I’m always pulled to different configurations of tree stumps for photo possibilities. There are many of these hidden in the bush alongside the cross country ski trails I utilize as alternate walking routes.

This particular grouping, with the almost black bark and the white snow blanketing it, seemed to beg to be a B/W Photo.

In an iPhone photography class I took, and in several web searches on the subject, it’s advised to never shoot in B/W mode with a smart phone. The strong suggestion is to do any necessary editing for exposure, contrast, white balance, etc on the original colour shot and then convert to B/W. I don’t always follow that rule, but I did for this shot.

“You don’t make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.”

~ Ansel Adams