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Great Mississippi River balloon race

Posted in Thirsty Thursday with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 20, 2011 by bayouphoto

Every year, in October, the city of Natchez, Ms. holds the Great Mississippi River balloon race.It starts Friday night with a balloon glow and a fireworks show. The only problem I saw was the crowds, lines and the parking. We found a spot a couple of blocks away and paid to get in. Next time I wouldn’t pay to get into the balloon glow as there are other balloons at various sites around the city and Vidalia. There is a small carnival held on the grounds for the children.

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When we arrived some of the balloons had already taken flight.

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We left before dark because the schedule said the fireworks would start at 7 PM. I asked a security guard where they would actually shoot the fireworks and he said “From a barge, in the river, just north of the bridge. We headed for an old parking lot just north of the fair grounds. There is a fence, sidewalk and overlook of the river.

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I took the shots while waiting. What we didn’t know was they had to wait for a 30 minute window in the river barge traffic. That meant it was almost 9 PM when the fireworks started.

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It really was a good show they put on.

The next day we were going for the “Key grab” balloon flight. They put a key, to a new GMC truck, on top of the rock climbing tower and if a balloon pilot could grab it they won the truck. We went to the Vidalia side to have the sun behind us and sit on the River Walk. The balloons have to have a 5MPH or less wind to take off so it was after 5 PM when they did.

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We had a good time and saw some very colorful balloons.

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Great photo opportunity

Posted in Camping, General with tags , , , , , , , on September 26, 2011 by bayouphoto

If you are in the area around Natchez Oct. 14-16 then don’t miss this great opportunity.

Great Mississippi River balloon race

and a great place to camp just 10 miles away Natchez state park

I hope to see you there.

Best place to shoot the flights are

Morning: Launch site or if you prefer in flight  would be the Natchez national cemetary ( This would afford views with the river and bridge)

Afternoon would be the launch site and the River walk on the Vidalia, La. side. This would put the sun behind you each flight.

The Friday night fireworks would be great from the Vidalia river walk with the reflections in the river and the bridge included( If you go south of the bridge and shoot north)

Saturated Saturday: I see a red door….

Posted in Saturated Saturday with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 8, 2011 by bayouphoto

This is another new column theme where I post a photo with super saturated and bright colors. I am posting it early as I am leaving for Lake Charles at 5 AM tomorrow morning and won’t have internet till I get back Sunday.

This is the front entrance door to the Presbyterian church at Church Hill, Ms. The oldest in the state. I processed the 5 exposure photo, through Nike filters HDR Efex Pro and Topaz labs Detail and adjust 4

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On another note if I get 50 people to like my facebook page, I will run a drawing for an 11×14 print of the winners choice. Just go to Bayou Photography and click the LIKE tab at the top of  the page. Help me get to 50 if we get to 100 I will run another contest.

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.

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

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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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.