed in other work I have been doing and they weren’t needed for those.  It is nice to play with them again.  I have been playing with the HDR program a lot more.  There are some issues that I have been finding with Photomatix that I don’t really like, and often HDR Efex, in some situations works out better, though I need more time to work with it.

If you have been thinking about getting any of the programs by Nik Software by Google then now is a perfect time.  I have to say putting it altogether in one package for such a great price is a brilliant strategy.  So I hope you will go and check it out.


I did something today I haven’t done before, I opened a shop on Etsy for my postcards.   I thought it might be an easier way to get the word out about them.

It is such an interesting idea to try and sell your work.  It is a lot harder than you think it is going to be.  I am hoping that while people won’t buy a canvas print or a print, that they might consider buying a postcard.  I know I often buy them.  They can be a good way to support an artist, and you get a small thing to put up on your wall.  I have a space on my wall near my desk that I put postcards up on.

So if you would like to check out my Etsy store then click here to go and take a look around.  There are only 3 postcards there, but I will be putting up more soon, I have sent 3 more images away to be printed, so more soon.

Sorry, this weekend must just seem like product reviews, I didn’t mean it to be that way, I promise tomorrow won’t be.

ReWorking the Closed and the Sheep

In a couple of weeks I will be going up to the Mallee again for a few days and with those thoughts I have been thinking about past images.  I have also sold some of the images from the Mallee and the clients were looking for some more.  I put  up more on my Photocart, but while I was doing it I realised how badly some of the images were processed.  For my reworking today I decided that I should try and rework some of those images.

Taking Refreshments - ReworkTo see how this image looked originally and how 2 other images have been reworked continue reading here.

Mixing Portraits, D5100’s and Silver Efex to Get . . .

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Briony - My ChoiceThis morning I put the clothes horse with a black sheet over it, put a chair in front of it and sat Briony down on it.  Then I put up the tripod and put the D5100 in it.  I opened up one of the curtains, and let the light from our overcast day come in.

I am not going to lie, she hates having her photo taken, she thinks she looks ugly, but she did sit for me.  This was my choice of image and was the last one I took.  I started with the camera on portrait mode, then switched it back to Aperture Priority with the aperture set at f5.6.  I think it worked better this way.  The aperture in the portrait mode gave too much depth of field for images like this and you could see how crinkled the sheet behind was.

The image was processed in camera raw, then any marks and blemishes were removed from her face.  The image was then made into black and white in Silver Efex.  I showed her the image, she complained it wasn’t in colour.  I am starting to see that after all these years they are now finally starting to like their red hair.

Briony - her choiceThis was the image she choose and wanted me to do.  She likes how her jaw looks.  I think she looks angry in it, or not happy.  I don’t think she looks as gorgeous.  The first photo, well I can’t take my eyes off hers.

Her choice of image was processed in the same way as the first one, and given the same treatment in Silver Efex.  Though, I did use the burn tool to give her eyes and little bits of her nose more shadow.  I drew them on.

It is so hard to believe she thinks she is ugly, and that she doesn’t photograph well, she has always been good to take photos of.

It was nice to take photos with the D5100.  You can take just about anything you want with it.  It is a great camera, and so far it has passed every test that I have done.  Though, with sports I think the shutter lag would be a problem.  With cycling you need a fast shutter, so it would be a problem for that.  I can see how any new photographer or hobby photographer would enjoy taking portraits with this camera.


It has come to my attention that I have been nominated for some another award.

Blog of the Year 2012, I have received another nomination for this from

Teacher as Transformer

Thank you so much, and I hope others will go and look at their blog.