Post-processing this image I strongly simplified the elements of the original photo. I don’t normally push post-processing as far as this, but sometimes stepping beyond “normal” is a good mental and artistic exercise.
I like this particular interpretation for a number of reasons. While the elements of the photo have been reduced to a simplistic form I believe it still clearly imparts its story–perhaps better then originally. The abundant white space provides a sense of quiet and while the actual moment was indeed quiet, the original photo didn’t represent this well. Also, the autumn colors give an impression of autumn or fall, again part of the story or moment perhaps lost in the original photo.
There are other things as well but those are a few of the main points.
Certainly these may only be my personal perceptions. I’d be interested in hearing yours.