Falls on Dodd Creek – Georgia

Falls on Dodd Creek-Toby GantThe trail leading to Dukes Creek Falls follows Dodd Creek.  Almost a half mile into the hike to the main falls you have a view of these smaller falls on Dodd Creek. Personally, I preferred them to the much taller Dukes Creek Falls. But, no matter what your preference is, this site has something for everyone.

I captured this image using my 70-200mm f/2.8, tripod mounted and using a circular polarizer. As always, thanks for stopping by.


It’s Official…

Falls on Crow Creek-Toby GantIf there was any doubt, the spring season has arrived in northern Georgia. I’ve been spoiled during the winter months. With very little exception, I’ve been alone at most of the remote locations where I shoot. It is great when you don’t have to compete with others for real estate. It’s also a bit more serene shooting in solitude. Don’t take it the wrong way, I enjoy a pleasant conversation as much as the next guy. I’ve met many kind and considerate people with similar interests over the years. While I can say I find positives in both scenarios. I certainly do enjoy the winter months when it is usually just me and my camera.

I captured this image of the falls on Crow Creek near Lakemont, GA using my 50mm f/1.4 lens, tripod mounted and using a circular polarizer. I hope everyone had an opportunity to get out and enjoy the warmer weather. (I know for certain that many of you do did.  I was they guy competing with you for the only empty parking spot.) Thanks for stopping by.

Exploring Dukes Creek Falls – Georgia

Trail Dukes Creek Falls-Toby GantI explored the Dukes Creek Falls Recreation Area in the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest over the weekend.  It is a scenic 1 mile hike where you walk along Dodd Creek until it converges with Davis Creek and then becomes Dukes Creek. (I hope that isn’t too confusing.) There are plenty of shoals and several small falls along the creek and Dukes Creek Falls is much taller. I hope you were all able to get out and explore over the weekend.

This image was captured using my 24-70mm f/2.8, tripod mounted. Thanks for stopping by.

After Dark – Dicks Creek Falls – Georgia

Dicks Creek Falls After Dark-Toby GantShort on time but, not short on determination, I captured this image of Dicks Creek Falls near Cleveland, Georgia well after the sun had gone down behind the mountains. It was so dark that I was hardly able to see my hand in front of my face. The exposure was just over 2 minutes at f/16, ISO 800.  Sure there is some digital noise to be found if you look at the image at 150%. But, to paraphrase pro photographer Rick Sammon, if you are distracted by the noise in an image, it probably isn’t a very interesting image.

I captured this image using my 16-24 mm f/4, tripod mounted. (It was so dark that I actually removed the polarizer if you can believe that.) As always, thanks for stopping by.

The Importance of Color Management

Fruit-Toby GantI’ve been using a color calibrator for my monitor for years now. But, after recently upgrading my printer, I felt the need to upgrade to a system that would allow me to manage color precisely through my entire workflow. I want my colors to be as precise as possible and thanks to all the choices we have today, color management is now easy to do. My new calibrator along with the printer allows me to build custom profiles depending on what type of paper I print on. This saves tremendous time and resources (paper and ink). If you have not looked into any of these calibrators you should really go out and take a look. They have them to fit anyone’s budget and I think you’ll agree that it makes it much easier to express your vision on-screen or on paper.

I captured this image using my 50mm f/1.4, tripod mounted, using a Westcott 5 in 1 panel as a diffuser for the remote flash. As always, thanks for stopping by.