This past week I had the opportunity to visit the Altama Plantation, formerly called Hopeton, near St Simons Island, Georgia. It is such a beautiful property with a rich history with records dating back as far as 1763. It was most recently owned by the Jones family that also owned Sea Island. One of the original owners studied water control in Holland and put that knowledge to work in a diking and drainage system that supported the rice fields of Hopeton. It was also home to sugar mills, and ruins still remain, two of the chimneys pictured below with the year 1899 engraved with cut bricks. The ancient oak and pine trees are just stunning with drooping Spanish moss, and Gardenia’s like you have never seen before left over from prior owners gardens. Wildlife is abundant, while only there for 24 hours we saw an alligator, wild hog, tons of deer, a water moccasin, a turkey, several hawks and a massive owl. Coming from Atlanta it was simply amazing to be in a place like that.
I love this tree along the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area trail. I’m usually running when back there so never have my camera and certainly not my tripod. I took both out for a hike on Friday afternoon and got a picture of this twisted tree.
How I did it:
5 exposures 1/30 sec – 1/500 sec
Shot on Tripod
Processed in Photomatix Pro 5 & Lightroom
I have tried to capture this shot before and was stopped by security. This time I stayed in my car and was able to get the image I was looking for. The clouds and sky were pretty amazing for about 3 minutes, then it was gone… This is a 3 exposure HDR processed in SNS-HDR Pro and Lightroom. The Church on the left is Wieuca Baptist Church and the building on the right is the Ritz Carlton Residences.