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Posted in Uncategorized on August 7, 2011 by bayouphoto

Due to a family commitment I want be posting much at least through August. I hope to return to posting in September.

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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.

Texas adventure day 3

Posted in Nature and wildlife, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on June 3, 2011 by bayouphoto

On Monday we awoke to deary conditions and misting rain. We decided not to travel very far. We headed toward Bandera, Tx. but in Boerne we saw a sign for the Cibolo nature center. Located on Cibolo creek it offers some nice butterfly and bird habitat.

The first bird we encountered was in the parking lot. I have yet to identify it.While Beth went in the visitor center I watched the hummingbird feeder and caught this Black-chinned hummerI had to use manual exposure and my external flash to capture it as it was quite dark under the trees.

Out back they had many feeders and a bird bath.We rode into Bandera because the city park is on the Hill country birding tour. Beth got some good photos of a scissor Tail fly-catcher but my camera failed to write my photos to the card. There were many warblers and other birds in the overgrown fields but the rain kept us in the van. I did get a photo of this swift doing a mating flight.There were deer everywhere, even right in people’s yards.We decided to call it a day after having lunch at the Old Spanish Trail restaurant in Bandera. We planned to finish the Hill country birding trail in the next few days but a phone call from the VA hospital changed all that.

Still out of commission

Posted in Uncategorized on May 26, 2011 by bayouphoto

I haven’t posted lately as it was hard to type one handed. I was in a sling for two weeks, I will catch up after Memorial Day

I had this emailed to me:Reasons you should always carry a camera

Posted in Uncategorized on March 30, 2011 by bayouphoto

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Nik Filters HDR Efex Pro

Posted in HDR, Software/Hardware, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on March 25, 2011 by bayouphoto

I have used Photomatix pro, since it came out, for all my HDR processing. However, since Nike filters came out with HDR Efex Pro I thought I would give it a chance. I have used and liked Nik filters since I started using Photoshop 10 years ago. I especially like the newer versions interface and intuitive layout. I downloaded the free trial and set to work. I run Vista home basic with 2 GB’s of ram. This seems to be the minimum for HDR Efex. I did notice it took longer to load, from Lightroom. Yes, it automatically becomes a plug in for Photoshop and Lightroom.I exported from LightroomOnce the images loaded and were processed the interface opened. There are a myriad of user friendly presets already installed. Chances are one of them will be just what you wanted. I chose Realistic strong.

You can make tweaks with the adjustment sliders. The whole process is quite easy to grasp.
You can hide the preset panel to get a larger previewThere is a histogram also. Once you are happy click save. On my computer it took a full 3 minutes for the photo to show up in Lightroom.

Would I spend the money to go from Photomatix 4 to this? No because I would need at least 4 GB’s of ram and I already have Photomatix. If I did not have an HDR program I would be all over this. As I said I love the Nik filters interface and technology. Is it the best for you? The only way I can answer is get the trial version and see. If you have a newer computer with lots of RAM it would be fantastic.

I do think I like the default image better than the Photomatix one, and in fairness it does seem easier to use and understand.

Thursday 10-21-10

Posted in Travel, Uncategorized on October 22, 2010 by bayouphoto

We awoke early to be on Clingmans dome for sunrise. I did not take into account the traffic and the time it takes  to negotiate the mountains and curves, Needless to say we did not make it but we found a great overlook with many other photographers. it was very  COLD!!!!!! and the wind was blowing.

I had the stop for a photo of famous “smoke”

We came back down and stopped at Mingus Mill.  Then into Cherokee for gas, back to the campground. We cooked bacon, eggs and grits before breaking camp to drive to clingmans dome. There were turkeys right in the campground.

It took forever to get up there then the parking lot was full. We turned around and headed for the campground at Cades cove. Only to find out it and Elkmont were full. Having enough of the tourist crowd we headed for Cataloochee campground. We came up on three huge bull elk grazing right by  the road. After many photos we headed for the campground only to find it full.

If you go to the park in October expect long lines and crowded campgrounds. Tired, we did not look forward to setting up a tent after dark we found a nice little combo rental cabin, RV park and motel right on a creek just of Hwy 19 just south of Maggie valley. It is quiet, off the road, and very nice.  Microwave, coffee pot, fridge and wifi. If you are in the area look for the Meadowbrook sign. Tell Jodie(the owner) That Rickey from Bayou Photography sent you.