All images © Mark I. Boris / MIB Photography


My family and I were relocated to Florida in 2000 while I was still working for Kodak. I have never lived anywhere where there were no mountains or forests on dry land. I miss them dearly. After living here for nine years I have still not gotten used to it and I believe the chance of that happening is slim to none. I was raised in the mountains and as the old saying goes, “you can take the boy out of the mountains but you can’t take the mountains out of the boy”. I’ve inactively waited all those years to discover that there are parts of Florida where forests do exists. Unfortunately, the mountains have yet to push themselves out of the depths of the surrounding water but the way I look at it is that if I can only have one of the two, I’ll take it...for now.

This image was captured in the “Panhandle” of Florida at Lake Talquin State Park, not far from Tallahassee and very quickly became one of my favorite images. It was captured using a Nikon digital SLR in the quiet morning hours just after sunrise. Fortunately, the forest was not so dense as to prevent the first rays of sunshine from making their way in through the upper canopy and down to the overgrowth of the forest floor.

I “saw” this image as I looked through the viewfinder and I knew composition and proper exposure were the two things crucial in creating the almost “mystical” landscape my minds eye was seeing. The ever increasing density of the tree trunks from the background to the foreground became my main focus, not to mention the diligence that was needed to insure compositional success. Keeping the “mergers” from occurring that happen in an image like this, was at best, kept to a minimum and was needed in order to provide maximum visual depth. There was also the density of the “V shape” that was being introduced in the very center of the picture by the small grouping of trees and their rising canopy that needed some special attention. I wanted to be sure to keep some detail in the foreground tree trunks while still providing maximum depth to the entire image through the receding tree trunks in the distance. I knew that if I could find that “sweet spot” the overgrowth on the forest floor would fall into place and not be a problem, and deliver what I visualized.

This final display of the forest floor image was processed, first through Adobe Lightroom 3 and then through and then through Adobe Phototoshop CS5.

Next was the photographs taken at a small town in Northern FL called Micanopy. It immediately drew my attention based on 2 basic facts...It was known as the “The Town That Time Forgot” and the population in 2000 was kind of place!

Forest Sunrise, 2009

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