Archive for August, 2010

Tech Tuesday: Pano stitching

Posted in Tech Tuesday with tags , , , , , , on August 31, 2010 by bayouphoto

After my recent posting of the rainbow pano I received emails asking how I shot it and how I processed it.

There are many tutorials on how to shoot a proper panorama so I will just put a link up to one Panoguide. You can also search a DIY pano head for your tripod.

The next thing is what do I use to process? PTGui software. You can learn all the how to stuff here

Ok on to my process.

First I open my pano photos with Lightroom 3 and bring the exposures as close to each other as possible. Then I convert to a tiff file and export to a folder.

I then open PTGui

(As always click each photo to see a larger version)

Then click load images

Browse to your folder and select the proper photos

select align imagesIt will show you a grid to use sliders to adjust the edges of the photo for optimum size.

Once you are happy with it select create pano and after processing it will give you the options  of how and where to save it. Once it is saved you can then open in a photo editor for final adjustments and cropping.

Here is the final image before taking to photoshop for cropping. I hope you enjoy this and it inspires you to try a pano

My apologies

Posted in Uncategorized on August 31, 2010 by bayouphoto

It has just been to hot and dry to take photos but I promise to get back at it soon

Double nickels

Posted in General with tags , , , on August 27, 2010 by bayouphoto

I turn 55 today born in 1955. A lot of things have happened since then. Space travel, computers, cell phones, things we take for granted today weren’t even thought of. We had two maybe three local TV channels and an old party line telephone. Moms stayed at home to raise the kids. We all rode the school bus.

I made a lot of friends during that school time. There was only one area school so many of us started in the 1st and were together through the 12th. Some of my friends have already passed away. Glynn(Fobi) Finley, Eric (Tinker) Kelly, Debbie Chapman and Charlotte Walker. Others are life long friends, David Griffing, Charles Ray Dunham and Tommy Oliver. They lived within bicycle distance.

Both my parents and all of my aunts and uncles are gone. We are the oldest generation of my family. I have lost one sister in law and two brother in laws, two nephews and several cousins. We are getting older all the time.

Time has taken a lot of my friends also. Max Goodwin, Jr. Larry Hammons and BR Johnson.

The biggest life changing event was the heart attack I suffered in 2002. The effects caused numerous adjustments to my life.

I witnessed the birth of the New Orleans Saints football team and never thought I would live to see them win the big show. I just wish my Dad could have seen it.

I miss my mom most of all. She knew just what to say or do when I was at my lowest. I had her for almost 40 good years but I miss her so. I will see her soon.

So here is to me on this special day and too how many more the Lord allows me.

Stimulas sermon

Posted in Rants with tags , , , , , , on August 25, 2010 by bayouphoto

Genesis
47:13-27
ALL I CAN SAY ABOUT THIS IS WOW!!!!!
RECENT VIRGINIA
CHURCH
SERVICE-STIMULUS
SERMON
Genesis 47:13-27
I would love to give the Pastor
of this predominantly black church in

Virginia a hug and a
high five. This guy is obviously a leader.
Perhaps we should each decide
who our
real
leader is…..It is amazing to see that very little has

changed in 4,000 years.
—————————————————
Good morning, brothers and sisters;
it’s always a delight to see

the pews crowded on Sunday
morning, and so eager to get into

God’s Word. Turn with me
in your Bibles, if you will to the 47th

chapter of Genesis, we’ll
begin our reading at verse 13, and go

through verse 27.
Brother Ray, would you stand and
read that great passage for us?

….(reading)….
Thank you for that fine reading,
Brother Ray.. So we see that

economic hard times fell
upon Egypt , and the people turned to

the government of Pharaoh
to deal with this for them. And Pharaoh

nationalized the grain
harvest, and placed the grain in great storehouses

that he had built. So the
people brought their money to Pharaoh, like a

great tax increase, and
gave it all to him willingly in return for grain. And

this went on until their
money ran out, and they were hungry again.
So when they went to Pharaoh after
that, they brought their

livestock -their cattle,
their horses, their sheep, and their donkey –

to barter for grain, and
verse 17 says that only took them through

the end of that year..
But the famine wasn’t over, was
it? So the next year, the people

came before Pharaoh and
admitted they had nothing left, except

their land and their own
lives. “There is nothing left in the sight

of my lord but our bodies
and our land. Why should we die before

your eyes, both we and
our land? Buy us and our land for food,

and we with our land will
be servants to Pharaoh..” So they

surrendered their homes,
their land, and their real estate to

Pharaoh’s government, and
then sold themselves into slavery

to him, in return for grain.
What can we learn from this, brothers
and sisters?
That turning to the government
instead of to God to be our provider

in hard times only leads
to slavery? Yes.. That the only reason

government wants to be
our provider is to also become our master?
Yes.
But look how that passage ends,
brothers and sisters! Thus Israel

settled in the land of
Egypt , in the land of Goshen .. And they gained

possessions in it, and
were fruitful and multiplied greatly.” God

provided for His people,
just as He always has! They didn’t end up

giving all their possessions
to government, no, it says they gained

possessions! But I also
tell you a great truth today, and an ominous

one.
We see the same thing happening
today – the government today

wants to “share the
wealth “once again, to take it from us and redistribute

it back to us. It wants
to take control of healthcare, just as it has taken

control of education, and
ration it back to us, and when government

rations it, then government
decides who gets it, and how much, and

what kind. And if we go
along with it, and do it willingly, then we will

wind up no differently
than the people of Egypt did four thousand years

ago – as slaves to the
government, and as slaves to our leaders.
What Mr. Obama’s government is
doing now is no different from what

Pharaoh’s government did
then, and it will end the same. And a lot of

people like to call Mr.
Obama a “Messiah,” don’t they? Is he a Messiah?

A savior? Didn’t the Egyptians
say, after Pharaoh made them his slaves,

“You have saved our
lives; may it please my lord, we will be servants to Pharaoh”?
Well, I tell you this –
I know the Messiah; the
Messiah is a friend of mine;

and Mr. Obama is no Messiah!
No, brothers and sisters,

if Mr. Obama is a character
from the Bible, then he is Pharaoh.

Bow with me in prayer,
if you will…
Lord, You alone are worthy to be
served, and we rely on You, and You alone. We confess that the government
is not our deliverer, and never rightly will be. We read in the eighth
chapter of 1 Samuel, when Samuel warned the people

of what a ruler would do,
where it says “And in that day you will cry out

because of your king, whom
you have chosen for yourselves, but

the LORD will not answer
you in that day.”
And Lord, we acknowledge
that day has come. We cry
out to you because of the ruler that we have

chosen for ourselves as
a nation. Lord, we pray for this nation. We pray

for revival, and we pray
for deliverance from those who would be our masters. Give us hearts to
seek You and hands to serve You, and protect Your people

from the atrocities of
Pharaoh’s government.
In God We Trust…

Photo of the week: Industrial junk

Posted in photo of the week with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on August 22, 2010 by bayouphoto

I haven’t taken many photos, lately. The weather is just to hot, dry and humid. I did go out behind the house yesterday to shoot in the industrial scrap yard. I found one I really liked in the shade.

Click the photo to see it larger

It is a 5 shot HDR of an old truck cab. Processed in Lightroom 3 and Photomatix Pro.

Tip Thursday:Keep your eye “Level”

Posted in Tip Thursday with tags , , , on August 19, 2010 by bayouphoto

A quick tip today. It’s one of those subtle things that just gives your photos that extra edge.

Just like when you’re traveling, keep your eyes on the horizon! A crooked horizon is never immediately noticeable, but it’s subconsciously off-putting. This is especially true when there is a body of water in the picture. In the real world, water is never at a slant!

It’s best to get the horizon as close to level as possible while you are shooting the picture. Some cameras let you turn-on a grid that goes over the display or viewfinder. Check your camera’s manual to see if it has this feature.

If you’ve goofed on getting the horizon level, you can easily rescue it with your photo editing software. Generally, the crop tool will allow you to rotate the image till it’s spot on.

This can technique can tidy-up photos of buildings as well. Look for clues in the vertical lines of walls and signs.

Remember, like all of these techniques, they’re not rules carved in stone! Action shots can look a lot more alive with a good steep angle.

Sorry for the lack of posts

Posted in General on August 18, 2010 by bayouphoto

I haven’t posted anything this week as I am helping a friend build a porch. It is also just too hot and dry to take any photos. I will get back at it in the next few days