Light at the End of the Tunnel, Savernake Forest

The ancient hunting forest of Savernake is Wiltshire's largest area of woodland. The leaves tend to last longer on the trees than at other locations, perhaps because the size of the forest offers protection from wind and frost. I made this image looking down the main drive through the forest at 9am, with the sun straight in front of me. My first composition was from the middle of the drive but I found that by stepping just two metres to the right I could achieve a much more interesting, asymmetrically balanced composition. Backlighting filtering through the leaf canopy brings the leaves to life and an intriguing pool of sunlight further along the track draws the viewer through the image to a well-placed focal point. I took care that the sun was hidden behind a tree and not falling directly onto the front element of my lens.