Author Archives: Galen Leeds Photography

About Galen Leeds Photography

Nature and wildlife photographer, exploring the world on his feet and from his kayak. Among other genres, he is one of the leading kayak photographers in Northern California. To learn more about him, visit him on his website-

My spot on the local NBC show OpenRoad

I would like to share with everyone the interview I did recently for the NBC show OpenRoad with Doug McConnell, where Doug asks me about kayak photography. It’s a fun little spot, and I hope you all enjoy it. Here’s … Continue reading

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The preparations have begun

We actually began preparing a while ago, shortly before our wedding. You see, I’m in a lucky minority that has dual citizenship (American and German), and I’ve never taken advantage of my EU citizenship. At first I thought marriage would … Continue reading

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How to photograph fireworks

I just realized that I needed to freshen up on the technicalities of how to photograph fireworks, since I only get a chance to practice once a year. I thought perhaps all of you might also appreciate a refresher or … Continue reading

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Once in a lifetime experience

I had one today, while I was sitting alone out in a field over looking some tidal wetlands, working on a timelapse photography project. I heard some footsteps in the grass behind me, and it turns out I had a … Continue reading

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Remembering old friends: A virtual visit to some of my favorite National Parks

They’ve been there my whole life, waiting for me to get to know them. And everyone I’ve come across, I’ve been amazed by in one way or another. Today, as they shut down, my thoughts wander to our national parks… … Continue reading

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Translating between photography and video: shutter speed and more

As DSLRs become more capable of recording high quality video, it is harder and harder to resist the allure of moving images. And why shouldn’t it be? If a picture is worth a thousand words, and 1 second of video … Continue reading

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How to photograph fireworks

Just realized that it’s about time to repost this one… It’s actually pretty easy to get the technical parts right, when taking pictures of fireworks, which means the important part is to think ahead and decide where you want to … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a photo #86: Coyote tongue

This is a continuation in my series of catching animals having a little slip of the tongue… or in some cases, like this one, a not so little slip. This is not about showing close up detailed images of animal … Continue reading

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Kayak photography video

I spend a lot of time kayaking, exploring, and photographing the natural world. Motorless boats, cameras, and nature all go so well together- gliding silently along, with only the murmur of the paddle to interrupt the songs of the myriad … Continue reading

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The ethics of disclosing where photographs were taken

I spend a lot of time on public lands and waters, where I see many amazing and delightful things. I photograph them and share them with others. It is not uncommon for people to say, “Wow, where was this taken?” … Continue reading

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Why I don’t use Photoshop

I don’t know how to use Photoshop anymore, and I’m pretty happy that way, since I don’t really feel much of a need for it. Back when I did have it, I only used it for three things: making signs, … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a photo #85: Bobcat tongue

I realized it had been a while since I had posted a photo of animals caught in the act of sticking out their tongues, something which seems to happen in a surprising amount of my photographs. These photographs are not … Continue reading

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