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- www.galenleeds.net

Welcome to Maine


The trees are growing bare, but there is still some color hanging in there, giving us at least a taste of fall before the winds of Hurricane Sandy make it up here in a few days to strip the branches … Continue reading

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Packing for Maine and Nova Scotia


I’m getting ready to be gone for a few weeks, part of the time with family in northern Maine, and part of the time backpacking in Nova Scotia. So not only am I taking camera and sound equipment, but I’ll … Continue reading

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Birds in Flight: Part II


A special thanks to Donna from Garden Walk, Garden Talk for taking me to task on never having continued my Birds in Flight series, since it is a topic that I really enjoy. Flight is such an integral part of … Continue reading

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The Great Walker Contest


The clock is ticking, and the window to enter the NZ D.O.C.’s and Air New Zealand’s amazing Great Walker contest is almost closed- only a hair over five hours left at the writing of this post (contest close is 5 … Continue reading

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Fall migration


I look outside, and I see new faces. I paddle the waters of Tomales Bay, and I begin to see species that weren’t here a few weeks ago. When I kayak at night, I begin to hear the whistle of … Continue reading

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Chickadee in a spider’s web


One day while kayaking with a friend, I saw something I never imagined to see. A Chestnut-backed Chickadee with its wind stuck in a spider’s web. There were actually many of these thick spiderwebs around, and several chickadees, but only … Continue reading

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Moonfire on the beach


I went kayak camping the other weekend, and the tides were especially high. The small, remote beach we were camping on had a fire ring built by previous occupants. Normally, the pit would have been usable for a normal fire, … Continue reading

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Photographer’s dream


I just found out that Air New Zealand and NZ’s D.O.C. have come up with the Great Walker contest, and it sounds like a photographer’s dream. Nine weeks to walk New Zealand’s Nine Great Walks, all paid for. All you … Continue reading

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Simple security for your lost camera


I was listening to one of my favorite radio shows the other day- The Vinyl Cafe with Stuart Maclean- and he had a story about a woman that had lost her camera, and it had several years of photos on … Continue reading

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Focus on the eyes. Really.


I’ve written about this before, and I’ll write about it again. Ask almost any photographer, and they will tell you the same- Focus on the eyes when taking pictures. It doesn’t matter whether you are photographing people or animals, birds … Continue reading

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Silhouettes: An essay in photos


I was feeling a little inspired by my post of a few days ago- Silhouettes on the water, and thought I would post some of the silhouettes I’ve photographed over the ages. And if any of you would like to … Continue reading

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Silhouettes on the water


Creating a silhouette can be a quick, yet powerful way of making a dynamic image. They cut out the extraneous details, bringing the photograph down to a simplified field of light and dark, to outlines and shapes. The fine details … Continue reading

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