Ronald, this is my kind of image! I absolutely love the simplicity here. You have the clean sky, the clean silhouettes of the trees, and those few remaining leaves that tell the whole story. I love it.
Is this an image about crows and branches. If so then the crows should be more prominent. I would consider a crop. I would also increase the luminosity of the blue color a bit. I’m looking from a smart phone. The impression may be different on a big screen.
Those remaining leaves feel a bit jaunty to me, fluttering in the breeze at the ends of the branches. I agree with Igor on the crop. Perhaps a 16:9 ratio, cropping off the top? That would make the leaves more prominent in that they would be closer to the frame edge. Black & white would also work well to accentuate them, since this is all about the graphic quality of the silhouetted trees. Here’s what I’m thinking. I know you don’t do a lot of b&w, but I thought I’d see what it would look like. At any rate, it’s a wonderful photo.
What a wonderful moment. I too thought of birds, but perhaps the story is even better know it’s the leaves that are clinging as best they can before getting completely blown away by winter…
B&W certainly works well, but I preview the very pretty evening blue.
I do agree with a crop from the top; just a little too much extra space that isn’t adding to the scene. I think cropping just about 1/3 or so (of the sky, not the entire height) and also come in a bit from the left so that the slope of the tree tops is almost symetrical left and right.
Beautiful silhouette - the clinging leaves makes the story.