At the end of my hike, just before reaching the parking lot, a circular handicapped-accessible boardwalk follows along the lake shore built over a very wet, marshy area. This particular location is a great birding area during the spring and fall migrations.
On this day, I was just hiking back to the car.
As I came to the start of the boardwalk – even though I’ve walked over this for years – the curve of the walkway caught my attention. With the overcast sky, the diffused overhead lighting provided an even distribution of light without “burning out” the boardwalk.
Why create this image?
While creating this image, I never once thought of its potential for print sales. At the time I took this image, I had not yet entered art fairs, selling prints only through my web site.
I took it because I liked it.
What I found interesting about this boardwalk is how it meanders through the thick spring green vegetation, and disappears into the distance. Where does it go from there? The answer is totally left to the viewer’s imagination.
Became my #1 selling print
A few years later a shipping supply company would purchase selected lithographic prints for their “Customer Rewards Program”. Large volume-ordered customers would purchase their materials and select a framed print as a “reward”.
This particular print, titled “Meandering Boardwalk”, was highly successful for their nationwide program and helped put me “on the map” (as the saying goes). You can read one customer’s testimonial of how this print was a goal setter in their business.
File ID: PHP_IMG_9428; 1Ds Mark III, Canon 70-200 mm f/2.8 L IS USM, focal length 70mm, ISO 100, 1/5 second, f/18, spot metering, manual, Gitzo tripod, 2 second mirror lock-up delay, developed in Lightroom
Handicapped-accessible boardwalk just north of the beach
Pike Lake Unit, Kettle Moraine State Forest, Hartford, Wisconsin