The base photograph is of the Alamitos Beach section of Long Beach, California USA, with a view of the bike/walk/skate path late on a quiet afternoon. (I’m fortunate, as this beach is walking distance from home.) On this particular afternoon, I kept shooting until I was able to frame some interesting bicycles with the palm trees. (Olympus E-300 & Zuiko 14-45mm zoom at 23mm [46mm in full-frame 35mm equivalent], f/9, 1/250 sec., ISO 100, late afternoon sun, handheld.) Post-processed in Photoshop with layers of painterly brush effects and then a partially masked texture (Chalkboard-2) from Leslie Nicole’s French Kiss Textures.
Dedicated to the joys of summer, especially those that involve a beach.
Top 10 (3rd Place) in “Palm Trees” challenge in the group Nature’s Symphony of Trees and Flowers group (February 2016)
Top 10 (2nd Place) in “Palm Trees” challenge in 1Challenge1Theme group (December 2014)
Top 10 in “California” challenge in #1 Favorites group (October 2014)
Top 10 (2nd Place tie) in “Lazy Days of Summer” challenge in Weekly Theme Challenges (September 2014)
Top 10 in “Your Hometown” challenge in West Coast States, USA! group (July 2014)
Top 10 in “Trees on a Beach” challenge in Life’s a Beach group (March 2014)
Top 10 in “A Textured Dedication” challenge in Just for You-DEDICATIONS (November 2013)
Top 10 in “Digitally Manipulated Landscapes” challenge in West Coast States, USA! group (June 2013)
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