Edisto Beach Trip: Day 3 – Grove Plantation Trees Part 1

Day 3, Grove Plantation Trees Part 1

On mornings where Mother Nature provided very few clouds, leaving the beach as soon as the magic light was gone left golden hour light to be used elsewhere.  After finishing up at the beach and breaking my gear down, I drove straight to The Grove Plantation.  Except for the folks working there, we had the place to ourselves the entire morning.

 

Majestic Live Oaks in The Grove Plantation near Adams Run, South Carolina
Lit Moss

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I didn’t have to walk too far out of the parking lot before finding my first composition.  The golden light highlighting the Spanish moss in my Lit Moss piece was irresistible.  The mostly clear sky became an advantage at the plantation as it provided a nice blue background.  The grounds were clean and very well kept, and the trees…..they were simply awesome.

 

 

Moss draped Live Oak in The Grove Plantation near Adams Run, South Carolina
Canopy View

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Even though I was under the cover of limbs, leaves, and moss while composing Canopy View, the golden hour light filtered through.  I loved how the background trees and moss were accentuated as well as the dappled light on the trunk and limbs.  To get as much of the limbs and golden toned moss as possible into the composition, I placed the base of the tree trunk on the bottom and let the branches wind their way out into the frame.

 

 

Moss draped Live Oak in The Grove Plantation near Adams Run, South Carolina
Plantation Splendor

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My Plantation Splendor piece features the same subject found in Canopy View albeit with a bit different angle and perspective.  Combined they provide a better feel for the size and beauty of the trees on the plantation grounds.  For this vertical version, I placed the center of the tree trunk on the left one third line, using the rule of thirds.  I loved how the branches spread up and out filling the frame as they grow ever farther away from the ground.

 

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Moss draped Live Oak in The Grove Plantation near Adams Run, South Carolina
Towering

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For my Towering composition, I captured the highlighted Spanish moss of a “tree within a tree” by focusing up into the scene.  That artistic decision allowed me to fill the frame with limbs from top to bottom.  While it may not be easy to tell without the ground, or something of a known size from which to get a point of reference, some of the tree limbs are larger than other whole trees will ever be.  I loved how the Spanish moss formed a natural curtain across the top of the frame.

 

 

Limbs, leaves, and moss at The Grove Plantation near Adams Run, South Carolina
Outstretched

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Outstretched is another piece without the ground for a frame of reference.  I loved how the limbs flowed across the entire frame.  Additionally, the Spanish moss below and scattered throughout the trees in the background provide a soft, colorful backdrop that simultaneously enhances and draws out the fractal designs on display.

 

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Author: Steven Dillon

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