Here’s an old photo of ‘Fishtown’, Leland, Michigan. I sure wish I could go back in time and throw a little more background out of focus (if hindsight is 20/20 this is one time it wouldn’t hurt to be a bit blurrier). Oh well. Have a great weekend, everyone!

Kip: “It’s a time machine, Napoleon. We bought it online. ”

Napoleon Dynamite: “Yeah, right. ”

Kip: “It works, Napoleon. You don’t even know.”

– Aaron Ruell & Jon Heder – Napoleon Dynamite

About this image: Ilford 35mm film scan digitally modified to replicate old alternative process/print


68 thoughts on “Nets

    • I am so happy to hear that!
      I did my best to make it feel a bit older, but there is a lot of modern ‘stuff’ in there I had a difficult time removing completely (especially the stuff behind all the netting).

  1. This photo is calendar-worthy. It reminds me of a little harbor town in Washington State near where I once lived…Paulsbo, I think. Very atmospheric, even without the blurred bg πŸ˜€

    • I’m very happy to hear that, Ms. A., Thank you!
      Yeah, it’s not awful, I guess… when I shot this I should have just taken into account how much stuff is going on in the foreground.

    • Hahaha… yeah, it’s probably best to get a hold of one early…
      there are sure to be ‘incidents’ (it’s bound to make all that Black Friday footage look like a cuddle-fest)!
      Thank you so much! And now I have an excuse to break out my ‘famous’ ‘New England accent’…

    • Thanks so much, Martin!
      My wife and I made a second trip to ‘Fishtown’ a while back, and I was hoping to re-shoot there, but the area was beyond crowded with tourists and the nets weren’t up on these ‘frames’ at the time…

  2. Fab picture. Lived near Traverse City (Beualah/Crystal Lake) and wanted to open a store in Leland. Wonderful lake there.
    You just brought me back. Miss northern Michigan and the beauty.
    Many thanks

  3. Great effect and composition. Can you pre-order your time machine after they deliver it to you ? I’m waiting to see if I got myself one for Christmas.

  4. Yes I can see where you are coming from on this one but it is still a worthy piece of art and definitely interesting SIG πŸ™‚


    • Yeah… there’s so much happening in this, I think a slightly more blurred background would help calm things down a bit (and help disguise some of the more modern elements). And with those nets it would be a real trick to mask everything off nicely. Oh well… good excuse to go back and try again, right?!
      Thank you very much, A.G.!

    • Thank you so much! I’m very happy to hear that, because it’s definitely what I was going for! I still wish I would have done a better job in-camera, but I think it gets the idea across, anyway!

  5. I think it kind of makes it more interesting with the background, it’s like WTF? A house and then the sailboat. At first it just feels off, which is just so much fun. πŸ™‚ And then I love the tone of this. Just wonderful.

    • You are very kind, Katie, thank you!
      It gets really ambiguous looking with the low vantage point…
      there is a narrow ‘canal'(?) / channel / dock that runs between two rows of shops here…
      it’s a really fun place to visit!

    • I’m so happy to hear that, Cursi –
      I did my best to bring out some of that timelessness in this image…
      it’s kind of a touristy spot, but it is still pretty cool… it has a ton-o-charm!

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