Image of The Month: May 2021


Walking Down – Devil’s Backbone

Growing up on the northeast coast you don’t typically walk trails inland with the vast open space like I seen here at Devil’s Backbone in Loveland, Colorado. Most often, throughout my life, I have walked the streets on sidewalks and on roadways surrounded by structures. The other options available are in nature parks on trails in woodland areas or on the coastal sandy beaches where on one side you have the massive ocean and on the other, are houses lined up along the beaches or a boardwalk. So, I was in such awe and greatly appreciated the new sights of sweeping hills that I could see to the horizon in the very far distance and the feature in this open space of towering rock formations that was named the Devil’s Backbone.

I don’t usually have people in my landscape photographs, but I do find it appropriate from time to time to leave those who do find their way in, to leave them in, if it serves a purpose of telling a story in the photograph as I believe it does here. With a little luck in timing, the 2 people walking back down the trail offers us a view of scale of how small we are compared to the rock formations and just how open the space is along this walking trail. Another lucky aspect of this shot is the clouds that came through, that accented this shot perfectly.

With this image I used a photo effects filter that was available in one of my editing programs. While the natural landscape scene was a lovely one, I had a strong desire to make all 3 images from this shoot with a vintage style effect. Because while walking the trail I got a historic sense of the location that might have come from the old style western movies I have enjoyed watching, where open space like what I seen here was a common scene that I took notice of and ultimately loved the look and feel of what the effects did for the images.

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