The Dance of Trees

The Dance of Trees

By |2013-02-03T11:35:38+00:00Feb 3rd, 2013|

This past Friday afternoon, my colleague and friend, Dan Harlacher, and I took off for Silver Falls in Oregon. The weather was uncharacteristically beautiful and we decided to capitalize on living in such a gorgeous state. Aside from the falls themselves, the surrounding forest was absolutely gorgeous. As the sun began to set, a beautiful fog began to set, adding a dramatic depth to this image. Furthermore, the low sun backlit the green moss beautifully, helping to sculpt the many shapes of these trees.

I was particularly fond of this image because of the tree in the lower center portion of the frame. I love the way it is bent backwards with branches stretching up, like it is in the middle of some tribal dance.

Sometimes, it’s not what we see with our eyes but rather, it’s what we see with our mind’s eye.

In terms of processing
All touches ups and stylization were done in Lightroom 4.3. I actually started out by applying one of Nicole S. Young‘s Cross Process LR Presets and then refined to taste using the various tools in the Develop Module.

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  1. Amy Heiden February 3, 2013 at 11:37 am - Reply

    Love how you framed the water at the very bottom of the frame. The fog is fantastic and the colors have such a beautiful natural gradient.

  2. Tomas Fredriksson February 3, 2013 at 12:47 pm - Reply


  3. Akrum Sayeed February 3, 2013 at 1:03 pm - Reply

    i dnt now but i think it looks some how creepy to me

  4. Christopher Franklin February 3, 2013 at 1:17 pm - Reply

    This is an amazing shot!

  5. Aaron Lamb February 3, 2013 at 2:02 pm - Reply


  6. loiva wagner February 3, 2013 at 2:55 pm - Reply

    jackie chan você é muito legal eu gosto muito de você  até em desenho  você é legal beijoss amigo

  7. Miroslav PAVLÍK February 3, 2013 at 3:04 pm - Reply

    And Hobbits?! ;-)

  8. Michael Riffle February 3, 2013 at 4:37 pm - Reply

    Great atmosphere.

  9. Melissa Letson February 3, 2013 at 5:08 pm - Reply

    I love the mood of this. Very LOTR. :)

  10. Jayesh Patel February 3, 2013 at 11:23 pm - Reply

    really nice

  11. Mike Ripley February 4, 2013 at 5:42 am - Reply

    Great pic

  12. John Lavoie February 4, 2013 at 8:48 am - Reply

    +Brian Matiash The moss just 'POPs' .. I'm really like'n THAT.

    Good this those +Nicole S. Young presets are so conveniently available to you.  :)

  13. Brian Matiash February 4, 2013 at 9:46 am - Reply

    +John Lavoie Membership has its privileges. :)

  14. Vanna Pintus February 5, 2013 at 11:58 am - Reply


  15. Susan LaDuke February 7, 2013 at 8:45 pm - Reply

    This wonderfully earthy image evokes thoughts of fantasy and magic. I can see the leprechauns hiding behind……….

  16. Victoria Robin February 10, 2013 at 8:36 pm - Reply


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