Lee County, Virginia, USA by Joshua Moore

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Our region (Southwest Virginia & East Tennessee) received some snow in the higher elevations, and a small amount everywhere else. I like to just hop in my car and see what I can find a lot of the time, I just look for something that catches my eye, and I thought I might find some nice snowy scenes along the country side. I jumped in my car and made my way to the Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, after spending some time at the Iron Furnace, I started to make my way down the road to the White Rocks section of the park.

Along the way I noticed this tree standing proudly atop of a large hill on a farm. There just happened to be a church next to the farm as well. I pulled into the church and found a way to frame this tree up with the mountains in the background. I used my 100-400 Sigma C series lens which had a custom tripod mount made for it as they never produced one for this particular lens. After composing my image I decided I really liked the dynamic contrast of the Black and White version over the color. It simplified it a lot, where as the color took away from the images composition. I felt the color was too distracting.

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