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Flatiron in Situ

It has been crazy since I got back, and I am trying to get the magazine ready to be published at the end of this month, or early next.  On top of that, family dramas, not much sleep and working, it is all getting on top of me. I also have quite a few articles I have to write for dPS, and one of them I need to get done straight away.

As I was thinking about that article and what to do I remembered the morning I had gone to the Flatiron building. When I was there I tried to take photos at different angles and to give it a sense of place, or to show it in situ. I used different lenses to help get that. I also wanted to remember the detail so I took some close ups of it. I might never get to go back and I want to remember how it was.

I used the 35mm lens from Nikon, then I put the camera on the Joby Gorillapod with the Tamron 15-30mm lens, and finally used the Tamron 28-300mm for the detail. The 15-30mm gives some weird angles, but I remember a lecturer at uni saying something about the nature of the thing you were working with. The odd leaning is definitely an element of that very wide lens and I’ve decided I should just go with it.

I am going to leave you with a gallery now, I hope it helps you to understand how the flatiron is and what it looks like in its surroundings.

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 – Quiet Mallee Mornings

It is good to have a day where I don’t have to talk much, and today is that day for me.  I find the first few days of the week a bit exhausting, lots of organising going on and such, so I like this idea of having a nice small post on Thursdays, I hope you don’t mind.

Today I wanted to show you some photos that I took while up in the Mallee.  We went out very early in an attempt to get a sunrise.  There was one, but as there were absolutely no clouds in the sky, we didn’t get much. However, as we were leaving we looked inside the old shearing shed in Woomelang and the light was just too good to walk away from.  It was so nice, the very low morning sun.  I hope you enjoy the photos.

Weekend Wanderings – Lessons in Melbourne

The post is a little late today, and it isn’t what I hoped it would be.  I have just finished on Skype doing my first Online Photography Lesson.  A little different to how I do them normally, but I just have to think a little differently and the class is more individual, so suited more to what my client feels they need to learn.  Today was about learning how to use a new camera and a different lens. Today I will have to come up with some lessons to email to them.

Speaking of lessons, I know you know about the One on One I did the other day in Melbourne, but today I thought I would show you some of the photos I took during that lesson. I know I normally show some photos of the area around where I am, but unfortunately I haven’t been able to get out, it has been a busy week, and a very wet week, so much rain.  Looks like the skies are clearing so I should get a lot more photos this coming week.

LeanneCole-melbourne-emporium-20140606-0102One of the things that my client said that she was having trouble with was taking photos when there is a lot of light and a lot of dark, so I tried to think of places that had those and helped her work out how to do them. There is a new shopping centre in Melbourne, it is The Emporium.  I have taken photos of it before with my phone and instagram, but this was the first time I had had a chance to take some with my Nikon D800.  It is an interesting building with lots of shapes and lines everywhere.  I wouldn’t mind going back and just wondering, but use my 14-24mm lens.


On the same theme we went to Centre Place.  I think photographing this small dark laneway is so hard.  You have all the dark areas at the bottom, but then you have the bright spots at the top.  It is a challenge, especially at the time of day we were shooting.


I have been enjoying how close I can get to things with my 24-70mm and love testing it, and who can walk past the cakes in the window of the Hopetoun Tea Rooms in the Block Arcade without taking photos?


We went to Hosier Lane and found an artist doing his work on the wall.  I took a few photos, and it was good practice for my client to see if she could take photos of something moving.


One thing she wanted to learn to do was panning.  So while we were waiting for the sun to go down to do some night photography we headed to the road to try our hand at panning.  It isn’t as easy as it sounds, and does take a lot practice.  I’m not bad at it, but I did it for many years when I was photographing the cycling.  Though when I look back on my early attempts, I am a bit embarassed.  I am going to get a post up on the News Blog today or tomorrow on panning for anyone who is interested in learning how to do it.

She learned a lot and said she got heaps out of the session.  She did email me to ask me to explain a couple of things, which was fine, I think that is fair enough.  You can’t be expected to remember everything in the one day.  I should make a list and then send an email afterwards, I think that would be a great idea.

This is what she said about the One on One Photography Session

“You certainly didn’t confuse me, you have a very practical and easy to understand approach. I am going to sit down and look at the photos today and make a few little notes, so I don’t forget what things you told me.

I felt like I really got a lot out of our session, but I will just have to get out there snapping I guess to get the practice.”

I was so happy to read that.

I am going to put the rest of the images in a gallery for you now.  I will a caption with each one so you know where they are.  I hope your weekend is going well. The sun has come out today here and the sky is blue, lovely.

Weekend Wanderings – City Snaps

On Wednesday I was in the city for a One on One Photography Session, and whilst I didn’t get a lot of photos, I did manage a few.  We went for a walk through some parts of the city that my client was unfamiliar with.

LeanneCole-city-7053I asked this person if I could take a photo of her taking a photo of the graffiti.  Everyone who came around and saw this piece of graffiti was taking a photo of it.  I have some as well.  I have other photos of the graffiti in Hosier Lane but will put them in a gallery at the end.

As I said, I didn’t get many photos, so yesterday I dragged my husband into the city with me and we walked from one end to the other while I took photos along the way.

LeanneCole-cityholga-9567I thought it might be fun if I used the Holga lens that I purchased about 18 months but have rarely used.  It looks really funny on the camera, a plastic lens that is relatively small, and purple, on my Nikon D300s.  I just figured that it might be fun to do some photos that weren’t serious and just see what it was like.

LeanneCole-cityholga-9603Working out the light can be a bit of a problem.  So you have to go up the ISO a lot and sometimes add some exposure compensation as well.  There is no aperture, so the lens is fixed and the aperture is fixed.  It really is a plastic lens and you don’t have much control over it.  It is like using one of those old compact film cameras from the 70’s.

LeanneCole-cityholga-9622It gives you, well I don’t know how to put it, it gives these shots that look old, grainy, not quite in focus.  I was having so much fun with it.  I think I will have to do this again.

LeanneCole-cityholga-9681I even tried panning with the train.  Wasn’t moving as fast as I would have liked, but it was a good try.

I got the lens so long ago and I kept meaning to take it and try it, but I just never seemed to be anywhere where I wanted to give up getting good shots for it.  When we went into the city yesterday it was specifically to use the lens and see what I could get.  I did think it was fun, and I was having a ball with it.  I do wish I had taken the D800 though, the cropped sensor of the D300s was a bit annoying, and meant that I couldn’t fit some things in.  I needed to think outside the box.  I also think that the end of the day wasn’t a great time to be using it, and perhaps it would be best using it in bright sunny conditions, so I might have to try that another time.  The images have come up a bit dark and grainy, but I don’t mind that, and think it adds to the Holga effect. They are relatively inexpensive, perfect for trying out some fun things.  The Holga website has lots of accessories and such.

I am going to put the graffiti and Wednesday images into a gallery for you with the Holga images as well, I am fairly certain you will be able to tell the difference.  I think we have fog here this morning, so as soon as the sun comes up I’m heading out with the camera.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mums who read my blog.

Weekend Wanderings – My Melbourne

It has been a funny week, I haven’t had a lot of chance to head out to take photos.  Between the rain and the cold I have, there hasn’t been any opportunity.  I thought for today’s post I would go through all the photos I have taken over the last three years and pick the photos that I have taken that I think are Melbourne to me.  That doesn’t just mean the city, it is also the photos around me where I live in the suburbs. I am just going to put them in a gallery for you to enjoy.  I have also made some of them black and white, thought it would be interesting to have a combination of both. Enjoy your weekend.

Weekend Wanderings – Werribee Mansion Part 2

When you go to Werribee Mansion you have the option of going inside.  We decided that we would, since it only cost nine dollars it seemed like a good option.  The best thing about it was that we didn’t have to go on a tour, that we could just walk around on our own.

LeanneCole-werribee-20140415--5328The inside just says opulence everywhere.  There is so much art work and the attention to detail is wonderful.  I love seeing this kind of detail in a building.  Not sure about the animal heads, but it is in keeping with the times. There was a Hippopotamus stool in the games room, apparently from a hunt in Africa.  I couldn’t photograph the games room, there were too many dead animals.

LeanneCole-werribee-20140415--5352The house has been set up a lot so you can get a glimpse of what life was like back then.  I do love this teaset, I would really like that porcelain.


Everything was so over the top.  You could be mistaken for thinking it was an English country home, which is what they wanted people to think.  People had trouble letting go of Mother England.

LeanneCole-werribee-20140415--5390I love the stairs, though was disappointed with the big window, it was quite plain, especially when you compared it with the rest of the house.

LeanneCole-werribee-20140415--5403The master bedroom, we couldn’t get over how small the bed was, especially when we think about the size of the beds we see now.

I am going to leave it there, and leave you with a gallery of images from the inside of the Mansion.  I think I will have to go back at some stage, it would be nice to do it at a different of the year.

Happy Easter.