NOLA: The Garden District

One of the things we wanted to do while in New Orleans was take the St. Charles streetcar up to the Garden District.  Having heard it was one of the most beautiful spots in the city [and was a walking tour meaning it was free and we like free] we set out early in the morning.  By 10am my eyelashes were sweating.  But the houses we saw were gorgeous and some offered history lessons.  I didn’t expect to see homes like we did.  I also didn’t expect my shorts to stick to places I’ve never known about either but that’s neither here nor there.

My only pet peeve about my NOLA photos is the light.  It was bright as all get out.  Everyday.  Except for those 30 minutes it rained but even then there was still sunlight peeking through the clouds.  Blaring sun is not my friend because we all know that I dig a wide aperture – that didn’t happen very often [in other words at all].  So I don’t feel like I got to experiment that much.  I really believe that if we had overcast skies, these shots would have faired much better.

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The story behind this one is that this iron fence looks like stalks of corn and was commissioned in Cincinnati.  Of course, I thought the ears of corn were quite boring and honed in on the flower on the corner of the fence.

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Ignore that powerline – they kept getting in the way.

Part of the Garden District tour was the Lafayette Cemetery.  I knew the city housed above ground tombs and was hoping to get some stellar shots.  I don’t consider these stellar.  That sun… I know I keep telling myself to look into neutral density filters but I haven’t yet and who knows if they would helped at all.  But I say boo to you sun, boo – not only do you take the fun out of a photowalk but you make my pores cry salt water.  Again, boo.

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That’s all I have for now.  Later this week I’ll show you what I captured of the French Quarter – don’t get too excited though because it was really sunny on those days too.  Boo.

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August 10, 2010 - 9:45 am

katie o. - “you make my pores cry saltwater”. now that’s funny.
i say turn some photos black and white. no one will ever know you were blinded by the sun. :)

August 10, 2010 - 10:01 am

Brooke - @katie o- The B&W won’t help – you can see the hard light with highlights and shadows. Believe me, I tried a number of processes – it was better to tweak just a little.

August 10, 2010 - 10:04 am

Amy - The Garden District is gorgeous. The architecture is amazing. Don’t know if you are a fan, but Ann Rice has (had? she might have sold it) a house there that is beautiful. When I was there, one of her German Shepherds was in the yard and licked my hand through the iron fence.
Love the Lafayette Cemetery, too. I think your pictures are great. Love the wrought iron flower one!

August 10, 2010 - 2:08 pm

Debbie - I understand about the sun, but oh, my, you’ve really captured some of the glory of NOLA! Those above-ground graves, the wrought-iron fencing, the elaborate homes — nowhere else can you find such beauty. Thanks for sharing it with us.

August 10, 2010 - 8:48 pm

Ms. Pearl - Nice shots, considering you had to deal with bright sun! I especially like the iron fence detail.

August 11, 2010 - 11:06 am

Melissa - I love that cemetery. I hate cemeteries and I could spend days in that one. I have some incredible photos from there… including some of a pregnant black cat that followed us around, it was creepy!
again, you just make me want to go back to visit.

August 15, 2010 - 7:07 am

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