Beach Ruins is set in one of my favorite rooms at Scranton Lace Company. I photographed this massive space several times but this shot is from the first time I went there. It had these huge piles of cement in the middle of the floor and the room had incredibly high ceilings with that wonderful architectural detail in it. I knew I wanted to incorporate the room in a future image and when I happened upon this photograph of a woman in a bathing suit in the Library of Congress images in Flickr, I thought of the beach. The water she is wading in is actually from Sherwood Island in Westport, Connecticut. The hot air balloons are from Media Militia, a great source (and yes I did make a donation). The trees were photographed by me this winter in my back yard. All together I wanted a whimsical image with a little of that darkness I like so much. Scranton Lace Company and the trees were photographed with my Fuji X-Pro1.
This image took many layers and a lot playing around with lighting and figuring out exactly what I wanted floating in that lofty ceiling. I used Topaz Impressions, Topaz Restyle, Macphun Intensify and Nik Color Efex 4 to get the coloring and mood just right.