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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Personal: NOLA, trip with a view

I think it's important to take personal time to "free hand" photography. Finding a new perspective, content, colors, and environment you just don't normally experience can help you see in a whole new way.

If you've never been, New Orleans, Louisiana is definitely the muse you've been looking for.

I visited New Orleans, LA back in April. No matter how many times I've seen it in the movies, heard about it on the news (Katrina for instance), nothing prepared me for what I could see, smell, hear, touch and taste. It was a new experience for all my senses.

 There is so much to do there, and everything is so different from how it is in Baltimore, I couldn't get enough pictures.

With the mixing bowl of French architecture in the French Quarter, to the above ground cemetery tombs I found so many textures, angles and colors to appreciate.

 Wonderful, and not so wonderful, smells came from everywhere, and the music was live and great almost no matter where you were.

I ate the best food at a place if it were in Baltimore, I'd never step foot in.

 I learned to set aside existing prejudices and take a chance on finding something new.
While most everything was new to me, the city was as old as they come in this part of the world.

The existence of old gas fired lamps was a testament to that time. When the streets would be dim, mysterious, hiding.

Stepping away from the city and onto the old paddle boat Natchez revealed a river view of the Mississippi and it's shores. I imagined what it would be like to slowly float along the river 100 years or more ago. Even old Tom Sawyer came to mind. 

Photographically speaking, I took too much equipment with me. Two cameras, a host of lenses, my bag and laptop. I was prepared for a full shoot. While I really ended up using a wide angle zoom because it really captured the perspective of the trip, I could have gotten away with a lot less equipment. Travel photography is a completely different animal for sure!

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