There's a tree that I've been able to see from the school parking lot, and I've noticed it almost every day for a long time; since before I got my DSLR. It stands alone in a field, with not much of a backdrop behind it. On cloudy or foggy days especially it looks really cool.
Today, I finally got around to walking out and shooting it.
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Shutter Speed: 1/400
Focal Length: 55 mm
I realized when choosing out of my various angles and exposures which photo I would edit that the one that appealed to me most was the one I think captured the point of this tree. Yeah, I had some photos that were much better focused, shot at a more landscape-y focal length, framed more fully, etc. But in the end, I went with the somewhat badly focused, wide framed, more telephoto shot because it showed how alone the tree was, which is really the defining characteristic of this tree. That's a good thing to bear in mind when composing shots in the future, I think.
In post, I actually lowered the contrast (something I rarely do for non-portrait photos), desaturated slightly, and cooled down the color cast in an attempt to make the setting look more desolate, which I think accentuated the mood this photo has.