Post-processing completed in Lightroom, with minimal adjustments, notably broadening the range and darkening the blue in the sky to eliminate harsh lighting in the background. Photo information: 16-35mm f/4 lens at 22mm, f/14, 1/4 sec., ISO 100
This photo was shot very late in the afternoon on New Year's Day as my family and I hiked through the Devil's Den Preserve, which is managed and maintained by Connecticut Audubon. Anyone who has tried to photograph northern woods in the winter knows it can be difficult to compose compelling subjects, particularly absent any snow. after all, everything looks dead! The biggest ally is light. The low light in the winter can create starkly contrasted scenes, particularly early and late in the day. I saw these foreground hemlocks and felt they made a good composition with the contrasty light.