Archive for November, 2010

Tip Tuesday: When in doubt, shoot

Posted in General with tags , , , , , , on November 30, 2010 by bayouphoto

No I am not talking about a gunfight or hunting, I am talking about taking photos.

You can never re-create a shot so if you miss it that moment in time is gone forever. If in doubt, shoot it. You will always have that one photo that got away just because you hesitated.

Back when we shot film we had to be conservative and watch or shot count to not run out during the peak of action. Now with digital storage media being so cheap it pays to shoot and shoot a lot. Just because you think you have the shot try different compositions and angles. Try different exposures. Just take lots of photos, you can always trash the bad ones but you can’t go back and capture a missed opportunity.

During my recent Smoky Mountains vacation I was there for 8 shooting days. I shot 757 photos. Sounds like a lot, huh. I have counted at least 100 known missed opportunities so far. I sort and catalog my photos by days. I compare this to my mental field notes and realize just how much I missed by quitting to early, not getting there early enough, not persevering or just not shooting enough.

I got back and started to review and many times I asked myself why I didn’t try this or that. Why didn’t I stop here longer or go to this spot.

You will never get them all but you can eliminate a lot of it by shooting more.

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Malcom in the middle: The Saintsgiving miracle

Posted in NFL with tags , , , , , , , on November 27, 2010 by bayouphoto

No it is not the title to a new sitcom or a re make of an old one. It is another chapter in the Who Dat nations rise to national prominence. it is the second 3rd chapter following last years Meachum miracle and the miracle in Miami. I am talking about second year player Malcom Jenkins ripping the ball away from Roy Williams.

What a Thanksgiving Day picture that was inside Cowboys Stadium.

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As vultures wearing blue stars circled overhead, there sat what appeared to be a well-clawed Who Dat corpse waiting to be officially declared dead.

Coroners at the scene had already issued their verdict.

Never before, they told us, had the Dallas Cowboys come back from a 17-point deficit to win one of those nationally televised Turkey Day extravaganzas.

Suddenly down on the field, the death rattle grew louder as Cowboys receiver Roy Williams was on his way to a touchdown, eager to turn a four-point lead into a more embarrassing double-digit defeat.

Suddenly, a race to the end zone became a two-man race between Cowboy Williams and Who Dat Malcolm Jenkins.

It would be a race that will forever live in replay fame, because replay was invented for such moments and the moments that followed.

In this case, only replay can do justice to what I feel ranks as the greatest turn-of-fortune comeback victory in Saints history.

Had the Saints built on that 17-0 start, and whipped the Cowboys 40-0, it would have been an obviously impressive way to arrive at 8-3.

Had the Saints fallen 27-23, or perhaps 34-23, assuming Roy Williams had won the race, I think the race to the playoffs would have ended.

However, when you prove the New Orleans Saints can come back from the dead, when they can dig down and do it in such spectacular fashion, you’ve proven to yourselves anything’s possible in a race to the playoffs and another Super Bowl.

With the most demanding part of the schedule ahead, Sean Payton’s greatest ally is right there on the replay screen.

And it all begins with Jenkins delivering the message of his coordinator, Gregg Williams, up close, in living color, clawing at the football, finally knocking it from Roy Williams’ grip, in one of those on-the-run wrestling matches, and recovering the fumble at the 11-yard line.

As you watch wrestling at full speed, it was a thing of beauty.

Williams’ post-game lament, “I should have fallen down or been tackled,” were words he will always remember.

But keep this in mind. After Jenkins recovered the ball, the Saints were still down by four points and 89 yards away from the Dallas end zone.

You go to the replay and you watch how Jenkins’ “heart play” helped inspire the beauty of quarterback Drew Brees.

Drew went with a familiar target, Marques Colston, tucked between two defenders, for 22 yards.

Two plays later, on third-and-10, the game-changer. This time you watched Brees step into the pocket and put up a spiral that traveled 50 yards in the air, beyond the reach of defender Terence Newman, into the arms of Robert Meachem, who grabbed a perfect throw in stride and didn’t stop until he reached the Cowboys’ 12.

At which point Brees went from airing it out to throwing it through a keyhole, finding the hands of Lance Moore inches beyond the fingertips of a Cowboys defender for the winning points — a special touch pass down the middle to a well-covered receiver.New Orleans Saints vs. Dallas Cowboys

More than anything, watching a master at work from different angles, replay showed you what a mural Drew Brees painted in taking his team 89 yards in 68 seconds.

There are more canvases waiting to be painted, five of them, three on the road.

The Saints know what they’ve known for a long time: The best thing the Saints have going for them are the men with the brush, the head coach and the quarterback.

Paint on, Sean Payton.

Paint on, Drew Brees.

Scenic drive: NC Hwy 215

Posted in Travel with tags , , , , , , , on November 24, 2010 by bayouphoto

Hwy 215 in North Carolina is part of the Forest heritage scenic byway. I runs north and south between Rosman and Hwy 276. It is very twisty with many pull offs once you are in the mountains. We started from Rosman and rode north till we crossed the Blue Ridge Parkway. We had a picnic at an awesome overlook right on the side of the mountain. The traffic is not as heavy as the roads closer to the national park or the more popular Cherohala.

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One of the first sites you will come to are the Falls on french Broad river. They are viewed from the private property of Living waters ministry. There is a small pulloff, on the west side, and then you have to scramble down the bank. The views are worth it. It is PRIVATE property so be respectful.The next series is from where we stopped for lunch.As you can see this is a spectacular fall drive. The barns, fields and vistas are gorgeous.

For Sale

Posted in General with tags , , on November 22, 2010 by bayouphoto

canon mount lenses

for sale
Canon mount lenses will work digital
Tokina 20-35 $100
Canon 28-105 USM lens $150
Canon 70-210 f4 $150

All are in excellent shape with no scratches or issues. I want to get a Canon 55-250 IS lens

Photo of the week: Orange on blue

Posted in photo of the week with tags , , , , , , on November 21, 2010 by bayouphoto

I love the orange against the blue sky in this weeks photo. It was taken on the North Carolina side of the Cherohala Skyway. Nice gorgeous Sunday afternoon. I used a polarizer filter to make the colors pop.

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The trees were just spectacular. It was hard to make any driving time because of all the stops for photo ops. I have never been any place so photogenic, every road, curve or mountain was worthy of stopping.

Photo Friday: Autumn’s path

Posted in Photo Friday with tags , , , , , , , on November 19, 2010 by bayouphoto

Of all the trails that I walked, while in the Smoky Mountains, I think I like the one at Deep Creek the best. I starts right out of the parking lot or out of the campground. It is wide, smooth and well compacted. For the first bit alongside Deep Creek and the falls on Tom’s branch it is level and straight, There are many benches to sit and relax and even a small picturesque bridge. If you stay at Deep Creek you must walk at least part of this trail.

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Scenic Drive: Wayah Rd

Posted in Travel with tags , , , , , , on November 17, 2010 by bayouphoto

After we finished the River Rd and once again was on the Chreohala Skyway we rode it to the terminus at Robbinsville, NC. Since we needed to get to Franklin, NC to camp. The fastest way was Hwy 129 south to the junction with 19 then take the Wayah rd to the junction with Hwy 64 into Franklin and the campground.

We were running late so we didn’t stop as much as I would have liked. The road runs along side the Nantahala river and is quite gorgeous. It crosses back and forth several times, with lots of rapids and cascades. There are many pull offs to stop at. There is also Wayah Bald and the oldest ranger station and lookout in the forest, we did not get to stop but had plans to come back later in the week.

Click the photo to see it largerAll are made by just pulling over, getting out and setting up right by the road. No hiking just sometimes scrambling down the bank.

The great thing about these back roads is the traffic is very light. Not like the main roads of 64, 441 or 28. It makes for easier pull overs and travel. October is very busy in this area and traffic is heavy on the main roads.