I’ve been driving by a little temporary pond along Route 122 for years, always looking to see if there is a composition lurking there somewhere. I’ve never quite been happy with my efforts in winter, spring, or summer, and autumn foliage just hasn’t quite seemed right ether. Saturday before stopping by the bridge in New Salem, I noticed these lichen covered maple trees and saw the possibility of processing the image in black and white, brightening the trees, and darkening the background to make them really dominate.
First impression as I walked around trying to find an angle that would include the entire horizontal branches was that too much “else” was being added and confusing the composition so I decided to embrace them leaving the frame. All other angles allowed forward leaning interference from other trees that would be out of focus. Does it work for you?
One of my favorite Eliot Porter images is this that I am sure influenced my vision here.
I don’t try to copy others but I pay attention to what is out there and like most photographers retain that subconsciously. We are the total of all our experiences and at our best when we learn from others and then go our own way.