“Early morning warm sunlight on frost covered leaves in Cooks Meadow, Yosemite National Park, California”
This was made the day after a snow storm cleared last winter. I had reached the valley hoping for some fog action at sunrise, but found none. I then reached Cooks meadow to get the first light on Upper Yosemite falls, but instead spent time with my macro lens and concentrated on these frost covered leaves.
Before the sunlight hit the meadow, the scene was so cold. I made some test exposures, but they had little contrast and looked dull. Then I realized that the sunlight takes about an hour after sunrise to reach the valley floor, so I decided to wait it out until there was light in the meadow. The moment there was light the scene changed so drastically, with the morning rays spreading warmth throughout the meadow. The frosted leaves and the warm light created the much needed contrast that I was looking for.
Since it was late in Feb. whe I made this, I was fortunate enough to find some new growth alongside the old dead leaves, creating another contrasting element in the frame.