Thanks Martin for posting, and I really admire your passion. At the end of the day, I think that is one of the purest sensations we can feel, and it is deeply personal, as this image is to you.
The conditions indeed look entirely transient and fleeting. I can imagine being there and just taking it all in; grateful for just being able to be there and witness it. That’s a win right there.
On the Expressive Photography Forum I run we rarely voice personal opinion as a critique. It is a skill to divorce our own preferences from feedback.
So, what follows is not criticism, it is just my emotional consequences of the image.
I have written at length this week about the 5 triggers of engagement:
Luminosity | Contrast | Geometry | Colour | Atmosphere
Each of them has attributes and consequences.
I love the luminosity and contrast in this scene. It is also quite monochromatic and there is some lovely atmosphere. The one that is affecting me the most is geometry.
If you were to draw a line through every shadow, you will see how strongly the image pulls you down to the bottom left. Even the leftward lean of the far left set of trees just drifts us left. I feel that quite disturbing, and quite discomfiting.
To illustrate my point, the version above now pushes us gently to the right and almost for the first time, I get the sense of the background mountains in the distance. I can appreciate the depth of the scene more, because I naturally want to explore up and right, not down and left.
This is just a simple consequence of geometry, we have changed nothing else in the scene. I could look at the flipped version all day, but could not do so with the original. Weird huh?
Glorious scene, curious geometric consequences.