Friday, April 29, 2011
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Monday, April 25, 2011
Saturday, April 23, 2011
In the meantime, our yard is filled with golden- and white-crowned sparrows, American goldfinches, spotted towhees, mourning doves, chestnut-backed chickadees, red-breasted nuthatches, Oregon juncos, Steller jays, and crows. Three bald eagles flew overhead the other day and ospreys are setting up housekeeping.
"And the seasons, they go 'round and 'round . . ." ©Carol Leigh
Friday, April 22, 2011
|A curtain of rain drifts across the Columbia River.|
|Tree silhouetted against the Columbia River.|
|Sunlight through the rain, taken through a wet, screened window in the Roadtrek.|
|Dramatic early morning sunlight and shadows in Hood River.|
|Camping along the Columbia River. We were the only ones there. Very green, very quiet (except for the trains!).|
|Mt. Hood looked particularly good.|
Well, the plan was two-fold: shoot stock photography in the Columbia River Gorge (primarily wildflowers on the Rowena Plateau and flowering fruit trees in the Hood River area), and take "Bart" on a quick shake-down cruise.
Bart performed admirably. Alas, the wildflowers were nonexistent and the trees had yet to come into bloom. Even though we'd visited this area on April 27th a number of years ago, this April was markedly different.
Any day out and about, however, is a good one, so no complaints! ©Carol Leigh
Friday, April 15, 2011
May 23-26, 2011
SANTA FE PHOTO EXPLORATION
We've always done this photo exploration in the fall, now let's see how things look in the spring. We'll concentrate on shooting various chapels, southwestern architecture, scenic vistas, definitely the famed Plaza and Canyon Road, and much more. Limited to 8 students. Registration fee: $560
You know me, my photographic style. Let me show you how to photograph not only the obvious, but also how to look for the little details, how to create more intimate studies of this incredible place.
You can see a gallery of my pictures from Santa Fe here: http://carolleigh.net/SantaFe/SantaFe/index.html
And you can sign up for the trip here:
I irregularly keep a journal, a place where I write down ideas, interesting quotes, random thoughts, and where I do a lot of doodling. I was looking at an entry I made last December, the day after walking and photographing on the beach.
As photographers, we think we see so much, notice so much. But do we really? The top photo shows you what my journal entry looks like. Let me transcribe it for you here. Before I do, however, let me also show you the photo that I took at the very beginning of my walk and another I took at the very end. I like both of them. But . . .
What if I hadn't had a camera with me on the beach yesterday? Would I have seen or noticed less? Or more? Would the experience have been richer?
It surprises me to think that maybe I would have seen more. Moved more slowly. But why?
I think having a camera with me gives what I see more importance. But (for me) there's always the quest for the next photo. So while I'm admiring the composition in front of me, my mind is subliminally thinking about the next shot, my eyes flickering left, right, ahead — what am I missing as I shoot this?
We're photographers. But are we also hunters? Instead of concentrating solely on what's in front of us, are we keeping an eye out for something in addition to what we're seeing now? And is that diluting the experience of the moment and, as a result, the photo we're taking at the moment?
How many fireworks displays have we not seen because we were photographing them? And I'll always remember a balloon "glow" in Albuquerque that I never really saw. How about you? ©Carol Leigh
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Monday, April 11, 2011
Sunday, April 10, 2011
Saturday, April 9, 2011
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Monday, April 4, 2011
Sunday, April 3, 2011
Saturday, April 2, 2011
It rained every day but one in March, and April's turning out the same way. We did have a few rain-free hours, however, and so we scurried out to take a few photographs. All these grey days make me gravitate toward color, which I found in these fenders or bumpers, as well as in the fishing nets. And now we're back to another week of rain. 32" of the stuff so far this year... ©Carol Leigh
Friday, April 1, 2011
Letters are always on my mind, and here are a few I've created during the past couple weeks. I love the outrageous colors in the big pink "N," the sort of white-washed and faded look of the "A" (originally photographed on a burlap sack in San Diego), the hard-edged boldness of the "C," and the weathered "G," originally shot in Goldfield, Nevada years ago. ©Carol Leigh