Building Atmosphere

Because this shot by @danoshekk already had a bit of a mystical medieval vibe to it, I wanted to build on that atmosphere. I immediately attacked the top left and top right with layers of the MOLECULE light leak to create an odd sense of lighting. For me, this causes my mind and eyes to search the trees for the source of this strange light. To give off a little more light at the bottom of the image I brought in MAY from the Landscape Enhance and SOIL from Vintage Gradients to spread out some of those brown tones. When I realized that I still hadn't created quite the level of lighting that I was going for I turned to the Intensity and Atmospheric packs and used APOCALYPSE and BARREN to add to both the depth and texture of this deep forest capture. I really love to round off Mextures edits with a layer from X-film and, in this case, I felt like CRISP best suited the fade and contrast I was hoping to apply. For my final tweaks I moved into the adjustments; first applying the HOLGA film preset for a super moody and contrasty touch before making a handful of subtle touches with exposure, contrast, temperature, and sharpness. 

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