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Posts tagged “New Orleans

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

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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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Jackson Square, New Orleans, French Quarter, Street performer, street photography


Along the Mississippi

I’ve always wanted to aimlessly drift along the Mississippi river on a steam boat with a large paddle wheel on the back like in the musical Show Boat. (there’s my love for musical theatre shining through again 🙂 ) Arriving back in New Orleans from a week at sea I ran up on deck to capture on last shot if this mighty river at sunrise.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone.

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Mississippi river, New Orleans, bridge, sunrise,


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


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,


Art on Royale

You must know that I love creating these little vignettes when I see bicycles leaning up against walls or in front of stores. As I was walking down Royale Street this the scene I came upon…how could I resist. It was night time and I didn’t have my tripod with me so I cranked up the ISO to 3200 and held my breath.  The original image had a bit of noise but I used Topaz DeNoise and it took care of the noise beautifully.

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art store, bicycle, Royale Street, New Orleans, night photography