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Quiet Thursdays: The Calm After the Mess

It has been a lovely week, and I’ve had plenty of time to sit around home and just enjoy being here.  I’ve been doing some writing, but not much editing of my photos.  We have had some rewiring done in our house, so limited internet, no big computer, so no access to my photos. It will be great when it is all done, but it means I haven’t been able to do everything. The network in the house will finally be much better as well.

I have been working on a couple of photos.  Not really sure about them, but I was trying out on them what I did to the flowers the other day.  I think these might need more experimentation.  Time will tell, will see what I get. I’ve had both photos on facebook, only the first on G+, but before I put the second one in this post I made some changes to it.

I’m off to clean up the house and get it sorted after the massive upheaval.  I also need to spend some time our cat Tiddles, who is very confused and frightened from everything.  He doesn’t like men, and having electricians in the house working has upset him a lot.  I hope you have a lovely day and maybe catch up some things as well.

The Evolving Continues

A couple of weeks ago I talked about how I wanted to start doing some new work, compositing images.  I have slowly started planning some work and experimenting with that.  Then last week I showed you a wedding photo that I had done a composite with, changing the background.  So this week I finally got around to going to Montsalvat in Eltham to take some photos that I could use for compositing.

I have to be careful with these photos, I had to pay $22 an hour to be allowed to take photos and I am only allowed to use them here. So I took some photos and will try experimenting with them, but I am still deciding if I would ever use Montsalvat again.

LeanneCole-thea-montsalvat_1666The background was taken at Montsalvat in the big room above the Great hall.  These windows are so gorgeous and the light coming through was lovely.  I have some plans for the images, but I need to photograph my model first.  I really wanted to try compositing one, so I got one of the images I took of Thea in my class last Saturday and tried to composite her into the image.

I am not sure the image really works.  It was a difficult one to do.  Thea was sitting on some steps outside and the light was quite bright.  I had to work a lot to tone that down.  I did take a quick image of one of the girls sitting on the lounge and used that for reference with the light.  I like the idea of it, but if I was going to do one for real, I think I would dress her differently and plan the shoot with the background image in mind. I am reasonably happy with how the actual compositing went and I did learn a lot doing it.

LeanneCole-briony-1710I asked my daughter to kneel down and pretend she was praying.  I like the composition, couldn’t resist doing this image.  I took other images of this without her so if I want to try and get someone in it that is more appropriate I can.

I thought I would show some of the images that I got to try compositing with.  I am not sure if I will use some or all or none, but this is what I got while I was there yesterday.  I will include the above images as well.

Experimenting on a Bride and a Groom

A couple of weeks ago I showed you some of the photos I took at a wedding I photographed in October, here is a link back if you would like to look again, or see for the first time, With this Ring.  I was pretty certain after I did the photos that I would want to do more things to the images, and experiment more with them.

One of the concerns the couple had, was that while they liked my work, they didn’t want the wedding images to be too dark.  I knew that was going to be a challenge, so I have been playing and trying some new things I have seen and worked out.  So today I thought I would show you those images.

LeanneCole-sashbee-20131013-0045-2I worked on this one a lot.  I hope it looks a lot better than the original one.  I didn’t show the original the first time, so you will have to take my word for it, and I know the couple loved it.

I also used the images with them to make my first composite.  Before the wedding, I met them, we wandered around where they wanted their images, and had planned everything, so we thought.  Then a week before the wedding, we found out the Melbourne Marathon would be on the same day, and all those places we were going to photograph would be a “no go” zone for us.  We had to think quickly.  We decided on the other end of the city, but there was no opportunity to get in there to check it out and see what was possible.

On the day, what we thought we could do, we couldn’t, there were things in the way, and so winging it became the order of the day.  I can’t stress how important it is to check out places before hand.  Make sure you go over them, look at all angles.  Google search the day and make sure there are no events on that day that you need to be aware of.  What happens if it is raining, is there a wet weather plan.  So many things to consider.


We took some photos around a lovely old fountain in Spring Street with the Treasury Building in the background, you can see in the above image.  Though I was happy with the Treasury building, the other buildings in the background were ugly.  Very 1960’s, with their square shape and no lovely design features.  I realised after that if we had gone to the other side of the fountain, we could have got the Windsor Hotel in the background, a very old, very classy hotel.

So I went into the city a couple of weeks ago on a day that was similar to the wedding, so overcast, and took some shots of the hotel.  I didn’t have anyone with me to focus on, so I used the tourists to focus on, set my camera on manual focus and took the shots I wanted.  This helped with the depth of field.

LeanneCole-windsor-0447This is one of the ones I got.  I know it is out of focus, it is meant to be.  Helps with that idea that they were all taken at the same time.  Then I took one of the photos of the two of them in front of the other building and put them in this one.

LeanneCole-sashbee-0447-2It is my first real attempt at compositing, but I am happy with it.  There are mistakes I made and there are things I probably need to fix up, but I think it is all stuff I can work on.  Makes me think this is possible.  Maybe I can do a lot more of this.  I hope it looks like the image was really taken in this spot.

LeanneCole-sashbee-20131013-0891-1I am not so sure about this one, but I wanted to show you because there were a whole heap of yellow taxis parked out the front and I had to do some work to get rid of them, and all the people at the entrance of the hotel.  Again, not perfect, but it does excite me and I love fixing these kinds of problems.

I have some more photos, I will put those above and the others in a gallery for you to look at.

Trying to Get What’s Up Top Out in the Open

This is a problem that all artists have, and one that quite a few people here have asked me from time to time.  Do I have a clear idea of what image I want to get?  Well, I try not to, if that makes sense.  I have learned that the image in my head is never what the end up product will be.  It can be so disheartening.

I have found that is it best to have an idea, but not a clear picture, then when I get something close I am happy, well relatively.  Then sometimes I am blown away and it is such a wonderful surprise.  However, to get to that shot there is always lots that don’t work, or the ones that are experiments and they haven’t quite worked how you wanted them too.

LeanneCole-emily-20130930-6720I have had this image in my head, not of anything in particular, but it is more about colour.  The images are dark, with lots of blue and green and the highlights are probably more golden.  I like this idea and the colouring, but I have to work out how to make them happen.  So I have been trying lots of different things with some images I took recently.

LeanneCole-emily-20130930-6981I don’t know if they work, but I like where they are going and there are definitely things in them that I like and want to keep trying.  It might be better to take shots that are meant for this sort of thing though, rather than using shots that were meant to be used for something else.

LeanneCole-emily-20130930-7250I have been trying things that I learned from Sue, and Lara Jade, and a few others.  I have been trying Sue’s burning and dodging, but it is a lot harder than it looks, so easy to go too far.  I need to practice a lot more.  I don’t know that these are successful, but it is nice and I like the general look.  I think I need far more experimenting though and have some other things I want to try.

So off to do some more experimenting.

Trying the Old New on Old Images

Confusing title, I know, but I didn’t know what else to call it. Since I have been trying to antique images, I wanted to apply some of the techniques to my portraits, but I didn’t want to just straight out antique them.  I wanted to be able to use the technique, but also have them still have some colour.  So I went through some photos I took a couple of months ago and found one to experiment on.

LeanneCole-emelia-5037I was enjoying this image, until I did something I didn’t like, but I couldn’t just delete it, so decided to see if I could live with it.  I was trying to imagine 15th and 16th century paintings and the look of them for these.  I don’t think I quite achieved what I was hoping for, but I do like some parts of it.

LeanneCole-emelia-5040So instead of redoing the whole image, I decided to get another image and copy all the layers onto it.  It worked to a certain extent but I had to delete some of the layers.

I like that the images are not straight black and white, or very colourful images.  I like that you can tell her hair is red, for instance, but it isn’t in your face.  I like to think that you focus on her face and the look and then look where she is looking.

There are aspects I really like, but I wonder if this technique would work better if I had a clear idea of what I was going to do when I was taking the images.  I think I am getting to the stage where I need to start considering these sorts of things.

The Lilies of Ages

Would you be surprised if I told you I had been doing more experimenting?

Well it is true, I have been.  After doing the ones from the beach and the coastal areas it got me thinking, and I wondered what else I could apply it to.  I wondered whether or not it would work for lilies.  So I picked a few from the garden and took some photos.  I chose to use a white background, well almost white, so the colours in the image wouldn’t be too dark for the processing.

LeanneCole-lilies-20130901-8376I think this one worked the best.  I did 7 of them, and with each one I treated them differently.  I don’t record what I have done, but I save all the layers so I can go back and see what I did to them.  It is an interesting process, seeing how somethings can come together so beautifully, like the one above and with others, no matter what you do, nothing seems to work.

LeanneCole-lilies-20130901-8379Like this one.  I like aspects of it, but I don’t think it works as well as the first one.  Actually I know it doesn’t.

I did a few of them, so I am going to put them all into a gallery and you can see what I mean.

I don’t know if I am going to keep doing images like this, but there are definitely aspects of the processing that I like, that I might try along with some other things.  I don’t know yet.  Interesting times ahead, I hope.  How is your experimenting going?