Last night the kids were playing with sparklers, the stars were out and the moon was slim, so it made for some good pictures of the palm tree in our yard and the stars behind it. Each image is available on my website www.CarsonMatthewsPhotography.com. The change in ISO from 3200 to 800 made a big impact on what is visible in each picture.
Nikon D800, Nikkor 28-300 f/5.6, ISO 3200, 40mm, f/10, 20 seconds
Nikon D800, Nikkor 28-300 f/5.6, ISO 800, 40mm, f/13, 30 seconds
and here are the kids and their sparklers:
This past week I had the opportunity to visit the Altama Plantation, formerly called Hopeton, near St Simons Island, Georgia. It is such a beautiful property with a rich history with records dating back as far as 1763. It was most recently owned by the Jones family that also owned Sea Island. One of the original owners studied water control in Holland and put that knowledge to work in a diking and drainage system that supported the rice fields of Hopeton. It was also home to sugar mills, and ruins still remain, two of the chimneys pictured below with the year 1899 engraved with cut bricks. The ancient oak and pine trees are just stunning with drooping Spanish moss, and Gardenia’s like you have never seen before left over from prior owners gardens. Wildlife is abundant, while only there for 24 hours we saw an alligator, wild hog, tons of deer, a water moccasin, a turkey, several hawks and a massive owl. Coming from Atlanta it was simply amazing to be in a place like that.
I spent some time looking for information on Altama, and this is one of the best records I could find: Georgia’s Land of the Golden Isles
Below are pictures I captured while there. All of these images are available on www.CarsonMatthewsPhotography.com/Travel/GoldenIsles
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I love this tree along the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area trail. I’m usually running when back there so never have my camera and certainly not my tripod. I took both out for a hike on Friday afternoon and got a picture of this twisted tree.
How I did it:
5 exposures 1/30 sec – 1/500 sec
Shot on Tripod
Processed in Photomatix Pro 5 & Lightroom
View or purchase a high resolution image at http://www.carsonmatthewsphotography.com/Photography/OntheStreets/i-LzQ3Ncz/A
This past week I stopped by the Whitewater Creek area of the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Park to see how spring was coming in. Spring was in full force, the wildlife was everywhere. I crouched by the water to take a picture and a beaver popped up right in front of me checking out some wood for his fort. There were salamanders all over the place, and of course a blue heron and lots of ducks. Here is a shot looking north up the Chattahoochee. The clouds were vibrant and really made the blue sky pop.
Prints of these images are available for purchase at www.CarsonMatthewsPhotography.com
Here are some additional pictures from my walk along the Hooch:
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Sunset over the Chattahoochee River last night.
I love this walking bridge over the swimming pool in Sea Island. In the summer this pool is stacked with kids and teenagers, but in February it’s cold as ice and empty. This is a 5 image HDR shot on a gorgeous winter day.
Rest stop on the eastern side of North Fulton Golf Course along Lake Forest Drive in Chastain Park.
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Yellow trees really pop in Atlanta during the Fall. Here is one in our front yard.
The Duck Pond in Peachtree Heights East is a popular gathering place for families in Buckhead. It’s located at the corner of Lakeview and Demorest just off Peachtree Road. This picture was taken on Parkside Drive looking west. Below is another shot of the pond.