Critique Angel Oak tree...estimated 400 to 1,400 years old...

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The Angel Oak Tree is a Southern live oak (Quercus virginiana) located in Angel Oak Park on Johns Island near Charleston, South Carolina. The Angel Oak Tree is estimated to be at least 400 and possibly up to 1400 years old. It stands 66.5 ft (20 m) tall, measures 28 ft (8.5 m) in circumference, and produces shade that covers 17,200 square feet (1,600 m2). Its longest branch distance is 187 ft. in length. The oak derives its name from the estate of Justis and Martha Angel.

All images are single captures....no HDR. ISO between 1,100 and 1,600 to keep shutter speed up as they did NOT allow tripods. ???? LOL! Also they had placed signs all around the base, which I had to edit out!

I also captured some infrared images and would very much appreciate comments.....see this IR thread.

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A mighty oak...

Very well done, Karen!! I like how you processed them and what's not to like? The photo is great!
 
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Love the images Karen. The tree has a remarkable structure and is captured very well. I also like the processing done here, especially on the last one. It really brings out the details of the bark, leafs and moss.
 
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Karen, I’ve looked at the color and B&W shots several times each, and I keep coming back to the color. Perhaps that’s due to my interest in the subject. With that in mind, I think I would prefer at least one shot showing the whole tree in context with its surroundings. [Was that even physically possible?]
 

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Very well done, Karen!! I like how you processed them and what's not to like? The photo is great!
Thanks, Lyndee!
Love the images Karen. The tree has a remarkable structure and is captured very well. I also like the processing done here, especially on the last one. It really brings out the details of the bark, leafs and moss.
Appreciate the comments, Kees! The tree actually has moss and ferns growing on it.
Excellent images, a good photo makes a good story.
Appreciate it!
That is one "very cool" tree. Great shots.

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Thank you, Samuel. I really enjoyed my time there. But they do their best to hamper photographers. No tripod and signs all around the base of the tree! LOL!
Karen, I’ve looked at the color and B&W shots several times each, and I keep coming back to the color. Perhaps that’s due to my interest in the subject. With that in mind, I think I would prefer at least one shot showing the whole tree in context with its surroundings. [Was that even physically possible?]
Thanks, Bob! I used my 14-24mm @ 14mm! The tree is surrounded by other trees....and a fence. This was the best I could do unless I went wider than 14mm. You can see some of the surrounding trees in the background and around the sides.
 
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That tree has loads of character, and it looks like a challenge to photograph. Like Bob, I've looked at both the B&W and color versions and I prefer the color.

And I think in #2 you've done an excellent job of capturing the essence of this old patriarch.
 

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That tree has loads of character, and it looks like a challenge to photograph. Like Bob, I've looked at both the B&W and color versions and I prefer the color.

And I think in #2 you've done an excellent job of capturing the essence of this old patriarch.
Thank you, Jim! It was a challenge to photograph....and to process! Did you notice #3 in the IR thread? There are 3 people standing near a limb in the lower left corner! They really give a sense of scale to the "old patriarch"!
 
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Very well done, Karen! I've passed that park many times when we vacation on Seabrook or Kiawah. Its most likely the oldest living thing on the east coast! I think #3 is superb and the rest excellent. Not easy to capture all those branches. How much is the entry fee these days? Hope you got some more cool shots down in Low Country!
 

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Very well done, Karen! I've passed that park many times when we vacation on Seabrook or Kiawah. Its most likely the oldest living thing on the east coast! I think #3 is superb and the rest excellent. Not easy to capture all those branches. How much is the entry fee these days? Hope you got some more cool shots down in Low Country!
No entry fee - just park and walk around! We were only there a very few days, but we will be back. Where else should we go for photography...landscapes, birdies, etc.?
 
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No entry fee - just park and walk around! We were only there a very few days, but we will be back. Where else should we go for photography...landscapes, birdies, etc.?
Anywhere down along the coastal area is great. Bohicket Rd ends up at Seabrook and Kiawah but those are gaited communities. You might get a day pass to check out the communities or play golf. Edisto Beach just south is not private. There are many marshes and coastal rivers for birding. You can get very nice sunset pics over swamps and marshes too. Of course Charleston is about 40 minutes away.
 

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Anywhere down along the coastal area is great. Bohicket Rd ends up at Seabrook and Kiawah but those are gaited communities. You might get a day pass to check out the communities or play golf. Edisto Beach just south is not private. There are many marshes and coastal rivers for birding. You can get very nice sunset pics over swamps and marshes too. Of course Charleston is about 40 minutes away.
Thanks, John!
 

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Very nice. It looks like some kind of monster reaching out of the ground.

No tripods! How many more stupid rules can people come up with?
What next? No flash, because it might damage the trees?

Mr T said it best: I pity the fools :D
LOL! Thanks for commenting, Mark!
 

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