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.