A good photograph is knowing where to stand.
--Ansel Adams (1902-1984) American photographer
The trick to photography is knowing where to point the camera. You can have all the best equipment, but that doesn't guarantee compelling photos. You can know all the techniques, settings and theories, but still, it takes an eye to see through what is, to what could be. All photographers get in ruts - so the challenge is to see things fresh and to find new perspectives and new places to stand. For this photo, I was focused on the various textures appearing on the forest floor: the crinkly, the pointy, the smooth and the soft. For links to helpful articles discussing composition, click here.
Just for fun...here's the video for REM's 1989 hit "Stand" (gotta love cheesy 80s videos). Hard to believe REM was once considered 'alternative'.