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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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Tip Thursday:Tripod

Posted in General, Tip Thursday with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 18, 2010 by bayouphoto

Hi my name is Rickey, and I use a tripod. I know it is cliché however with the explosion of photography, the digital age, There are many that do not know the benefits of a good tripod.

A tripod is essential for heavy, long lens, wildlife work, slow shutter speeds or night photography, but it can benefit other areas.

One of the main benefits is making you slow down. You are more apt to take your time with composition when you camera is mounted.

Another area, where they are essential is macro work. The focus tolerance is just to small to trust hand holding.

Now on to what type. Forget the flimsy wally world type. They are useless and aggravating. get a model with independent legs, quick solid adjustments, tall enough without a center column and heavy enough for your equipment.

I use a Giottos MT9180, however it is discontinued. It was replaced by the 93 series. Mine has the multi-position capability.¬† It will twist to more positions than a contortionists. I also use a Giotto’s ballhead.

Aluminum or carbon. Aluminum is heavier bit cheaper, cold to the touch. Carbon is lighter but way more expensive. If you are backpacking, go carbon fiber.

Other great tripods are Gitzo and Manfrotto, Whichever you choose, get one and use it.

You will see a world of difference in your image quality.