P2 Framed Art – Porch Music

It would have been difficult selecting a favorite photo for my framed art submission, except for this semi-strict criteria: It needed to be something we could hang in our house. After all, if I’m going to go out of my way to spend all this money on large print format and framing, it needed to be something that could be used by the family.

That slimmed things down pretty well; We’re not the type to want to hang a huge picture of a cowboy in our living room, and most of my best photos are pretty quirky. Sara and I selected this photo unanimously – she likes it very much (in part because it is her guitar).

Porch Music


As I posted in my Bannack blogs, this was one of my last photos on the way out. I had lugged Sara’s guitar around all day, but hadn’t had the opportunity to use it in any shots yet. So I gave up dinner and took one last trip around the ghost town, and this was taken on the porch of one of the very last houses on my way out. This shot might not have been possible earlier in the day, just because the porch would have been covered in blazing afternoon light.

Edits are pretty simple. I used some spot healing to hide little granite rocks and shiny nails that gathered too much attention to themselves. A very subtle curves edit brought in a touch of contrast, and some sharpening on the guitar make the strings stand out a little more. Finally, I used the clone stamp tool in darkening mode to tone down some of the fingerprints on the guitar.


Date: May 30, 2014, Early Evening
Location: Bannack, MT
F-Stop: 4.0
Shutter Speed: 1/125
Camera: Canon EOS Rebel T3i


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