Florida’s Birding and Photo Fest 2013

Roseate Spoonbills - Toby Gant -2013I was able to attend Florida’s Birding and Photo Fest in St. Augustine earlier this month. It is the first time in a few years that I have been able to attend. I had an incredible time and I am very happy that I was able to get away. It was a great experience. I spent most of my time in the classroom. I picked up some very useful tips on Lightroom 4 that I have already incorporated into my workflow. I did not have much time to shoot. But, I made the most of the limited time that I had. It was great to be outside and spend a little time behind the lens. I’ll share more images from trip in the coming weeks. Thanks as always for stopping by.


Three Forks to Long Creek Falls – Appalachian Trail

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We went out for a short hike yesterday to enjoy the warmer weather outdoors. My wife chose our destination this time. She selected a short hike along the Appalachian Trail that leads to Long Creek Falls. The drive up was almost as fun as the hike itself. We traveled almost 10 miles one way on a small forest service road. There were sweeping panoramic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and much of the road travels along the creek.

Once on the trail, there were a couple of side trails that lead to smaller unnamed falls. (I’ll have to explore them on another trip.) The view at Long Creek Falls is worth the drive and   short hike. It is a beautiful forested area. The falls were full.

Unfortunately, for me the sun was facing the falls and to call it mixed lighting would be an understatement. It was extremely harsh lighting in the afternoon. There was no possibility of capturing a gallery image unless I waited until the sun had set behind the mountains. And frankly, I was happy to have my family along and did not want test their resolve. I walked away knowing I had lost this round. But, I will be back and when I return I will go in the early morning hours to make sure I have time to get a gallery quality image.

This image of the falls was captured with my 16-35mm f/4, tripod mounted and using a circular polarizer. You can find my gallery images at http://www.tobygant.com/gallery-images-2/. Thanks as always for stopping by.