Some days are better than others

Image of a butterfly at Florida Museum of Natural History in Gainesville, FL. Image taken by Toby Gant.

Better day

Ok anyone that has been shooting for any length of time knows that things don’t always click. (Pun intended.) It could be your mood, allergies, distractions, basically anything. Sure you can grab working shots and move along. But, you want great shots. Then there are days where everything seems to come together. Shot after shot, each one better than the last. Today was one of those afternoons for me, my head was cluttered with thoughts of everyday life in the start of the afternoon. But, the more I watched my subjects the more at peace I became. The stress melted away and the shots simply came naturally. Sure I gave myself a “competitive edge”. I went to the Florida Museum of Natural History in Gainesville, FL. So, it was like catching fish in a barrel. But, I must say it was a great time even if I didn’t have to work that hard. This image was taken with my Nikkor 105mm micro VR lens. This lens is so incredibly sharp and refined, that you can literally count the hairs on the butterfly.

Silver River State Park – Florida

So, my family’s quest to visit all of Florida’s State Parks continued this weekend. We visited Silver River State Park near Ocala, FL. Trail hiking was the order of the day and the kids were troopers. (I’m not certain it’s exactly their idea of a good time.) And they made the best of it. Silver River is a beautiful park and we really enjoyed the scenery. We saw wildlife along the way. There was a water snake, an alligator tortoise, and an alligator that came in close to see what we were doing there. There weren’t a terrible amount of photo opportunities. But, everyone had a good time. We plan to return and canoe the river next visit. The image shown is an HDR image compiled from 6 bracketed images taken 1 stop apart. I compiled the image using the LRenfuse plugin & Adobe Lightroom 3. Lens was my Nikkor 16-35mm f/4 VR. I’m really starting to love this lens. It is a great piece of glass.

You never know until you try.

So, things have been incredibly busy at work and I found myself with Saturday afternoon to myself. I took a chance on a local destination. (Jacksonville Arboretum and Gardens.) I was expecting to see blooming flowers knowing that it’s springtime and gardens being in the title and all. The gardens were a little more than disappointing. But, the trails were well maintained. It was good to go for a walk. But, if you are looking for gardens and blooming flowers, I would look somewhere else. (Anywhere else.) I did come across some lizards and a rat. The marshes were dry. Anoles are shy lizards. They tend to shy away from humans. To capture this this one, I shot with my 70-200mm 2.8 VR 2 with a 2x teleconverter and a 36mm extension tube.