I really like this image. For me, it has a feeling that I’ve long sought. It’s hard to put into words, but it’s something like nature, left to its own devices, quietly coping with our effects on the landscape. Dignity, persistence, a little sadness.
I made it shortly before this, on the abandoned highway ramp. I had messed around with it in Lightroom 3, but it didn’t float my boat. Since then I’ve upgraded to Lightroom 4 and, as I often do, I hit the auto-tone button just to see what would happen. To my surprise, it dramatically darkened the image, something I doubt I would have tried. I liked the effect and used it as the basis for further tweaking. Lightroom 3’s auto-tone frequently makes odd decisions, but they seem to have improved it in Lightroom 4.