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Working on Photos

The other day I finally decided it was time to start looking at my photos from the states and playing with them. I wasn’t sure where to start, but when I thought about it I think the ones that I was most disappointed about were the ones from Bodie. I had no idea what I was going to do with them. I just played around to see what I could do with the images.

When I was away I just took photos, did some quick processing in Lightroom. It has been great since I got home to use my large monitor with Photoshop to see what is possible. I hope you like them.

I’m just going to leave you with two of the images today.

UfD: Five Tips for Macro Photographs

When I did my article for the magazine I had planned on adding some tipS on what you can do to macro photographs, but in the end decided I didn’t need them. Still I made the list so I thought I might share it here with you.

Five Tips for Macro Photos Using Lightroom

1 – Cropping the Imagefine-art-macro-flower-photograph

We are often told not to crop images, that it means the files will be too small, or you limit your choices for prints. I have heard all of these, and to some extent I agree, then again if you have an image and your macro subject is really small in it then why not. I crop nearly all my images, and do it to get the best composition I can. I don’t think I am ever going to enlarge my images so they are enormous, so it is not something that really matters.

2 – Use the Adjustment Brush20150525-marysville-7320

The adjustment brush in Lightroom really is your friend, and it can be really good for bringing out the subject of your image. I use it all the time. You can lighten the subject or darken your background. You can use a lot of different adjustments there and I recommend trying them out.

3 – Add Vibrance to Your Subject

This is one that you have to be careful with, it can be great to give your subject a little vibrance, it will help it stand out from the background. Though, I need to warn you to be careful and watch the image. Some colours don’t look good when you put the vibrance up. Colours like reds, bright pinks and purples, so take care.

4 – Remove Some Colour From the Background

Taking away some of the vibrance or saturation from around your subject can help it stand out. You naturally go to the lightest thing in an image or the brightest, so making sure your subject is one of those will help it stand out.

5 – Add a Vignette

Anyone who follows me, or has for a while know20150327-flowerandgardenshow-0121 as Smart Object-1s I love vignettes. I love the way it really helps you to focus on what I want you to focus on. Nothing more to say really, I just love them.

They are my tips, they might not be yours, but would love to hear what you think could be other great tips.

If you like this sort of post I would like to hear as well, I might try doing some more for other types of photography, or see if I can get some other people to give us their tips.

The photos are all macro photos that I am sure you have all seen here before.

Quiet Thursday’s: Getting on With Things

It has been quiet around here, I have to admit, but that’s been nice. Since the magazine was published earlier this week I’ve had a chance to catch up on some things and breath. I’m recovering from my cold, thankfully it wasn’t that bad that I couldn’t do anything, but still it was annoying to have, isn’t it always? I have heard from quite a few of you that you have loved how the magazine looked and what was in it, and I’m sure it will get better and better. I’ve added a link to the purchase page in the sidebar if people still want to get it.

Work now starts on the next one which will come out in 3 months.


The little bit of extra time has meant that I’ve had time to do some processing, the processing I like doing. So I’ve been working on a number of images to show you. The above is one of them. It is an old house that was vacated when they decided to dam the area. Years of being underwater has taken it’s toll. the reservoir isn’t that full now, so I don’t know if it will go under again.

I’m still writing for Digital Photography School and have a number of articles I need to get done for them, so I’m working on those. I was also approached by someone else to write some articles for their blog. It would be great to do that, but time will tell if they are prepared to pay me what I think I should be paid. I’m fair I think, I don’t like overcharging for things just because I can or could. I hate being ripped off, so I try not to rip others off.

The work continues, but I’m not complaining, well not too much. Lots to do means I can’t get into trouble, so they say.

On the weekends when I do my Weekend Wandering posts I only use Lightroom for the images and rarely do I do anymore to those images, but sometimes I just have to go into Photoshop and so the images today are the ones I’ve been doing a lot more processing too. I really hope you like them. In the gallery are a couple of photos from Mordialloc and the rest are from my travels inland.  You will also notice there’s the colour version of my image from MM yesterday. I’m off now to do some more writing, I hope you have a nice Thursday planned. Take care.

Quiet Thursday’s: Tea and Packing Up

Today is going to be a busy day, ahead of an even busier weekend. I’m off to Jan Juc for the weekend with Chris from sv-takeiteasy. We have star trails, long exposures, and well lots of photos to take. We are going to try going further and seeing what we can get. I’m exhausted just thinking about it. It should be good though. Lots of photos. I’m hoping we can get back to the lighthouse at Airey’s Inlet as well.

I haven’t been putting up a lot of photos on Social Media this week. I got distracted trying to get my computer fixed, which it seems to be now. I turned it off last night and this morning it turned back on no problems.  I still have the high resolution that I was meant to get with my monitor, so all good really. Good to get the computer all going properly.

For the photos today I am going to show you one I did do and put up.


I spent quite a bit of time on this image.There were so many reflections in the window and it was hard. Of course it isn’t really this dark, but I wanted to concentrate on all the cakes. I haven’t done an image like this for a long time, and it was good to just play and see what I could get. I think I spent all morning on it.

Of course, what would the Tea Rooms window be without all the cakes. So I apologize if this makes you hungry. I do love photographing this window. As I said before the reflections were really bad and I took my polarizer with me. I put it on, but I couldn’t really see that it was making any difference to them. Maybe I don’t know what I’m doing with it. Hopefully the cakes just stand out.

I’m off, I will leave you with a gallery now. I hope you have a quieter day that I think I’m going to have.

Quiet Thursdays: The Macro World

The weather last weekend was shocking, we had lots and lots of rain.  Don’t get me wrong, the rain was good, but not good for taking photos.  After using my macro lens again recently I’ve really got back into  macro and am having a lot fun taking photos with it and then processing them.

I’m trying to keep experimenting on the macro images, like the ones I did for the International Flower and Garden Show.  I am trying to refine it more and work out what I want with them.  I do like where they are going.  I will continue to keep experimenting.

The other day I took the Tamron 150-600mm that I have on loan from Maxwell International Australia back to the Melbourne Zoo and was taking photos.  As we headed to the gorilla enclosure we walked around the corner and there in front of us was Kimya and her baby. She has a name name and is being called Kanzi. She was sitting on a hill eating.  I quickly got some photos then, as I was doing that, she climbed down and within a couple of minutes she was gone. I got a nice image of the new baby, so I thought I would share it with you today.


I will leave you there with the image of mother and daughter. I’m out and about again today.  Some busy days ahead.  Think I will leave next week very free.  I hope you get some quiet time.

Starting the Year as I Plan to Finish

Happy New Year

It is the first of January as this post publishes, and I no doubt will be fast asleep, well I hope I am.

In the last 12 months I have concentrated on learning things and trying some things.  In between I did a few art images. Admittedly the year started badly with a bad back that meant I couldn’t sit for very long and wouldn’t able to spend a lot of time working on images.  As the year progressed I still didn’t do many, but it is something that I want to get back to.  Robyn’s One Four Challenge was great to help me get back into it and realised that perhaps I should be doing more.  So I am hoping to do a lot more of this next year.  It is something I love doing a lot. My back is so much better now and it is much easier to sit for longer periods of time.

I have gone through this blog and the one on my website and found images that I have enjoyed processing.  Some you have seen, some you may not.  Funny when I look at them now, they are nearly all architectural, I had really noticed that before.

Be careful with the celebrations, but I hope you all have a great evening bringing in the new year.

Quiet Thursdays

I really look forward to Thursdays, it means Monochrome Madness is done for another week and I can just relax, or play with some photos on the computer, which is what I have been doing.  Actually I did more of it yesterday.  I like seeing what I can get.


I’m afraid it is not a very exciting image.  It is the doorway to ANZAC House in Collins Street in the city of Melbourne.  I took this image one Sunday during a Social Snappers Photography Excursion.  I do love the opportunities I get to take photos on these excursions.  My photography catalog has grown so much because of them.  I know I go on about them a lot, but I do want them to be successful. Funny how people in Melbourne are so hard to find.

Oh well, back to the image.  I’ve been trying a few things, incorporating some old techniques and then looking at some new ones.  Trying to decide what I want to be important in an image.  I am happy with quite a few aspects, and glad that I finally found some time to try them out.  I know I will have more time in the weeks to come with things winding down for Christmas and January is often a slow time for me.

I have also done a great deal of work on another image for Stacy’s AB Friday, but you will have to wait around 36 hours to see it, and it will be on my other blog.  You will also be able to see most of the entries on Stacy’s blog, Visual Venturing, again, you will have to wait for Friday where Stacy is.

I plan on taking it easy for the rest of the day, I hope you can too.