I’ve passed by this tree for years. It has caught my attention in the past but until Monday I was never moved to make an image. Not sure why it suddenly appealed to me, probably the light, but I spent a fair amount of time moving a bit this way or that until I decided this was the composition. At first I thought black and white would suit it, but something besides the color was lost so I didn’t stay with the conversion.
The main discussion I had with myself was the placement of the vertical gap in the ledge. Hide it, expose more or, as I ended deciding, let some of it show. Then it was how to manage the different elements so the tree stood out as the subject more than the lichen covered rock and moss. The understated exposure and the way the twisted root stands out in front of the deep shadow appeals. I did shoot some portrait mode but landscape allows the root to get more attention. And what do you suppose had been there to cause the tree to be elevated as it is? An old nurse stump? A rock that rolled down the slope behind me?