Denton Branch Falls – Georgia

Denton Branch Falls-Toby Gant-2014My first attempt to locate Denton Branch falls was not a success. I recently made another attempt to locate them. Fortunately, I was able to locate them this time. And I’m very happy I was able to locate them.  It is a beautiful area and a beautiful waterfall.

For anyone who cares to visit, there are conflicting instructions on finding the location. Driving through Tate City, you will pass Chappel Ln on the right. (It is marked with a sign.)  The very next right is the “road” that leads to the trailhead. It is not marked with a sign. There is a sign on the opposite side of the street that marks a gated private drive. (River Run N.) When you see the sign on the left, take the unmarked road to the right. The road is very uneven grade. I would suggest taking a vehicle with higher than average ground clearance. Or find a place to park shortly after leaving the main road.

I captured this image using my 16-35mm f/4, tripod mounted and using a circular polarizer. Thanks for stopping by.

Another Attempt at Toccoa Falls – Georgia

Toccoa Falls-Toby Gant-Photographing nature within certain “hours of operation” is tricky at best. As you most likely already know, light is everything in photography. My first attempt to capture Toccoa Falls was in the late afternoon and the lighting was simply impossible. I decided to be there when they open the doors and see what I found. They don’t open the doors until 10:00 AM EDT.  The sun is already very high in the sky at that time. The morning light is almost as bad as the afternoon light.

With all that said, I used the LR Enfuse plugin in Lightroom 5 to create a HDR image from only two different exposures. The first I exposed for the cliff face that was in the direct sunlight. The second I exposed for the trees to the right that were in the shadows. I captured this image using my 24-70mm f/2.8, tripod mounted and using a circular polarizer. Thanks for stopping by.

Fall Creek Falls – Tennessee

Fall Creek Falls-Toby Gant-2014I captured this image of Fall Creek Falls on my recent trip to the Tennessee State Park of the same name.  At 256 feet (78 meters), Fall Creek Falls is one of the tallest waterfalls in the US east of the Mississippi River.

I captured this image using my 16-35mm f/4, tripod mounted and using a circular polarizer. You can find more of my work on my website. Thanks for stopping by.

Mud Creek Falls – Georgia

Mud Creek Falls-Toby Gant-2014This is my third visit to Mud Creek Falls near Sky Valley, Georgia. On my previous visits I always returned with some great images but, never of the actual falls. Perseverance payed off and on my visit over the weekend, I was able to capture the essence of the falls and bring back some great images.

I captured this image of the falls using my 16-35mm f/4, tripod mounted and using a circular polarizer.

Cane Creek Cascades – Tennessee

Cane Creek Cascades-Toby Gant-2014I was fortunate to be able to spend a couple of days out in nature with my children last week. We visited Fall Creek Falls State Park in Tennessee.  The trip was more about getting away than photography this time. But, I was able to capture a couple of images.

I captured this image of the Cane Creek Cascades using my 24-70mm f/2.8 tripod mounted and using a circular polarizer. Speaking of my setup, Chris O’Keefe was kind enough to reach out and share a capture with me over the weekend. I suggest stopping by to see his work at http://milfordstreet.wordpress.com.

 

Return to Stonewall Creek Falls – Georgia

Stonewall Creek Falls-Toby Gant-2014I visited Stonewall Creek Falls for the first time in September of last year. Although it is a beautiful area, the lighting was mixed on my first visit. I just found an opportunity to return and found much better light. I was rewarded with some great captures and I’ll look forward to returning again. If you were to visit these falls with capturing images in mind, I’d suggest the early evening hours.

I captured this image using my 24-70mm f/2.8, tripod mounted and using a circular polarizer. Thanks for stopping by.

Abrams Falls – Tennessee

Abrams Falls-Toby Gant-2014I captured this image of Abrams Falls in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. I was late getting on the trail due to circumstances a bit beyond my control. The sun was setting behind the horizon when I’d reached the half way point going to the falls. I passed a couple that informed me that they were the last people at the falls and that I would have them all to myself. It was a beautiful trail and hike. I made it to the falls with enough available light to capture the falls.

I captured this image using my 24-70mm, tripod mounted and using a circular polarizer. Thanks for stopping by.

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