I photographed this scene earlier this year in Shenandoah National Park, Virginia. Originally, it was a peaceful foggy scene with fresh spring greens. While processing this image, however, I decided to take a departure from my norm and really try to create something that captured what it felt like to be alone in that quiet, dark, rainy forest. Since I believe that part of the power of photography lies in its ability to depict reality, I want to fully explain what I did while editing this image. First, I did a simple black and white conversion. Once that was done, I gave it a slight blur to create a bit of "glow" and mystery. Next, I added some pretty significant vignetting around the edges to give it the appearance of looking down a tunnel towards brightness. It came out pretty dark and mysterious in mood, which I find represents that trip to the mountains better than the original.
Techs: Canon 7D, Canon 10-22mm @ 16mm. 1/15th @ f/13. ISO 800.