To see a before and after together, see:
After much contemplation, I decided that a subtle transformation would be the strongest for depicting a post-end-of-the-world aura. I wanted the picture to feel plausible, like a window to a realistic future taking place moments, days, or even months after most of the Earth has fallen to pieces. The family is the focus in this image, and my goal was to show them haggard, tried, and nearly defeated, but finally safe, relieved, and stronger than before.
The original photo can be seen on the contest page, linked above.
The truck in the field:
The building in the background:
All texturing and details done by hand in Photoshop CS6.
This was a lot of fun to work on, and I hope I have the time to work on another with a different stock image. If not, I hope you enjoy!