Writing with Light

The Light on the Horizon

For those of you that follow this blog you probably already know that I was in Maine in July and was up for a sunrise shoot at Portland Head Light. You can see those posts here and here. Well I ended up going back to the lighthouse later that day since not all of my travelling companions joined me at the crack of dawn…go figure 🙂

While I like the shots that I took later that afternoon, the problem was that it was very bright & sunny with not a cloud in the sky. Not such a big problem for a summer vacation but the harsh light doesn’t produce the greatest of images.

I quite liked this particular shot of Portland Head but I thought that I could add some drama but using a texture overlay and creating a more worn, nostalgic look to the image.

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

Portland Head, lighthouse, Maine, travel, fine art,

The last time I had posted an image with a texture overlay a few readers asked what the original image looked like so this time I thought I would share the original before I added the texture overlay.

Portland Head, lighthouse, Maine, travel photography, landscape

Well….what do you think?

50 responses

  1. Wonderful place!!!


    September 20, 2012 at 8:15 am

  2. Yes I like it, the original is nice too, more of a postcard though.


    September 20, 2012 at 8:23 am

  3. mobius faith

    Superb. Your processing changes this from a photo into art. Well done.


    September 20, 2012 at 8:39 am

  4. personally, i like both of them. the original photo is such a gorgeous place and so beautifully photographed. each finished image has it’s own personality.


    September 20, 2012 at 9:10 am

  5. chrisnitz

    I dig the final image. The texture layer adds a nice bit of interest without taking over the whole scene.


    September 20, 2012 at 9:18 am

  6. I loved it. Wonderful place and shot. Thank you dear Edith Levy, love, nia


    September 20, 2012 at 9:32 am

  7. Ken Rowland

    I like this one Edith. Good use of the texture. I’m going to have to learn how to use them.


    September 20, 2012 at 9:46 am

  8. Both are beautiful, Edith. But, I lean toward the original. Very nice composition by the way.


    September 20, 2012 at 9:47 am

  9. I like both images, Edith. The original looks very clean and modern . It looks like an “after restoration” photo of the textured one, which by the way is very impressive.


    September 20, 2012 at 9:57 am

  10. Each definitely has its merits, but the texture overlay gives a wonderful artistic effect to the shot. I love them both :).


    September 20, 2012 at 10:01 am

  11. Well done, Edith. I really like the textured overlay, but even the original, is not a bad shot.


    September 20, 2012 at 10:19 am

  12. I like the vintage look here. Adds character to the image.


    September 20, 2012 at 12:13 pm

  13. WOW! The changes made it so moody and dramatic! I like it very much!!


    September 20, 2012 at 3:36 pm

  14. Gorgeous choice of texture Edith, love the final product!


    September 20, 2012 at 5:26 pm

  15. What an absolutely lovely image of a wonderful place! I just love lighthouses, and you’ve really done a fabulous job in bringing this one to life here Edith!


    September 20, 2012 at 5:59 pm

  16. Edward Hopper feel here.


    September 20, 2012 at 10:43 pm

  17. Nice place and photo


    September 21, 2012 at 1:12 am

  18. solaner

    A great pic. But I like the edited one more. It looks so …. old. Great!


    September 22, 2012 at 6:48 am

  19. I like both of them too..Edith!


    September 23, 2012 at 3:49 pm

  20. Both are beautiful! I like how you gave it an old weathered look.


    September 25, 2012 at 8:55 pm

  21. Edith, great job with the texture, it adds so much!


    September 26, 2012 at 9:29 am

  22. The textured overlay works beautifully on the lighthouse! I don’t often like those effects, but this is so very well done that it is really lovely.


    October 1, 2012 at 12:29 am

  23. I like them both. I think the textured one gives it a timeless feel which I like


    October 7, 2012 at 10:39 am

  24. I love the texture on this! Beautiful!


    October 8, 2012 at 11:50 pm

  25. Beautyful! 🙂


    June 30, 2014 at 2:44 am

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