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Tuesday’s Bits and Bobs

There is a saying that I grew up with ‘head down bum up’ meaning working very hard. That is me right now. I have lots of work to get down in the next two weeks before I fly out.


I’m trying to market the magazine more, but don’t really know what I’m doing. It is all about learning I guess. I have done a page lake-albacutya-fires-regeneration-yaapeet-13on my website for the magazine with a list of the articles and what each of them are about. I also added a link to where you can purchase it. Here is the page. I also put the magazine cover in the side bar and if you click on that it will take you to where you can purchase it.

Digital Photography School

One of the things I’m working very hard on are articles for dPS. I have to get quite a few done for when I’m away. All good though, I’m enjoying the writing. I’ve written three so far and have one more to do, well for this week.

‘I’m going to America’

lake-albacutya-fires-regeneration-yaapeet-6Okay I know they aren’t the right words, but seriously I’m going to America.

I’ve got nearly everything worked out for it and these last few days emails have been flying around furiously working out dates, times and places to catch up with one another. It has been good as it has made it real. I feel a sense of panic almost as I realize there are things I have to get done before I go. Still, I can’t believe I will be boarding a plane in two weeks.

Stuff for the Trip

The lenses for the trip will be delivered any day now. That is exciting. I’m looking forward to trying out more Tamron lenses. I going to use them for the whole trip, which is going to be interesting, but I have complete faith in the lenses, I think Tamron make great lenses.

I also need to get some new SD cards. I’ve always used Sandisk cards, but I’m not sure I like the company or the Australian distributors for them, my experience with them hasn’t been great. It is hard to use a product that you don’t fully like, so I’ve been thinking of getting new ones from another company. I want to try Lexar cards, so I am wondering lake-albacutya-fires-regeneration-yaapeet-20if any of you use them and what do you think of them?


I have to get back to work and get something done for Monochrome Madness and then put the post together, so busy day ahead.

Last week I was in the Mallee, but it was a quick trip and I didn’t get much chance to go anywhere much. One place I do really want to get back to is Lake Albacutya. I am going to have to see if I can organize it for the next time I go up there. I want to see how the area is recovering from the fires early last year. I have for you some of the photos I took there last year. Back to work for me.

ReWorking Briony

Leanne Cole - Briony originalI took this phtoograph of Briony last year.  It is one of my favourite shots of her, but I was never really happy with the way I processed it, I thought it looked too dark.  As I have been doing quite a few workshops on CreativeLIVE and learning lots of new things, I thought I would have another go at doing this image.

Leanne Cole - Briony ReworkedI straightened the image, made her hair lighter, which it is naturally, and tried to make sure the face was lighter, or almost the same colour as her hands.  I found in the original that her face too dark, but when I tried to lighten it, I lost the hands, I’ve now worked out how to do one at a time, so happy with that.

I think she would be happier with this because her skin is smoother, and I managed to make the bridge of her nose look normal.  She had an accident on her bike a few years ago, landed on her face, lucky she was wearing a helmet, and only sustained grazes, but her nose is scarred.

Leanne Cole - Briony ColourI never showed this one before, I mean the colour version, but I do like it.  She has beautiful coloured hair and that milky complexion.  Someone told me when she was a baby that she looked like the perfect Scottish baby.

Teenage girls hate having their photo taken, that is what I have found, and the thing they don’t like is their skin, or bags under their eyes, so if you can remove the bags and make their skin look smooth they are very happy. I know Briony still won’t be happy, but I know her mum is extremely happy with this shot.

While I had the images open, I found another image that I thought I might play with.

Leanne Cole - Briony AgainThis is a softer look, yet harder look, I don’t know how to describe it.  She looks more innocent in this one I think.  It wasn’t as sharp as the one above and she is holding her mouth in a funny way, but I wanted to process it and see what I could do with it.

I don’t mind it, but I like other one more.

Leanne Cole - Briony Again in B&W I don’t like the black and white version, not sure what to do with it, but will have a think, thought I may as well show it you though.

I actually quite like taking close ups like this.  There is something about a face, especially when you can get raw emotions from them.  It is funny how I really have to work on getting close ups with all other photography, but with portrait, I keep telling myself off for always doing close ups.  Strange.

Busy weekend ahead, will have to try and schedule posts, or you might miss out on one.  I am basically away the next two days, so hopefully will find some time to do something.  Well, at least show a couple of photos.

ReWorking Forgotten, Again

This is the third time I have reworked this image, will it be the last, who knows.  The last two times I have worked on it I haven’t been happy, and this time I’m happier with it.  I knew when I reworked it the last time that I wouldn’t be done with it, so today was the time to do.

So, first of all let’s have a look at past attempts.

Leanne Cole - Fogotten OriginalThis one is too saturated, the colours are very nice and warm, but too much.  Also, the blurring is way over done.  I think this one was done around the time I first started doing processing like this.

Leanne Cole - Forgotten ReworkedThis one was a lot better, but there’s something about it that I didn’t like.  It’s still a little oversaturated.  Though it is getting better, but there is something about it, I don’t know a glossiness or something, that just doesn’t seem right.

Leanne Cole - Forgotten Reworked AgainSo here is the third attempt at it.  After I saw the second one, I thought maybe the second one was the best one, but I like this a lot more,  It has a much more antique feel about it.  I have desaturated it quite a bit, upped the yellows and a touch of red. I have done the blurring again, but I hope it is a lot more subtle this time.

I have been learning so many new things about Photoshop, it has been fantastic, and now when I look at an image, I think about different things I can do, it is amazing.

Speaking of Changes

I think it is time.  I have hinted and said to a few people that I want to start some new work.  If I don’t find a income stream soon, then I am going to have to get a normal job, and I don’t want that.  I love doing photography and I want to be able to keep doing it.  I do make money from it, but no where near enough.

So, I recently saw some work that has made me realise something, I do want to photograph people, but in a particular way, so I am going to try and do that.   I hate portraits of people sitting there looking pretty.  I know a lot of people do those, but recently I did some for someone and I didn’t know what to do with them.

This is going to mean changes, and what that means for this blog is to be decided.  I may stop blogging every day and just do it a few times a week. I don’t want to stop altogether, but it does take up an awful lot of time.  I had hoped that I could make it work, but it has slowly dawned on me that no it isn’t.

So what I am thinking?

I want to keep photographing some of the stuff I do, but I thought, I might start talking about the hassles of trying to start a business, what problems that happen, good things that happen.  Of course, not every post, but some.  We are just going to have to wait and see what happens.

ReWorking Graffiti

OriginalThis image was taken over twelve months ago.  I did it as a 3 image HDR in Photomatix.  It was in my early attempts of HDR and it is way to saturated.  The bins blend in too much with the background.  So as I have been going though old HDR’s I thought, I might try doing this one, and another one again.

ReworkI think this is better, but still not great.  I tried to darken the background a bit, and lighten the bins.  I don’t think it worked.  I do think the colours in this are much nicer and not so bright.  I know a lot of you are going to like the first image more, but think about how over saturated they are.  The colours are not natural, if you can say that about graffiti.


I thought this one was also too saturated.


So with this one, the colours are not as saturated.  It is a darker image, but not in the mirror, and it is the mirror where you are meant to look.  I like what is happening in the mirror.  The mirror shows us that the graffiti just keeps going on and on.

ReworkI have called this a rework, but technically it isn’t, it is the first time you have seen it, and I only did it this morning.  Just shows a different view from the same mirror.  I did it because I thought this one was the same as the original.  Anyway, extra image.

I hope this post makes sense.  I have just got back from the city where I spent all day taking photos and teaching a new client how to use her camera and how to take photos.  It was exhausting, but so rewarding.  I had the best time.  I completely filled my memory card, and had to delete photos, so I could take more.  I hope she also had a great time.  I know she is feeling confused now, but with time she will start to understand what we were talking about.

Please excuse me today, I need a cup of tea and to put my feet up.


ReWorking the Etched Glass in Reception

Back in January, on my birthday I believe, I posted two images, one of them was from the reception area of the 11th floor of the Manchester Unity Building.  I thought I was finished with the images from the building, but I am starting to think I never will be.

Etched GlassAs I was putting all the images together to give to the Manchester Unity, I saw this one and a cringe crept up my back.  I knew that it had to be one of the ones that I should rework.  I know we discussed how dark my work can be yesterday, but I suspect this is a little too dark.  So I redid it today.

Etched Glass - ReworkedSo what have I done differently?  The blur isn’t as strong.  I’ve been toning down how strong I apply the blur.  This image is so much lighter, and you can see the chair more.  I think in the original the chair just looked in the way and not part of the image.  I think it works better in this one.  I found in the original there was too much blue behind the etched glass so I have changed it to be greener, I think the green tones add more warmth to the image.  Overall I think this image is far more warmer and welcoming.  What do you think?

I thought I would do another gallery for you so you can see all the images put together, there are a lot of them, so I hope you don’t mind.  It is nice to see them altogether.  I am not going to put titles on them all, but you know what they all are.

I may do one more of those images again, but basically they will stay as they are.  It is interesting to see how the work and what I do evolves as my skill levels increase.


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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.

ReWorking Ghosts

You have heard me say this before, I had planned on doing something different, but got distracted by another image.  When I planned what I was going to rework today, this image did not come to mind.

Ghostly Klara - OriginalI took this image 18 months ago.  I used my neutral density filter to give me a longer exposure so Klara would look like a ghost.  The neutral density filter I had was crap and turned everything pink.  I have learned so much since this image that I am more confident about getting rid of the pink.

Ghostly Klara - ReworkedToday I spent a lot more time on it.  I tried to get rid of the pink tinge, and I think that worked.  You, hopefully, will notice that the image has been cropped.  I think that works much better and maybe I could have done it more.  I didn’t try too hard to get rid of the white outside, but I am not too fussed with it.

I did some blurring with it and changed the lighting inside the shed to try and highlight Klara standing next to the window.  I attempted to bring out the detail without it being too dominant in the image.  I much prefer the rework.

Ghostly Klara - Color Efex 1Because I can, I played with the image in Color Efex.  I think the above image was done with the preset Paper Toner.  I like the effect.  I had done one with her in color and the rest in this tone.

Ghostly Klara - Color Efex combineYou can decide what you think.  I haven’t quite made up my mind yet.

Ghostly Klara - Color Efex 2I can’t remember what I used with this.  It was with Color Efex again.  I don’t mind this at all.  It is soft and the colours are really nice.  Though, not a lot of difference to the reworked image.

I do think this is a much better rework than the original.  I am sure I put this image on the blog about 18 months ago, but I can’t find it anywhere.  Maybe I just thought I had.

Every time I go up I mean to do it again, but then stuff happens and I don’t, but I will do it again.  So much fun.  It is nice to do images sometimes that are just for fun.