Sunset At The Old Tree by John  De Bord Photography

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One of my biggest influences in art, without question, is English romantic landscape master painter J.W. Turner I discovered him while studying at art college, and I fell in love with his work. When the traveling Great Masters of Art show landed in Denver at the museum, I almost slept out for tickets, knowing that among Rubens and Van Dyck, Turners work would be there. There is nothing like seeing Turners work in person, nothing. It is simply stunning and inspiring and very motivational.

So, I suppose without question that you could certainly say that whole shot was inspired by him. I wanted a shot that would really reflect the influence he has had on me as an artist and as a photographer specifically. My painting style goes without question, but trying to capture a photograph in teh same style as a master landscape painter is a different beast entirely.

Did I succeed? You be the judge.

About the photograph itself:

Captured on the northern Colorado plains on an old country road, the old tree, though long and dead, seems to almost still hold some life as the sky paints the end of the day slowly falling behind the Colorado Rockies.

Processed in Lightroom, Dynamic Photo HDR and final output through Photoshop.

I hope you all like it!



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I am a photographer based in the beautiful state of Colorado who focuses on nature, retro and country lifestyle images on my wonderful state! I have been shooting since the middle 1980s and my adventures have taken me all over. I am grateful for where I live and consider myself fortunate.Join me on my photographic journey to show you that beauty still exists in the world.

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  • Craig Hender
    Craig Henderover 5 years ago

    Amazing work John! Superbly composed and processed.

  • Aishling O'Neill
    Aishling O'Neillover 5 years ago

    This is just beautiful John!!! Wonderful composition and wonderfully processed!!!
    Amazing colours and nice dramatic sky and scene!!!

  • steppeland
    steppelandover 5 years ago

    Marvellous! Excellent work, John… it indeed looks more like a painting… and utterly dramatic! marvellous!

  • Carolyn Bishop
    Carolyn Bishopover 5 years ago

    Very dramatic and painterly! Yes, you succeeded! Wow!

  • Karen Boyd
    Karen Boydover 5 years ago

    Still lovin’ it !

  • carpenter777
    carpenter777over 5 years ago


  • Matt Benson
    Matt Bensonover 5 years ago

    wow. this is beautiful. great shot.

  • kenmo
    kenmoover 5 years ago


  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaover 5 years ago


  • TEEJAY1309
    TEEJAY1309about 5 years ago

    You most definitely succeeded….

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