This mother black bear had sent her cubs high up into a large pine tree and was searching for food.
She kindly paused and looked in my direction at a break in the bright green foliage.
There are many ways to compose a wildlife image and each scenario can be different, but a technique that often works is to center the animal in the frame and then open up the frame in the direction the animal is looking.
In this case, the momma black bear was looking straight toward me and its near-centered position works well.
I left a slightly more room around the bear on the right side as there is a very slight head turn and the tall green plants on the right helped balance and frame the image.
The color, or lack thereof, of black bears is a challenge for cameras' auto exposure systems with overexposure being the frequent outcome.
A manual exposure is often best.
Joining me for the Shenandoah National Park workshop this June
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr