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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.

Weekend Wandering – Teaching at Point Lonsdale

This last week I had another opportunity to go to Point Lonsdale. It is one of my favourite places to go, so with my One on One Photography session this week I suggested going there.  We were working on shutter speed and water is a great way to show how shutter speed really works.

pointlonsdale-20140319-3016_1I love this pier and taking photos underneath it.  When we were there the waves were big, and coming right under the pier.  I haven’t seen that before.  I also haven’t been there many times in the afternoon.  I have been there quite a few times, the first time was in the afternoon, but every other time has been in the morning.  The light is probably better in the morning, but you get lots of shadows in the late afternoon.

pointlonsdale-20140319-3002I do like it when I go there and there is a large ship either leaving the bay, or in this case, entering it.  Point Lonsdale is at the entrance to the bay that Melbourne is on. The city is on this very large bay, Port Phillip Bay.  It is quite good in some ways as it means that Melbourne is really protected from many things.

pointlonsdale-20140319-3012The lighthouse here is a very high tech one, you can see that by looking at it, and I am sure part of the reason for that is because it is on the entrance to one of Australia’s major cities.  It also serves as a light house so ships know where the entrance to the bay is at night.

Many of the photos that I took here were more demonstration for my client.  I needed to show her different ways of taking photos.  It is all very well to show them how their camera works, but I think it is equally important to teach composition and show them how I take photos.  I know that people, when they come out with me, like to see how I take photos, they want to see how I see the world through my camera.

pointlonsdale-20140319-3019Once we had decided to move on we went over to Barwon Heads to have some dinner before heading down to near where the river enters the ocean.  When working on shutter speed it is great to do some long exposures.  It was dark, the sun was long gone, but around the boat house there was ambient light so we made use of it.  You can see the streaks there, a whole heaps of students went through that area and they had torches and the camera picked up some.

Another reason I wanted to do down this last week was because of the moon.  I wanted to see if I could photograph the moon.  It was going to be pretty close to a full moon and I wanted to try getting the light of the moon reflected on the water.  It is not something I have ever done before, but thought it was worth a go.  When we first got down there, the moon hadn’t risen, I have a lot to learn. Then suddenly I turned around.

pointlonsdale-20140319-3021There it was, in all its beauty.  It was in the perfect position for what I wanted.  I am a bit disappointed that the moon is blown out, and if I ever do it again, I would do some images so that the moon is exposed better.  I wanted the pier in the image and having fishermen there was an added bonus I think.  There were a lot there that evening.

It was a great evening, cold, but fun.  I really need to put my cold weather gear back in the car.  I was happy that my client wanted to go down there.  The session went over time, but I didn’t mind, I never mind if it means I can get images as well.

I have a heap more photos for you now, and here is the gallery.

Weekend Wanderings – Dockland Sunset

My photography friend who comes out with me often has had some problems with her foot, and we haven’t been able to go out much.  Though I dragged her to the Docklands the other night to take photos of the sun setting behind the Bolte Bridge.  I had thought it might be possible to get a nice one, as the weather the next day was predicted to be nice, warm, but nice.  So I picked her up and in we went.

docklands-20140313-2180This is what we saw when we first got in there.  Not very promising.  Most of you know what my luck is like for getting sunrises and sunsets, I don’t get them very often.  I think both of us had that in mind.  There were lots of clouds for a sunset, but were they too thick, so to speak.  When the sun went down behind those bottom clouds, it was blocked out and you couldn’t see it.  I thought, well that’s it then, no sunset.  Then we started noticing things like this.

docklands-20140313-2357I thought it was a good sign, so we kept looking, and then eventually.

docklands-20140313-2452-5hpmThere it was, the sunset we were hoping for.  Ribbons of fire across the sky.  We were both very happy.

We went to a spot that was sort of in the middle, so you could take photos all around you.  Popular spot, quite a few other photographers joined us as well. We stayed there for about an hour and a half.  I didn’t really move, just had my tripod in the same place.  It was an interesting thing to do.  I usually move heaps, but not this time.  I did turn the head on the tripod and took other photos around me.

I have done some HDRs with Photomatix Pro, but I have also done some of the images with just the single one.  You can tell in the gallery which ones are HDR because in the file name for each one will have “hpm” in it.  I have also done some where the images are very similar, one is a HDR and the other not.  I wanted to compare the two.  In some cases I think the HDR worked well, and in others not.

Here is the gallery for you.  I hope you are enjoying your weekend and managing to go out and take lots of photos.

Weekend Wanderings – Williamstown

The last week has seen me at Williamstown twice to take photos.  The first with some friends and the second time on a One on One session, or more accurately a One on Two.  Both days had glorious weather, perfect weather for taking photos.  Williamstown is like the fishing village of Melbourne, it is not far from the city, and you can see the tall buildings of the city over the bay.  It is at the mouth of the Yarra River where it flows into the bay and there are ships and yachts everywhere.  There is a real sense of the Nautical there, if that is a good way to put it.

LeanneCole-williamstown-20140310-1931You can see the city behind all the boats.  There is a huge part of the foreshore that you can walk along.  All along that foreshore are boats moored to docks, and in some places there are boats just anchored.  If you love the nautical world, then Williamstown is a great place to go.

LeanneCole-williamstown-20140310-1934There is also an old Navy ship, the HMAS Castlemaine, that you can go on and look around.  Though I think this may only be open on weekends and you have to pay to go on, not much about $6 I think it was.  We didn’t go on it.

LeanneCole-williamstown-20140312-2022When I was there on Wednesday the Queen Mary 2 was docked.  Apparently she has been on a trip around Australia.  She was huge in the landscape and certainly drew your attention.

I was a bit disappointed with both trips, I so like photographing water, but it all seemed the same after a while.  I am sure there is more to photograph there, but perhaps it is something that needs to be investigated more and I need to find out a lot more.  For a place that is very old there would have to be some great architecture there.  I did find some.

LeanneCole-williamstown-20140310-1929If you drive along the foreshore between the Westgate Bridge and the main part of Williamstown, then you will see these.  I don’t know what they are use for, but they are at the back of Scienceworks.  I loved them. and would like to go back another time, maybe not so early so I don’t get those shadows from the trees over the road.

LeanneCole-williamstown-20140312-2030We also saw this Church, and went into take a couple of photos.  Churches are hard to do when you don’t have a tripod.  You have to sacrifice your ISO too much.  I took some other photos inside, but not many, I will put them in the gallery.

I have just re-installed Instagram on my phone and I took a shot on Wednesday of the water.

2014 - 1It can be fun to play around with the phone camera too.  I like seeing what the filters in Instagram will do to an image.  The biggest problem for me is that it is really a wide angle, and the zoom isn’t that great.  The camera I had in the old phone took blurry photos, but I had to get the phone replaced and the camera in the new one is heaps better.  I have a couple of other shots just taken with the phone which I will also include.

I am going to show the gallery now.  The images are a bit all the same, sorry.  I just thought if I went to Williamstown, a beautiful suburb or town, that finding things to photograph would be easy.  I should have researched it more.

Weekend Wanderings – Around the Coast

So today’s post is not strictly a Weekend Wandering, though it could be.  My back has been giving me more trouble and I have been having trouble getting out.  This week to look after my back I have also been watching quite a few of the video’s on KelbyOne. I was watching one from Moose Peterson about black and white photography.  He was on the coast and taking photos of waves and rocks to be converted into Black and White Images.

As I was watching it I just wanted to go down to the coast and get some photos. Well that hasn’t been possible, but I have lots of photos, so I figured, why don’t I take a second look and convert them to black and white, see what I get.

So I did that, and I am going to just put them in a gallery for you to look at.  Some work, some don’t.  Some are done with the black and white layer in Photoshop, some are done with Silver Efex from the Nik Collection. It was nice to play with Silver Efex again, I haven’t done that for awhile.  I am not going to tell you which is which, just check them out.  Thank you to Moose too for the inspiration.

Weekend Wanderings – Early Morning Along the Yarra

On Friday a friend and I decided that we would go into the city and take photos.  We knew that it was going to be 40ºC so we had to get in and out before the heat hit the city.  We got in there at 7am and walked down to the river at the Spencer Street end. The idea was to catch the train into Southern Cross Station, walk to the river, then along it until we got to Flinder Street Station, where we could catch the train back home. Sounded perfect.

LeanneCole-city-20140208-8613My first photo, well one of the first.  The sun was just coming up and it looked so nice as it hit the buildings.

LeanneCole-city-20140208-8615There were lots of rowers on the river.  There are always lots of rowers on the river early in the morning and you can’t avoid them, so I decided it was best to make them work in the images, as much as I could.  So there are lots of photos of rowers.

LeanneCole-city-20140208-8640There were lots of great reflections in the water.  I love the distorted images.

Early morning in the city can be great.  There are always people around, you can’t avoid that, especially now that so many people live in the city, but there far less people in the morning than at other times of the day.

LeanneCole-city-20140208-8652I’ve been using the 24-70mm lens so much more since I got the D800.  It is fast becoming my favourite lens.  Being able to zoom into some things, though not a big zoom, I can zoom, and then get some of the detail.  It was good having that lens as I start to see things that I may not have noticed before, and there were details on the Princes Bridge that I had never seen before.

LeanneCole-city-20140208-8655I never get sick of photographing the city.  I always see things that are different, or do something a little different, not to mention that the weather is always different. The light is continually changing through the year.  The light yesterday morning was going to be very different because it was the start of a very hot day, and I am sure what appealed to me to photograph was because it was starting to warm up. It is different to what I would photograph if it was a freezing cold day.  The water was so inviting, and I just wanted photos of water, and I think you can see that.  There are not many photos without water.  The water is definitely the main subject in these images.

It was good to do this as well as I am getting my One on One Photography Lessons/Tours organised so people can take them, and I could see how long it took to do the walk and what I could add or not add.  Though I don’t want my tours or lessons to be that precise, I like the idea of the client and me organising something that is what they want, something special.  I am excited about that and can’t wait to start taking people on the tours.

I have a gallery for you now to take a look at.  I hope the images are all the same, I tried to make them varied.  Before you got there, I just wanted to go back to that statement I said at the beginning, “sounded perfect”, well, it was, it was really good taking photos there.  Afterwards I came home and stayed indoors and let the Air Conditioner cool me down.

Looking at the Singular

When my photography friend first stated coming out with me she was always saying to me, “why do you take so many photo”.  She was referring to the clicking of my camera, as I would take at least 3 images of each thing.  She was referring to the bracketed shots I take.  So I explained to her why.  I used to do it because every image I did I would put it through the Photomatix and make a HDR image. My processing has evolved, and I look back on a lot of my HDR images and think, mmm, maybe better to work just on a single image.  So I don’t do many HDRs anymore, though I still take a series of bracketed shots, you never know right, but also because I never know which image will give me the exposure that I really want.

LeanneCole-scdocklands-3hpm5001So today I thought we would look at some images that I did a few months ago that I did make into HDR images and then see what happens if I process them with just one image.  The above image is the HDR, processed with Photomatix.  It looks fine, but sometimes I find that HDR images can get a kind of brilliance to them, it is hard to describe.  They can also get horrible halos, which I hate, and the colours can become very saturated.  This one doesn’t have the last two, but it does have that brilliance.

LeanneCole-docklands-5002So I thought, how would I process this just from a single image.  I choose the image that was taken 1 stop under, and went from there.  I remembered my art training and thought about what I wanted to be the most important aspect of the image and worked from there.  I have lost a lot of the detail in the image, but that doesn’t matter, it has become something different, well I hope it has.

LeanneCole-docklands-5002-2Then, because it is my image, I decided to try it with some textures on it.  I quite like the effect of the textures.  It does something else to it.

I find myself often looking at my bracketed shots, and sometimes I do the HDR image, then process a single image, and see which one I like more.  It is an interesting idea.  Sometimes I do both and I know the HDR is so much better and go with that, then other times, I delete the HDR.  I am becoming pickier with what I want from my images.  I imagine this is something that will go on for as long I am doing photography.

I have done two others, will put the ones above and the others in a gallery for you to look at and compare.  I wonder if you will agree with me.