Saturday, January 31, 2009

Morning walk . . .

I walked a couple of miles on my favorite beach today and found subject matter ranging from subtle to very colorful. I plan on going back (next time using a tripod) and concentrate on creating sand studies as well as colorful abstracts of some interesting rock formations I found. Good exercise. Good photography. ©Carol Leigh

Friday, January 30, 2009

Reflect on this . . .

Gorgeous sunny day today, so it was up the road to Newport to check out the fishing boats. Most were out, well, fishing, but this one was still in port and reflected beautifully in the water. Sunny skies, sea lions, kingfishers, buffleheads, and gulls were the order of the day. ©Carol Leigh

When signs conflict . . .

Well, which is it? Beach access or no beach access? ©Carol Leigh

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Fresh from the oven . . .

Yum! Biscuits this morning! Photographed them just before we took them out of the oven. I can see how photography leads to weight gain . . . ©Carol Leigh

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

While running an errand . . .

This is what I love about living on the Oregon coast. I picked up my car from the shop and decided to take a detour home. Driving past a wetland called Beaver Creek, I stopped at the bridge and took a look around. The reflections, the lichen-covered trees, the still water — beautiful. And then I stopped at the Seal Rock overlook and created a "sweep" shot using a shutter speed of 1/8 second at f/32. I particularly like the way the wave off to the left is beginning to curl over. ©Carol Leigh

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Purple Twilight

This photo wasn't taken today, but was processed today. I'm behind in backing up my photos and came across this picture taken in Santa Fe in September. At the time I shot it, I liked how the pampas grass looked against the adobe wall. The grasses are lighted by car headlights as well as a spotlight coming down from above. I darkened the scene somewhat and enhanced the natural purple color. Yellow + purple = complementary colors. Works for me! ©Carol Leigh

Monday, January 26, 2009

Abby in the sun

Late afternoon sun makes Abby look pretty good. Watched a program about skunks last night on PBS and now realize how much Abby resembles one. If she starts doing handstands on her front two legs, we're in REAL trouble . . . ©Carol Leigh

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Arrrrrr . . .

Took a walk around the block this afternoon and saw a flatbed trailer on a side street with the word "Trailmaster" on the side. The "R" looked particularly good, ensconced in rust as it was. I'm sure this "R" will show up in a photomontage someday . . . ©Carol Leigh

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Caught red-handed . . .

Another flatbed scanner image -- so much fun to do. Here I put some bubble wrap on the glass and then held it down with my hand. I altered the colors somewhat in Photoshop to give it more vibrancy and voila! a handsome addition to my photo-a-day project. ©Carol Leigh

Friday, January 23, 2009


This is a photo that was not taken today, but was processed today. I shot this crow feather on the central California coast in October, but hadn't had a chance, really, to work on it until this morning. The feather has a natural blue-black tone to it which was enhanced by the fact that the entire scene was in shadow. The dark bluish light on the shaded sandstone and the feather adds a sense of mystery. ©Carol Leigh

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Unusual fish

I foolishly neglected to write down the name of this fish that I photographed today at the Oregon Coast Aquarium. I think it's some sort of cowfish or trunkfish, Ostraciidae. It doesn't seem to have scales, looking instead like it was patched together with bits of old leather baseballs! ©Carol Leigh

Wednesday, January 21, 2009


A friend's cat died the other day. Such sadness. Mine can be so annoying, but if something should happen to her, well, how awful that would be. With my luck, however, she'll probably live as long as a freakin' parrot! :-) ©Carol Leigh

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Sunrise at Seal Rock

In keeping with my New Year's resolution to "shoot early/shoot late," I was at the Seal Rock overlook at dawn to shoot the sky turning pink and blue. My current online class has a lesson coming up on motion, and so I was experimenting with longish exposures, capitalizing on the low light. I shot waves crashing on rocks with the lights of fishing boats in the distance, and, in the last two photos, created Impressionistic images by sweeping my camera from right to left during a long exposure. An exhilarating morning! Great way to begin the day. A day of hope in Washington, D.C. ©Carol Leigh

Monday, January 19, 2009

Creepier than she really is . . .

I often refer to my cat Abby as the psycho cat from hell, but she's actually sweet and loving (if she likes you and she's in the mood). This photo makes her look like a demon. I desaturated the picture and then let the color of her eye come through and nothing else. Kind of cool, but pretty creepy. ©Carol Leigh

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Double U Bolts

Or are they double C's? I found a bunch of these in a box behind a building in Newport this morning and loved their colors. ©Carol Leigh

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Prepping for stir-fry . . .

With lots of natural sunlight coming in through the kitchen window, these mushrooms looked pretty good. I used a macro lens, purposely setting the aperture at f/2.8 for extremely shallow depth of field. ©Carol Leigh

Friday, January 16, 2009

Rock Hearts

I have a rock that's carved in the shape of a heart. I placed it on my flatbed scanner, made an image, turned the rock over, made another image, and then combined the two in Photoshop. One rock, two hearts, one photo. ©Carol Leigh

Thursday, January 15, 2009

"Drive-by" shootings . . .

We drove inland today and so I, sitting in the passenger seat, took some "drive-by" shots which I really have fun doing. And yes, I know they're out of focus! They're SUPPOSED to be! The first photo is of an orchard, and I like how I can see down the one "corridor" between rows of trees. On our way home, the sun was setting behind a cloud bank and I shot out the window as we crossed over a river. It's the layering in this image that I particularly like. And the third image, also taken at sunset, shows trees sort of stair-stepping across the frame against a warm-colored sky. ©Carol Leigh

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Breakfast of champions . . .

Okay, it's not the most inspired photo, but it's not bad. Oats, raisins, and nuts begin my photographic day . . . ©Carol Leigh

Tuesday, January 13, 2009


The moon shone silver on the sea this morning and I zoomed out the door to attempt to photograph it. I was a bit late, but the morning was quite magical anyway. I stood on a bluff, watching the sky grow pink. Waves crashed on the rocks and two bald eagles flew past. My photos overall weren't so good, but I do like the shot of the information sign perched above the tidepools below. I then drove inland a mile or so and photographed the Alsea Bay as the sun tried to make its way through a fog bank in the distance. Bare branches obscure the scene, but also add a bit of interest and context. "Context" is my byword for 2009. I'm good at zooming in tight on small things, or capturing detail; it's the big picture that's a challenge and is what I'm hoping to improve upon this year. "Shoot early, shoot late" is another concept for me this year as well, and I achieved both this morning. ©Carol Leigh

Monday, January 12, 2009

Gulls at Yaquina Bay

Sunshine, no rain, so I headed up to Newport to check out the fishing boats. With such bright sunlight coming from the right, I decided to turn this shot into a silhouette. I exposed for the bright water, not caring if everything else went black. Yup, more photos of gulls! At least I'm putting them in context, however, showing you where they live, what they're doing, what their environment looks like. Not just another bird-on-a-stick shot . . . ©Carol Leigh

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Cranky little baby shoes

I put these shoes on a flatbed scanner rather than photographing them with a camera, and I like how they look like they're carrying on a rather spirited conversation. I never would have come up with this composition had I been shooting them with a camera. The flatbed scanner is an interesting way of creating images, and I'm liking the results. ©Carol Leigh

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Morning Frost

Beautiful, conifer-esque patterns often form on the windshield of Chris's truck. I shot them from the inside of the truck looking out. I didn't have much time, however, since even just a little bit of body heat melted them away. Cold day today, but at least it isn't raining. ©Carol Leigh

Friday, January 9, 2009

Bird on a stick . . .

What is it about gulls that we just HAVE to photograph them? The world certainly doesn't need another photo of a gull, but when they're there, so close, it's almost impossible not to click the shutter. We were at Nye Beach today and I liked the way I could see Yaquina Head Lighthouse off in the distance as well as the gull sitting on the post. One more gull photo . . . in a continuing series, I'm afraid. ©Carol Leigh

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Kitty Nose

A macro lens and a sleepy cat were all I needed for today's photo. ©Carol Leigh

Wednesday, January 7, 2009


I'd forgotten how inconvenient this "photo of the day" thing can be, and how it can slip your mind, so in desperation I simply present what's currently on my coffee table. Naturally I did NOT include the enormous stack of old magazines that's lurking over on the right-hand side. ©Carol Leigh

Tuesday, January 6, 2009


Fantastic soup with white beans, tomatoes, carrots, celery, onions, basil, cilantro, and homemade croutons. Yum! Good stuff on this blustery, rainy, cold Oregon coast day. ©Carol Leigh

Monday, January 5, 2009

Sand Blizzard Part 2

After another night of strong winds, I went down to the dunes to see how the houses were faring. Sand, sand, and more sand, but truckloads were being removed, homeowners were doing a lot of sweeping, and little bulldozers were working here and there. Wind was swirling sand off of roofs and onto my camera, so I left rather quickly. ©Carol Leigh

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Cooking tip . . .

Just FYI, an instant-read thermometer is definitely NOT a meat thermometer! I noticed the meltdown just in time to avoid serving a nasty little plastic-covered roast. After the thermometer cooled, I took it into the studio, put some red fabric behind (red = heat, I figured) and then used a macro lens to shoot the meltdown. ©Carol Leigh

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Tree at the Port of Alsea

A rain- and wind-free day at last! I went over to the Port of Alsea to see what I could find, and liked the look of the bare branches of this tree. I also altered it a bit in the computer later to create this photomontage:, which I think looks a bit more dramatic. ©Carol Leigh

Friday, January 2, 2009

Sand Blizzard

Big storms have been pounding the Oregon coast and this particular neighborhood, built on a dune field right on the ocean, suffers from drifting sand. Never a good thing, this sand drifted up against houses in dunes two stories high; garage doors buckled, and the sticky wet sand covered windows and filled the streets. In the photo of the car, you get a feeling for what the street looks like. Too bad it's not snow. At least snow melts. ©Carol Leigh

Thursday, January 1, 2009


Abby under the Christmas tree. For such a willful cat, she's been really good about not batting the ornaments. Only one broke this year. Taken with a 50mm lens at f/1.8 for ultra-shallow depth of field. Alas, you can see she has one green ear and a bit of red reflected on her chest from out-of-frame tree lights. I like, however, the reflections of the lights in her eyes. ©Carol Leigh