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Writing with Light

Follow The Light

This is just outside Cafe du Monde in New Orleans. I was finishing off my sunrise shoot and going in to grab a cup of coffee and beignet when I realized this was a perfect spot to take one last shot. After I took this, I zoomed in to get a tighter shot and just before I could fire the shutter the lights automatically turned off. The lights made all the difference.

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Decatur Street, New Orleans, sunrise, cafe du monde,

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42 responses

  1. jimdenham107

    Lovely lines ans depth, and the lights are pretty cool, too!

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    March 22, 2013 at 8:11 am

  2. As always, timing is everything!

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    March 22, 2013 at 8:12 am

  3. Really really gorgeous, Edith! The stars make the photo pops!

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    March 22, 2013 at 8:20 am

  4. Very nice capture, Edith! The walkway leads the eye nicely through the depth of the image.

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    March 22, 2013 at 8:28 am

  5. Love it! Reminds me of St. Mark’s Square in Venice. Beautiful.

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    March 22, 2013 at 8:41 am

  6. Len

    Love the vanishing point and the light bursts Edith.

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    March 22, 2013 at 9:19 am

  7. Love it. Nice, cold tones.
    It’s similar to one of my photos http://cardinalguzman.wordpress.com/2013/01/09/archway-of-the-night/

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    March 22, 2013 at 9:34 am

  8. it’s really a great shot, so much depth. And the light makes all the difference

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    March 22, 2013 at 9:52 am

  9. Beautiful image and you’re right, the lights do make all the difference!

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    March 22, 2013 at 11:55 am

  10. As many have mentioned, the lights really do make this image. I also like the inclusion of the bicycle. It fits nicely. Beautiful shot.

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    March 22, 2013 at 12:00 pm

  11. That looks excellent Edith!

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    March 22, 2013 at 12:38 pm

  12. Hi, I stumbled on your blog, very nice. Some of your photos have a very illustrative quality to them, do you use a filter in Photoshop?

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    March 22, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    • Thank you so much for visiting Eva. Some of my images are created from multiple bracketed exposures so in that case I would use Photomatix to process them first before bringing them into Photoshop. I also use a varity of plug-ins (primarily Topaz Labs plug-ins) such as Topaz Detail, Topaz Adjust, Topaz B&W Effects, etc. I also use OnOne software at times. Hope that helps. Let me know if you have any other questions.

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      March 22, 2013 at 3:19 pm

  13. Great shot Edith.

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    March 22, 2013 at 2:13 pm

  14. It’s a beautiful architectural image. Yes, the lights makes the picture shine – excuse the pun. And of course by using HDR or similarly processing the shadows you have brought the light into these shadows too. Well seen, captured and processed.

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    March 22, 2013 at 2:20 pm

  15. Wonderful light, excellent captured… 🙂

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    March 22, 2013 at 3:22 pm

  16. The sense of depth and the strong lines of perspective are helped by those lights – I can see how the image would lose out by those being switched off. The bicycle in the left foreground helps to prevent this being just a pattern picture. That’s a neat addition in my opinion. Nice one, Edith.

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    March 22, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    • Thanks Andy. Yes the image that I took right afterwards, once the lights were turned off just didn’t do it for me.

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      March 23, 2013 at 12:11 pm

  17. Muy Buena FotografĂ­a, Me Encantan lLos Tonos Y Las Luces… Un Saludo.

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    March 22, 2013 at 5:31 pm

  18. LB

    Wonderful! and your reward for getting up for the sunrise (of course that is a reward in itself!)

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    March 23, 2013 at 9:17 am

  19. The first lamp being crooked and not in line with the others adds a nice charm to this image. Great timing to catch this before the lights went out – this shot would not have worked any where near as well without the lights on.

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    March 23, 2013 at 11:58 am

    • Thanks Mark. You’re absolutely right. The image I took right after the lights were turned off just didn’t make the cut.

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      March 23, 2013 at 12:16 pm

  20. Edith, beautiful image. The lights give off a nice dreamy feel to them. I can imagine being there in the early morning from looking at this shot! Well done.

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    March 24, 2013 at 12:44 pm

  21. Edith, this is really beautiful.
    I love the colors and light.

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    March 24, 2013 at 4:10 pm

  22. Edith, I love those lights!!

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    March 26, 2013 at 9:04 pm

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