weekend contest

I participated in the weekend contest at Blender Nation. The topic was `Basement`.
The image is inspired by a picture of „Auerbachs Keller“, shot in 1900: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi…eller_1900.jpg
This place was often visited by Goethe while he was studying in Leipzig.  His drama „Faust“ refers to this basement in one of the chapters.
The simple reason why I chose this picture was the light and the perpective I immediately was inspired by.  I liked its kind of warm and comfortable mood, instead of a cold and bleak atmosphere that one usually associates with basements. My intention was not to perfectly rebuild the image but instead capture this mood.

Modelling wasn’t too complicated – a lot of repetitive parts and I only modelled what my camera caught. The tables, chairs and the piano I had already modelled some time ago and included them in the scene. Only the books were taken from Blender Guru (thank you Andrew Price!), with minor changes to some textures.
The hardest thing was to get the light right.
A lot of the mood was done in the post, for which I used Photoshop.
It took me nearly 16 hours to create the image without render time.

Although the contest has already been closed, I’m currently still rendering the image to get a higher resolution, as there was not enough time left, and it still has too much noise. I will post an update when the full res pic is finished.

For criticism and comments: http://blenderartists.org/forum/showthread.php?324312-My-Basement-image
So this is what I got for now: