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Going Back to Take Another Look

Last week I had a meeting with a business advisory service run by my local council, the council part that is great. This part of the council has been great and I have really enjoyed my dealings with them.  At the advisory thing I was reminded of the images I took at the Manchester Unity Building and wondered if I would process them now.  I have learned so much new stuff since I did them, so would I change what I did?


This was one of my favourites from that time.  However, looking at it now, I think it is a little oversaturated, and I don’t really like how you can see through the windows so much.  So I wondered, what would I do now.

LeanneCole-mu3-2507_4hpmI put covers over the windows, though I am not totally happy with it.  I like the lighting much more and the warm cosy atmosphere.  Putting the covers over the windows gives the room more privacy or something.  It is more closed in.  Though the weather here today is horrible, overcast and raining, again, so I think that may have affected my mood while doing the image.

There are things in the first that I didn’t do in the second, I didn’t add any detail, and in the second one I did some blurring, but not as much as the first.  It was an interesting process.

LeanneCole1-mu3-2417_4hpmI never did this image the first time, I don’t know why, I like the composition, then again there were so many to choose from, I just didn’t get around to doing them all.

There first one took me almost 4 hours to do, so I thought I would see what I could do with this one quickly.  I wondered if I could completely change the mood and atmosphere in it, remove some unwanted things.


This is what I came up with, something a little different maybe.  I like it.  I love the painting above the chair and the little lamp on the table.  It is interesting trying to do things like this.  The chair is still a little saturated and I will have to work on that in the future.

I do like going back and seeing what I would do differently, so I like what I do now as opposed to what I was doing in the past.  It was also really nice to work on some straight architectural shots, I haven’t been doing enough of that.  Do you do the same, go back and rework old images?

ReWorking the Cathedral Doors

Almost 12 months to the day I went into the city and took some photos with friends and put them up here.  My processing was quite heavy and I thought I might try redoing one.

This is the image from 12 months ago.

Leanne Cole - Original Cathedral DoorsI was never happy with it.  I found it too saturated and perhaps too textural. This was a 3 image HDR, but with the rework I decided to do something different.

Leanne Cole - Reworked Cathedral DoorsI put two images together, so the stained glass was from one image and the outside bit from another.  I wanted to make the most of the stained glass, it was very hard to make it stand out more.  Though I think the rework is more successful at that.

I darkened the stonework more, and I brightened the stain glass.  In Camera Raw I added more clarity to the stained glass too.  I have done some blurring with the last layer of it quite low with only the glass in the door and the handles not being blurred.

That was about it.  Didn’t take long and that is something I am starting to understand, it doesn’t have to take a long time to do.  It should always be about the image and what the image needs.

On another note, now that we are looking at an image of the St Paul’s Cathedral, I have bad news for the photographers out there.  You do need a permit to photograph the inside of it, unfortunately it isn’t free any more and will cost you $5.  I have no idea how long the permit lasts, but when we saw it last weekend, we just keep walking past.

I almost didn’t post today.  I couldn’t think of what to do so I dove back into the archives and found this one.  I do know that I will stop posting every day, I just don’t know when.

I have had my fair share of revolting comments in the last week or so, people who feel that “it is just their opinion and they are just being honest”.  Like that makes a difference, as if them saying that automatically forgives them for being nasty or really critical.  If I go to someone’s site and I see an image I don’t like, I don’t say anything. It isn’t my image and I don’t know how that person feels about their work.  I am not about to bring them down by telling them what I think is wrong with it.  I had enough of that at art school.

When you attack my work, it is personal, it is always personal because it is my work.

Please, I would prefer silence, I can tell when a image is popular or not, I can tell by the amount of likes and the lack of comments.

My Website

I’ve been changing my website, I invite you to look

It isn’t finished, and still has a long way to go, but take a look and if you can think any anything that might improve it I would love to hear about it, doesn’t mean I will do it, but I do like suggestions.  I always like suggestions.

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 the GPO Clock Tower

There are so many photos that I have done in the past and I often wonder what or how would I do them differently now.  I think when you start taking photos you start out thinking you have to be clever and you take a heap of images that later on you look at and think to yourself, “what was I thinking”.  With processing the same thing happens.  When you begin you get carried away with all that you can do, then slowly you tone down what you do and start to really refine what it is you are trying to do.

So on that note, I have lots of photos that I am looking forward to reworking and seeing how I would do them now.

GPO Clock Tower - OriginalThis image was taken on the same day as the image from last weeks ReWorked image. It was taken at the top of the City Myer Store.  On the top floor there are windows looking out onto the city.  It is quite a nice height and you can some great views of the buildings around the city.

There isn’t a lot wrong with it, but I thought it could have been done better.

GPO Clock Tower - ReworkedSo what did I do?  Well I removed as many of the lights that were reflecting on the glass, that gave the buildings in the city some funny spots in the first one.  I have also darkened much of the image to make the clock tower stand out more, so it is the star of the image, rather than just another building in amongst them all.

I like the reworked image, and I resisted working the image too much, well I hope I did.    I tried to concentrate more on the lighting.

The Close UpThis is another image that I took that day, but I had never processed it before.  It was interesting going back to the original photos and seeing which ones I would do this time.  I like the colour of the tower here in contrast to the rest of the buildings around it.

Looking into the CityWhen I put up a second image with the first one in the original post, I didn’t pick this one, instead, I chose one without the clock tower, I don’t know why.  When I went back today, I saw this one, and thought this one was so much better, so I decided to put this one up.

I think this image, gives you an idea of what an eclectic collection of architecture Melbourne has, which really sums it up.

You know I have just noticed that it looks like the sun was shining, it wasn’t, I must getting better at controlling the light in images, haha.  Okay, maybe I have no idea what I am doing.  Though I have been looking at some workshops on Creative Live and  picking up some tips, so they must be working.

I hope you didn’t mind the photos of my cat yesterday.  I thought they would be some fun, and please rest assured, you won’t see him on here very often, but I thought I would tell you something else about him.  Tiddles has his own facebook page and if you would like to see more photos of him, then click on Tiddles Cole.  Hopefully it will work.  He gets lots of funny photos taken of him from my daughter, yes, and from me.

ReWorking the Tower

So it isn’t technically a rework, though it is yet another version of the tower from the Manchester Unity Building.  It has been a long road with this particular image.  Well, long hours.  Here, take a look.

Shooting Out

There are so many layers that it must be a massive file.  I should take a look to see.

Last week when I went back in I took many images of the tower, from different places on the 12th floor and at different angles.  It was another crap day as far as the weather went, and I really didn’t think I was going to get any good images (you can see the original image below).  I felt that to do the tower justice, then I needed to capture the Shooting Out - Original arms as well.  The last image I did, was a little disappointing because you couldn’t really see them.  I tried to emphasise them in this image.  I stretched the bottom out a little.

I have spent about 20 hours, give or take one or two, on this image.  I have done many, many layers of blurring, masking, and peeling back.  I have never spent that long on one image before and it was an interesting experience.  I don’t know that I could do it for all images, but I was trying out something with the blurring, and I like how it turned out.  I will have to make notes so I know exactly what I did.

Is it wrong to be fixated by my own work?  There is something about this image that I find I can’t draw my eyes away from.  I like it so much, I think I might make it my header image for the blog.

Speaking of the blog, perhaps I should update what is happening.  I have both blogs, the original one hosted by WordPress and my self hosted blog.  I was just putting updates on the original with the full post on the new, but I noticed that no one, well only a few were coming to the new one.  It all seemed to be falling apart, so I have started doing the full post on both.  There are good reasons, though time wise, it doesn’t really make that much difference.  I do the post on one blog, then cut and paste it into the other, so easy.  I have far more followers on the original, and very few on the new one, and the reasons for starting the new haven’t really worked the way I hoped.  No big deal.

I am off to Eltham tomorrow morning to teach my first class for the year.  It has been popular, so it is full, with a waiting list, and many others turned away.  I hope it works out well.  The class is all about learning to use your DSLR, so should be fun.

ReWorking Something from the Past

Recently I was sent an email from a fellow blogger asking me if I could restore some old images of hers.  I had no idea if I could do them, but I decided that I was up for the challenge and was more than prepared to give it a go.  So Nia, from Nia Simone, Author sent me three images.  So far I have only done one and about two thirds of another one.  I was hoping to get the second one finished today, but my tour of Parliament House took a lot longer and well, I am very late with my post as it is.

So here is the image as it was sent to me with part of what I did to it.

Reworking old imageIf you want to see what I did and the full images, please click here.

Re-Working the Man-Shed

Back in July I photograph a family and at the end of the session I took some photos of the dad in his shed where he has all his bikes.  He loves cycling and in his shed he keeps his bikes and does all  his maintenance on them.  I wasn’t totally happy with the images that I got of him in the shed, but today I thought I might try reworking them.

Nick - OriginalThis is the black and white version of it.  It isn’t a bad photo, but I wondered what I would do differently now.  I am hoping to be able to photograph an artist in his studio and some of the techniques that I want to use, I thought I might try out here.

Nick - ReworkedThis is the rework, it is much darker, and while I tried to draw out more the details in the background, it just didn’t seem to work.

Nick - Reworked with Silver EfexThis colour image was then processed in Silver Efex Pro 2.   It was hard to work out what preset to use, most just didn’t seem to work with this image, and I think even the one I chose in the end was the best, but I am still not sure it was the right one for this image.

Normally that is all I would do, but actually before I did this one, I did another one and it worked out far better.

Nick - In the DropsThis image worked out more like what I was hoping.  I don’t know if Nick would like it, but I do.  There is something about it.  It is so much more textured.

NIck - In the Drops (SEP)This is the high structure preset in Silver Efex.  I think this preset has worked so much better than the first black and white one that I did.

I do like the second image so much better.  It took a bit of work, but that is always okay.  It was also nice to know that some of the techniques I’ve been using can work when doing a portrait, though what I want to do with the artist in the studio is a little different, but some things will be similar.  I am looking forward to that session.

Looking at Options for My Blog

I have been thinking about doing some changes to the blog, not that it will effect you much, but I have been thinking about self hosting.  I have the domain name and I might be able to use that, or with an extension on the end.  Since I have someone host my website, I am hoping that I can self host my blog there.  Time will tell.

So what will this mean for you.  Well, you will have the option of following me on the new blog, though I will continue to use this one, perhaps put the beginning of each blog up on this, with a link to the new blog and the post.

The reason I am considering this is because I want to have more options for what I do on this blog.  At the moment with WordPress hosting my blog, I can’t charge people to advertise on my blog, or get sponsors for the blog.  Having the  ability to do both would mean that I can continue doing the blog.

You may have to put up with the ads, but I it should not interfere with what I post and what you expect from my blog.  I would love to hear your thoughts on this.