Serenity Now!!!

Tulips - Toby Gant

So, I was trapped in the house for some reason that I cannot remember now. I simply wanted to go outside and photograph anywhere. But, that option was not available. What else can an outdoor photographer do other than capture an image indoors? I decided to get some practice in with my trusty speedlight. My wife had some tulips on the table that became my subject. I ended up having a great time shooting and in post and I learned much along the way. I actually left the comfort of Lightroom and ventured into CS5 and learned some new techniques. And the most surprising part of the entire process was that the image actually makes an excellent wallpaper for my work PC. Now when I am at the office and stressed, I can set it as my wallpaper and think about relaxing at home.

The image was captured with my 50mm f/1.4 set at f/2 using a SB800 bounced off a white ceiling. You can find some of my gallery images on my site at: http://tobygant.com/gallery/index.html.

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Raper Creek Falls in B&W

Raper Creek Falls in B&WI had an extraordinary time shooting the Raper Creek Falls several days ago. I am still reviewing my captures in post. I found myself editing this image tonight in LR4 and it is truly amazing how powerful it is. I am able to accomplish everything I was able to do in the darkroom. The process is much more convenient than mixing chemicals and working in the dark. I still look back on those days with a little nostalgia. I am also grateful for the experience. But, I wouldn’t want to go back. My digital workflow keeps my interest just like the darkroom did. And it also makes extra time for other things.

This image was captured with my 16-35mm f/4, tripod mounted with a circular polarizer. Thanks for stopping by. You can see more gallery images on my site at http://www.tobygant.com/tobys-gallery-images/.

Lightroom 4

Lightroom 4Well, it’s official. I made the leap to Adobe Lightroom 4 today. I must say that they have put an incredible amount of work into this product. There are more advancements than I have seen between any of the other versions. I have not had an incredible amount of time to work with it yet. But, what I have seen is great. I’m looking forward to working with it more. The new “Whites” slider is going to take me a minute to get accustomed to. I keep looking for the brightness slider and it is no longer there. But, I’m certain it will be second nature after a few hours at the keyboard.

Feel free to share your thoughts on Lightroom 4 here on my site. Just a reminder you can follow my blog at its new location http://tobygant.com. Thanks for stopping by.