Karen Davis  

Shady Sojourn by Karen Davis

July 2024 - Shady Sojourn

About the Image(s)

Camera: Canon R5
Lens: EF24-105mm
Shutter Speed: 1/60
Aperture: f14
Capture Date: 6/24/2024 (Hot off the press - or the memory card!)

This was taken at Middleton Place in Charleston, South Carolina. We were visiting with friends who retired to Charleston because they loved the area so much. This was her favorite plantation mainly because of the beautiful gardens and live oak trees. Little did my friend know (until we started strolling through the beautiful grounds) that my camera club's next assigned subject was... TREES! Boy, did I stumble into a gold mine! I had an image in my mind of a huge live oak, isolated in a wide open field with tendrils of Spanish Moss trailing down. Jackpot! And there was the Ashley River flowing by as a bonus. And a serpentine path! And a bench! The only thing missing was a beautiful young girl sitting on the bench. (My friend declined to pose - darn!)

This is a panorama (since the tree was so large) with some extensive Lightrooming and Photoshopping to remove some leaves in the foreground and above the tree to the right, brighten the bench, and even out the light on the tree. I would love your suggestions and feedback.

3 comments posted

Tom Brassil   Tom Brassil
Hi Karen Spectacular tree how could you not photograph this. Effective edits and cleaning of the image. Can I suggest as an experiment trying to bring the moss out a bit more, mainly in the shadows, making it the feature of the tree, just as an experiments.   Posted: 07/04/2024 23:41:47

Gregory Waldron   Gregory Waldron
Hi Karen,
A very interesting subject. I like Tom's suggestion. You may want to give it a try.
Best regards,
Greg   Posted: 07/05/2024 21:06:48

Darcy Johnson   Darcy Johnson
Hi Karen - What a magnificent oak tree! The Spanish Moss seems to like it as well and adds interest to the tree's appeal. Tom's suggestion is interesting - worth a try to see if it enhances the image further.

As a side note, I have a couple of photographer friends that have "their tree" they photograph all seasons of the year. Perhaps you have found one to photograph each time you visit.   Posted: 07/07/2024 23:03:06


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