Knowing trees, I understand the meaning of patience. Knowing grass, I can appreciate persistence. ~Hal Borland
River Run Trail at Arrowleaf
I love the feeling of endless exploration that I get when I first look at this picture. Then as I look more closely I see the beauty of the textures and color contrasts. This photograph was taken in the spring and you can also see the contrast of old and new growth. New buds are starting on the tree branches at the same time as the fallen leaves on the ground. A bright blue sky compliments the chaos of the clouds drifting across the sky.
This photograph was taken in Mazama Wa, in Washington State. This town is located in the Pacific Northwest near the Okanogan National Forest. Specifically the Arrowleaf trail system. I was taking a hike with my family and exploring nature.
I started with a digital photograph and used a HDR process to tone map the light. Then I applied a finishing oil paint layer to add texture to the overall image. I did some tonal work to even out the colors and make them realistic to what I was seeing in nature but not excessively.
I am interested in photography as an "unusual" or "unique" image making process. In other words I enjoy starting with a photograph of an ordinary scene or subject and then I try to make it my own by adding unusual processing techniques. I hope you enjoy viewing my work as much as i enjoy creating it.
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From Wikipedia "A forest, also referred to as a wood or the woods, is an area with a high density of trees. As with cities, depending on various cultural definitions, what is considered a forest may vary significantly in size and have different classifications according to how and of what the forest is composed. A forest is usually an area filled with trees but any tall densely packed area of vegetation may be considered a forest, even underwater vegetation such as kelp forests, or non-vegetation such as fungi, and bacteria. Tree forests cover approximately 9.4 percent of the Earth's surface (or 30 percent of total land area), though they once covered much more (about 50 percent of total land area). They function as habitats for organisms, hydrologic flow modulators, and soil conservers, constituting one of the most important aspects of the biosphere.
A typical tree forest is composed of the overstory (canopy or upper tree layer) and the understory. The understory is further subdivided into the shrub layer, herb layer, and also the moss layer and soil microbes. In some complex forests, there is also a well-defined lower tree layer. Forests are central to all human life because they provide a diverse range of resources: they store carbon, aid in regulating the planetary climate, purify water and mitigate natural hazards such as floods. Forests also contain roughly 90 percent of the world's terrestrial biodiversity."
April 17th, 2013
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