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.

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Reflecting

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.

Helton Creek Falls – Georgia

Helton Creek FallsSo, we are close to being settled in our new home. We had to get outside over the weekend to get some fresh air. The temperature is much lower than we are used to but everyone bundled up and there were no complaints. We were simply happy to be outdoors. We spent much of the day at Vogel State Park near Blairsville, GA. Leaving the park we noticed a sign just down the highway that said Helton Creek Falls. With a couple of hours of light left in the day we decided to investigate. Good thing the Subaru has all-wheel drive, the narrow road that snaked around the mountain crossed mountain streams. There were no bridges. There was simply road, then water, then road. But, the Suby handled the creeks like she normally does and it was all adventure from there. The falls are isolated. We were the only people there. The remoteness coupled with the incredible sights and sounds made the entire trip for me. I will go back to see the falls every opportunity I can find. As always you can find full resolution images on my site at http://www.tobygant.com/helton.

A Change of Pace

Downtown Atlanta

Downtown Atlanta

My day job has changed my location on the grid. My new home base is in Atlanta, Georgia. There is much about Florida that I will miss. But, we plan to visit frequently with a most our friends and family residing there. I’m acclimating to the cooler temps. I am also incredibly excited about my proximity to the Appalachian Mountains. My family loves the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and we have the Blue Ridge Mountains in our back yard. We visited the Amicalola Falls State Park yesterday. It is an incredible park. The falls are amazing. Best of all it is less than an hour from my front steps. I have posted a few of my images from the park on my site at http://www.tobygant.com/p373132197. I am excited about our new adventure. It will be great to explore some new places.

The Important Things

Today is a big day for me. It marks the tenth anniversary of my marriage to Melba Jean. It’s incredibly hard to put into words. But, I am fortunate that she has allowed me to share the last decade of her life. For those of you that know her, you already understand. For those of you that do not, she’s an incredible wife, partner, person, and most of all mother. I’m looking forward to seeing what the next decade holds for us. Happy anniversary, MJ!

Air Show at NAS Jacksonville

If you’ve never been, an air show is a great opportunity for any photog.  If you mix some incredible aircraft, blue skies, puffy white clouds and jet fuel you simply can’t miss. I took my family to the 2010 Air Show at local Naval Air Station Jacksonville today. It did not disappoint. Be sure to check it out when one comes near your home. There are several more images at my site. Please stop by and check them out.