We are probably in a golden age of photography. Image capture is easier and of better quality than ever would have been imagined even 10 years ago. Even phone cameras are capable of captivating images. And the digital darkroom is accessed just as easily. Instagram allows everyone with a smartphone to create interesting images by applying a preset filter with a touch of a button. The above image is my attempt at being a little more adventuresome and creative in the digital darkroom. The original image was shot at the western beach of the entrance to Point Judith Pond, Rhode Island. The breakwater can be seen to the left. The image was shot at 5:10AM before sunrise (Tamron [email protected], f22, 45 sec.) and first post processed in Capture NX2. The night had been stormy and a rain squall could be seen on the horizon. I liked the image I had but decided to try a new technique. By applying textured layers in Photoshop Elements a very different look was achieved, in this case 3 different textures from the August Painterly suite from Flypaper Textures. This is my first attempt at texture layering and I still am working on my technique. But because it is my chosen combination of textures and application approach, I know that this is an image that only I can duplicate.