Archive for June, 2011

Camping at Lake Chicot state park

Posted in Uncategorized on June 28, 2011 by bayouphoto

For Memorial day weekend Beth and I had planned to camp at Lake Bruin but due to the flood water and it’s proximity to the river levee there was a lot of stagnant water seepage, sandbagging and mosquitoes. We cancelled and got the last spot at Lake Chicot state park, in Lake village, Ar. Located in SE Ar. just across the bridge from Greenville, Ms. it is only 90 miles from us.

If this park is any indication of the other parks, in Ar., then I give a hardy thumbs up. The staff, and facilities were top-notch. Even though it was a holiday weekend the bathrooms were spotless, the grounds immaculate  and even though it was full the campers were very respectful, even the fishermen launching boats were as quiet as possible.

I was afraid our site, right across from the marina and boat launch, would be noisy and the traffic would bother us but it never did. If I had a choice I would stay on the other side of the loop closer to the bathroom but it was the last site available.

We entered Ar. on La. Hwy 17 and proceeded on to the visitor center in Lake Village located on the SW shore of Lake Chicot.An employee was watering the lawn and I couldn’t help but capture this funny photo.Here is the pier out on the lake.We had to stop at Rhoda’s famous tamales.We got 2 dozen in a #10 can and two fried apple pies. Needless to say we ate before setting up camp.It was with great difficulty and a full stomach that I watched Beth set up the camper LOL, just kidding( I didn’t watch) ūüėČ

One thing about being right across from the marina store, we could use their bathroom instead of the long walk to the park facility.

We went down to the boat launch for sunset.Here is the camp at night.We didn’t do much photography just mostly relaxed. We did go to the plantation house just south of town next to the new Greenville bridge.And drove north to old Arkansas city.These last two photos are both HDR processed with Nik filters new HDR Pro.

When we returned there were 20+ deer in the bean field by the park entrance. The high water had pushed them west over the levee.It was a great time and we hated to see this sign.

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Gone

Posted in Camping, Travel with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 28, 2011 by bayouphoto

I will be gone camping for the next 3 days without internet. I will be at Natchez state park just 10 miles north of Natchez, Ms. Since I will be close to Windsor ruins, and the ghost town of Rodney I hope to get some sunrise/sunset photos. This is hard to do when you have to drive over. If time permits I may explore, Port Gibson and Grand Gulf. I will be back Friday and will post my Thursday tutorial then. Till then have a great week and see you Friday.

Tech Tuesday: Importing photos with Adobe Lightroom

Posted in Software/Hardware, Tech Tuesday with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 28, 2011 by bayouphoto

I am posting this early because I will be busy tomorrow. I am leaving on a 3 day Mississippi photo and camping adventure. I hope these tutorials will help you understand the digital photography post processing workflow.

Blue Monday

Posted in Blue Monday with tags , , , , , , on June 27, 2011 by bayouphoto

Since so many people dread Mondays I thought I would help cheer it up. Each photo will have blue as the dominate color.

I took this photo very early one morning. This is the Dawson house just north of Delhi, La.

This was some of my earliest photoshop work and my first attempt at creating a reflection. It is funny too look at these older ones and then my newer stuff. I have come far, but have far to go. I didn’t re-do the photo to remind myself where I began.

                                              Click the photo to see it larger.

Photo of the week

Posted in photo of the week with tags , , , , on June 27, 2011 by bayouphoto

shot this young lady one fall. Great light.Click the photo to see it larger

Tutorial Thursday: Using Perfect Layers in Lightroom

Posted in Software/Hardware, Tutorial Thursday with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 24, 2011 by bayouphoto

This is my first video tutorial so please cut me some slack and bear with me. I did forget to mention, at the end, that if you wanted to save the changes just click apply and it will process the image and return it to Lightroom as a Photoshop native PSD file.

Tip Thursday: why your photos don’t look like mine

Posted in Tip Thursday with tags , , , , , , , , , , on June 23, 2011 by bayouphoto

I get asked all the time why other people s photos don’t look like mine. Now I am not being conceited or thinking I am the best but folks do ask me that. Even if we take the same scene at the same time mine seem to come out different.

I have been re-editing some of my older photos while playing with new software. This got me to thinking about this. As I am want to do when a thought enters my mind, i have to chew on it and sort it out. I do some of my best thinking and get some good revelations while in my yard swing.

Back when all of us older photographers started it was film or nothing. The choice was B&W, color print or color slide. With color film it came down to this.

If both of us had the same technical and artistic skills it was choice of processing. If one of us used a better or different lab the photos could come out different.

This equates to shooting JPEG’s with your camera. Each camera is a mini computer that applies the processing it deems necessary. Each one will vary from company, model and individual. This is assuming no post processing and using them straight from the camera. Just like what each lab would do in processing they assume what the photographer intended and process accordingly.

Now, B&W, assuming it was developed in your own darkroom, could be altered according to the developer/printers description. Depending on the skill, experience, equipment, chemicals and process we could have widely different photos.

Even if you used one of Ansel Adam’s negatives, that he developed, his darkroom skills were what really made his photos. The same is true for a digital photographer shooting RAW format.

In RAW the camera does not do any processing and you are presented with a digital “Negative” containing all the data the sensor recorded. Then it comes down to skill, experience, equipment (software and hardware) time and the thought process of what the end result should be.

As you can see there is now way you photos can look like mine unless I take them and process them for you in which case they become “My” photos. Each person must decide for themselves what they want the outcome, of their photographs, to be and do whatever it takes to ensure that vision.

Here are two examples of what post processing can do. set aside the fact that if makeup had been better it would have looked better straight from the camera. I worked with what I had.

CLICK THE PHOTOS TO SEE BOTH THE BEFORE AND AFTER

It illustrates the difference in what the camera records and what my vision was for the photo. If your photos are not living up to what you want, maybe you need to learn how to achieve your vision. if there is enough interest I might run some workshops this winter.