The first feeling that came to mind for me when viewing this photograph was a sense of the primordial or prehistoric; this effect has been caused my the mist seeping through the trees in the background, and the mixture of golden/red light on the trees with areas of darkness. One can indeed imagine these 'Ghostly Memories,' as giant elk of the Pleistocene might have browsed in these woods; while bears hunted them under cover of darkness and mist. The trees themselves are slim and elegant, the thinness of the trunks indicates competition to get to a light source, while also ending an imaginary eye to what might have been happening on the forest floor below...Perhaps an ancient tribe of people hunted and fought in these woods, perhaps sacrifices were made...who knows what those ghostly memories maybe...
In conclusion this is a very beautiful picture which attracts the viewer's eye with subtle yellow light. Well done!
Taking a picture of misty scenery where any direct sunlight is missing is technically quite easy. You don’t have to worry much about overexposed or underexposed areas because tones are mostly in medium lightness range. Low dynamic range of scene however leads to a low contrast between tones therefore close tones tends to melt into one. Picture consequently looses details and colors look pale.
So the first aspect that I would recommend you to focus on is increasing contrast while processing the picture. I see there is some space at your picture to stretch histogram more towards lights and slightly towards darks. It helps but not too much because you risk unnatural appearance. The key to smartly overcome a low dynamic range is hidden in high contrast increase only in mid-tones. I would also increase vibrancy and even slightly saturation to accent autumn colors of trees. Again mostly in mid-tones to avoid over burnt colors.
With above mentioned corrections the picture might easily move to a higher class of your portfolio. Anyway this is still a very good work! I found a lot of premium photos in your portfolio and some of them are really inspiring!
This image is one of the best photo's I have seen for that time of year, the image is understandably small so I can't really tell for sure but it looks like you have captured the image perfect so it's nicely contrasted without overcooking the highlights and shadows, I love the tones and that mist really adds depth to the image aswell to separate the background, I can see me sending you a note requesting a print
You can follow all the "rules" and get everything right technically but what is really important is how the photo grabs your attention when you first see it. This just knocks my socks off. Outstanding!!!
breathtaking!! u are one of the most amazing photographer's i have ever seen....am honored to be able to see your work...i can only hope to someday take shots like yours...thank u so much for sharing!!