I’m not positive, but I believe this is some navigational aid. It’s located near the mouth of the Saginaw River. Bay County, Michigan, US. Behind the structure is the Saginaw Bay, known (so I’m told) far and wide as a major walleye fishery. The bay is much of the southwestern section of Lake Huron. I took this photograph from a sandbar actually located on/in the Saginaw River, just north of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Public Boat Launch on the western bank. In the picture, the eastern bank is visible on the far-right. As a quick note to anyone from warmer climes, that is ice – not whitecaps or waves. However, at the time the coating wasn’t thick enough to support the many shanties which ice fishermen set up each winter.
I used Corel® Painter Photo Essentials 4 to ‘paint’ my original photograph. Normally, I do not edit my photos very much. Mostly I’ll simply straighten, crop, then use a one-step enhancement. I saved using the ‘excellent’ quality option, and set it as a ‘progressive’ file for online loading purposes.
Canvas Color: For this painting I used the default white, since it seemed to fit better with the ice in the picture
Brush Size: 20.0, Opacity: 62%, Grain:
Smart Blur: 2%, Edge: Jagged (a jagged appearance seemed to fit better with the ice in the picture), Color: Saturate, Paper: Coarse Canvas, Brush: Fine Camel
Random Strokes: Shape: Short Dab, Randomness: 80%, Pressure: 75%, Length: 80%, Rotation:
-, Brush Size: 85%, Amount: 90%