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5 Years Ago – New Orleans

St Louis CathedralI find it helpful to look back and see what my photography was like in the past. That is one reason I occasionally post an image taken five years ago (and, okay, another reason is that I don’t have any great new stuff to show). It is also fun to take an old image that I hadn’t done anything with and see what I can do now. In this addition of the 5 years ago series,  I give you an image I took in New Orleans. In 2009, Tanya and I went to New Orleans for a convention. December is a great time to visit there, and I wouldn’t hesitate to go again at this time of year. New Orleans is a fun city for travel photography (and for the food too!). The image above is of the Cathedral-Basilica of Saint Louis, King of France, also known as the  St. Louis Cathedral, in Jackson Square – a wonderful building to photograph.St Louis Cathedral unprocessed

The image above was taken in color, worked in Lightroom, sent to Photoshop, and converted to black and white with the Nik Silver Efex Pro plugin (I do love that plugin). I was not too impressed with my original image, shown here without any processing other than the default settings in Lightroom. Looking at the unprocessed version, I can see why I chose not to do anything with it five years ago. I’m lucky I didn’t delete it. Part of the learning process for me has been gradually gaining the ability to look at a less than perfect scene or image and imagine what can be done with it. I’m still improving on this ability today. I don’t think I could have made the image above from this starting RAW file five years ago.

If you would like to see a few more photos from that trip five years ago, please visit my New Orleans gallery on by website.

7 responses

  1. La Panzona {Pahn.So.Nuh}

    Hi there. Fantastic photo! I was wondering if you wouldn’t mind recommending an affordable camera for a beginner in manual photography. Muchas Gracias 🙂

    December 27, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    • Wow, big question. I guess it depends on what you think is affordable and how serious you are about learning photography. If you are serious, you will probably want a DSLR or a mirrorless camera with changeable lenses, though you can read more about recommended beginner’s cameras here. Entry level mirrorless cameras cost $500 or $600. You might want to read this review on Dpreview. Beginning level DSLRs are similar or slightly more in price. Whatever you pick, if you are truly interested in manual photography, make sure the camera has manual controls. Not all cameras do.

      December 27, 2014 at 6:28 pm

  2. I was there! Love the French Quarter! nice photo!

    December 31, 2014 at 6:18 am

  3. i love your images

    January 1, 2015 at 12:40 pm

  4. Im a new blogger to WordPress and am trying to reach out and meet new people and create a functioning blog. Please follow, tell me if you like. i love constructive criticism and will take all on board. I’ll always follow back because i love reading new and interesting things
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    January 1, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    • Hi Sundai. Thanks for looking in on my blog. I’ve found the best way to get people to follow your blog is to have interesting content. Asking people to follow your blog is usually not helpful. They will follow it if they like what you are doing. It is difficult getting a blog going and generating followers. It takes commitment, posting on a regular schedule, even when you have very few followers. Best of luck to you on your new blogging adventure!

      January 1, 2015 at 4:13 pm

  5. bookheathen

    Your Big Easy pics take me back! – I was in New Orleans in 2008. Don’t remember many slow nights on Bourbon but there were certainly noisy ones. Also, I do like black and white photography!

    January 4, 2015 at 11:13 am

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