The Blue Ridge Mountains

The Blue Ridge MountainsI am a relative newcomer to Georgia and the incredible Blue Ridge Mountains. But, in the short time we have lived here I continue to grow more and more fond of them. I have traveled to many places around the globe and the beauty of this part of the world rivals the most exotic of places. I am happy that life has brought me here. I am excited about the adventures.(Past, present and future.)

This image was captured with my 50mm f/1.4 lens and a circular polarizer. Please follow my blog at its new location: www.tobygant.com. Thanks for stopping by and feel free to leave your comments.

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Amicalola Falls Adventure

Amicalola FallsI was finally able to get outdoors today and get some fresh air. We went to Amicalola Falls State Park near Dawsonville, Georgia. We spent a couple of hours at the lower falls. It is such an incredibly beautiful park in the summertime. I’m very pleased with my captures today. I’m also a little disappointed. I was looking forward to spending a few minutes with Lightroom 4. But, I nailed the exposures and the white balance in camera. (Not much work to do at all.) With all that said, I decided to give LR/enfuse a try with Lightroom 4. As usual the results were incredible and it was a super easy process. This image is the HDR result. I captured the image using my 16-35mm f/4 with a circular polarizer. As always, thanks for stopping by. Please feel free to share your thoughts. You can also follow my blog at http://tobygant.com.

I Need An Adventure

Wolf Creek FallsI’ve been busy with everything associated with life for the past couple of weeks. Between my schedule and rainy weather I just have not been able to find the time to get outside. Today was a productive day indoors. I was able to put some time in on the new site and get a few minutes in with Lightroom. I love working in post. To me it is as much a part of the image as the actual capture. Although I usually only make minor modifications, it is important to adjust the white balance, sharpness and crop if necessary. All of those things are critical when you are trying to recreate the image that you visualized at the time of capture. I guess it is just a carry over from my days when I worked in an actual darkroom. It is just part of my process. But, back to my original thought. I really need to get outside with my camera in hand. It has been too long. Please let me know if you have any suggestions for a great spot in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Remember to follow me at my new domain: http://tobygant.com. Thanks for stopping by.

Tennessee Aquarium Adventure

Tennessee AquariumLast weekend we revisited the Tennessee Aquarium in downtown Chattanooga, TN. It was great fun for the kids. They were much younger the first time we went and I believe they got much more out of it this time. I did also. The last time we visited I only had a small point and shoot camera in my arsenal. This time I had the right tool for the job. It can be extremely challenging shooting through 3 inch “bullet-proof” glass. Not only that, if it is curved glass don’t even waste your time. There were so many people at the aquarium shooting with full flash straight into glass. They would chimp from the back of their cameras and stand their puzzled. I truly wanted to help them all. But, I think my wife would not have been pleased if I’d interrupted our family time. I had a great time and got some great shots. I hope you are all out getting some captures this weekend. This image is of a Japanese Sea Nettle. It was captured with my 105mm VR micro. You can follow my blog at its new location http://tobygant.com.

Lightroom 4

Lightroom 4Well, it’s official. I made the leap to Adobe Lightroom 4 today. I must say that they have put an incredible amount of work into this product. There are more advancements than I have seen between any of the other versions. I have not had an incredible amount of time to work with it yet. But, what I have seen is great. I’m looking forward to working with it more. The new “Whites” slider is going to take me a minute to get accustomed to. I keep looking for the brightness slider and it is no longer there. But, I’m certain it will be second nature after a few hours at the keyboard.

Feel free to share your thoughts on Lightroom 4 here on my site. Just a reminder you can follow my blog at its new location http://tobygant.com. Thanks for stopping by.

Brief Adventure

Vogel State Park - GeorgiaThe stars aligned perfectly yesterday morning. Well, almost perfectly. I found myself with a 3 hour window in my schedule that I could spend any way I wanted. I chose to make a 1 hour drive to Vogel State Park. It is a 10 to 15 minute hike to the falls from the parking lot leaving me 30 full minutes to go shoot before I had to head back to the city for an appointment at 10:30. The 60 minutes between hiking and shooting was well worth the 2 hour drive. I was able to get away from everything and breathe in some fresh air. I hope I will be able to find some more time this weekend. This image was captured with my new 50mm f/1.4. You can find a high-resolution image on my site at http://www.tobygant.com/vogel#h2549844d.