The Living Forest

John  De Bord Photography

Lakewood, United States

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About the shot—- Welcome to the Roosevelt National Forest, Colorado.
So here I was shooting this scene lost in the moment. It is kind of funny how I get caught up in everything and the surroundings of things when I am photographing a scene which I really love. The sound of the rushing water, the scent of both the pines and the wildflowers and the whole atmosphere of everything. The humidity was really high, to the point that my lens would almost start to fog up….not something which happens here often in Colorado. What really got me was how lush everything was, so utterly green, it reminded me of something from the pacific northwest.

How I took it & processed it—- I had it in my head while shooting it how I wanted to the end result to look. I decided to use an ND8 along with my CPL and Grad ND to darken the top of the photo some. I wanted to really nail the feeling of standing within the photo when the viewer is looking at it. Inside Lightroom I adjusted the luminosity of the greens to make them pop a tad more and added a little more vignetting in the image. I then brought the image into Photoshop where I did some local contrast adjustments using layer masks in the grass.

I hope you all like it!
—-John

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