The Bridge to the Garden

Bonus Post – Photos Premiere Here First

I have been posting photos backwards I think. I have put all new photos up on social media before posting to the blog here. So I am switching gears. All new photos will show up here first. This blog/website has always been my main hub, so I think it’s appropriate to post here with a little more info for those interested in the photo.


Magnolia Plantation

I could spend hours with my camera just strolling gardens like this. This is a nice, little bridge that spans some of the swampy southern waters here on The Magnolia Plantation near Charleston, South Carolina. My advice, if you ever visit these plantations, is to forego the house tour and stroll the gardens. Maybe that is because I am often frustrated they never allow photos inside these houses. But I do find the tours to be all the same. I have much more freedom wandering the grounds in search of scenes like this.


A bridge spans a swampy area of The Magnolia Plantation gardens in Charleston, South Carolina



Photo Details:


Camera: Canon 5D Mark II

Lens: Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM

Settings: 24mm Focal Length, f/4.0, 1/80 sec exposure

This was one handheld shot. Processed in Lightroom 5, Photoshop CS6, as well as NIK software and OnOne Software.

Through the trees was only grey sky unfortunately, hence the slight texture (OnOne Software- Perfect Effects) added at the top of the frame to give color and well, texture. I used NIK ColorEfX Pro for color enhancement and correction. NIK Sharpener Pro was used for sharpening. I also softened up the water a bit to give it a more dreamy feel. Final touches were back in Lightroom where I used the new radial filter to add a bit of an offset vignette to match the bridge’s placement in the frame.