This week’s Photo Challenge is Lost in the Details, and it reminded me of a challenging time I had photographing The Angel Oak in Charleston, South Carolina.
The Angel Oak is estimated to be 300 to 400 years old and is thought to be the largest Live Oak East of the Mississippi River. With a height of 65 feet and covering 17,000 square feet of shade, The Angel Oak’s immensity is difficult to capture in one frame without losing perspective. At the end of the day, I found my favorite images were those focusing on parts of the tree, the details that hinted at the true expanse of this oak.
In this frame, the limbs just seem to stretch on forever, and when you stand underneath the tree, that’s really how you feel. It’s as if you’re in the middle of a tree cocoon, sandwiched between a thick layer of fallen leaves below and green, leafy branches above. The Angel Oak is amazing, and I plan to return to take up the challenge again.
This image was edited in Color Efex Pro 4 using the Detail Extractor and Contrast filters.