Along the main road in Seaford, Virginia, next to the post office, is this cute little shed, with a cute little tree beside it. These two are an interesting pair, bringing smiles to the faces of passers by. Why so? Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that the shed was once a social hub for the small town of Seaford -- the local barber shop. The little crew-cut-styled building is obviously showing its age, and its peeling paint looks much like the salt-and-pepper gray hair of an aging barber. The little tree is like its new-found friend -- a younger guy with a bushy mop. Despite their dissimilarities, they have come to resemble each other in some respects. As we all know, immitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

This picture is a very unusual one, and the techniques I used to produce it are rather unconventional. (No, there's no infrared involved.) The peeling paint has been accentuated and takes on a vivid three-dimensional appearance, with distinctive "peppering" intended to resemble graying hair. Unfortunately these aspects of the photo are difficult to appreciate from the jpeg-compressed images shown here. Two details, below, show some of this effect. This photo is the end product of two photo shoots and an enormous amount of hand work. I am very proud of the result, and I think you will enjoy seeing the finished product on your wall. (Click here to learn more and to see "before" and "after" shots.) (Canon 10D, 28-135mm USM IS at 33mm, 1/45, f11.)

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