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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 – Greening of Lake Albacutya

Back in January I came to the Mallee and I went out to take photos at Lake Albacutya after fires had ripped through the parks and destroyed a lot of bushland.  I did a post on it back then, Weekend Wanderings – A Burnt Country. You should take a look at those photos first, if it isn’t too late.  Today I had an opportunity to go out and visit the area again and my guide was, again, Jonesy.


The weather was horrible, and gall force winds were blowing icy winds.  We drove around and I was reminded of what the area looked like back in January, and how trees, like the one above were.  It is a harsh slap of reality really.  This tree was about a metre and a half across, so very old, and now very much gone.  The whole inside of it was burned.  I have other photos of it in the gallery and you can see how the whole part of the bottom was burned out.  It is a very hollow tree now.


There is something in this image, I don’t want to give it away, see if you can find it, hint we saw a lot of them as we were driving around.


Flowers are starting to flower.  It was so nice to see some colour there.  Of course there is a lot of green, lots and lots of green.  I can’t wait to go back in the spring and see the wild flowers.


This is a Wattle seedling, and they are growing everywhere, apparently they are one of the first things to grow back after a fire.


It was so lovely seeing all the trees regenerating as we were there. You could see the new shoots coming up from the bottom of the Mallee gum trees. It still looks like a bomb site, or somewhere where fires have been, but with green grass growing all over the ground, and then the regeneration shows the life is returning, or perhaps continuing.


Jonesy took us to where his retreat had been burned out, and we had a look around, but I am happy to report that he has started to rebuild, and we enjoyed a coffee made in the bush kitchen, and around a warm fire.  It was great, though somewhat weird, sitting enjoying the warmth of the fire, knowing the reason we were where we were because of a fire. Jonesy has called his new place Lucky Pines, in honour of the pine trees that didn’t burn in the fire.

It was great to visit the place again, and I was shown some new places and got some great photos, they will have to wait until another day.  I do have more photos for you today to take a look at.  I hope your weekend is going well and has included lots of wanderings.  I have done so much in the last few days I am a bit worn out.



Some Stuff to Catch Up With

Friday again and another post on bits and pieces, though I have to say trying to come up with new titles all the time is hard.  Still it is a great way of giving you information about what I am doing or up to.


I heard back from one of the competitions and I’m afraid I didn’t do very well.  Bombed out really, though I am trying not to take it too personally. I did write a small post on my experiences and what I thought about it all over on the News Blog on my website, Photography Competitions Vs Art Competitions, so good place for you to find out more.


You know I am up in the Mallee right now, but I don’t know if I told you was going to be running  a workshop on Night Photography up here.  The workshop was organised by Wimmera and Mallee milky-way-stars-night-photographyTourism and the Yarriambiack Shire. Well the workshop was on Wednesday night and we played around with taking photos at night, and photographing the stars.  It was a great night, a busy night, but I think everyone enjoyed it.  The photos in this post are from that night.  I am going to be doing a post over on the News Blog today sometime on processing the star photos that I have been doing, so if you are interested in that, keep an eye out on the News Blog.

Crash Course On Google My Business

Mary McAvoy, who wrote those great posts on SEO for Photographers Part 1 and Part 2, had some news to pass on, it is an article from a free online magazine about Google and your business, so if you are interested here is the link, Crash Course On Google My Business, hopefully that works.  Though I think you have to sign up for the newsletter to get the whole article.  I did and it hasn’t been a problem.

Up for Discussion Posts

I have organised some more guest writers to give us some insights into some things.  It is great to find people who are experts in a particular area and I hope you enjoy what they say as much as I sunset-lake-lascelles-night-photographydo. It is great having that sort of resource here on the blog for us.  If you know someone that you think might be able to write a great guest post for us, then please let me know.  Always happy to find new people.  Remember it has to be photography related, not about selling their own products, and should be informative.

I have been wondering if I should do an archive page of the Up for Discussion Posts, like I have for the Weekend Wanderings, do you think that would be good for you to be able to find past posts?tree-lake-lascelles-milky-way

I think that is about it this week.  My mind is full of the Pink Lakes and Lake Albacutya, the Milky Way and Sunsets.  Unfortunately the weather hasn’t been great up here this time.  We aren’t seeing much of the sun, which doesn’t help a lot when you want to photograph the stars.  We were going to go out last night, we saw the stars were out, and by the time we were ready to go out, you couldn’t see any.  So disappointing.  Hopefully we will get a chance tonight.  Fingers crossed.

I am going to put the above images and a couple of others from the night in Hopetoun into a gallery.  Don’t forget to check out the News Blog for some tips on processing some star photos.

Looking for Art in the Pink Lakes

Last week I showed you a heap of photos I had taken in the Mallee, well, more specifically the ones I had taken of the Pink Lakes.  There were two images that I withheld, the reasons being that I planned on working on them a lot more so I could see if I could get them good enough to enter some competitions.  I have done quite a bit on them, and am happy with where they are, but I need to see them.  I need to keep looking them and make sure there is nothing I want to change.  So today you get to look at them with me, if you want to.

LeanneCole-pinklakes-6198-1-2When we were at the wooden ramp I saw the sun reflecting off the salt, and I thought it looked stunning.  So I did, what I always do, I took a photo.  The sun was weird, still high up in the sky, but it was like the sunset had already started, there was already so much colour at the horizon.  It now looks like moonlight, and I may have made it too dark.  I will have to keep looking.  I might have to go back to the previous version that wasn’t quite so dark, though when I compare the two, I seem to be drawn to this.

LeanneCole-pinklakes-6263Not long after we saw the previous one, we parked the car and went for a walk.  We were on a track and we spotted this tree that had fallen over in the salt.  Obviously dead, but I really liked the way it was the only sign there had been life.  There is water here and the lake was a lot pinker.  I have tried to draw out the salt.  I think this is my favourite image from that trip.  This is one I think I mostly definitely want to enter into a competition.  I need to just look at it for now.  I think I have it pretty much where I want it, but I do know that sometimes I go back to an image and I do see things that I think I should change.

I really enjoyed working on these.  I know I keep saying that I should do more, and then I don’t, but I really should do more. Part of the thing that has been stopping me, has been my back, but it is slowly getting better and I can spend more time sitting now, and it isn’t a big thing anymore.  I think I need to go back through the images I have taken over the last few months and see what else I have that I might want to work on.

I will put them into a gallery now so you can get a better look at them.

The Same Sort of Theme

Since this week we seem to have been looking at Black and White Images, I thought I would go through the images I took up in the Mallee and see if I could find some more that would make good Black and White images.  Though I suspect I did the best ones the other day.  I don’t know, I couldn’t seem to make these ones work.  It could have been because I was tired, but you take a look and see what you think.  I will put them in a gallery for you.

Some of them you have seen before, so if you want to go back and see the originals you can.  They aren’t completely black and white and there is a little colour in all of them, but I do like that and think it adds to them, but I have to admit one thing I am learning is to be careful about which colour.

Short post today.  Getting ready for a cooler weekend, and hopefully a chance to get out and take more photos, or work in the garden, not sure which just yet.  Take care everyone.

Sometimes You Have to Play

After doing the post yesterday on Mark Simms I found myself inspired by his black and white images and the touch of colour in them.  I have been sitting on the images that I took up in the Mallee, thinking about what I could with them, then I thought maybe I should try making them black and white and adding a touch of colour.

LeanneCole-woomelang-20140125-7295-bwI played around with the highlights and the colours in the images.  It was an interesting thing to do.  I don’t do a lot of black and white. I have struggled with the idea of doing black and white, as I don’t always know which images to use.  I don’t believe every image is better in monotones, but some can be.

It would be easy to just convert them, but I wanted more control than that.  I have the Nik software silver efex, and was going to use that, but in the end I just used Photoshop.

LeanneCole-yaapeet-20140125-8090-bwI also wondered how the fire photos would turn out, so I played with a couple from Yaapeet.  I don’t know if I have added drama to them, but I actually quite like them. When I converted them to black and white I played with the colours again, and lightened some, darkened some.  I really love how the tree came out.

I am not going to go through each one individually, but instead will put the five images I did into a gallery so you can see each one on its own.

A Different Way of Looking at the Shearing Shed

It has been a pretty heavy week for blog posts, that is two posts about subjects that we all feel strongly about. I thought for today I would just work on some photos and have a light day so to speak.

The image I choose to work on was one I took of the old shearing shed in Woomelang when I was last up there.  You have seen the image before, and I’m not going to show it to you again right now.  So here are two versions of it for you.

– click on the images above to see them on their own.

The first one is I played with a lot, trying some different things.  The second is the first one processed with Silver Efex with the Nik Collection.  I haven’t been playing with that a lot lately and it was nice to use an image in it.  The only thing with the second one was that I didn’t like it completely black and white, so I let a little bit of the colour come through.  I think a real black and white image misses the point, the colour of the shed.

I don’t know how I feel about these images, I am a little on the fence about them.  I liked them when I did them yesterday, but waking up with fresh eyes, not so sure.

We have a lot more hot days coming again, not as bad as last time, but still enough to be so annoying.  I suppose it will be a good time for me to be working on my photos and checking out some new things.  I am so glad we got the air conditioner  fixed.  Keep cool if you are in Australia, and keep warm if you are north of the Equator.