I love what you are going for here Bradley, but find the bright patch of sky and the tree compete with each other. I’d also recommend less of the plugged vegetation, or if available in the raw pulling out a touch of shadow detail.
For me, the tree is the strongest point of the image, and you might consider isolating it more. (Here’s a crop along those lines.)
That old tree has some character and makes for a great silhouette. Honestly, I’m not sure I would categorize this as an abstract? I guess unless one considers the silhouette as an abstract - but that really doesn’t matter.
The layers of fog that turn in to clouds and color really help make this a great silhouette. The colors look good, although my own taste might be to bring back more of the pink/orange colors. I suppose you could crop this, but I’m really liking the vastness of the fog/sky behind the tree.
Thanks for the feedback. I never had any intention other than silhouette from the second I saw this. The foreground vegetation isn’t what I responded to. I actually burned it down to keep it from being distracting.
I looked and let it marinate for a while and looked again at what you said about the sky competing with the tree, but I don’t agree. I think the tree compliments the sky. If there were two bright spots or the tree didn’t intersect with the bright part of the sky, I’d probably agree with you.
The crop you suggested doesn’t tell the story of what I experienced or how it affected me. It was a grand vista with fog and inversion layers. It actually makes me feel anxious when I’m going for calm and peaceful.