“That day, for no particular reason, I decided to go for a little run. So I ran to the end of the road. And when I got there, I thought maybe I’d run to the end of town. And when I got there, I thought maybe I’d just run across Greenbow County. And I figured, since I run this far, maybe I’d just run across the great state of Alabama. And that’s what I did. I ran clear across Alabama. For no particular reason I just kept on going. I ran clear to the ocean. And when I got there, I figured, since I’d gone this far, I might as well turn around, just keep on going. When I got to another ocean, I figured, since I’d gone this far, I might as well just turn back, keep right on going.” – Forrest Gump
All 3D was done inside of Blender. I imported my tree and my bench, added a ground plane with a Displace Modifier and a Particle System instancing some grass geometry. Last step was to render everything in Cycles.
The compositing was done inside of Fusion 8. I added the trees from my previous blender renders and graded the whole image to give it a nice warm tone. I used a Defocus node in conjunction with my z-pass to guide the viewer more towards the bench and the tree. The z-pass was also used to give the image some atmosphere. In addition to this I added some dust particles and lens effects.