Archive for April, 2011

Bayou Pierre Presbyterian church:HDR

Posted in HDR with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on April 25, 2011 by bayouphoto

As many times as I have visited the Windsor ruins and traveled Rodney Road from Port Gibson to Alcorn University I somehow had missed this interesting site. I noticed it by the  historic marker sign and I wonder if it is new, as it did look that way.

In 1807, Rev. Joseph Bullen and Rev. James Smylie organized the Bayou Pierre Church. A meeting house of logs was built on land belonging to Joseph Bullen which was later deeded to the church as a gift. This location on the Bayou Pierre road about four miles to the southwest of Port Gibson served the congregation for some twenty years. During this time, Rev. Jacob Rickhow and Samuel Hunter served the church. In 1824, Mr. Hunter and part of the congregation moved to the southwest to form the Bethel Presbyterian Church.

Click the photos to see them largerCan you imagine holding services in such a small building? I love discovering and seeing how our ancestors lived. History is what makes us so unique.

These are 5 exposure HDR photos shot with a Canon G2 and processed with Lightroom 3 and Nik filters HDR efex pro

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Photo of the week: I see fields of green and skies of blue

Posted in photo of the week with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 24, 2011 by bayouphoto

I took this photo behind the Mount Locust Inn on the Natchez Trace. It is my favorite of the day. I spent an entire day exploring the trace between Natchez and Port Gibson and made it a point to shoot only with the Canon G2

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Photo Friday: A southern ingenuity

Posted in Biker stuff with tags , , , , , , , on April 22, 2011 by bayouphoto

This bike was hand built by Eddie Turner. He is one of the best ATV mechanics in this country. When he acquired this Kawasaki Vulcan he wanted to make a trike.

Using his ATV experience he mated a Polaris ATV rear axle and fenders to the rear of the bike. It has a fully independent suspension connected to the drive shaft. He molded in a Yamaha tour pak and added a Harley fat Boy front end.

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It is 7 inches narrower than the aftermarket kits making it more compact and easier to maneuver. There is no stopping a guy that knows what he wants and how to attain it. It is a unique one of a kind motorcycle.

A follow up to A Hero comes home

Posted in Rants with tags , , , , on April 20, 2011 by bayouphoto

Last week I posted about the KIA Marine hero from Ms. The westboro church, from Kansas had threatened to protest. I don’t know how they do things in Kansas but here is how we handle things down south.

Westboro Baptist Church Goes To Mississippi – And Loses
Posted by: MacAoidh on Tuesday, April 19, 2011, 18:00
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Tagged with: Military/Security Westboro Baptist Church
On Saturday USMC Staff Sgt. Jason Rogers, who was killed in action in Afghanistan April 7, was buried in Brandon, Mississippi.
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That, by itself, is a sadly unremarkable – though certainly noteworthy and solemn – occasion for us to mark.
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And in fact when Sgt. Rogers’ body returned to Brandon it was greeted by hundreds, or perhaps even thousands, of well-wishers who gathered at the roadside to honor the fallen American hero. The dashboard camera from Mississippi state trooper Elmo Townsend’s cruiser gives an indication of the scene last Thursday.
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What is most notable about Sgt. Rogers’ funeral in Brandon, however, is what didn’t happen.
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You see, the troglodytes from Westboro  Church had threatened to spew their poison at Sgt. Rogers’ funeral.
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But the Westboro mob wasn’t on the scene, and Sgt. Rogers was laid to rest without incident – thank God.
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Why weren’t there protestors?
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Planning ahead by the locals, as it turns out.
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From an Ole Miss sports message board, a tidbit of information…
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A couple of days before, one of them (Westboro protestors) ran his mouth at a Brandon gas station and got his arse waxed. Police were called and the beaten man could not give much of a description of who beat him. When they canvassed the station and spoke to the large crowd that had gathered around, no one seemed to remember anything about what had happened.
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Rankin County handled this thing perfectly. There were many things that were put into place that most will never know about and at great expense to the county.
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Most of the morons never made it out of their hotel parking lot. It seems that certain Rankin county pickup trucks were parked directly behind any car that had Kansas plates in the hotel parking lot and the drivers mysteriously disappeared until after the funeral was over. Police were called but their wrecker service was running behind and it was going to be a few hours before they could tow the trucks so the Kansas plated cars could get out.
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A few made it to the funeral but were ushered away to be questioned about a crime they might have possibly been involved in. Turns out, after a few hours of questioning, that they were not involved and they were allowed to go on about their business.
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Fred Phelps, the disbarred lawyer and Democrat activist who leads the Westboro congregation, will undoubtedly pursue some form of legal action for the way his people were thwarted in Brandon. Let him try. There isn’t a jury in Mississippi which will see things his way.
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This is a template for how to handle the Westboro people. If lawsuits don’t work, other means will. Whatever it takes to keep them from harassing bereaved military families on the day their fallen loved ones are laid to rest.

Tech Tuesday: Aperture

Posted in Tech Tuesday with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 19, 2011 by bayouphoto

Last week we did an overall view of the exposure triangle. This week we will look more in-depth at one leg of the triangle, aperture.

What is aperture? It this diameter of the lens opening, expressed in f stops, that controls the amount of light allowed in the lens. The smaller the f stop number, ie. f2.8, the larger the opening in the lens. Conversely the larger the number, f22, the smaller the opening.

You may ask why this should be of concern? Can’t I just use the largest opening, or let the camera decide what I want? You can if you don’t want control of your photos or if you just want snap shots.

The aperture sets how fast or slow the shutter speed is and how much of the photo is in focus. The smaller the f number, and larger the opening, the faster the shutter speed but the shallower the depth of field.

Example here I am shooting a yard stick from 3 feet from the near end, focusing at 14 inches. This is f3.5.

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Notice how fast the in focus part tapers off. Very little in front of and behind the 14. This was ISO 100 and the shutter speed was 1/400

Now we change to f22 and shoot the same scene.

This is also ISO 100 but now the shutter speed is down to 1/13. There is more apparent depth of focus.

If you were shooting a close up of one flower and wanted to focus just on it you would choose f3.5. If you were shooting a bed of flowers you would choose f22. See the correlation?

Another example is when I shoot portraits. Have you ever seen them, shot outdoors, where the background is smooth and out of focus? That uses a small f stop.

Here I focus on a tree about 20 feet away. f3.5 1/400

And f 22 1/10See the difference in the apparent depth of focus. The first one draws more attention to the main tree. The second shows more overall view of the trees.

Here are two taken even farther away

f3.5 1/640f 22 1/15If you are taken a broad vista for a scenic then select a larger f stop for maximum DOF. If you are doing a portrait or want to draw attention to one specific spot then use a smaller f number.

I said before and you can see that the aperture affects the shutter speed.  If you need to stop action, such as football, or in dim light, like a gym, you need a small f stop/large opening to keep the shutter speed up. This is why you will see photographers on the sidelines with huge lenses. These are 300 or 400 mm f2.8 or 500-600 f4 lenses. They shoot maximum opening and high ISO to get a fast shutter speed.

You will see nature and landscape photographers with wide-angle lenses and shooting f16-32 for maximum DOF.

Portrait photographers that shoot outside will use fast lenses of f1.4-4 and shoot close to throw the background out of focus.

Next week we will look at shutter speed.

New/old camera

Posted in General, HDR with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 18, 2011 by bayouphoto

My niece got a new camera so she returned my old Canon G2 I had loaned her several years ago. I had forgotten how much fun the little camera was.

I got divorced in 2005 and had to sell my camera equipment. I was using my old film gear but had a hankering for another digital. An internet friend had this G2 for sale at a very reasonable price. This camera was over $800 when it came out in 2001. I was able to later get another DSLR and gave this one to Debra to use.

I took it back out and shot some with it.

I converted this simple photo of a river birch and iron wagon wheel into B&W using Nik filters silver Efex Pro.

As the camera will shoot RAW and has all the controls of a DSLR I took a 5 exposure photo of the scrapyard to make into an HDR photo

You don’t have to own the newest fancy camera to take great photos.

A hero comes home

Posted in Biker stuff with tags , , , on April 18, 2011 by bayouphoto

I am very proud of the bikers that make up the Patriot Guard Riders. They are a volunteer organization that will ride and honor fallen warriors.

Saturday they were out in force for one of Mississippi’s fallen heroes Staff Sergeant Jason Rogers. However a certain church of haters and false believers planned to protest. Clarion Ledger

SSgt Rogers gave his life to protect the freedom that allows these people to protest. Maybe they should try that in China or a muslim country.