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Trolls Need Not Apply by Francis LaLonde

Canvas Prints

Small (11.2" x 8.0")

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This is a footbridge crossing the duck pond in Carroll Park. The park is located on the east side of Bay City (Bay County), Michigan, US.

The title needs a little background information. Michigan is mainly two large land areas, the Upper Peninsula (or simply the U.P.) and the Lower Peninsula. These are separated by the Straits of Mackinac, the connection between Lake Michigan (to the west) and Lake Huron (to the east. The land masses are connected by the Mackinac Bridge. Due to the ‘isolation’ of the UP from the rest of the State, there is generally a ‘sibling rivalry’ between residents of the two Peninsulas. Those living in the UP (generally called “Yoopers”) are known to (affectionately, I hope) refer to those living in the Lower Peninsula as Trolls, since we live ‘under’ the Bridge.

I used Corel® Painter Photo Essentials 4 to ‘paint’ my photograph. Normally, I do not edit my photos very much. Mostly I’ll simply straighten, crop, then use a one-step enhancement. For this photo painting, I used the clone tool to ‘remove’ a power line near the top-center. This wasn’t meant to be malicious or deceptive, merely ascetic. I saved using the ‘excellent’ quality option, and set it as a ‘progressive’ file for online loading purposes.

The settings I used were:
Canvas Color: Hue: 38, Sat: 240, Lum: 218; Red: 255, Green: 253, Blue: 208
Brush Size: 40.0, Opacity: 100, Grain: -
Smart Blur: 5, Edge: Circular, Color: Intense, Paper: Handmade, Brush: Soft Flat Oil
Random Strokes: Shape: Short Dab, Randomness: 80, Pressure: 90, Length: 95, Rotation: 180, Brush Size: 80, Amount: 90.

I hadn’t really been ‘into’ photography until recently. Before then (about 2008), the costs of film, developing and printing was just too much for my wallet. Then, I bought my first digital camera…now I quite literally don’t know when to stop (well, maybe when the weather is too inclement, or the distances involved are prohibitive). Mostly, I stick with the local area (Bay City (Bay County), Michigan, US) – and have ‘discovered’ many hidden treasures nearby.

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  • lorilee
    lorilee4 months ago

    Congratulations!! Your image has placed in the TOP TEN of our “Come, Walk With Me”
    challenge in the group, “Midwestern United States Art & Photography!!”

  • Thanks. I appreciate it… :)

    – Francis LaLonde

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