the idea to give this old house the feel of a 100-year old sanitarium came from the following story as told by Chad Urmston of the band State Radio (which i transcribed from the live recorded performance, track #14, on the album Year of the Crow):
"... [the song we've written is] half of a story about this guy, Benjamin Darling (wiki) (song by State Radio), who was a slave that was taken up from North Carolina with his captain, and they shipwrecked on the Maine coast. He saved his captain from drowning, so his captain gave him his freedom. I think he was the first free black man to settle in Maine. This song tells that story. The second part to it is that he started -- Benjamin Darling, he met a woman from the mainland, and they married, and had kids. A hundred years went by and there was a little bit of a community out there. They were sort of a mixed-race community. And as Maine became a popular tourist attraction the city folk coming up from Boston and whatnot didn't like that they had an island that they didn't think suited their high life. And so in the middle of the night a bunch of townspeople from the mainland came over and basically burned the island to the ground, burned all the cabins to the ground, and captured about half the people there and put them in an insane asylum ... where they lived the rest of their lives and died there ..."
Our Daily Challenge: crooked
the geek behind the curtain: all shots and layers were taken and developed by myself.
2 "main" shots (house & foreground trees, sunrise sky & background trees), 3 black gradient blended layers, 3 "texture" layers (2 of scratches on a metal door, one of old scotch tape on a metal wall).
the trees in the foreground and background were selected and then blurred with gaussian blur, and the burn tool was used liberally on them by hand. the house was unsharp-masked and completely desaturated. also, i spent a bit of time cloning out telephone and streetlight wires on the the sunrise sky layer, and also cloned away 2 large signs on the house (i think its been converted into a restaurant or something).
saturday when i shot the foreground house the sky was full of grey smoke from brushfires in the surrounding countryside, so it was easy to select and remove. yesterday morning i shot the sunrise shot at a 4-lane road (which is now hidden by the house) and i suspect at least some smoke and ash still hung in the air to give the colors it was producing.