Archive for July, 2010

Photo Friday: Johny Day

Posted in Photo Friday with tags , , , , , , , , , , on July 30, 2010 by bayouphoto

Today I do something different. I am featuring the work of my internet friend, Johny Day. I met Johny through his Flickr account.

Anyone that knows me knows of my love for American history and especially the time period from 1750 to 1840 which covers the French and Indian wars to the fur trade era of the Mountain Men.

It started with hokey TV shows like Daniel Boone, continued with books from Zane Grey on men like Lewis Wetzel, Jonathan and Ebenezer Zane, Hugh Glass and Jim Bridger. Later it was The Frontiersman, Panther in the sky, From sea to shining sea and the tales of Titus Bass.

I watched over and over the movie The Mountain men and then my all time favorite, The last of the Mohicans along with The Patriot.

My heroes were men like Simon Kenton, Boone, George Rogers Clark, Tecumseh, Hawkeye, Chingotchgook, Titus Bass, Jim Bridger, Jim Colter, Hugh Glass, Corn Planter, Half King and Pipe.

What, you ask, does all this have to do with a photo Friday? Because Johny Day is one of the finest photographers of Native Americans I have found. He captures the true spirit and soul of the First Nation people. Living in Quebec, Canada he is able to photograph the First Nation people in their finest.

The first two are Mohawks, the third are Ojibwa(Chippewa) and Cree and the last is Thomas Clair a  Mikmaq (Thanks Johny for the clarification)

His photography, ideas and post processing combine to make a visual record of these People.

This is perhaps one of the finest portraits I have ever seen. It is the essence of an Algonquin, whether Huron, Ottowa, Abenaki, Sauk or Fox and the Iroqoius tribes like Mohawk




Tip Thursday: Depth of field

Posted in Tip Thursday with tags , , , , , , , , , , on July 29, 2010 by bayouphoto

While helping Beth understand her camera and all the controls we came in to a discussion about depth of field. That is the amount of the photo in or out of focus. In a DSLR it is mainly a product of aperture which is a term for the size of the opening letting light through the lens. It is an iris that can be closed down or opened up.

It is expressed in a term f, ie. f1.4 or f16. The smaller the number the larger the opening and conversely  the larger the number the smaller the opening.

A larger number and the corresponding smaller opening equates to more DOF and the converse is true.

There is also a correlation to shutter speed. If the opening is larger the shutter speed is faster and vice versa. This really effects hand holding. If you use a very fast f1.4 lens for low light situations, to raise the shutter speed, you must sacrifice something and that is DOF. There is no free ride it is a give and take situation.

Sometimes you want limited DOF such as when doing an outside portrait so as to blur the background into a smooth tone.

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In this photo I use f4 to give a pleasing background.

Then other times, such as a landscape you want maximum DOF.

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Here I used f16.

I ran a little experiment to show the effects, on DOF, of different apertures.

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Here the camera is set to f4 notice how the water can is blurred and the specular highlights of the leaves show a round shape.

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Here the camera is set to f16. Note that the water can is more defined and the specular highlights are gone from the background.

I ran another little experiment. Some people believe that focal length effects DOF. It does in a way. If you shoot and object from the same spot, at the same aperture, but different focal lengths it will appear to change the DOF, However if you keep the same relative size in the photo you will see they are virtually the same.

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F4 and 70mm

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f4 and 200 mm moving back to keep the same field of view. Due to the compression factor, background objects appear closer to the foreground, it seems the specular highlights are larger. it is an illusion and you see the same amount of blur in each.

I hope this has helped you. If you have anymore questions just leave a comment

Fun with editing EMPS #100

Posted in blog, EMPS on July 29, 2010 by bayouphoto

Over on the Ellipsis blog, Carly runs a Monday photo assignment. This week it is Fun with editing. I am entering for the first time.

It is an eagle I took some years back and I just edited it with a photoshop plug in called Fractalius

Rant of the week: Mosque at 9-11 site

Posted in General, Rants with tags , , , , , on July 28, 2010 by bayouphoto

I’ll just say this. If they allow this to be built then we are becoming a muslim state

I’ve got this great idea: Let’s open a shooting range next to the L’Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal.

What, too soon after the Montreal Massacre?

Well how about a museum, overlooking Pearl Harbor, dedicated to the military accomplishments of Japanese

Emperor Hirohito?

Too tasteless?

OK. How about a 13-story, $100-million mosque at Ground Zero in New York City, on the rubble of a building that was damaged on 9/11? And let’s have it run by a Muslim radical who believes America had it coming. And let’s give the mosque a jihadist name: Cordoba House, named after the capital of the Muslim conquest of Spain centuries ago. And let’s make it a headquarters for Dawah, the Arabic word for promoting sharia law.

Alas, this is no joke. And the mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg, couldn’t be happier.

Then again, Bloomberg has trouble separating wishful liberal thinking from reality.

When a car bomb was discovered in Times Square this spring, Bloomberg announced his suspicions on national

TV: “Somebody with a political agenda, that doesn’t like the health-care bill or something.”

Actually, it was a Pakistani trained terrorist named Faisal Shahzad.

The driving force of the mosque is a radical imam named Feisal Abdul Rauf.

Just weeks after 9/11 he told 60 Minutes that America had it coming—U.S. policies were to blame, andAmericans were “an accessory to the crime.”

That’s like telling a rape victim it’s her fault for wearing a skirt.

Rauf helped organize the recent terrorist flotilla that set sail for Gaza. He refuses to acknowledge that Hamas is a terrorist organization. But he has no trouble condemning “Christians in World War II” for bombing civilians in Hiroshima.

Rauf won’t even admit that Islamic terroristswere responsible for 9/11 itself. He told a New York radio station that’s just the “general perception.”

Rauf has been working on his plans for Ground Zero for a while. He published a book called A Call to Prayer from the World Trade Center Rubble: Islamic Da’wah in the Heart of America Post-9/11. It’s about expropriating the symbol of the crumbling U.S.—that can’t even build a memorial to 9/11 after nine years, let alone rebuild the towers — and contrasting it with a gleaming new tower of Saudi-style propaganda.

But even America-hating radicals have the right to build mosques in America, even at Ground Zero. That’s what makes America different from Saudi Arabia, where non-Muslims aren’t allowed to set foot in Mecca, let alone build a church.

But does the Saudi government have the right to build at Ground Zero? According to the Washington Times, the

Cordoba Initiative has assets of just $20,000 and total revenues since 2004 have been $100,000. How do you get from there to $100 million?

Rauf won’t say, but hints at outside funding.

Saudi Arabia has a religious foreign ministry, called the Muslim World League. It gave $7 million to build Toronto’s

Islamic Centre, and more to mosques in Calgary and Montreal.

Are they the source? There are 100 mosques in New York City. But the Ground Zero mosque isn’t really a mosque. It’s a jihadist headquarters. And if the secret $100 million is from Saudi Arabia, it’s not even a mosque at all—it’s a clandestine embassy for the country from which 15 out of 19 9/11 terrorists came.

Printed here Mosque

Tech Tuesday: Fractalius tutorial

Posted in Software/Hardware, Tech Tuesday with tags , , , , , , , , , , on July 27, 2010 by bayouphoto

Before I get to todays tutorial I wanted to post a video of on of the funniest comedians of all time being very serious.

Today we will look at a fun Photoshop plug in. Fractalius by Redfield. It uses algorithims to produce various light patterns from photos.

I first read about it on the places2explore blog. I thought it was fascinating. I had played with fractals before but they mostly created art from scratch. This one let’s you play with your photographs. You can read more about Fractals here and here. I don’t care for all that technical stuff. I just like to create cool things LOL

So let the games begin:

First thing this plug in will only work with Windows and then only on photoshop in 32 bit mode with photos in 8 bit TIFF or JPEG. So if you are in 64 bit mode or your photo is in higher than 8 bit you must convert it.

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Open the photo in Photoshop or other compatible editing software. I am using CS3.

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Go to Image>Mode>8 Bit and check it

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Then go to Filters>Redfield> Fractalius

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If you have used it before it will open the interface in the last used mode.

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You can select from a drop down list of pre-set options.

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Here I have selected one. Then play with the many sliders to see what they do. Move them from one extreme to the other. When you are done just click the green check mark to apply.

Now for my only complaint. It seems to take forever on my computer with a dual core, 2GB’s RAM and an Ninvidia graphics card.

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and the finished product.

Now for a few more.

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and my favorite so far.

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Give it a try and see what you think

Photo of the week: Fractalius Fireworks

Posted in photo of the week with tags , , , , on July 25, 2010 by bayouphoto

I found out about this Photoshop plug in while reading Places to Explore blog. It seemed really cool so I got a trial for it.

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I will have a review and tutorial Tuesday. You can find out more here

The socializing of America

Posted in General, Rants with tags , , , , , , on July 24, 2010 by bayouphoto
Written by WAYNE ALLYN ROOT: Overwhelm the system
Barack Obama is no fool. He is not incompetent. To the contrary, he is brilliant. He knows exactly what he’s doing. He is purposely overwhelming the  U.S.  economy to create systemic failure, economic crisis and social chaos — thereby destroying capitalism and our country from within.
Barack Obama is my college classmate ( Columbia   University , class of ’83). As Glenn Beck correctly predicted from day one, Obama is following the plan of Cloward & Piven, two professors at  Columbia   University . They outlined a plan to socialize  America  by overwhelming the system with government spending and entitlement demands. Add up the clues below.
Taken individually they’re alarming. Taken as a whole, it is a brilliant, Machiavellian game plan to turn the United States into a socialist/Marxist state with a permanent majority that desperately needs government for survival … and can be counted on to always vote for bigger government. Why not? They have no responsibility to pay for it.
— Universal health care. The health care bill had very little to do with health care. It had everything to do with unionizing millions of hospital and health care workers, as well as adding 15,000 to 20,000 new IRS agents (who will join government employee unions). Obama doesn’t care that giving free health care to 30 million Americans will add trillions to the national debt. What he does care about is that it cements the dependence of those 30 million voters to Democrats and big government. Who but a socialist revolutionary would pass this reckless spending bill in the middle of a depression?
— Cap and trade. Like health care legislation having nothing to do with health care, cap and trade has nothing to do with global warming. It has everything to do with redistribution of income, government control of the economy and a criminal payoff to Obama’s biggest contributors. Those powerful and wealthy unions and contributors (like GE, which owns NBC, MSNBC and CNBC) can then be counted on to support everything Obama wants. They will kick-back hundreds of millions of dollars in contributions to Obama and the Democratic Party to keep them in power. The bonus is that all the new taxes on Americans with bigger cars, bigger homes and businesses helps Obama “spread the wealth around.”
— Make  Puerto Rico  a state. Why? Who’s asking for a 51st state? Who’s asking for millions of new welfare recipients and government entitlement addicts in the middle of a depression? Certainly not American taxpayers. But this has been Obama’s plan all along. His goal is to add two new Democrat senators, five Democrat congressman and a million loyal Democratic voters who are dependent on big government.
— Legalize 12 million illegal immigrants. Just giving these 12 million potential new citizens free health care alone could overwhelm the system and bankrupt  America . But it adds 12 million reliable new Democrat voters who can be counted on to support big government. Add another few trillion dollars in welfare, aid to dependent children, food stamps, free medical, education, tax credits for the poor, and eventually Social Security.
— Stimulus and bailouts. Where did all that money go? It went to Democrat contributors, organizations (ACORN), and unions — including billions of dollars to save or create jobs of government employees across the country. It went to save GM and Chrysler so that their employees could keep paying union dues. It went to AIG so that Goldman Sachs could be bailed out (after giving Obama almost $1 million in contributions). A staggering $125 billion went to teachers (thereby protecting their union dues). All those public employees will vote loyally Democrat to protect their bloated salaries and pensions that are bankrupting  America . The country goes broke, future generations face a bleak future, but Obama, the Democrat Party, government, and the unions grow more powerful. The ends justify the means.
— Raise taxes on small business owners, high-income earners, and job creators. Put the entire burden on only the top 20 percent of taxpayers, redistribute the income, punish success, and reward those who did nothing to deserve it (except vote for Obama). Reagan wanted to dramatically cut taxes in order to starve the government. Obama wants to dramatically raise taxes to starve his political opposition.
With the acts outlined above, Obama and his regime have created a vast and rapidly expanding constituency of voters dependent on big government; a vast privileged class of public employees who work for big government; and a government dedicated to destroying capitalism and installing themselves as socialist rulers by overwhelming the system.
Add it up and you’ve got the perfect Marxist scheme — all devised by my  Columbia   University  college classmate Barack Obama using the Cloward and Piven Plan