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No Longer a Teenager

Today is my daughters birthday.  I know it isn’t something I normally blog about, but this morning she let me take her to the local park to take some photos of her.

LeanneCole-brionybirthday-7737Today she is turning 20 and as her mother I can say I am so proud of her.  She has had a rough few years but has really come out of it well.

LeanneCole-brionybirthday-7866It was fun trying to get images of her.  Not the images you normally get when people pose, but the images of her as I know her.  The way she laughs and smiles.  We gave her the skirt for her birthday.

LeanneCole-brionybirthday-8054I think she is beautiful and has grown up to be a wonderful person.  It was so much fun going out with her this morning to take her photo, it has been a while since she let me.  Normally she pulls silly faces, and she did do that, but if you wait after she pulls one, she smiles and starts laughing, so I got some lovely ones as well.

Happy Birthday Briony

A gallery for you to look at the images individually.

Revisiting Waterfalls

Last year I went to visit Ladies Bath Waterfalls near Bright in the Mount Buffalo National Park.  I showed images at the time and I showed another one this past Tuesday.  It has been a big week so for today I thought I might revisit the photos and try working on them again and playing around with some stuff.  I have two images for you.

Both done slightly different.  I am off now, I think I will work on some other photos as well.  Enjoy your day.

Trying the Same Again

A friend of mine, who is also a keen photographer, was saying to me recently how much she loved one of my photos and really wanted to see if she could get the same or similar image.  She wanted me to take her where I had taken the photo.

scmelbourne-hdr1I am sure many of you will remember this one.  It was my header shot for some time.  It is funny how the memory plays tricks.  We could both remember it as having a sunset behind the city.  When we went out last weekend to capture the image, we were so disappointed that there wasn’t a sunset.  Then I looked up the photo again and was so surprised to see there hadn’t been a sunset here either.  I think it must have been the colours that were in the final image.

The above shot was taken almost 2 years ago.  It is a HDR image, I was doing so many of them back then.  I still like the image, but I had always wanted to go back and always meant to, but somehow never got around to it.  It was nice to do it again.

We were disappointed.  There was no real sunset, it was quite pathetic really.  There were hardly any trains.  There weren’t many lights on in the city buildings.  So I know we will go back again.  Here is what I got.

LeanneCole-traintocity-4244It is quite a different looking image.  I know I said there were no trains, it was true. I have taken all the photos I had with trains and put them on one image.  I like the effect.  This image is certainly earlier than the previous one, lots of street lights and things haven’t come on yet.  I did make the most of the sunset that we got.

Things have changed since I took the first one.  I do have more experience.  The first one was taken without a tripod, the second with.  I just didn’t have it with me the first time.  I have a new camera and a new wide angle lens.  My knowledge of Photoshop and compositing has grown a lot.

I think it was a great thing to do to go back after two years and see how different how I would make an image. I still love the first one, but I also like the second one, for different reasons.  I will go back again, we are planning on doing it another evening, when daylight savings finishes, but we will go back during the week, see if we can get more of the peak hour trains and the city going into early evening.

I will put both in a gallery for you to look at on their own.

Docklands in Full Coverage and Only 5 Days to Chirstmas

Yesterday I braved the heat and headed into the city to take photos of heat weary kids lining up to see Santa. With the temperature set to 40ºC, it was always going to be hot.  I thought going in early would help, but it really didn’t.  I got some nice shots, but because they are children I can’t show you, unfortunately, so I thought I would show you a lot more photos from the Docklands, I took lots.

LeanneCole-docklands-20131217-4851Here is the Christmas Tree with the city behind it.  There were people around, but compared to other places around the city, the Docklands were dead.  It is funny, because I think many of us would like to see the Docklands be successful, and have ideas, but I don’t think the developers are listening to us.  Maybe once the Ferris Wheel is going, if, it will make a big difference.

I had to do a lot of walking this day to get all the photos for the City of Melbourne, but it was nice walking around here.  Then I had to go back that night to catch some photos of the tree with the lights on it.

LeanneCole-docklands-20131217-4857The light pillars also had light lights around them.  It was like lines leading up to the tree.

I am going to do a gallery with nearly all the photos I took that day of the Docklands, both day and night.

My work for the City of Melbourne is almost complete, and Christmas is almost here, we are heading back into rainy weather, which you would think would be good after 40 yesterday, but it would be nice if it were cooler, but still sunny.  It is one of the strangest summers ever so far, ones like this always make me nervous.

I heard some people talking on the train yesterday, two visitors from the UK were saying they found the weather strange, and a woman sitting across from them said, that the weather was very changeable in Melbourne, that she had lived here all her life and still wasn’t used to it.  I remember thinking, that it was absolutely true.  We really never know what we are going to get.

My husband just said another one, “if you don’t like the weather in Melbourne, just wait 5 minutes”.

Just a reminder, Monday is fast approaching, and I am looking for emails from people with links to their Christmas photos.  So if you have any, please send me an email.

My email is

Please note the images in this post have been taken for the City of Melbourne and they have exclusive use of them.


32 Days to Christmas

I better get a move on with my Christmas shopping and working out what we are going to do this Christmas.  As I said last Friday I am going to be busy this December photographing the Christmas Festival for the City of Melbourne, so I will have to see what I can do in between.  I will be spending quite a bit of time in the city, so many opportunities to take in what will be happening there.  

scxmas-3hpm2989-4cepThe tree from last year.  I didn’t realise that it was a real tree and that they will be using the same tree this year.  The lights are set to be turned on next Friday night, so I hope as many of you who live in Melbourne will come along.  It looks set to be a spectacular evening.  

I mentioned last week, at least I hope I did, that for the month of December I would try and put up Christmas photos every day leading up to Christmas.  Which means that some things for the time being will stop, like my introductions posts, they will recommence in January and I already have someone lined up for the first post.  


So, for the month of December on the Monday posts I thought I might show Christmas from other parts of the world.  I am not totally sure how this is going to work, but I want to show your images.  Last week I talked about a challenge for photographing Christmas, and I want to be able to share those images.

I thought people could send me a link, then I can copy an image from their blogs and put them up on my Monday posts with a link back to them.  I will only do it for people who send me links.  You can email the links to me.  I don’t know exactly how it is going to work, but I am happy to give it a go.  


I haven’t posted any awards that I have received for a while.  I was collecting them, and then something happened to the page I was saving them on and they were deleted.  Then I started again, using my self hosted blog, but when I went to change it to my website, well, everything had to be deleted and I lost them all again.  

I knew I had to find a better way of doing them.  I can’t reciprocate, I am sorry, but I do like to acknowledge the people who have nominated me for an award, so I have come up with a new plan.  Under my awards page at the top, I have a list of the awards that have been given to me recently and the people who have nominated me with a link to their website.  I hope this is a good compromise.  

New Toys

I got a new toy, well two really.  The Nikon D800 arrived this morning from the Nikon Store along with a 50mm lens.  I have been playing with it all morning and sorting out what does what, setting all the different things up in it.  So much fun to get something new.  It seems incredible so far.

I wasn’t going to do a post on this today, but thought I would share a few photos I took with it this morning.  As I said, it isn’t all set up yet, but I couldn’t wait to tell you about it and show you some images.

These were taken with the 50mm lens and the aperture was set on f/1.8.  Love the depth of field.  I tried my 14-24mm on it, and I can get a much wider shot, that is going to be fantastic for shooting architecture.

So thank you to the Nikon Store for helping me out with this.


Doing the Work

Trying to work on art images isn’t as easy as it sounds.  I need to know what I want to work on, where I want the work to go.  What are my goals for it?  What are the long term plans?  What are the plans in the short term?

I have been working on these images for about 3 months now, and I am really happy with what I have done so far, but I know I can do more.  By that I mean, I still think I might be all over the place and I want to narrow it all a little.  I think I want to concentrate more on one topic, so to speak.  Though, for the portraits of other people, then they will all over the place, and the client will dictate what the images will be.  However, there is no reason why I can’t have my “fine art images” that will be separate from my “fine art portraits”

With that in mind I have been watching some of the creativeLIVE workshop that I purchased that featured Brooke Shaden.  She did a lot in it about inspiration, defining your style, working out your themes and how to work.  There is some good stuff there and a lot to think about.

20130822_104820One of the things that I felt I needed was a visual diary that I could put all the thoughts together in one place, along with drawings, designs, and photos.  I have used notebooks for much of my photography, but I tend to use only one and it contains all my information on all sorts of things.  It feel necessary to categorise things, put them in their own pigeon holes.

I purchased a new A4 visual diary, it is one from Milini, they used to be made by Daler-Rowney.  I love these as the paper inside is really nice.  It is a nice cream colour.  I find many visual diaries and sketch pads so stark, the bright white paper blinds me.  They come with a black cover that is like fabric, but again, I wanted to make it more special, more along the lines of what I want to do, or where I want to go, so I covered it in cheesecloth that I have ruined, in a way.  Gives it a lovely texture.

Another thing I do is put my favourite perfume on my notebooks and diary, makes them more personal and more mine.  It is important to me that these things are mine and not to be shared.  I wonder if that says I have a problem with sharing?

So I have a lot of thinking and working out to do.  I sort of know the direction I want to go and getting that inquiry for the wedding has really got me thinking.  I got married 23 years ago, and when I got married it was done quickly and cheaply.  We thought we were going overseas to live and the only way I could go as well was if we were married, so married we got.  I wore a dress that I already had, and there was no church service, there was no reception.

At the time I understood, but then a couple of years later when a friend was getting married, I didn’t want to know about the wedding.  It took me a while to realise that the real problem was that I was jealous that she was getting the wedding that I didn’t.  I didn’t get the wedding that I had dreamed about my whole life (I am Muriel).  So I have been wondering if I could explore that notion of brides, weddings, and the hopes and dreams that go with them.  So, my new journal is going to be used to go through these ideas and to help plan a new series of images.  I am quite excited about the prospect of where they may go.

I also thought I might show you some more images from the last shoot I did.  I got permission and she told me which ones she liked, so I will show you those and a couple of others.

I love the colours that are coming out with these images.  I think they look great.  There is a painterly effect that reminds me of the old masters, and it was definitely a look that I was going for.

I am going away this weekend.  Myself and two friends are going to Ocean Grove again.  We are staying in a place that is in the same complex as last time.  It should be a nice relaxing weekend, with lots of photos and lots of time to think and work on my ideas.

We have booked our accommodation with Ocean Grove and Barwon Heads Stays, the same people who looked after us last time.  The place we are looking forward to eating at is Barwon Orange, we have eaten there a few times now and never been disappointed.  I am not sure what images we will be doing, but no doubt it will be good.  The place we are staying in has free WiFi  so I should be able to get a post up with some of the photos on Saturday.