I've added a mea culpa at the bottom this morning, as I hear ringing in my ears "Step away from the light table!" The original shot is the one that carries the life and vitality ...I'm shaking my head at how long it took me to get this...
Wendell...you seem to have an interesting location there...hope you'll get a chance to work with it more while you still have snow and colliding fronts skies...think I saw another of yours somewhere in a similar or near location that would give you overlapping slopelines and trees with their skies... for sure what others see in ones own work can be informing, but I certainly admire the ability to allow and give room for a unique vision to grow in complexity and depth over time...for myself the questioning as to whether the wine in the bottle is worth aging sometimes leads to pleasant new perspectives, while at other times, not so much.
In the case of your pastoral and the questions it left in my mind, I know it will influence in some quietly subtle way my next times behind the viewfinder. And I must have liked yours or would just have "walked on by" instead of asking you about it. Glad you posted it. Pat
You know...after getting a few hours sleep, it hit me...the caption location is "The Summit". Don't know how I missed that...so I think Mike is closer to what is going on here...especially since you did bubble level the shot...I was dismayed to see the vitality drain out of your edited shot...taking 70 plus years of growing on the "Summit" and removing it with a perspective adj drained it's history. I stand corrected, mea culpa. I've stepped away from the light table, I promise...Pat S