The cook’s room, on the Mayflower, may have been housed in the forecastle (also known as fo’c’sle, the forward most cabin of the ship). The two images above actually go side by side (stove on the left) to show the entire room. It seems the cook and other crew members slept right in the kitchen.
I’m not sure if this would be the best or worst place to stay. The best in the sense of warmth from the oven. The worst in that many people were sea sick throughout the trip and I’m not sure I’d want to be around the smell of food with a weak stomach.
For these images I knew I wanted them to be in either sepia or black and white so they would have an older look to them. Once I started the processing I also felt they needed to have a grittiness to them. I wanted them to have a different feel, to somehow try and convey a 17th century look. I ended up going with ‘antique’ filter in Lightroom 2 and then really bumped up the ‘black’ level. After that I slid the ‘fill’ level to the right to bring back some light. I really like how the wood looks with this processing.
Looks like you hit on the perfect balance of sepia and black and white. This definitely has an old world feel to it. Nice work!