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Looking at Now and Then

When I first got my Nikon D800 I couldn’t wait to take it over to the bluestone that belongs to Deaf Children Australia.  I wanted to see how much I could capture with the full frame camera and my 14-24mm lens.  It was a beautiful day and I loved how the sky has come out in the images.

dca-20131111-1192I know this image looks very similar to the one I showed you last month, but it is taken from a different place, really.  I was surprised how close I could go and how much I could get in the shot.  I think this and some of the others show you what a glorious spring day we were having.

dca-20131111-1267When I first got there I walked past this fence that had gumboots hanging from it.  I loved them and thought I would get photos when I was leaving.  By the time I was leaving, I had forgotten all about the boots until I was walking out.  I did consider not taking the image, but in the end, I just had to get the camera out again and do it.  They were very cute.  I think you can see we were losing out our lovely spring sky.

Part of the reason for going on this day was too look at some photos that belonged to a former student there, she was there during the 1930’s and had some photos, letters and other memorabilia, that were from the time she was there.  I can’t show you any of that at this time, but it has all been scanned and once some things are finalised, I will be able to show them to you.  However, when the images came to me to be scanned, there were some class photos, and I want to show a couple of them today.

group_class_photos_0005-1919_1The class of 1919.  I assume this is the whole school.  I am afraid I don’t know a lot about these photos, but I do hope to find out more.  It is funny looking at it, the boys in the back standing straight and tall with their arms folded, the boys in front lounging, maybe looking a little bored.  How do you get the attention of this many children, you can’t yell at them, they wouldn’t hear you.  They have had to stay still for a while, you can see the boy on the very left moved and is a bit blurred.

I had to do a bit of work to this one, it was too big for my scanner, so I did in two bits and put them together.  I hope it isn’t obvious where it was done.  The image itself was in pretty good condition and I didn’t have to do too much to it.   Unlike the other one, which I will put into a gallery for you, it was so faded and I had to do a lot to bring it back, though I don’t think it will ever be perfect, but it is far better than what it was.

I have more photos and will put them in a gallery.  I also wanted to show the front entrance as well because it is now open again, so it was nice to see it without all the tape and barriers around it.

I am off to the city tonight to start taking photos of the Christmas Festival in Melbourne.  Should be a great night in the city, lots happening.  I am excited about it, and a little nervous.  I should have lots of photos to show you in the weeks coming.  How are your Christmas photos coming along, anyone have any for me yet?  Remember you can email links to me.

66 Comments
  1. Beautiful 🙂 .

    November 29, 2013
  2. Beautiful shots!

    November 29, 2013
  3. These are all so lovely! I love the older photos noticed that no one was smiling. I guess they had to sit along time to capture the image. Your photos of the school are majestic looking like a post card. What a wonder piece of history you are capturing here, looks like there is so much to learn that is not known. Awesome post I enjoyed it very much! You are very talented!

    November 29, 2013
    • Thank you, I think you are right about that, cameras were so much slower back then. I do love going through the history of this building, I am always learning new things, and still so much to learn. I have learned a lot about how the school started and how the building came to be, but not a lot after that, so still so much to go. Glad you enjoyed it.

      November 29, 2013
      • I did notice that the taller boy in the back were probably high school age and the little guys in the front maybe 1st grade. Maybe that’s why they were laying down. I know back then everyone went to school together. Which amazes me. This is a great find and history lesson! I was thinking back to the old Western days how they had those camera with the clothes they put over their head and then exposed the film to the light in a box. They has to sit still so the photo came out clear. Can you imagine? I used to work in photography when we developed our own film that’s why you took so many photos of the same thing. Sure has come along way! Great job!

        November 29, 2013
      • Things certainly have come along way that is for sure, and I am pretty certain they would have used that type of camera that you said as well. The school had students from all ages as in the state of Victoria, this was the only school for deaf children, still is. So there has always been primary school students and high school students. Though today the school does not have as many students in it now.

        November 29, 2013
      • This is really wonderful! I hope you can share this with the school. Amazing photos! 🙂 I love your photography!

        November 29, 2013
      • I sort of work with the school, or Deaf Children Australia, who are like the caretakers now. I volunteer for them, I get to take photos and I share it with them, and they share the building with me.

        November 29, 2013
      • Wow lucky you! What a blessing you must receive from doing so. That is fascinating and exciting to know you get to be involved in the education process. It’s really so rewarding when you touch young lives. 🙂

        November 29, 2013
      • Well I don’t really have anything to do with the children, but I have a lot to do with the building, they are going to be restoring it and are looking at using it for other things to help the community and those with disabilities, so it is an exciting time to be involved.

        November 29, 2013
      • I love that. Wonderful story! May you be doubly blessed! I’m sure there will be more galleys to view soon with restoring and rebuilding projects coming along!

        November 29, 2013
      • I hope so, thank you so much.

        November 29, 2013
  4. I like the one with the gumboots on the fence. I like that it is unusual and unique.

    November 29, 2013
    • I am so glad I stopped for that one Colline, I like it too, for the same reasons. Thanks.

      November 29, 2013
  5. Reblogged this on victormiguelvelasquez.

    November 29, 2013
  6. lovely photo 🙂

    November 29, 2013
  7. So glad you’re enjoying the D800. You’re certainly making good use of it Leanne.

    November 29, 2013
    • I am Chillbrook, I am absolutely loving it. Thanks

      November 29, 2013
  8. I really like looking at early 1900’s era photos – have a great time tonight.

    November 29, 2013
    • I have to admit, I do to, they are really amazing. Thanks John, should be good, as long as it doesn’t rain.

      November 29, 2013
  9. I love the way the sky almost dominates this shot, it could be a picture in itself.
    Laurie.

    November 29, 2013
    • Interesting point of view Laurie, I hadn’t thought of it. Thank you.

      November 29, 2013
  10. Love the photograph of the open door with the stained glass, gorgeous!

    November 29, 2013
    • It is nice to be able to get that shot, now that the door is open. Thanks Jessica.

      November 29, 2013
  11. Hi Leanne this is Noel from Deaf Children Australia. Wow what a fantastic post! I can fill in a bit more on the photo of the staff from 1900. The man in the middle of the back row is Mr WD Cook who was the head master at the time. We have a building on our High Street boundary named after him. His 3 children are in the front row. His eldest son became our head master in 1950.

    November 29, 2013
    • Thank you Noel, that information is fantastic. Always good to get the history behind images like this.

      November 29, 2013
  12. These are truly gorgeous photos. I hope to be just as skilled as you are one day! Keep up the amazing work.

    November 29, 2013
    • Thank you so much, though often luck has a lot to do with it, it was a great day to take photos. I will do my best to keep it up.

      November 29, 2013
  13. Stunning!

    November 29, 2013
  14. Jen #

    Lovely shots, Leanne—I especially like the one with the fountain (okay, I’m a sucker for garden fountains!) and the one with the road curving along, leading our eye to the building. Very pretty. The boot one is cute too—some of my favourite shots are not those I’ve gone looking for, but serendipitous ones such as that!

    Good luck shooting at the festival! It has gotten bitterly cold here and I’m not looking forward to photographing in that sort of weather. I may be from Michigan, but cold weather is not for me!

    November 29, 2013
    • Thanks Jen, I like hearing what people like, and the boots, well the boots were too cute not to take.

      It is cold here too, but I am sure not the same as it is there. You aren’t the first Michigan person I’ve heard say that, the last one moved to Las Vegas. Keep warm, sounds like you guys are on track for a white Christmas this year.

      November 29, 2013
  15. Beautiful photographs! Great perspective. 😀

    November 29, 2013
  16. Pretty nice shots, as always 🙂

    I really liked the one from inside.

    November 29, 2013
    • Thank you, I have wanted to do that one for awhile.

      November 29, 2013
  17. Brilliant framing and colours

    November 29, 2013
  18. What a stuning building.

    November 29, 2013
  19. Such beautiful captures…

    November 29, 2013
  20. Wellies on fences is kinda cool. And would it be okay if I were to covert your D800? 😉

    November 30, 2013
    • I liked them too, a nice decoration. Mmm, sorry the D800 is mine. LOL

      November 30, 2013
  21. Awesome

    November 30, 2013
  22. Wow, you are having some beautiful weather. The sky against this building is spectacular. Sounds like you are getting some interesting work. 🙂

    November 30, 2013
    • It was great that day, but really for this time of the not so great, I think we just had one of the coldest Novembers on record, which is a little sad. Though we get hints of the summer that is coming and too abruptly at times. Thanks.

      November 30, 2013
      • That’s because we’ve been stealing all your heat. Our November has been warm and pleasant. (In CA, not in St. Louis!) 🙂

        November 30, 2013
      • You theif, haha, not that I mind, I have no problems putting off the heat for while. None at all.

        December 1, 2013
      • You turned us in. They are talking snow possibly in our area. It only does that every 20 years or so. 🙂

        December 7, 2013
      • Oh, how exciting. I hope you get some for Christmas.

        December 7, 2013
      • Looks like we are getting it early! 🙂

        December 8, 2013
      • Photos please 🙂

        December 8, 2013
      • I enjoyed Hawaii at 90 degrees instead. Sorry no pictures of the momentous event. Look on Melinda Bourn’s FB page. If you go to my FB then from there to hers you’ll see her back yard.

        December 10, 2013
      • OK, will check it out, 🙂

        December 10, 2013
  23. You have some beautiful photography and I especially like the gumboots! Thank you for stopping by my blog!

    December 2, 2013
    • Thank you, the gumboots were too cute not to take photos of them. You’re welcome too.

      December 3, 2013
  24. I love those gumboots! I’d never heard of that term before. 🙂

    December 27, 2013
    • Oh yes, that is what we call them here in Australia, no idea where it came from. 🙂

      December 27, 2013

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