Amicalola in Black & White

Amicalola in black & whiteAnyone who has followed my blog for any length of time knows that I am a real sucker for the black and white images. (Otherwise known as grayscale, for you purists that are out there.)

The black and white image offers so much visually. The texture, contrast and tones are simply intriguing to me. I find that I look at black and white images much longer than I do their color counterparts. There is a certain mystery for me. After enjoying the scene as a whole and then analyzing the textures in the scene, I often find myself analyzing the image to try to determine what time of year or what time of day the image was captured. Sometimes I try to visualize the image in color. I understand everyone has their own take on this subject. Please don’t take it the wrong way either. I love and enjoy color images. But, I must say that there is just something a little more magical about a good black and white image.

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Overdone

OverdoneI know there are thousands if not millions of photographs of Disney’s Spaceship Earth structure at Epcot out there on the web. But, that doesn’t mean that it isn’t a fun subject all the same. It’s great to put your own spin on any subject even if it has already been “photographed to death”. I think this is where you can demonstrate your skills. There are factors like perspective, composition, lighting, and exposure that you can use to separate your photo from all the rest. Even if the subject has been photographed countless times.

I captured this image using my 16-35mm f/4. Please feel free to leave comments and as always, thanks for stopping by.

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Sunrise Shoot at Amicalola Falls State Park – Georgia

Amicalola Falls SunriseI set my alarm for 4:30 AM last night. I had to take advantage of having a day off during the week. I made a tall cup of coffee and headed out to Amicalola Falls State Park near Dawsonville, GA. When I arrived at the park, I was heading to the trails when I noticed a Great Blue Heron catching his breakfast in the reflecting pool at the end of the falls. I spent almost a half hour with him. I went up the trail to the falls and was pleasantly surprised to find that everyone else had decided to sleep in. I enjoyed peace and solitude for almost 2 hours.

The light was perfect for shooting. Not only was I there for the magic hour but, the sky was covered in heavy clouds and I was able to shoot for almost 2 hours without any heavy shadows. It was like a giant soft-box. The colors were incredibly saturated and rich. I was able to snag a half-dozen gallery images. It was great to get back behind the glass.

This image was captured with my 16-35mm f/4, tripod mounted using a circular polarizer. Thanks for stopping by and please feel free to leave your thoughts. Feel free to follow my blog or view my gallery at http://tobygant.com.