I under exposed a few stops to compensate for shooting directly into the light and used a flash to fill in. Also used a circular polarizer.
This is Hope Valley in the California sierras. You have to hike a short distance to get to these but most people don't know about this place so only local people really know you can get here. This fallen aspen has been laying here for years. some of the many branches are gone but it is still a dramatic scene.