A selection of my images taken from all over the state of Georgia are on display at the Jittery Joe’s in Watkinsville from March 1st until the end of April. These photos were taken during my travels all over the state for various projects that I have been working on, including my book that will be released in May. I’ve put together this page to highlight each of the images with a bit more information about where they were taken. If you have come here from the URL posted in the cafe, feel free to look around my website. These images, as well as many others, are available for sale in a variety of formats in my online gallery.
I frequent Brasstown Bald due to its unique beauty, high elevation, and constantly changing weather conditions. On this particular afternoon, the sun was dropping quickly towards the horizon and casting a nice orange glow across the layers of mountains. I positioned my drone to photograph the sun directly through the windows of the observation tower.
During a camping trip last year to Skidaway Island, I hopped in the car and drove down a small road until it ended right at the edge of the water. The sun was about to come up, and the sky came alive with a brilliant array of orange and pink. The marsh was incredibly peaceful, and I was thrilled to capture this image while I was there.
Blood Mountain Sunrise
I love the Georgia mountains, and one of the most picturesque spots is atop Blood Mountain, which rises over 4,000 feet above sea level. My buddy Jason and I wanted to capture the rising sun from the top of the mountain, so we drove to the trailhead and started our hike at 3:30 A.M. in pitch darkness. It was a bit of a spooky hike, but the end result was well worth it. This is one of my favorite images from the past year.
Fall at Elder Mill
Oconee County is a beautiful area, with plenty of rolling pastureland, horse farms, and babbling streams. This bridge is one of my favorite locations to photograph because it feels like you are in the mountains, and it is one of the few covered bridges in the state of Georgia that is still in service. I snapped this one back in the fall when the colors were just starting to peak.
Dungeness at Midnight
Cumberland Island is one of my favorite places in the entire U.S., and we are fortunate to have it right here in Georgia. I was on the island for a project a few months ago and was staying in a National Park Service home just a short walk from the ruins. The sky was very clear that night, so I walked over and took several long exposure shots of the ruins. I really like how this one turned out.
Snow in Oconee
If you have spent much time in Oconee County, then you probably know this tree. It sits in a beautiful field right at the corner of Daniel’s Bridge Road and Hog Mountain. I have photographed it in every season, but the recent snowfall gave me a chance to really capture the stark contrast of the cows, the branches, and the bright white landscape.
Atlanta Never Sleeps
Though none of us enjoy sitting in Atlanta traffic, it can create a strikingly beautiful swath of color when photographed at night. This photo is one of many that I took for my book when exploring the Atlanta metropolitan area. I love the contrast of reds, whites, and the brightly lit buildings of midtown and downtown.
Path to Paradise
Cumberland Island is full of hiking trails that wind throughout the undisturbed landscape. While exploring the island, I was walking down this trail and loved the contrast of palmettos, Spanish moss, live oaks, and the orange glow of the morning sun. The path disappeared into the distance, which added to the sense of adventure and wonder.
Though not taken in Georgia, I have always liked this image because of the contrast. While photographing DeSoto Falls over in Alabama, I came across this tiny green plant. Surrounded by nothing by rock and fast moving water, the plant was defying the odds and became a much more interesting subject than the actual waterfall. I made this image by shooting two different exposures of the water and blending them together.
One of the most picturesque locations in all of Georgia can be found just outside of Fayetteville. This mill is over 100 years old and sits right on the banks of Whitewater Creek. I left my nearby hotel room around 5:00 AM to get set up for the photo, but the heavy cloud cover had me anxious. I was very lucky, because a gap on the horizon allowed light to spill through just as the sun was coming up. It only lasted about 10 minutes, but I was able to capture this image of the mill and fast-flowing water.
I live in Athens but teach at GCSU in Milledgeville, so I know HWY 441 very, very well. I have seen these cows grazing near this old home countless times, and when the weather is just right I will bring my camera with me, just in case. One day everything finally aligned, and I stood on the side of the road with my zoom lens, capturing this moment with the serene colors and the peaceful graze of this herd of cattle. It is one of my favorite images from the past year.
One winter afternoon I was in downtown Athens when the clouds started rolling in and creating some magical light. They would part just enough to allow the sunlight to stream through, creating fantastic light that washed all over the downtown area. These Crepuscular Rays (also known as God Rays) happen from time to time, but they were absolutely beautiful on this particular day.