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Tuesday’s Bits and Bobs: Time of Reflection

Easter has been a great time to sit around and not do much.  I’ve been planning some things, and going out with friends taking some photos.  It has been nice, but it’s time to settle down and get serious about what I am doing.

Social Snappers

I have updated the website for Social Snappers and announced the outings for the term.  As said previously they are now free, and hopefully some more people will want to do them.  It is hard to be enthusiastic about doing them when sc20110910-0093-7the same people are doing them all the time, which is lovely that they do, but I could just organise outings with them as they are friends.  Still, I will continue trying.  Onwards.

Monochrome Madness Themes

There does seem to be some confusion about how often we will be doing them.  Basically they will happen the first Wednesday of each month.  Wednesday in Australia, which is pretty much Tuesday for the rest of the world.  So if you LeanneCole-capeschanck-7690are wondering when to send your themed MM image, I will make an announcement here.

Don’t forget the next theme is fences.

Women Photographers

I have a bone to pick.  It is something that I’ve been realizing for awhile.  The photographing industry don’t think women can do landscape photography, or architectural photography, or anything that doesn’t have the word portrait attached to it.

I was keeping an eye on an online magazine, two issues, and neither one had anything in it written by women, or any articles on women photographers.  Seriously.

When I asked them about it, they reckon it was just a coincidence and they do feature women.  My question is, if as many women as men are buying cameras then why isn’t half the magazine representing the women out there taking photos.

Even when you look at places online where you can learn photography, they have women teaching portrait photography, like babies, pets, weddings, but when it comes to landscape photography or, say, architecture all the instructors are men. I know women are doing landscape photography, I see their photos everywhere, and there are a lot of them.

So while I was out with a friend she said I should start my own magazine.  I thought the idea was bonkers to start with, then I got to thinking, why not.  I could do something like a newsletter, but fancier.  I could get a few people to write for it, women of course.

LeanneCole-capeschanck-7460A photography magazine written by women for women photographers.  It is still an idea in progress, but there are three of us so far who are going to write for it, so I am hoping to find at least another three. Still need to work out what we will do, but I just want to get it out there that women do photography as well and we photograph more than just portraits.

We are going to need a name, so if you have any ideas would love to hear them.  I am also hoping that those of you who have signed up for the newsletter won’t mind if I use your email addresses for the online magazine.


Today the photos are from a couple of trips to Cape Schanck, landscape photos, if you can believe it, apparently I’m a woman and I’m taking some landscape things.  Okay just a little joke.

Tuesday’s Bits and Bobs: Slowing Down

Things are slowing slowing down. It is nice to be able to catch my breath.  Easter is a welcome break this year, I’m looking forward to just taking things easy.

Blood moon

According to the app on my phone, “Phases of the Moon”, this Saturday night is going to be another blood moon.  I am so happy that I’ve been lent the 150-600mm Tamron Lens from Maxwell International Australia so I can try it out on the blood moon.  The last one was a disaster here, it was too overcast and we hardly got anything. Unfortunately the forecast is for similar weather this Saturday night, so I might have to do a rethink and go somewhere else.  Not sure where yet, but away from the bad weather.


I really want to do this newsletter, but it is proving to be difficult finding the time, soLeanneCole-lilies-20130901-8377 I am making the decision, at this stage, of instead of doing it every other month, I will work on getting it out every two, so it will be a bi-monthly one.  I hope that is okay with you.

Beep Beep Boop

First of all, I have to say, who on earth thinks of these names or saying? Serioulsy!

I know there are ways of finding the old classic editor, but I decided to give the new one a go. For the last week I’ve been using it, and getting used to it.  It is not as bad as I first thought.  I think they have made the font bigger, or done something so it is bigger on my screen and much easier to see.

I like the aspect that it is closer to what a post actually looks like.  I get a better idea of what the post will look like when it is posted, which is good.  Of course many things have been changed around, and I’m not going to lie, there are things that don’t work.  I hope they scbirds-5hpm4862-5will be fixed.

If you are using the new editor you need to keep an eye on the Advance Settings, for some reason settings that you have set up aren’t working and you have to keep checking boxes, like the “Show Sharing Buttons” and the “Show Likes”. They are things I hope they fix up and have put something in the forums about it.

The other thing I don’t like are the publish and save draft buttons.  Sometimes they change positions, so you can accidentally publish a post before you mean to when what you really wanted to do was just save the draft. They were kept separate in the old one, and I think they should do the same with the new one.

I’m not completely sold on it, but the more I use it, I suppose the more I will get used to it.  Time will tell.

Social Snappers

I have dates and places now, even times.

  • April 19th – 10am Fitzroy Gardens, taking photos of the Autumn colours.
  • May 3rd – 6.30am Early morning in the city, taking photos along the Yarra River
  • May 17th – 1.30pm Royal Exhibition Building, photographing outside and hopefully get a tour as well
  • May 31st – 1pm Cranbourne Botanical Gardens
  • June 14th – 12.30pm Werribee Zoo

As I said, they will be free this term, see how we go with them.  I am also going to see about doing some classes on some things at some stage as well.

Online Classes with Mescroses-8787-3

I am thinking of offering different Online classes.  I know that not everyone wants up to 5 sessions, so maybe I can offer just a couple of individual ones, or some longer ones.  I could specific classes to show people something specific that I do or they want to learn.  I would like to know what people would be interested in.  Though I guess I may have to accept that it isn’t what people want from me.


Since we’ve been looking at lots of flowers I decided to go through my archives today and see what old photo of flowers I have.  Funny really, they look so boring after yesterday.

Tuesday’s Bits and Bobs: Trying New Things

I am trying to get ahead of things this week.  It is good, now that I have decided to write more, I need to make sure I have time for that.

Tamron SP 150-600mm

As I mentioned last week the lens has arrived from Maxwell International Australia.  It is huge, and heavy, but not really that much heavier than the Sigma 150-500mm.  I took it to the zoo the other day to try it out.  I found it good to use, and loved how close I could get to the animals with it. melbourne-zoo-animals-birds-0039When I got the images onto the computer I thought they were so clear.  Whenever I’ve used the Sigma lens I’ve always been a little disappointed.  Though to be fair to Sigma, their lens is older, and could have improved since then.  I also haven’t tried the Sigma 150-600mm.

All the photos in this post were taken with the Tamron lens.  I have processed them a little, not much, and except for the gorillas, I haven’t cropped them as I wanted you to be able to see what I could get. Keep in mind that it is a zoo and you do get quite good access, or get close enough to take photos.

The RRP in Australia for the lens is $1399, so not too bad.  I have no idea how much it costs in other countries, though knowing what things cost here, I am sure it is cheaper overseas.  Maxwell’s sent me a brochure for you to check out, click here to see it. You can also check out the Tamron website for the Tamron SP 150-600mm Lens.

I have the lens for about a month, so I will continue trying it out.  I’m looking forward to trying it out on the birds at Banyule Flats.

Book on Banyule Flats

I am making plans and actually went down to Banyule Flats the other morning to take some photos. It was wonderful.  It was cold and there was a mist over the swamp, so it gave it a lovely atmosphere.  The sunrise wasn’t that impressive, but the mist made up for it.  I melbourne-zoo-gorillas-1033am going to be going down there a lot over the next few months, and the plan is to go down there at least once a week.  Get on with getting lots and lots more images for my book.  I will, of course, be trying them out on your first.

Online Courses or Learning from Me

I have had someone else sign up for some classes online, which is great.  This time it is going to be focused more on photo editing.  So something different again.  I am excited about doing there.  Remember if you would like to learn from me you can get information from my website on Online classes.

I have other things available to, like the One on One photography sessions, so please check them out.

Digital Photography School

I have submitted an article for the Digital Photography School (dps) and if everything goes well then it will be published next week. It still has to be edited, and they might think it isn’t good enough, but I do hope you will all go and look for it if it is published, and maybe leave some comments, well one each would be enough.  I would love to do more of this sort of thing.


melbourne-zoo-animals-birds-0044It seems the problems I was having with doing videos for the newsletter has been sorted out and hopefully this next newsletter I can add more to it than the last one. If you want to get the newsletter then you can sign up here for it here. I want to start doing more instructions and giving advise on how I do my photography.

SITHOM Exhibition

This SITHOM exhibition starts this week.  The exhibition is of Street Photography in Melbourne, though not limited to just photos of people, which is nice.  I have 4 images going into it.

If you would like to see the exhibition it here are the details of when it is on, Thursday, 19 – Monday, 30 March, 2015,Weekdays:  10am – 4pm   Weekends:  1pm – 4pm.

The opening night is Friday at 7pm, so come along and check out the images, should be a great exhibition.

The exhibition is being held at the Victorian Artists Society, 430 Albert Street, East Melbourne VIC 3002.

See you there.

That is enough for this week.  As I said earlier, the photos were all taken with the Tamron lens at the Royal Melbourne Zoo.



Tuesday’s Bits and Bobs: Catching Up

Slowly but surely I am starting to catch up with everything.  Things are starting to take shape and I can start planning some new things.


The Newsletter finally went out yesterday.  Sorry, it took me so long to get it out.  I will make sure that doesn’t happen again. I had problems with my computer and I couldn’t do any tutorials, but hopefully that will be fixed for next time.

Online Classes

I just want to mention them again as I have just had one person sign up, so it reminded me that others might be interested.  They are a great way to get individual tuition.  I charge $350 for five claripponleal-20131011-8938sses and they last for an hour to two hours, depending on how we go.  We can look at camera skills or photo editing.  It will really be directed by you.


I have decided to start writing some better articles for the Up for Discussion posts.  I want to get better at writing and I need to experiment with you guys, so I am hoping to start writing better articles on photography for you.  It is a direction that I think I would really like to go.  Especially since teaching is so much harder than I thought it would be.  So look out, hoping to do my first this Friday, one on Tripods.

Social Snappers

I’m also thinking about making some changes to Social Snappers and perhaps expanding it to something else as well.  I have been trying to advertise it  here in Melbourne, but it has been great, people are looking at the excursions but not doing them.  I enjoy them so much so I want to see what I can dripponleal-20131011-8846o to get more people to come to them.

I also want to start offering some Social Snapper one off classes, like teaching night photography in the city, or doing a class down the coast on photographing the milky way.  Doing editing classes.  Make it a more complete thing, rather than just going out and taking photos, but offering more as well.

I will announce more soon.

Trip to the USA

ripponleal-20131011-8917No more word yet, it looks likely I will be there early in September.  I don’t know what it will be like there. I suspect I will miss the fall colours, too soon, but we can hope for a mild summer and an early Autumn.


Today I went back into the archives to look for photos.  I found some that I remember taking, it was of Ripponlea.  I loved going there, it is such a beautiful building, but it is the gardens that are lovely.

I’m off now, I will be out getting more photos today.  I feel like I am doing it all the time at the moment, it is wonderful.  I hope you have a good day.


Tuesdays Bits and Bobs: Sorting Through it All

It has been a complete surprise to me how busy the start of the year has been.  The last couple of years it has been so slow at the start and taken a couple of months to get going, but this year I feel like I have started the year running.  There always seems to be something that needs to be done.  I keep forgetting things I have to do, and then I remember later on.  It does feel like there isn’t enough time in the day.  I just need to start being more productive with my time.  Of course, being busy doesn’t mean I don’t love it.  I do, and most of what I’ve been busy with has to do with taking photos, and there has been a lot of that.


It is coming together.  I have to do some videos for it, well tutorial ones, but should get those done in the next couple of days.  I was having a hard time trying to work out if I should do Lightroom, Photoshop, or Elements, but then decided maybe I can do all three.  If I can work out how to get GIMP onto my new scmont-4869machine, then I might do one for it as well.  I thought I would start with some basic things.  So that should happen soon.

Hopefully it will come out at the end of the week or early next week. Don’t forget if you haven’t signed up for it yet, there is a button in the side panel that allows you to do that.


I think I have found somewhere down here to teach some photo editing classes, I just need to work out when I will start and hopefully find enough people who want to do them as well.  I find it hard to really put myself out there, as it is so difficult to find the people to do scmont-hpm4971bwthese things.  People keep telling me they want to do them, but when push comes to shove and they have to fork out money, you never see them again.  I know that people think I shouldn’t charge money, but it has cost me a lot of money to learn as well, so that doesn’t seem fair either.

Social Snappers

I have been advertising Social Snappers on Melbourne Meetups and I had my first person from there the other day.  It was great having her along and I really hope she decides she wants to come back.

We had our biggest group yet.  We went to Hanging Rock, a rather weird looking rock formation just out of the city. It was a great place for photos, but it was so hot, and I think we all struggled with the heat a bit too.  We did it, and I have the photos to prove it.

The next outing is to Healesville Sanctuary on the first of March. I went there when my girls are little and I remember seeing a great live presentation of the raptors, so I hope they still do that.scmont-hpm4965


I’m off to Wadonga for a couple of days with my daughter.  She has to go up there a two day course.  I don’t know what I will do while she is there, take my camera I think.  If anyone has any great ideas of  what to photograph up there please let me know.

Camera Bags

scmont-4814I got a new bag recently, the LowePro Flip side 15L I think it is.  I think I am in love with this bag.  It can carry enough gear for me to use, that I still have choices.  My tripod, I mean my big tripod will fit on it, and it has a place for a bladder to carry water.  I got a Camel Bak insulted bladder and used it for the first time at Hanging Rock, it was perfect.  You have the end right near  your head so you can just drink anytime you want.  The other thing is that the bag might be heavy, but it doesn’t feel heavy on, it sits really well on my back.

If I had any problems with it, I think my biggest issue is that there is no where really in it for a wallet and phone.  I don’t always have pockets for those, well I never put my wallet in a pocket, so it would be good to have somewhere for that, and somewhere where it was easy to get to. I sometimes wonder if they think scmont-hpm5038of women when they are designing these things.

Photos Today

Time to leave it for today.  I have some photos for you, they were taken almost three years ago at Montsalvat. I love taking photos of Montsalvat, but I really dislike how much they charge people to take photos there.  You get charged an hourly rate, something like $20 an hour, and then you can’t do anything with the photos.  It is so outrageous.  No where else in Melbourne, not that I have found, will do that.  Anyway, I thought I would show these again.  I hope you are busy too and have lots of photography going on.  I better start working on Monochrome Madness.

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.


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.


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.

Quiet Thursdays: Catching Up

This Thursday is all about catching up for me and getting things sorted out. I have posters to do for upcoming workshops, and I am putting the final touches on my newsletter, so that will go out later today.  If you want to get the newsletter and haven’t let me yet, I have put a sign up widget in the margin, here on the left.  If you click on that it will take you to a page where you can sign up for it.

I thought today I would show an image that I took with my phone, it is one I took on my birthday, then I played around with it and made it monochrome.  You lose the lovely soft colours of the sky, but I think the monochrome is still very soft.


This is the dome at the top of the Royal Exhibition Building.  I really am going to have to start going in there to take some photos, it seems like this would be a good time of night to do it as well. Soon.

I hope you are having a relaxing day, I feel like I’ve been everywhere, and there is so much to do here, well, back to work I go.