Minnehaha Falls, Georgia

Minnehaha FallsI was looking for a new adventure this weekend and did I ever find one. Minnehaha Falls are off the beaten path in rural Rabun County, GA. The only small glitch is that they are near a beautiful mountain lake and the roads are heavily travelled. Due to the short hike from the road to the falls and the proximity to the lake, the falls were incredibly busy. I was able to work around the crowd for the most part. But, when I revisit, it will certainly be on a weekday in the early, early morning. Even with all of the chaos, I was able to grab a couple of incredible gallery images.

The falls by themselves are simply stunning. In mid-summer there is brilliant color everywhere. I can only imagine what they will look like with fall foliage. I can’t wait to find out.

I captured this image with my 50mm f/1.4. I love the brilliant green of the moss along with the red from the high amounts of iron in the water and soil make for an interesting capture. Thanks as always for stopping by.

Sawnee Mountain, Georgia

Sawnee Mountain, Georgia.

We had beautiful weather last week in North Georgia. My wife was out-of-town on business and I picked the kids up after work. (They had just finished a busy day playing in the pool and were ready to just go home.) With a little persuasion, I talked them into climbing Sawnee again. When we reached the top we were rewarded with a great view and a nice cool steady breeze and some fresh air.

This image is a panoramic image compiled in PS5 from 6 vertical images. I used my 16-35mm f/4 VR lens tripod mounted. As always, thanks for stopping by. Please follow my blog or view my gallery images at my domain: www.tobygant.com.

Morning Inspiration

Micrathena GracilisI was on the back deck the other morning drinking a cup of coffee, when I noticed a tiny spider making a really neat looking web. With my camera and macro lens in tow I went to take a closer look. What I found was a tiny “spiky-looking” spider that is generically called an orb weaver. (It’s actual name is Micrathena Gracilis.) It is fun to watch this tiny creature build such a large intricate web.

I captured this image using my 105mm VR micro. The camera was tripod mounted. Please share any thoughts you have.  Please follow my blog or view my gallery images at my domain: www.tobygant.com.

Fisheye = Fun

Ok. You find yourself indoors with a variety of large objects in somewhat confined spaces. What do you do? You could go with your trusty go to wide-angle lens or you can grab your ultra wide fisheye lens. I opted for the latter on our recent trip to the Tellus Science Museum. There are so many negative things you could say about shooting with a fisheye. You could talk about the distortion or chromatic aberration. But, all that aside, a good fisheye lens is incredibly fun. Does anything else even matter? I think not. Working with a fisheye is incredibly fun all by itself. If you find things are getting a little routine, borrow or rent a fisheye. If that doesn’t put a smile on your face, you might need to have someone check you for a pulse. I captured this image of a Bell helicopter with my stellar 10.5mm f/2.8 DX lens. Thanks as always for stopping by. You can follow my blog on my website at http://tobygant.com.


We are in the midst of a heat wave in the Atlanta area. With temperatures so high, our weekend adventure led us to someplace cooler. (The Tellus Science Museum in Cartersville, GA.) It was a great opportunity to get some macro and wide-angle shots.

This is one of my favorite captures of the day. It was captured with my 105mm macro. I like the colors. I think working the highlights with the split toning controls in Lightroom 4 really set it off. As always, please share your thoughts and thanks for stopping by. You can follow my on my site at http://tobygant.com.

More From The Falls

I had to share another image from Amicalola. I badly wanted to add this image to my gallery as a black and white image. It really pops when I convert it. The textures that are present throughout the image really make it work. But, I love the colors too much to convert it. The earthy tones make the image work even better. It may end up filling a frame in my home as a black and white. But as for my gallery, what you see is what you’ll get.

This image was captured using my 50mm f/1.4 with a circular polarizer. You can follow my blog at its new location: www.tobygant.com. As always, thanks for stopping by.