Monthly Archives: March 2013

Parking Garage

New Orleans

New Orleans covered parking garage.

I walked many a mile around the French Quarter and Central Business District.  One thing that I noticed was that many of the parking spaces are covered.  I am not sure if it is just because they have abandoned buildings that someone has bought and turned into garages of if there is a reason why parking would need to be covered.  I didn’t find much using good ole google.  If I had more time I would have liked to find an interesting car that I could contrast with the grungy building (deteriorating brick and concrete).  When I was taking this photo the guy who empties the cash out of the machines was coming around.  I am not sure if he knew what to make of me, with my camera and tripod ;).

These locations would also make and interesting portrait backdrop.  And another bonus is that they light would be consistent making it easier to control.  Bring a light shaper like a softbox or umbrella and you would be in business.

Lots more photos to go through.

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St. Louis Cathedral

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One of the things that I wanted to photograph the most in New Orleans was the St. Louis Cathedral.  The cathedral claims to be the oldest Catholic cathedral in continual use in the United States.  Its full name is the Cathedral-Basilica of St. Louis King of France and it was originally built in 1727.  I am not sure why I am so drawn to churches.  Maybe partly being raised in the Church (not Catholic tho).  Or maybe its the engineer in me and I seem to marvel at how these beautiful buildings were constructed so long ago.  I visited the cathedral several times over my stay in New Orleans.  This being the first.

Which view do you like better?

What perspective do you like better

Yes, more New Orleans,

The next little while I will be posting more and more of my New Orleans photographs as I get to go through them.  If you are into archetecture photography, wow that is an awesome place to go to.  Its too bad they don’t make tilt shift lenses for micro four thirds cameras.  I hope as this type of camera becomes more popular the lens selection grows.  There is always the option of an adapter and buying a full framed lens if things don’t get that far.  Why a tilt shift you may ask, well one of things a tilt shift does is allows you to control the plane of the sensor so that you can align it perpendicular to the building (in this case) so that the perspective doesn’t change.  The above image is the perspective from out of the camera.  If I had a tilt shift lens the image would have looked more like this.  Straight on (I did this in photoshop).  Which view do you like better?

Changing the perspective, what do you like better

Changing the perspective, what do you like better

Cafe du Monde

When I told a friend of mine that I was going to New Orleans she told me that I had to go to Cafe du Monde for a Beignet.  What is a beignet you ask, well beignet is actually a french word for donut.  I actually knew this before I went as my kid is in french immersion and he had this as one of his spelling test words, but I digress.  The beignet is made similar to a donut, with dough that is fried and then sprinkled heavily with icing sugar.  They are served warm, and man are they good.  An order consist of three.  I had these for three breakfasts and had to cut myself off before I grew out of my pants.  They claim to have opened in 1862.  Currently the main location is on Decature Street which can get crazy busy.  There is a second shop located on the Riverwalk which is usually less busy and still the same goodness, yummy.

New Orleans, Cafe du Monde

New Orleans, Cafe du Monde

Later in the week we decided to try another place called Cafe Beignet. They also had awesome beignets (I am thinking that you can’t make a bad one).  They seemed more airy, more like a french cruller but defenitaly not as airy.

mtc

New Orleans

Hey!!

I have been down in New Orleans for the past week and I am finally getting a chance to start to import and weed through all my photos (yes, my wife is napping :).

The architecture down here is so awesome, spanish mixed with french for the most of it.

Architecture in New Orleans, LA

Architecture in New Orleans, LA

Wow just as I am writing this I heard a band playing outside.  Looks like a parade but it is actually a wedding.  Today I experienced both a funeral and a wedding and guess what.  Both were celebrations.  Music, dancing and more music.  More on that later.  Gotta wake up the wife so we can get our jazz fix for the night.