Wednesday, December 6, 2017

A week on Kauai




Just returned from a delightful week on the island of Kauai with good friends of like minds and interests.

We photographed like crazy, laughed like loons, explored, lounged, ate, read, and people-watched.

Here you see a house in Hanalei -- "Surfboard House" -- which caught our eye (naturally) and was fun to photograph.

Lush foliage both at the resort and in the town of Hanapepe practically gleamed in the overcast light we had most of the time.

And finally a view of Kalapaki Bay, photographed with an iPhone and intentional camera movement and slow shutter speeds.

I am so grateful to have been able to do this, and to return home with a few decent shots.

©Carol Leigh
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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!

So grateful to have you all in my life. Have a very happy day!

©2017 Carol Leigh

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Around the house . . .

There's a small pottery bowl sitting on a cabinet where I put little treasures, including a rock I wrapped in Japanese paper and added a metal button. Thank you, June, for the bowl. I love it still.

©Carol Leigh
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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Latest work: "Lone Tree Sunrise"

A solitary tree alongside Bellingham Bay, Washington, up close to the Canadian border. Photographed with an iPhone and then processed in Photoshop. Across the bay is the Lummi Reservation and Lummi Island.

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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Blue great blue herons


 Great blue heron rookeries, where they build their nests and raise their chicks, are loud, noisy, crowded places. Five-foot-tall birds with five- and 6-foot wingspans all vying for space.

Which may account for why we often see them alone, gazing outward, (or inward), standing quietly in the shallows, or atop a piling, motionless.

Solitary, quiet, and momentarily free from all responsibility.

©Carol Leigh
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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Latest work: "Kodachrome"

Acrylic on paper gelatin print. The more I worked on this, the more I got a “camera” vibe, hence the name, “Kodachrome.” And in the words of Paul Simon, “… makes you think all the world’s a sunny day.”

Available at Fine Art America/Pixels.com

 ©Carol Leigh
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Friday, November 10, 2017

Latest work: "Mists Begin to Lift"

My method for breaking through a momentary artist's block is to just keep working. Keep looking, keep trying different things, and to riffle through my pictures, deleting the "what the heck was I thinking?" images along the way.

Thus I free up space in the computer AND look at a variety of images with fresh eyes. Between the riffling and the purging, things are bound to happen, as was the case here.

The town of Bluffton, South Carolina is a pretty and funky town. There are lots of interesting shops, humorous signs, and colorful things to photograph, but at the end of a street, just beyond the church, you can look out over the water, through trees dripping moss, and simply enjoy the quiet. When I shot this, a drizzle had just ended, the sun was coming out, and a mist was rising up from the ground, from the water, and made the trees sort of glow. That's what I emphasize in this moody, soft picture.

©Carol Leigh
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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Compare and contrast . . .


Both of these fishing boats were photographed along the docks in Newport, Oregon. I'm liking how the black and white treatment really emphasizes lines and shapes.

I also like how different these two boats are -- the "Last Straw" obviously extreeeeeeeemly beamy, making the "Judy" boat look very thin and upright.

©Carol Leigh
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Monday, November 6, 2017

Latest work: "Crows by the Numbers"

I run a private Facebook page called "Photomotivation," and every month I give my members an assignment. (Members consist mostly of previous students and various riff-raff, so if you're interested in playing along, let me know and I'll give you the secret word that will open the appropriate door.)

This month's assignment is "Extreme Colors," and it's fun to see what everybody is coming up with. I also play along, so not only is it fun for them, but it's fun and inspirational for me as well.

This is an example of what I mean. It's a photomontage of pictures I've taken in Anacortes, Washington. I love the exaggerated colors, the combination of elements I used, the overall industrial look, and how the black crows and the chainlink fence sort of "ground" everything above them.

What I also like is how this now becomes something I've uploaded to Fine Art America, something more for me to offer for sale. An example for my students, a fun project for me, and perhaps a sale down the line at FAA. Win-win-win!

Wishing you a colorful day today.

©Carol Leigh
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Monday, October 30, 2017

Latest work: "Port Townsend Pilings"

One of the cool things about living here is that in seven minutes we can be at the Keystone Landing, then walk aboard the ferry, travel across the Passage (perhaps spotting some orcas in the distance), and walk off in Port Townsend.

We stopped to watch a couple men beach their kayaks as a third set off in a lovely wooden rowboat. But it was a line-up of pilings, calm blue water, a sailboat in the distance, and a couple gulls that appealed to me most.

I did photograph the boaters, but ended up tossing those pictures. It was this scene that made me feel calm and relaxed and quiet.

©Carol Leigh
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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Latest work: "Opposites Attract"

This is a photomontage where the primary ingredients are security envelopes -- envelopes that have designs printed on the inside so you can't see through them.

I like the combination of the round circles (notebook paper reinforcements) and straight lines -- opposite shapes within the same image.

©Carol Leigh
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Monday, October 23, 2017

A little fall color



On one side of our yard we have a large stack of logs that look particularly good after a rain. Colorful pine needles tend to collect on them, too. Add to all that the fact that they are about chest-high and I'm a happy photographer! No major bending or stooping.

Here are three that I took recently; the first one was taken this morning. And for that photo I offer this explanation:

Photographed early this morning under overcast skies, so the bluish nature of the light accentuated the purple color. I also underexposed a bit to keep the color rather rich. And I'd like to thank Mother Nature as well as Golden brand's "Dioxazine Purple" acrylic paint for their assistance.

Yes, I painted the first leaf. But look at the third picture -- I didn't paint that one, and yet . . . PURPLE!

©Carol Leigh
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Saturday, October 21, 2017

Recent work . . .


Lovely rust colors on the side of a ship in drydock, being (sob!) repainted.

I also like the squarified version, which calls more attention to the "good stuff" in the picture.

©Carol Leigh
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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Signs of fall on Whidbey


Surrounded mainly by pines and alders, we don't have much color here. But I do like how the pine needles can look like confetti, and how the alders can turn a pretty green and yellow.

There's also a mystery tree in our yard that looks wonderful this autumn, especially against a background of darker pines.

We have a number of friends and parents of friends in Santa Rosa who have had to evacuate their homes. One house has burned down, others are currently in a state of limbo. My heart goes out to all of them. And the firefighters -- oh, my. No words for the work they're doing.

Wishing us all a bit of respite, peace, and calm. It's been crazy long enough.

©Carol Leigh
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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Latest work: "Number 20 Cracked"

This is an image I uploaded to Fine Art America this morning -- a composite of peeling paint, a dumpster, and the number 20 from another dumpster.

The color version didn't have the impact I was looking for, so I converted it to black and white, made a number of adjustments, and then let just a hint of some grungy blue color come through here and there on the numbers.

Is it great? Nah. But I do like it. Always a sucker for grungy stuff, numbers, letters, rusty metal, and peeling paint. So, really, what's NOT to like?

©Carol Leigh
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Monday, October 9, 2017

From color to black and white (parts 6 and 7 of 7)




There's a challenge going around in my corner of Facebook at the moment where someone challenges someone else to create one black and white image a day and to post it on Facebook. The "rules" are "no people and no explanation." Well, here's the explanation.

I took this picture of an agave stalk in 2006 and turned it into this weird color. Today, I'm not sure why! But I wondered how it would look if I converted this blue horror into black and white.

I like the black and white version much better, but going back to the blue version, I noticed how the background was out of focus, but there was a shadow back there that echoed the same angle as the (and I don't know the scientific word for it) thing sticking out on the right.

The lights and darks in the background are interesting, add depth and interest and mystery, yet aren't overly obtrusive.

And then there was the great blue heron landing on a piling in South Carolina. The picture could have been sharper, but I loved the outstretched wing, the beak, the lower legs. They all angle sharply from right to left.

Intuitively I allowed more room in the left two thirds of the photo, room for the concept of horizontal movement to establish itself.

But what about the subtle lack of sharpness? I gave the image a soft, painterly look (lemons/lemonade) and also toned it a warm pinkish color. But would that translate to black and white?

I think it does. It's light, soft, and it keeps me looking. Is it better? I really don't know.

This black and white challenge was indeed challenging. The benefit of participating in it was it encouraged me to look at my (and everyone else's) pictures with new eyes and to experiment. Always a good thing.

©Carol Leigh
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Sunday, October 8, 2017

From color to black and white (part 5 of 7)


There's a challenge going around in my corner of Facebook at the moment where someone challenges someone else to create one black and white image a day and to post it on Facebook. The "rules" are "no people and no explanation." Well, here's the explanation.

I fell in love with this cellphone app and used it a lot before it died, and the creator never updated it. Alas.

The beauty of the app was how it created a watercolor-ish appearance to the subject matter, a sort of painterly look that was soft and textural.

I would walk around the house with the cellphone, just searching for something to shoot.

My Oregon neighbor Juanita gave me this fishing net float, made of soft green glass. It sits in a powder room window, next to a sea-glass aqua bottle, a bottle that has feathers in it.

In hindsight, maybe I should have removed the bottle to the right of the float, but I do like the mystery of it.

The scene looks good in black and white as well as the sepia. Can't decide between the two which one I prefer, but I'm leaning toward the sepia version.

©Carol Leigh
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Saturday, October 7, 2017

From color to black and white (part 4 of 7)


There's a challenge going around in my corner of Facebook at the moment where someone challenges someone else to create one black and white image a day and to post it on Facebook. The "rules" are "no people and no explanation." Well, here's the explanation.

I  found this bit of architectural detail in Balboa Park, San Diego. When processing the image, I toned it, and was quite pleased with the result. Seeing the black and white version, I'm finding the B&W more appealing. But why?

It's stronger. It has more depth. There's more contrast between light and dark. And it shows more details, brings out the artistry of the builder/designer/artist more than the softer, more ethereal look of the original.

©Carol Leigh
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Friday, October 6, 2017

From color to black and white (part 3 of 7)


There's a challenge going around in my corner of Facebook at the moment where someone challenges someone else to create one black and white image a day and to post it on Facebook. The "rules" are "no people and no explanation."

This is one of my favorite photographs. We were in a Chinese restaurant, waiting for our food to arrive, so naturally I took out the cellphone to find something to shoot.

At the time, I was enamored of a particular app (alas, it's no longer available, no longer works) and was delighted to see the textured sepia image it created. I was equally delighted to see how well the image works in black and white.

©Carol Leigh
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Thursday, October 5, 2017

From color to black and white (part 2 of 7)


There's a challenge going around in my corner of Facebook at the moment where someone challenges someone else to create one black and white image a day and to post it on Facebook. The "rules" are "no people and no explanation."

For my second photograph, I selected this picture, also taken in South Carolina. Whereas a number of people really liked my first picture, not many liked this one. And I can understand why.

As a black and white it looks even weirder than it does in color. I like both versions, however, and it doesn't bother me that it was less popular than the first. Also, by looking at it in black and white, I think it might just work in a photomontage of some sort. We shall see.

What is it? I was standing on a grassy bank, looking across a bit of water, to a pier. It was the almost Roman numeral-ish look of the pilings that caught my eye, not the actual pier itself.

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

From color to black and white (part 1 of 7)


There's a challenge going around in my corner of Facebook at the moment where someone challenges someone else to create one black and white image a day and to post it on Facebook. The "rules" are "no people and no explanation."

Sounded good to me: a new way to look at my images, no "people" photography (yay), and no need to write anything.

The second part of the challenge was to nominate someone ELSE to do the same thing. And so it would go.

Here's the first picture I attempted, a color image I'd taken in South Carolina a few years ago. I had toned it and applied a painterly look to it. Would this work in black and white? And why?

I was pleasantly surprised how nicely this image turned out once I removed the color. The lights and darks in the trees stand out more. The mysterious things in the distance show up more as well. And the dark tree trunks stand out better.

Which version do I prefer? Hmmm... I'm going to say the black and white version. And I never would have created it had I not been "challenged" on Facebook.

©Carol Leigh
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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Latest work: "So Long, Pete Turner"


When I was a little photographer, Pete Turner’s work was so exciting. And the picture below, of the trash can, was what drew me in. So colorful. So clean. So simple. His images were what I wanted to emulate. He passed away last week. But his work, his colors, live on in my head.

I was creating this top picture when I learned of Turner's death. So I saturated the heck out of it! So long, Pete Turner.

(Pete Turner photograph courtesy of Pete Turner Studio.)

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Radio-controlled . . .



We took a little day trip up to the Fisherman's Terminal, south north of Seattle. Little did we know there was a "Fisherman's Fall Festival" going on, with no available parking, mobs of people, and lots of colorful tents dotting the entire area.

Classic nightmare scenario for me. (Bright sunlight, too many people, etc.) But we lucked into a parking spot, and saw that NOBODY was walking around on the docks! Everybody was over at the booths, the music, the "build your own boat" facility, and watching ocean survival demonstrations.

My photos of the boats, texture, abstract images all turned out less than wonderful. But the radio-controlled boats? Very cool! They were zipping around, the fireboat occasionally spraying out water from a hose on top.

A good day, no matter the shooting situation. I mean, two ferry rides, a drawbridge, boats, rust, cute little boats, grilled rockfish for lunch? What's not to love?

©Carol Leigh
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Friday, September 22, 2017

The last day of summer




Wednesday was the last day of summer. "Let's go walk around Langley!"

Our first stop was the Whidbey Art Gallery, which always has unique art and at affordable prices. I asked the man manning the desk which art was his. He's John Kloecke, a potter and does a lot of raku firing. I made sure we saw his work, and one piece in particular stood out -- a very elegant pot, a rich blue color, and a unique glaze that he said had glass in it, which melts to a lovely sheen. We bought it -- to be photographed soon.

This pink hydrangea flower is one of the last bloomers of the season, and looked good against a still-green leafy background.

And then down to the marina to see what we could see. Lots of crows, gulls, and pigeons, as well as dramatic clouds off in the distance.

I rescued a large starfish a gull had pulled off a piling and then left on the sidewalk. I grabbed an arm, gave a tug, and gently put him back in the water, watching him slowly, slowly sink down to the bottom.

Had an enjoyable conversation with the dockmaster, who showed us a photo he'd taken that morning of a bright orange (and huge) jellyfish. "That's Sandy Point. See that house with the sun on it? That's my parents' house. They've been there 45 years. Sometimes I call them and say, 'I can see what you're doing!' And they never fail to laugh."

A fine little exploration and an excellent way to celebrate the beginning of fall.

Wishing you all small celebrations such as this.

©Carol Leigh
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Monday, September 18, 2017

Nautical bits . . .


Late afternoon light raking across a rusted ship, creating a beautiful shadow of the chain. Although I like the full-frame, vertical version of the image, I'm more drawn to the "squarified" version. But why?

There's more mystery in the top shot, but more information, more emphasis on the chain in the lower shot.

Either way, gotta love the warm glow of the light!

©Carol Leigh
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