Minnehaha Falls in Autumn

Minnehaha Falls Autumn-Toby Gant-2014Minnehaha Falls near Lakemont, Georgia is one of my favorite falls to visit in north Georgia.  It would be difficult to tire of such a terrific place. Best of all, I always return home with some great images.

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

Autumn in the Blue Ridge Mountains

Dicks Creek Falls-Toby Gant-2014

I’ve been able to get out and explore this week. The leaves are changing in the North Georgia mountains. What is normally a beautiful area becomes truly stunning with the changing colors.

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

Ammons Falls – Georgia

Ammons Falls-Toby Gant-2014

I recently visited Ammons Falls near Clayton, Georgia. It is in close proximity to Holcomb Creek Falls. I’d visited Holcomb Creek Falls just a few months ago but, due to time constraints I was not able to continue on to Ammons Falls. So, on this visit, Ammons Falls was my primary objective. I’m happy I visited them. The trail ends on a viewing platform. I was comfortable and enjoyed quiet solitude for the duration of my visit.

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

Long Creek Falls – South Carolina

Long Creek Falls SC-Toby Gant-2014I recently visited Long Creek Falls near Long Creek, South Carolina. It is an incredibly beautiful location. The falls are tucked away in a bend on the Chattooga River. I walked away with some great captures. My only real dilemma is deciding which capture to post. I have posted an alternate image in the gallery images of my website.

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

 

Falls on Dodd Creek – Georgia

Falls on Dodd Creek-Toby Gant-2014I have hiked the trail to Raven Cliff Falls in Georgia once previously. At the time it was late in the day and it was more or less a race to reach the falls before the sun had set. On that trek, I passed incredible scenery along the way that I could not stop to appreciate and capture with my camera. With that said, it has been on my list for quite some time to visit the trail again to attempt to capture Dodd Creek.

The trailhead is located on Richard Russell Scenic Highway in White County, Georgia near Helen in the Chattahoochee National Forest. I have walked many trails in this part of the country and this trail is particularly beautiful. It is also very, very busy. Anyone seeking solitude should visit on a weekday. The trail is teaming with hikers, campers and adventure seekers most weekends.

To get this particular capture I had to leave the main trail. I was able to ford the creek to the far side to get closer to the falls. But, to get this angle on the falls, I had to remove my shoes and socks and roll my pants up to my thighs and wade across the creek back to the other side. The water was very cold even this late into summer. But, I was able to get my shot and I am very pleased. I captured this image using my 24-70mm f/2.8, tripod mounted and using a circular polarizer. You can see this image and more of my gallery images on my site at http://www.tobygant.com/Gallery/. Thanks as always for visiting.

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.