Archive for June, 2010

socialism in America

Posted in Rants with tags , , , , , , on June 30, 2010 by bayouphoto

Here is a post by a person that escaped socialism and what he sees in America today

When will Americans wake up? “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” — Edmund Burke. I was born in the Socialist Republic of Romania, and I came here as a political refugee, fleeing the enslavement and persecution of a tyrannical socialist regime. That’s why it’s so heart-breaking to see capitalism in the U.S. being systematically and deliberately torn apart, brick by brick. In the 25 years that I’ve lived here, I’ve seen disastrous “change” taking place all around. In fact, it’s no longer accurate to even call ourselves a capitalist nation – we are more socialist than capitalist. It’s so sad to see that men and women with similar ideologies as those that terrorized all of Eastern Europe and Asia are now ruling America. It’s only a matter of time before the “change” completely engulfs our freedom.

Although it is true that not all liberals are socialists, nobody can deny the fact that all socialists are liberals. And although it is true that not all socialists are Marxists, nobody can deny the fact that all Marxists are socialists and liberals. In fact, Marxists/communists are the most dedicated of all to the socialist cause. In a socialist society, the media is like a cheerleader cheering for the socialist team. It’s one of the key weapons in the hands of the State, and nothing more than another branch of the government.

The “news media” in the United States has morphed into a well-oiled propaganda machine used to keep the people ignorant, passive, and too disoriented to resist. The effect of having the facts so twisted for so long by the propagandists, is that most Americans are almost completely indifferent to the critical issues of our time or too psychologically exhausted to speak out about it – classic brain washing. “The great masses of the people will more easily fall victims to a big lie than to a small one… Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it.” — Adolf Hitler. “A lie told often enough becomes the truth.” — Vladimir Lenin. For those of you that don’t already know, the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany were both socialist societies. You don’t have to dig deep to realize who controls our so-called mainstream media, just follow the trail of lies. What ideological entity stands to benefit the most by the warping of the facts, the calculated and deliberate misinformation, and the out-right lies that our “news media” shoves down our throats on a daily basis? More often than not the trail leads to the Democratic Party, whose ultimate goal is socialism. And we deceive ourselves if we think that it will stop at the currently weak form of socialism. “The goal of socialism is communism.” — Vladimir Lenin.

WAKE UP AMERICA

The big eared stooge and his cronies in Washington are changing us alright

Tutorial Tuesday: dancing in Times Square

Posted in Software/Hardware, Tech Tuesday with tags , , , , , , , on June 29, 2010 by bayouphoto

I have been asked how I did the photo Dance While I don’t have a tutorial just for that one I will show how I did the next in the series.

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First i opened the main image in Photoshop

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Then I opened it in Portraiture 2 to adjust skin tones and lighten the image

Once it was adjusted I opened it in Fluid mask If you don’t have fluid mask it can be done with a layer mask and brush in photoshop( I will have a tutorial on this later) but I was asked how I did it. Also it would have been easier if it was against a lighter background but as you can see it blends easier into the dark photo selected for the background. Also it is virtually impossible to do this with a mouse. I use a Wacom tablet

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Once it was open in Fluid mask the fun begins, especially around the hair This is the first auto generated cut out

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and if you zoom in you can see the work needed to finish

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Once all the tools have been used to refine the mask it is time to send it back to photoshop. as you can see there is much to work on

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By zooming in, using the eraser tool and the clone tool set to darken mode( why darken, because the it will only effect pixels lighter than the target ie. the holes in the photo)

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you slowly go around the image re-building the edges

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Using the eraser on little black bits

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Once you have finished the image it is time to insert it into the chosen background

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I have dragged the background photo onto our main image then moved it under the masked layer

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and there you have it take the blur tool at around 50% opacity and blend the edge of the dancer into the background, adjust the lighting in levels, flatten and you have it

Dance

Posted in General with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 28, 2010 by bayouphoto

Last week I had the privilege of shooting a young girl that is a dance student, at a local dance studio. She wanted one photo with New York as the background. I proceeded to place her on top of a building with the New York skyline as the background. This took about 4 hours work and some 5 different photos.

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The original version

Color version

B&W version

I will have a tutorial on how to do this this week. Please let me know what you think

Know where you are going, know where you are

Posted in General, Ramblings with tags , , , , on June 26, 2010 by bayouphoto

A boat docked in a tiny Mexican village. An American tourist complimented the Mexican fisherman on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took him to catch them.
“Not very long,” answered the Mexican.
“But then, why didn’t you stay out longer and catch more?” asked the American.
The Mexican explained that his small catch was sufficient to meet his needs and those of his family.
The American asked, “But what do you do with the rest of your time?”
“I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children and take a siesta with my wife. In the evenings, I go into the village to see my friends, have a few drinks, play the guitar, and sing a few songs. I have a full life.”
The American interrupted, “I have an MBA from Harvard and I can help you! You should start by fishing longer every day. You can then sell the extra fish you catch. With the extra revenue, you can buy a bigger boat.”
“And after that?” asked the Mexican.
“With the extra money the larger boat will bring, you can buy a second one and a third one and so on until you have an entire fleet of trawlers. Instead of selling your fish to a middle man, you can then negotiate directly with the processing plants and maybe even open your own plant. You can then leave this little village and move to Mexico City, Los Angeles, or even New York City! From there you can direct your huge new enterprise.”
“How long would that take?” asked the Mexican.
“Twenty, perhaps twenty-five years,” replied the American.
“And after that?”
“Afterwards? Well my friend, that’s when it gets really interesting,” answered the American, laughing. “When your business gets really big, you can start buying and selling stocks and make millions!”
“Millions? Really? And after that?” asked the Mexican.
“After that you’ll be able to retire, live in a tiny village near the coast, sleep late, play with your children, catch a few fish, take a siesta with your wife and spend your evenings drinking and enjoying your friends.”
”Know where you’re going in life… you may already be there.”

Photo Friday: HDR Vicksburg

Posted in HDR, Photo Friday with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 25, 2010 by bayouphoto

I will let the photos speak for themselves.

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Old train depot

Caboose

Newer caboose

Old court house side

petrified wood

Old courthouse museum

Illinois monument

Gunboat USS Cairo

Gunboat USS Cairo

Right to bear arms and other politically incorrect views

Posted in Rants with tags , , , , on June 24, 2010 by bayouphoto

I am tired of having to justify why I like firearms and think we should be free to own and use them. I don’t want to prove I need them for protection or hunting. The constitution says I can have them and that is justification enough.

I belong to several different forums with foreign members and I am tired of sniveling European and British telling me I am a lunatic.

Why am I the non politically correct one. Why not them. Just because I am for gun  ownership and think queers are queers.  I am tired of being told to be politically correct. I think the world should become Rickey correct. I don’t care if you gave away your freedoms for some false security, don’t try to tell me I should.

One Englishman told me we had too many misfits in our country to allow firearms ownership. I quoted one of my favorite movie actors. Tom Selleck as Mathew Quigley ” It is my understanding we got rid of the misfits, we sent them back to England”

Our government is being taken over by people of ethnic backgrounds detrimental to our way of life. Why even Louisiana has an Indian governor. These people do not have the same basic idea of freedom and government that has been the forefront of our existence.

If you don’t like it here go back to where you came from. If it was so much better why did you come here in the first place. And while you are at it take NATO and the UN with you.

I applaud the General for standing up to the big eared stooge in Washington. If it had been Bush the news media would be having a field day criticizing him. But not the “Chosen One” But then again his fiasco in the gulf is hundreds of times worse than Bush’s

And don’t even get me started on ILLEGAL aliens. I like this that I read

A lady wrote the best letter in the Editorials
In ages!!! It explains things better than all
The baloney you hear on TV.

Her point:

Recently large demonstrations have taken place
Across the country protesting the fact that Arizona
Is addressing the issue of illegal immigration.
Certain people are angry that
The US might protect its own
Borders, might make it harder
To sneak into this country and,
Once here, to stay indefinitely.
Let me see if I correctly understand
The thinking behind these protests.
Let’s say I break into your house.
Let’s say that when you discover
Me in your house, you insist that I leave.
But I say, ‘No! I like it here.
It’s better than my house. I’ve made all
The beds and washed the
Dishes and did the laundry
And swept the floors. I’ve
Done all the things you don’t
Like to do. I’m hard-working
And honest
(except for when I broke into your house).
According to the protesters:
You are Required to let me stay in your house
You are Required to feed me
You are Required to add me to your family’s insurance plan
You are Required to Educate my kids
You are Required to Provide other benefits to me & to my family
(my husband will do all of your yard work because
He is also hard-working and honest, except for that
Breaking in part).
If you try to call the police or force me out,
I will call my friends who will picket your
House carrying signs that proclaim my
RIGHT to be there.
It’s only fair, after all, because you have
A nicer house than I do, and I’m just
Trying to better myself. I’m a hard-working
And honest, person, except for well,
You know, I did break into your house
And what a deal it is for me!!!
I live in your house, contributing only a
Fraction of the cost of my keep, and
There is nothing you can do about it
Without being accused of cold,
Uncaring, selfish, prejudiced, and
Bigoted behavior.
Oh yeah, I DEMAND that you learn
MY LANGUAGE!!! So you can
Communicate with me.

Why can’t people see how ridiculous This is? Only in America .
If you agree, pass it on ( in English )..
Share it if you see the value of it.
If not blow it off………
Along with your future Social Security
Funds, and a lot of other things.

Maternity shoot

Posted in General with tags , , , , , on June 23, 2010 by bayouphoto

A good friend came over for her 8 month maternity shoot. It was hot and sticky but she was a trooper.

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