On a day drive outside of Valdez, Alaska, I came upon the little town of Chitina. At this point, the road went from asphalt to gravel and, being in a rental, I didn't want to invite a windshield damage repair bill. So I wandered around a bit and found this dilapidated old saloon building. It was an overcast day and the image came out a bit bland. On the pc I played around with the colors, bumping up the color of the fireweed, and toning down just about everything else.
The story behind this shot has not so much to do with when and where it was shot, but with what happened afterwards. I was preparing a "coffee table" book for use at home and wanted to use this image. However, the aspect ratio of the template I was using did not match my original photo. I compensated by turning a 5 x 3 pane window into a 4 x 3 pane window (see the original in the image above this one). Does this digital alteration cross the line from enhancement to that of potential fraud?