This is one of the takeaway images from a trail walk I took a few weekends ago. Spending a few minutes exploring off the main trail along the river banks I found several tree stumps that had obviously been decaying for quite some time and had began to take on some interesting characteristics. The recent rainfall not only made the mosses a vibrant green but saturated the porous and decaying wood turning it very dark. I wanted to shoot from a low angle to give the illusion of a towering structure when in fact this one was less than 2 feet tall. The longer exposure was intentional and an attempt to blur any moving objects in addition to the bokeh provided by the f/5 aperture.
Settings: ISO100, 18mm, f/5, 3.2 seconds
Software: Adobe Lightroom 3, Adobe Photoshop CS5