Wild Wave

Photo By: Carrie

Mackerricher State Park, Fort Bragg CA

We went down to the beach before the sun was setting when we were camping here a couple of weeks ago. My boys were digging through the dark sand uncovering shells and special rocks. My eyes intensely fixed on this set of beautiful rocks rising up from the ocean floor. (more…)

Follow Up– Where to Crop?

Photo By: Carrie

This was a very useful exercise, I posted on Thursday asking for some help with this image. I realize now, I was so fixed on the rocks and timing the wave splash that I didn’t pay attention to where they were in the frame. Oh, so much to learn… (more…)

Where to crop?

This is a bit of an unconventional post, I guess. I am asking for some help.

I posted these images on my Facebook page yesterday and received some great feedback from friends and family. But, now I think I have more questions than answers. Let me explain.

I took this image on our recent trip to Fort Bragg, at Mackerricher State Park. The sun was setting, it was within the golden hour and the waves and ocean shore were very picturesque.

I am happy with the coloring in the color image and the black and white image is getting there…but I can’t find the right place to crop either of these images. In its original size, it feels like there is too much ocean and sky. The rocks, which I appreciate get lost, to me.

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Photo By: Carrie

Hammond Trail, McKinleyville CA

Barnacles! This particular rock measured about 3 inches wide.

I haven’t seen barnacles since I was a kid, or at least that is what it felt like when I happened upon these this weekend.¬†They are so delicate, I tried very hard not to harm any while I was admiring them. I had to really watch my step. Don’t you love the markings left on the rocks when the barnacles have fallen/broken off, I sure do.

Something Brewing

Photo By: Carrie

Arcata Bottoms, Arcata CA

The clouds were churning, collecting, amassing into a thick lid ready to close tight. I picked up my son from school and took a detour home. As I turned left, towards “the bottoms” I felt butterflies in my stomach. I was so excited to chase the clouds. I gave my boys, both wide-eyed in the backseat, a run down of my expectations. I wanted to photograph the clouds and maybe some farms too and I needed their cooperation. (more…)

Black and White Mood

Photo By: Carrie

Photo By: Carrie

Photographs taken in Moro Bay, California (**Click on the images for a full viewing). They are from the same general area. The first photograph is from the open ocean side of the sand dune protecting the inlet. The second photograph is from the highest point of the sand dune looking back at the inlet. There is about a 1/4 mile walk between these two photographs.