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Every year, in October, the city of Natchez, Ms. holds the Great Mississippi River balloon race.It starts Friday night with a balloon glow and a fireworks show. The only problem I saw was the crowds, lines and the parking. We found a spot a couple of blocks away and paid to get in. Next time I wouldn’t pay to get into the balloon glow as there are other balloons at various sites around the city and Vidalia. There is a small carnival held on the grounds for the children.
When we arrived some of the balloons had already taken flight.
We left before dark because the schedule said the fireworks would start at 7 PM. I asked a security guard where they would actually shoot the fireworks and he said “From a barge, in the river, just north of the bridge. We headed for an old parking lot just north of the fair grounds. There is a fence, sidewalk and overlook of the river.
I took the shots while waiting. What we didn’t know was they had to wait for a 30 minute window in the river barge traffic. That meant it was almost 9 PM when the fireworks started.
It really was a good show they put on.
The next day we were going for the “Key grab” balloon flight. They put a key, to a new GMC truck, on top of the rock climbing tower and if a balloon pilot could grab it they won the truck. We went to the Vidalia side to have the sun behind us and sit on the River Walk. The balloons have to have a 5MPH or less wind to take off so it was after 5 PM when they did.
We had a good time and saw some very colorful balloons.
If you are in the area around Natchez Oct. 14-16 then don’t miss this great opportunity.
and a great place to camp just 10 miles away Natchez state park
I hope to see you there.
Best place to shoot the flights are
Morning: Launch site or if you prefer in flight would be the Natchez national cemetary ( This would afford views with the river and bridge)
Afternoon would be the launch site and the River walk on the Vidalia, La. side. This would put the sun behind you each flight.
The Friday night fireworks would be great from the Vidalia river walk with the reflections in the river and the bridge included( If you go south of the bridge and shoot north)
Nik software is announcing the next version of it’s award winning software Color Efex Pro 4
I’m excited because it finally addresses one of the issues I have with most plug in software. Except for onOne they all required you to open, save and re open to add each effect. You could not open and add multiple effects until now. With this version you can stack multiple effects (ie. tonal contrast/brilliance and warmth) and preview the effect before applying. You are now able to see the interaction of each effect and how it relates to the final process.
Although, to me, this is the best feature there are many new filters and effects to make the upgrade worth while. I took forward to trying out the demo when it is released.
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