Not Going Anywhere | Blanco River – Wimberley, TX

What a spot to be a tree! I’d be laying down as many roots as I could too. It was also a great spot to be a human. Watching the golden light of sunset splash across the Blanco River was simply sublime; a great end to a great day.




  1. cavaroc says:

    agreed! i'd love to know how your camera was set up. also the colors and composition are amazing!

  2. Andy says:

    Thank you all for the comments. I'll elaborate on the process tomorrow evening when I'm not so tired. Good night……

  3. micki says:

    This would have to be one of my favorites of yours. Quite lovely!

  4. futomaki says:

    Great composition, and amazing detail!

  5. Sean says:

    Fantastic. Is this a HDR image? Almost surreal.

  6. Andy says:

    Okay folks, here are a few details about this image. It’s nothing too complicated but I spent a couple of days tweaking this one to get it just right. The Photoshop file itself has 12 layers.

    The colors are slightly exaggerated but much more in line with what my eyes actually saw rather than what the camera captured. This image was shot right at sunset with a 1/8 second exposure. The lighting was even but very flat. The first thing I did was create some curves and levels adjustment layers to improve the contrast and make the lighting more dynamic. The technique is explained a bit more in the comments of this image: I then used Virtual Photographer in conjunction with a layer mask to improve the color and saturation of the water and trees in the background.

    The burn tool was used to darken and add detail to certain areas of the roots. Nik Color Efex Pro’s Skylight filter was used to add warmth. I then ran another curves adjustment and did some more burning. To selectively brighten areas of the image, I used a large white brush at 5% opacity in vivid light mode.

    I think that’s about it. I know that’s a really simplified explanation so I’ll be happy to answer any specific questions you may have.

  7. hza says:

    Lovin' that green water and the detail in the tree–great work as usual.

  8. Eric says:

    Oh beautiful colors all over. IT just pops

  9. Caryn says:

    Fantastic! Very surreal. I loved the description of your techniques, too. Very helpful, especially since I have just moved from Photoshop Elements to the real Photoshop, so I've been playing with curves & such.

  10. Sean says:

    Thanks for letting us know the PP you did!

  11. Kris says:

    ow man, those colors!… Stunning!

  12. pixibition says:

    really nice texture and twist-snaking form of the tree root…the color of water is fantastic…lovely shot:-)))

  13. Mike Thorn says:

    Thanks for the explanation, Andy! Any chance we could see the original?

  14. Andy says:

    I don't usually post my originals but I'll be happy to email it to anyone who's interested.

  15. Wow, I love the colours in this shot. Fabulous.

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