Friday, December 09, 2011

Promised Photo



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Yesterday in this post  I promised to reveal the photo that I had made into a canvas print by EasyCanvasPrints.com.  This is certainly one of my very favorite images from 2011.  If you've got a minute here is the story behind it.

If this is not your first visit to my blog you probably know that I live in northern Utah, and even though I'm pretty close to The Great Salt Lake it is nothing like living near the ocean or even one of the Great Lakes.  For a guy who lives so far from the ocean my trip to the New England coast a couple months ago was like taking a hungry kid to a candy store.  I could not get enough of the little harbors and lighthouses and so on.  While in a small harbor in the city of Ogunquit, Maine on a chilly rainy day I took several photos of the idle boats tied up to the docks and this one was one of my favorites with the boats lined up and the walking bridge in the distance. 




When I got back home and got it on my computer I discovered that somehow my camera had got set to ISO 3200 which introduced a lot of noise and overall the image was just not exciting at all.  I wondered how it would look with some added texture, so after trying a few I came across a texture I had created by accident a few months ago when I accidentally fired the shutter while the camera was moving and pointed at some colorful weeds.  Using Photoshop I combined the two and after playing around with different blending methods and opacity settings came up with the image you see at the top of this post, which both my wife and I were really quite excited about.

 Yesterday's post tells the story of how it went from what you see at the top of this post to this 16 X 20 canvas print hanging in the place of honor on my home office wall.




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18 comments:

Wolfgang said...

First I thought "good photo and good processing", then I saw the original - the processing is NOT good, it is an amazing "transformation" - really good work!

Eaton Bennett said...

It's fascinating how that photo came together for you. It's a beauty and you will both enjoy it very much. :))

Liz said...

WOW, Scott!! That is stunning! What an absolutely brilliant edit.

Sandra said...

you created a beautiful piece of art from that photo. really beautiful

Ari said...

A magnificent demonstration of creativity, take my hat off.

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

That was a very good rescue of a messed up photograph. I think there is a tutorial in there for you to use someday in educating us followers.

Saz said...

Wow Scott! You certainly brightened that up. So gorgeous.

Lisa RedWillow said...

Scott Just Beautiful.

joaquín said...

Good story, and good creation. I also love the ocean, particulary in winter and fall

MyMaracas said...

Your print turned out to be gorgeous, and it's all the more enjoyable for the story behind it.

In photography and cooking, I do find that some of the best results come from improvising around mistakes.

George said...

I can see why decided to get this image as a painting on canvas. I really like the job you did on this photo and the magnificent result obtained.

cieldequimper said...

Oh wow, that's fantastic!

Angela Häring-Christen said...

Scott, just gorgeous!
Greetings, Angela

Rick said...

Scott - if that isn't the definition of serendipity then I don't know what is ! I agree that this deserves the place of honor you've given it. I'd be willing to give Easy Canvas Prints a try even though I did (finally) have 3 canvas prints made last year using another company - and was pleasantly pleased with the results.

Traveling Hawk said...

The result is amazing, Scott!

chasity said...

It is beautiful Scott! Love the colors and motion.

My vacation to Maine 10 years ago was one of the best trips ever. I loved every minute of it. Nothing like it here in Missouri either :)


Happy Holidays!!!!!

Irene said...

I was thinking the same thing as Wolfgang. Great way to save the image from noise. About the image and composition, I find it very nice!

What Karen Sees said...

Truly a work of art!! It is lovely and I'm so glad you have it up on your wall to enjoy. After all my years of photography I never had any of my landscapes enlarged to hang until about a year ago. And then I couldn't decide which to blow up and frame. I solved that problem by enlarging and printing several (over many months) and then setting up an easel in the great room next to the fireplace where I place a 'picture of the season', and then rotate them throughout the year. Since these are my favorites, they will eventually go to each of my children
to remember me by.

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