Along the Catherine Creek trail on the Washington side of the Columbia Gorge.
The color original was not bad, but I was seeing the composition in monochrome all along. This section of the trail is visually busy. Lots of oaks, rock, grasses etc. The monochrome conversion let the shapes of the trees and the collapsing corral stand out.
I had taken a series from the same vantage point with the intent of working in HDR with Photomatix, but I liked this result from a single frame better. A lot to learn there, for certain!
1/4 second @ f/22, polarizer. ISO 100, tripod mounted. Developed from RAW and then adjusted for monochrome in Photoshop. (I should have taken the polarizer off… it functioned solely as an ND filter in this case, and was unneeded.)
Andrea, stalking wild fern fronds. Just an educated guess, but I think I see the purchase of a “real” macro lens in her future.