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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 Forgotten, Again

This is the third time I have reworked this image, will it be the last, who knows.  The last two times I have worked on it I haven’t been happy, and this time I’m happier with it.  I knew when I reworked it the last time that I wouldn’t be done with it, so today was the time to do.

So, first of all let’s have a look at past attempts.

Leanne Cole - Fogotten OriginalThis one is too saturated, the colours are very nice and warm, but too much.  Also, the blurring is way over done.  I think this one was done around the time I first started doing processing like this.

Leanne Cole - Forgotten ReworkedThis one was a lot better, but there’s something about it that I didn’t like.  It’s still a little oversaturated.  Though it is getting better, but there is something about it, I don’t know a glossiness or something, that just doesn’t seem right.

Leanne Cole - Forgotten Reworked AgainSo here is the third attempt at it.  After I saw the second one, I thought maybe the second one was the best one, but I like this a lot more,  It has a much more antique feel about it.  I have desaturated it quite a bit, upped the yellows and a touch of red. I have done the blurring again, but I hope it is a lot more subtle this time.

I have been learning so many new things about Photoshop, it has been fantastic, and now when I look at an image, I think about different things I can do, it is amazing.

Speaking of Changes

I think it is time.  I have hinted and said to a few people that I want to start some new work.  If I don’t find a income stream soon, then I am going to have to get a normal job, and I don’t want that.  I love doing photography and I want to be able to keep doing it.  I do make money from it, but no where near enough.

So, I recently saw some work that has made me realise something, I do want to photograph people, but in a particular way, so I am going to try and do that.   I hate portraits of people sitting there looking pretty.  I know a lot of people do those, but recently I did some for someone and I didn’t know what to do with them.

This is going to mean changes, and what that means for this blog is to be decided.  I may stop blogging every day and just do it a few times a week. I don’t want to stop altogether, but it does take up an awful lot of time.  I had hoped that I could make it work, but it has slowly dawned on me that no it isn’t.

So what I am thinking?

I want to keep photographing some of the stuff I do, but I thought, I might start talking about the hassles of trying to start a business, what problems that happen, good things that happen.  Of course, not every post, but some.  We are just going to have to wait and see what happens.

ReWorking Graffiti

OriginalThis image was taken over twelve months ago.  I did it as a 3 image HDR in Photomatix.  It was in my early attempts of HDR and it is way to saturated.  The bins blend in too much with the background.  So as I have been going though old HDR’s I thought, I might try doing this one, and another one again.

ReworkI think this is better, but still not great.  I tried to darken the background a bit, and lighten the bins.  I don’t think it worked.  I do think the colours in this are much nicer and not so bright.  I know a lot of you are going to like the first image more, but think about how over saturated they are.  The colours are not natural, if you can say that about graffiti.


I thought this one was also too saturated.


So with this one, the colours are not as saturated.  It is a darker image, but not in the mirror, and it is the mirror where you are meant to look.  I like what is happening in the mirror.  The mirror shows us that the graffiti just keeps going on and on.

ReworkI have called this a rework, but technically it isn’t, it is the first time you have seen it, and I only did it this morning.  Just shows a different view from the same mirror.  I did it because I thought this one was the same as the original.  Anyway, extra image.

I hope this post makes sense.  I have just got back from the city where I spent all day taking photos and teaching a new client how to use her camera and how to take photos.  It was exhausting, but so rewarding.  I had the best time.  I completely filled my memory card, and had to delete photos, so I could take more.  I hope she also had a great time.  I know she is feeling confused now, but with time she will start to understand what we were talking about.

Please excuse me today, I need a cup of tea and to put my feet up.


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 City Block

For the last couple of weeks I’ve been doing some critiquing for a person, going through some of her images and giving her tips on how to improve, well my opinion of it.  After the first lot she was quite discouraged, so I sent her some links to see some of my earlier work, to help put her efforts into perspective.  Some of my early work was crap. Then last Saturday I was teaching a class on Architectural photography and this image was among the lot I had chosen to show the class.

The Block in the City - Original

This image was taken just over a year ago on a trip to the city with a friend.  It was in the Block Arcade and taken with the camera almost on the floor.

The idea of the image was to show a different way of taking images, different angles and as I was looking at it, I was blown away by the colours.  True cringe factor here.  In past classes I have just shown the images on my laptop, but this time, I attached my laptop to the tv and so the images were huge.  I couldn’t believe how vibrant this image came out and I remember looking at the class and saying this has to be reworked.  So I reworked it.

The Block in the City - ReworkedThey are both HDR’s, and the second one was redone, right from scratch, so I redid the HDR with Photomatix again as well.  I processed it differently as well.  I tried to tone the people down, and bring out the features a lot more.  The colours in the rework are so much more realistic as well I think.  They are certainly more like the colours I think of when I think about the arcade.

I have added layers of blur and masked part of that blurring.  I think in images I am always trying to help you see what I want you to see.  I also played with the lighting a little.  It is a darker image, but I know you are not surprised about that.

I think it is important for people who are starting out to remember that no one starts being good straight away.  We all learn and slowly the work gets better.  It is good to look at lots of photography, I mean lots.  Look at what you like and what you don’t like.  Work out what works in an image and what doesn’t.  Look at photographers whose work you love and try to imitate it.  It is a fantastic way to learn.  Try and work out what it is that they do, especially what it is that makes you like it.  Think about why you take photos and what you want from your images.

Just a few ideas.  I don’t want to discourage anyone and think everyone should have a go.  I am going to be having a go this weekend, how about you?

ReWorking the Etched Glass in Reception

Back in January, on my birthday I believe, I posted two images, one of them was from the reception area of the 11th floor of the Manchester Unity Building.  I thought I was finished with the images from the building, but I am starting to think I never will be.

Etched GlassAs I was putting all the images together to give to the Manchester Unity, I saw this one and a cringe crept up my back.  I knew that it had to be one of the ones that I should rework.  I know we discussed how dark my work can be yesterday, but I suspect this is a little too dark.  So I redid it today.

Etched Glass - ReworkedSo what have I done differently?  The blur isn’t as strong.  I’ve been toning down how strong I apply the blur.  This image is so much lighter, and you can see the chair more.  I think in the original the chair just looked in the way and not part of the image.  I think it works better in this one.  I found in the original there was too much blue behind the etched glass so I have changed it to be greener, I think the green tones add more warmth to the image.  Overall I think this image is far more warmer and welcoming.  What do you think?

I thought I would do another gallery for you so you can see all the images put together, there are a lot of them, so I hope you don’t mind.  It is nice to see them altogether.  I am not going to put titles on them all, but you know what they all are.

I may do one more of those images again, but basically they will stay as they are.  It is interesting to see how the work and what I do evolves as my skill levels increase.


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