As the cruise ship Oosterdam cruised the Mexican Riviera, we neared Cabo San Lucas. The sea air was beautiful and venturing to a new land was exciting. I got a shot of a yacht crossing the sun's light cast on the sea.
In post production, I repainted the shot to look it was captured with a toy camera. When I was a kid, I had a toy camera (maybe $10? -it was a long time ago). It was a "made in Japan" novelty that was all plastic...even the lens. Cameras like that don't capture well, but many people love the effect of cheap lens with their light leaks and imperfect lens. I couldn't afford film as a kid but the camera's limited useage inspired me none-the-less.
This looks really cool as a 16x20 ink on canvas.
As an aside, "Made in Japan" was once the signature of cheap. It is quite the opposite now. A story I once heard was about the top executive at Sony, Akio Morita attended a conference in Germany in 1953. He and some colleagues were in a Düsseldorf restaurant where he was served ice cream decorated with a miniature wood and paper umbrella. The German waiter kindly informed him that the umbrella was made in Japan. Morita was infuriated that 'made in Japan' meant cheap trinkets and fake goods. He vowed to turn Sony into an innovated and creative powerhouse of high quality products. And he did...