Exploration Just for the Sake of It

Chimney Rock Branch-Toby Gant-2014What began as a well thought out plan to capture an image of Denton Branch Falls – Georgia, turned unexpectedly into a long hike exploring in North Carolina. The directions that I had from the web, were less than accurate. The roads were not all marked. The GPS names for the roads did not match the names of the roads that did have signs. So, I simply drove as far as I could drive down the main road. It lead to a small parking area and a trailhead. I grabbed my gear and started hiking. I explored the area and took a few shots. It was all about exploration at the time. I didn’t know what I would find.  It wasn’t until I returned home and looked at the GPS coordinates that I realized that I hadn’t even been exploring in Georgia. But, that I was actually in North Carolina for the entire hike. I guess no one has ever felt the need to mark the state line with a sign.

Needless to say. I never found Denton Branch Falls. If anyone has some good directions they would like to share, I’d love to visit the falls. Otherwise, they’re likely to move down my list. I guess I’ll look for them on a day that I wake feeling the need to explore and drive in circles.

After reviewing my EXIF data with my GPS coordinates, I discovered that this is an image of Chimney Rock Branch – North Carolina just before it reaches the Tallulah River. I captured it using my 24-70mm f/2.8, tripod mounted and using a circular polarizer. Thanks as always for stopping by.

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Upper Yosemite Falls – California

Upper Yosemite Falls-Toby GantI captured this image of upper Yosemite Falls in the mid-afternoon. (Anyone that follows my blog knows that I prefer to shoot falls in the golden hour. ) I think it is hard to get a terrible image at Yosemite at any time of day.

 

I captured this image using my 24-70mm f/2.8 tripod mounted. Thanks for stopping by.

 

Half Dome – Yosemite National Park

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This is one of my favorite captures of Half Dome from my Yosemite trip.  I processed a black and white version of it that I prefer. But, I decided to publish the color version online.

I captured this image using my 24-70mm f/2.8 tripod mounted. I hope everyone was able to get out and enjoy the outdoors. Thanks for stopping by.

Sea Lions – Village of La Jolla, California

Sea Lions-Toby GantSan Diego was one of the destinations on my recent trip to California. I captured this image of sea lions enjoying a rest on the beach in the Village of La Jolla, California.

I captured this image using my 70-200mm lens handheld. Thanks for stopping by.

Yosemite Valley – California

Yosemite Valley-Toby GantI captured this image of Yosemite Valley at sunset. Swirling clouds between the setting sun and the valley did not permit me to capture the faces of El Capitan and Half Dome fully “lit”. However, I do think the shadows the clouds created lend some interest to the scene and they also put more emphasis on Bridal Veil Falls. (Which I believe that anyone that follows my blog knows I tend to favor waterfalls.) I hope everyone finds an opportunity to get out and explore for themselves this weekend.

I captured this image using my 24-70mm f/2.8 lens tripod mounted. Thanks for stopping by.

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.

Upper Moccasin Creek Falls – Georgia

Upper Moccasin Creek Falls-Toby Gant

This is one of my favorite images from my recent trip to Moccasin Creek State Park near Clarkesville, Georgia. The adventure of hiking Hemlock Falls Trail was fun all by itself. But, to walk away with some great images makes it that much more memorable.

I captured this image using my 24-70mm f/2.8, tripod mounted and using a circular polarizer. I have also added an image to my gallery collection that can be found at: http://tobygant.com/Gallery. Thanks for stopping by.

Raper Creek Falls Autumn

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I visited Raper Creek Falls this morning. It is such a tranquil place. Not only are you isolated by geography but the sound of the falls drowns out all other noise. It’s always a pleasant and peaceful experience.

I captured this image using my 16-35mm f/4, tripod mounted and using a circular polarizer. I hope everyone finds an opportunity to get out and explore over the weekend. Thanks for stopping by.