Writing with Light

Painted Houses

Before I tell you a little bit about today’s image I just wanted to let you all know how very excited I am. A couple of weeks ago I entered Travel Supermarket’s Capture the Colour competition (you can see the blog post here). I found out last week that one of my images, “An Italian Vignette” won 2nd prize in the yellow category.

I was also quite excited that the image that won 1st prize in the Blue category was taken by one of the photographers that I nominated, Adam Allegro.  You can see all the winners on Travel Supermarket’s site here.

Now on to today’s image. This row of painted houses can be found in Portland, Maine. I didn’t go searching for this street. I actually didn’t even know it existed. This was on of those time when you’re driving along, minding your own business when all of a sudden you yell to your better half…”stop the car.” Needless to say my husband stopped. I had actually passed this street heading to Portland Head Lighthouse at about 4:30 that morning but it was too dark to see anything. We were returning to the lighthouse that afternoon and lucky this time I didn’t miss it.

I took 3 exposures and processed them in Photomatix and then ran the image through Topaz Adjust to give it a bit of an extra boost. (Don’t forget you can use the code ELPHOTO to get 15% off all Topaz products.)  The bulk of the work on this image was when I brought it back into Photoshop. There were electrical wires all through the images which took close to an hour of work to remove.

Click on the image to enlarge (it really looks better) or to Purchase a Print.

painted houses, Portland, Maine, row houses, street scene

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56 responses

  1. Congratulations on the competition. It was a fabulous photograph as is this one. 🙂

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    September 11, 2012 at 8:12 am

  2. Tres joli Edith , incroyable ces batiments … il n’y a pas ça par chez moi 🙂 beau mélange de couleurs

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    September 11, 2012 at 8:12 am

  3. Congrats Edith!! That’s amazing :).

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    September 11, 2012 at 8:15 am

  4. Congrats Edith, great shot, colours are awesome and very earthy.

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    September 11, 2012 at 8:33 am

  5. Congrats on the competition! And what a fabulous picture!

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    September 11, 2012 at 8:37 am

  6. How exciting! Congratulations!

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    September 11, 2012 at 9:15 am

  7. Ken Rowland

    Congrats on the contest. Great picture today!

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    September 11, 2012 at 9:28 am

  8. Congratulations.. I’m not surprised you’ve won, you’re an excellent photographer! I love this one!! It would be gorgeous framed!

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    September 11, 2012 at 10:04 am

  9. Rick

    Awesome! Congrats!

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    September 11, 2012 at 10:20 am

  10. Congrats, Edith – great photo – bella!

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    September 11, 2012 at 10:31 am

  11. Congrats, Edith. I really love the shot!

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    September 11, 2012 at 10:47 am

  12. Why did you feel that you had to get rid of the wires?

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    September 11, 2012 at 11:00 am

    • Thanks for commenting shimon. I found the lines too distracting. They weren’t just over the houses but they were hanging all through the picture. I should post the original as well.

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      September 11, 2012 at 12:04 pm

  13. ¡Me encanta!!

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    September 11, 2012 at 11:43 am

  14. Congratulations..Edith! All of your photos are prize winners in my book!

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    September 11, 2012 at 12:39 pm

  15. Gabriel | 加百利

    wonderful image and congratulations, well deserved ❤

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    September 11, 2012 at 1:13 pm

  16. Mark Summerfield

    This image nicely shows how individuality can come through even in a place like this where all the houses are basically the same. Nice capture, Edith.

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    September 11, 2012 at 1:26 pm

  17. Amazing!

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    September 11, 2012 at 2:29 pm

  18. Congratulations. I’m happy for your award.

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    September 11, 2012 at 2:45 pm

  19. Congratulations on the win, Edith! I just checked out the site, that was an excellent photo you submitted. A well deserved win 🙂

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    September 11, 2012 at 3:08 pm

  20. tout simplement bravo

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    September 11, 2012 at 3:23 pm

  21. Congrats on the win, Edith – That image appealed to me the first time I saw it. Today’s image is superb. It reminds me of a shot of yours a few weeks back of a line of differently coloured small houses by the sea (?I think it was your image).

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    September 11, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    • Thank you so much Andy. I think the other image you’re thinking of is the one from Burano, Italy whose houses are also painted in different colors.

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      September 11, 2012 at 4:51 pm

      • Yes, Now you mention it, it was the Burano Image.

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        September 11, 2012 at 5:08 pm

  22. Jim Nix

    congrats Edith and nice work here too!!

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    September 11, 2012 at 4:01 pm

  23. Awww… that pretty awesome! Congratulation, Edith!

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    September 11, 2012 at 5:34 pm

  24. Congratulations! It’s a lovely, lovely image!

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    September 11, 2012 at 9:41 pm

  25. sedge808

    fabulous shot.
    love the colours.

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    September 12, 2012 at 12:28 am

  26. Congrats to you and Adam on your accomplishments. This is great news!
    Today’s image is wonderfully captured and processed. Very nice, Edith.

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    September 12, 2012 at 10:50 am

  27. Many, many heartfelt congratulations to you, Edith, for your well deserved recognition! I really do love this shot, too, as I feel it embodies the spirit of this place. Great character can be found by visually exploring these homes in your photo here!

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    September 12, 2012 at 2:16 pm

  28. Congratulations on the competition Edith! And I love this shot. It is always cool when you can spot something like this and you just know there is a picture there waiting to be taken!

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    September 13, 2012 at 12:34 am

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