The Dance of Trees

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.

  • Amy Heiden

    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.

  • Tomas Fredriksson


  • Akrum Sayeed

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

  • Christopher Franklin

    This is an amazing shot!

  • Aaron Lamb


  • loiva wagner

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

  • Miroslav PAVLÍK

    And Hobbits?! ;-)

  • Michael Riffle

    Great atmosphere.

  • Melissa Letson

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

  • Jayesh Patel

    really nice

  • Mike Ripley

    Great pic

  • John Lavoie

    +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.  :)

  • Brian Matiash

    +John Lavoie Membership has its privileges. :)

  • Vanna Pintus


  • Susan LaDuke

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

  • Victoria Robin