Friday, May 31, 2013
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
These three photos were taken in Hawaii, Lake Tahoe, and Oregon. Can you tell which is which? Because there's no bright light, no shadows, you can see that the top photo was taken in delightfully overcast light in Oregon. The middle photo, also lacking in shadows, but painted with a tropical flair, was taken in Hawaii, in the shade. And then finally there's one with a well-defined shadow that was shot under brutally sunny skies at Lake Tahoe.
Each image has both horizontal and diagonal movement. The handle in the first image diagonates toward the southeast; the handle in the second picture is horizontal, but the painted elements head southwest/northeast; and the bottom photo features a horizontal handle, a horizontal door frame element, but the shadow has a mind of its own.
Although I usually prefer soft light, I gotta say I'm always delighted when bold shadows created by bright sunlight add a strong compositional element.
Wishing you all good light, no matter which light you prefer. ©Carol Leigh
Friday, May 24, 2013
I've been enjoying taking high-key images, and when I found this white feather, I put it in front of a white background and shot away. At the end of the shoot, I held a pale blue scarf behind the feather and, during the exposure, waved the scarf around to create a clean blue background that has a bit of shadowing in it for interest.
Why not just use blue construction paper, or fill the background with blue in Photoshop? Sure, that would work fine, too. But I find that a flat background doesn't give me the feeling of depth (and naturalness) that I want.
Of course, what often happens is that during the waving-around part, I often knock over whatever it is I happen to be photographing! No problem when shooting a feather, but when shooting my husband's favorite cordial glass, well . . . that'll just be our little secret, won't it? ©Carol Leigh
Thursday, May 23, 2013
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
. . . think about composition, line and design. The second issue of my eZine, "VisuaLeigh" is out and available for just $5. Seventeen short, quick articles about designing images, finding the movement in your own work, and more.
Here's the link to my online store: http://shop.carolleigh.net/main.sc and here's a link for more information: http://visualeigh.blogspot.com/2013/05/issue-2-of-visualeigh-e-zine-now.html
And, as always, thank you for stopping by. ©Carol Leigh
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
. . . hang around in a softly faded aloha shirt.
Both of these were photographed in store windows. The first, photographed on the Balboa Peninsula, looked like it had been in the window since 1963. I photographed the red shirt in Lahaina, Maui. ©Carol Leigh
Monday, May 20, 2013
Sunday, May 19, 2013
It probably comes as no surprise to you that I have an oil can collection. It's just a small collection, nothing valuable, but a collection I treasure nevertheless because I love photographing these things! The latest member of the collection is there in the top photo, middle can. He cost less than $8 and has a wonderful patina. A very cute little guy. Fair warning: more oil can photos will probably follow in the next few months as I have my way with these. ©Carol Leigh
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
I have a little stash of star-shaped beads. I selected three and placed them on some paper I'd used to clean my paintbrushes. I like the warm, overall golden brown tones here. ©Carol Leigh
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Monday, May 13, 2013
Sunday, May 12, 2013
As you can see, I've been working in the square format a lot lately and I've been experimenting with bold, vibrant colors, creating abstracts that (I hope) get your attention right away. All have been created with my photos of boat textures, photos of paper I've used to clean my paintbrushes, photos of rust, and some plain texture here and there. I'm thinking these would look great printed on metal (oh, boy!).
These are named (from top to bottom) "The Deep End," "Sunstorm No. 2," "Sunstorm," and "Sky Into The Sea." Thank you for taking a look at my work. ©Carol Leigh
Saturday, May 11, 2013
Friday, May 10, 2013
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Issue #2 runs 30 pages and features these articles:
Composition "Bones": Shoelaces
On Seeing: View from the Couch
Light & Shadow: Car Show Shadows
Composition: Focal Points
Composition: Having an Anchor or Base
Composition: Weird But It Works
Composition: Centering/Not Centering
Bad Photo and Why It's Bad: Pumpkin Display
Lighting: Same Weed, Different Day
Photomontage: Why I Like This One ("Desert Windows")
On Seeing: What I Saw/What I Made ("Ms. Law")
Cropping Down to the Good Stuff: Orange Fender
Composition Thought Process: "Planetary Shift"
Composition: Shell Fossil
Bad Photo and Why It's Bad: Genoa Leaves
What It's Made Of: "Learning"
Composition "Bones": Balcony Chairs
30 pages/PDF format
Here's the link to my online store: http://shop.carolleigh.net/main.sc
Hope you enjoy this issue! Please let me know if you have any questions. Thanks!
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Monday, May 6, 2013
Sunday, May 5, 2013
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Palm trees in front of a turquoise wall photographed in Florida a few years ago bear a slight resemblance to vertical ink lines I photographed on a torn piece of paper in California last year. Florida's more colorful, but then we'd expect that, wouldn't we? ©Carol Leigh