When I first looked at this scene, I saw a lot of contrast and depth.
The yellow colored shrubs in the foreground. The dark evergreens behind.
Then the mountains in the background in great detail.
The dark clouds swirling around.
As a different tack, I showed less sky and more foreground in this composition.
The photo was taken in Whiteswan Provincial Park
Interesting concept here. The mountains appears as black and white. The foreground shows as color. I did not alter the mountains. They are as they appeared. Devoid of color.
So I developed as you see. The stark harsh reality of the mountains. The lush and denseness of the forest. If you look close on the mountainside you will notice the blackened trees from a previous forest fire.
I was in Whiteswan Provincial Park in BC. This photo was taken at the end of Wolf Lake. On the other side of the trees is Whiteswan Lake
Patience, Patience. That is what its all about. Unlike my painterly friends who can create how they want. I must wait for the right moment to happen. Whether it is today, tomorrow or sometime in the future, I must wait for the components to fall in place. The lake to be calm. The lighting to be just right. The right cloud cover. This is the game I must play to get the composition I want.
Then you get a day when everything fits together like a jigsaw puzzle. Then I will lock in and start shooting. I have been creating photographic works for many years now. I do not even think anymore. I just perform. I am a happy man doing my thing.
The bottom line of all this is you enjoy the wonders of nature. You breathe the clean, clear air around you. The scenes before you capture your heart, taking your breath away.
I spent the whole day surrounded by beauty. I drove up the side of the mountain. I drove down the other side of the mountain. Before me was a beautiful valley surrounded by mountains. This was White Swan Provincial Park. There are two lakes located here. Alces Lake and Whiteswan Lake. The above photo shows the back end of Whiteswan Lake.
The camera is set up on the tripod. The composition is ready. The wind is fickle. One moment it is calm. Then a breath of wind disturbs part o your scene. A ripple upon the lake surface. You wait and you wait. Then, the wind is gone. A photo is shot. The wind comes again. You quietly wait. The calm returns. A photo is shot. The sun breaks through among dark clouds. There is brightness on the mountains. A beautiful composition has been created. Whew.