One way to tell if you’re looking at a great photograph is if it puts you in a certain mood or not. Does it make you angry? Sad? Joyous? Powerless? Globally aware? Inspired? Lost? Amazed? In the case of andertho’s Warm Winter Sunset, it makes me feel like something is awry. The birds are spooked, the clouds are lurking, and the tree just has no say in the matter.
I can only guess that there has been some post processing done on this shot, as the colors just don’t look natural. There’s nothing wrong with that though, as it can really add to the mood that you’re trying to create with your photo. Sometimes you can take a very ordinary image, do some tweaking with Photoshop, and before you know it you’ve got a winner like this one.
If I’m mistaken, then Mother Nature is just as confused as we think she is. 70 degrees in the middle of January? We can only hope that it’s not snowing in July.
This post appeared in its original form at DC Metblogs