I shot the image of this tree in the fog almost ten years ago. Even though it was taken in the early spring, it exemplified the mood I was feeling today, on this rainy November day before Thanksgiving.
The image was originally shot in color (see below) but I felt that converting it to black and white gave it more of the mood and effect I wanted. The original image also felt too cluttered so I cropped it in order to draw the eye more toward the ancient oak in the foreground. I processed the image using Silver Efex Pro2, which I have found to be the best editing software for black and white images (you can read more about this software and black and white photos in general in an upcoming post).
The original photograph was captured with a Nikon D50, which was the first Nikon camera I ever owned. You can still find this camera for sale, although with its rather anemic 6 megapixel sensor, it even pales in comparison to the latest 12 MP iPhone cameras and certainly comes nowhere close to the full-frame Nikons I shoot with today, like the D810 with its 36MP sensor (the Nikon D850 was just released with a whopping 46MP sensor). But I think the image does prove one very important axiom in photography which is that you don't necessarily need expensive equipment or a huge powerful camera to take a decent photo. When someone asks me what the best camera is, my response is always the same: it's the one you have with you when a good photographic opportunity presents itself.