Hallerbos is a wonderful place, an old forest with young trees. Each spring it turns into a place of magic, the whole forest floor covered in spring flowers. It starts in March with wood anemones covering parts of the forest in a wonderful white blanket. But this is only the announcement of something bigger, the real magic happens in April when a vast amount of the forest floor turns velvet blue. Thousends of bluebells lay an amazing flower carpet.

Wood anemone

A couple of years ago I shot this wonderful image. Last year due to the pandemic there was no opportunity to visit the forest, so I played a little bit with my older pictures. The result was Hallerbos barcode. I transformed the image into something surreal using Photoshop. In the video I try to recreate the image. It’s not exactly the same as the original but it’s close enough.

Hallerbos no post processing
The original image, without any post processing

I show you the whole process, where the motion blur and the use of layers in Photoshop are the most important processes. At the end it was a little more complicated than I remembered. In my flower photography I try to create most of the image in-camera, but sometimes I take my post processing to another level. It’s a quick video edit, so the sound won’t be perfect. Enjoy it!

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