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Jackson Square Jazz

Back to Jackson Square today and more street performers. What’s New Orleans without some jazz music to liven up the streets.

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Jackson Square, New Orleans, French Quarter, street performer, band, jazz, street photography

I wanted to try something a bit different with this shot in post processing so I created a stylized version using Lucis and Topaz Adjust.  Let me know which one you prefer.

Jackson Square, New Orleans, French Quarter, street performer, band, jazz, street photography


Jackson Square – Street Performers

One of the things I most enjoyed while in New Orleans was strolling through Jackson Square and watching the street performers.You can spend an entire afternoon there and be entertained by musicians and dancers not to mention painters, palm readers and psychics. This gentleman was calling over a young girl that was watching to dance with him.

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Under My Umbrella

I suppose the title and this image may be appropriate since it hasn’t stopped raining the last 2 days. This was taken just after sunrise in Jackson Square in New Orleans. The street vendors get there early to claim their piece of real estate for the day.

I converted the image to black and white using Topaz Black & White Effects and then used the local adjustment tool to selectively bring back the colour in the umbrellas.

Topaz Labs will be releasing, later today, Topaz Black & White Effects 2.1. I had the opportunity to test out the beta version before its release and the latest update has 2 excellent additions:

The Zone System Viewing Mode which lets you see your image broken down into 11 zones that represent the full tonal scale going from 0 as black to 10 as white. Zones are shown in different highlight colors for easy viewing. This viewing mode helps you determine whether or not you have the full tonal range in your image and then make exposure adjustments in the conversion module to correct these tones.

The Borders feature in B&W Effects 2.1 allows you to choose from several realistic darkroom borders, with several styles including both bleeding and crisp edges. This new feature also allows you to select the size of the border.

I really get excited when Topaz Labs updates their plug-ins because the enhancements are always so well thought out and makes the plug-in an even more powerful tool.

The update is free to anyone who already owns Topaz B&W Effects. If you don’t have it, Topaz Labs is offering 30% Black & White Effect v2.1 until April 21, 2013. Use coupon code bw21 off.  You can check it out here.

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New Orleans, NOLA, Jackson Square, street vendor, sunrise, dawn, umbrella, travel photography


Cathedral View

This image was taken on the same morning as my Jackson Square post which you can see here. That’s St. Louis Cathedral on the left.

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Listener Funded Public Music

One of the best things about hanging out in Jackson Square in the French Quarter is listening to the street musicians and they are a talented bunch. They’re also make for fantastic subjects.

To process this image I used Topaz Detail to bring out a bit  more detail in the performers face and beard. I then used Topaz Black & White Effects for the monochrome conversion. Don’t forget you can use coupon code ELPHOTO to save 15% on all Topaz products.

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New Orleans, Jackson Square, street performer, musician, black and white, street photography


Jackson Square

Jackson Square originally began as the Place D’Armes in 1721, a military parade grounds and site for public hangings. The square was renamed in 1856 to honour Andrew Jackson, the hero of the battle of New Orleans in the war of 1812 and later U.S. President. It is located in the centre of the French Quarter and today it’s a hub of activity filled with artists, musicians, tarot card readers and tourists.

If you want to capture the beauty and stillness of this place then a sunrise shoot is a must. Even at 6:30 in the morning artists were already arriving staking their piece of real estate for the day.

I processed this image in Black & White as well (which I quite liked). You can see that on my Facebook Page.

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New Orleans, NOLA, Jackson Square, benches, sunrise, dawn, travel photography