First of all, this is an unusual take on a photo for me. I usually don’t like graininess in my images, and use noiseware often to remove it. I like the images to look as good in large sizes as small, and I tend to think that grain makes the larger images not as “clean”. But this photo really seemed to need it, and looks better for a little added grain and noise.
I saw this pier in a small lake off a stream in Southern Virginia, when I was on my way to Virginia Beach. I was taking my time driving some country roads, and I was finding out that this section of Virginia is riddled with waterways. I had just been stopped at a cute little drawbridge when I saw this off to the side… as soon as the boat moved through and the cars started moving again, I pulled over to look at this. The colors and contrast in camera didn’t do the scene justice, and I had actually sat with the image in my computer for a few months while I tried to figure out where I wanted to go with it. Finally the grainy/black and white/contrasty look seemed to be the best idea. I played with the image in photoshop and with Topaz Adjust until I got the right look.