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Scarlet Forest by Nelleke Scarlet Forest by Nelleke
Editting done: I upped the contrast and saturation, and lowered the gamma slightly.

Edit: No, I did NOT use photoshop for this image. Like you can see above the editting done is minor. I took this photo on a misty morning in a forest where the snow, which had conserved the colours of the leafs on the ground well, had almost melted away. The reason why the path is white is because of the left-over snow, the reason why the background is white/greyish is because of the thick fog and the reason why the leafs are red is because they were ;) If you got good circumstances you don't need to post-process much.

Location: the Sprielderbos, the Netherlands.

My photos are NOT stock. This means I do not want them to be used in any way. I don't mind them being used as a reference for a drawing/painting though: please visit this link for the rules [link]

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Wow! You have such great talent. The colour is just amazing, and I think it's particularly smart that you don't edit this photo to a large extent. Leaving an image more natural makes it look more realistic and doesn't make it look over-processed. I love the lighting and set up, but I think a slight blur affect in the background would've been a nice touch. I also enjoy how it seems as if the snow on the path is trying to guide you down a path of safety. Your photo provides a story along with beauty and that is sometimes hard to achieve. Very cool! A job well done : ) Keep up the good work!
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This is absolutely stunning. The colours are magical and so very crisp and clear. It looks as though it ought to be a still from a very high expense movie, like Avatar expensive. Perhaps one thing is a little off. I think that the angle is a little too rakish. However, it does look as though it may have been intentional. Even so, it pulls one out of the illusion, sort of breaks the harmony between the colours and the shapes in the photograph. I think the best detail would have to be the sparse leaves toward the top of the tree. It is absolutely breathtaking.
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Very realistic images. Absolutely can feel the charm of an early spring morning, the peace and quiet of the forest. I love this picture.
Reminds me of a time I went into the mountains looking for my brothers jacket, the mist does get really thick and the colors get eerily muted like well fog makes them.
plh01 Jan 13, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Truly stunning x
FreddyFrosch Dec 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's so amazing how some pictures are able to capture peoples hearts. I love this picture. And the title also matches very well. I like it :)
Elecisss Nov 20, 2013  Hobbyist Artist

Would I be able to buy any? This one would be wonderful in my bedroom..?


philippeL Nov 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very nice, very dreamy...
Fresh and beautiful picture, also nicely mystical atmospere.
lil-razzle-dazzles Oct 19, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Wow, this is pure magic.....  I can only go, ooooooooooh.  Lovelyl.:nod:
Anoya Oct 12, 2013   Photographer
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