Uptown Christmas


Christmas balls reflecting in the low dusk light.

Christmas balls reflecting in the low dusk light.

Ornaments. Glowing, Shining.

All at dusk. One of the best times for me to work. Although my Japanese agency says I should shoot under bright sunlight and blue skies. Huh? Let’s think about that for a minute. One, I really don’t do that. Two, and more importantly, those are the kinds of pictures that are so ubiquitous that if they aren’t just stolen and used for free, they are sold in subscription stock packages. Most photographers would be very lucky to make a net of 2 or 3 cents per image. Me too. It could be that the Japanese marketplace is so removed from the world that pictures like that still matter. But, doubt it. the Japanese marketplace drives technology. The internet further opened that market.

So. What to do about their request. Likely, I’ll just have to ignore it. There are cultural rules that must be adhered to when you deal with companies throughout Asia. Many years of experience help me to always respect that.

Let’s get back to what really matters. This picture. Same old thing. Wait for dusk. Shoot at whatever appropriate ISO, shutter speed and f-stop that picture needs and be done with it. The hardest part, as they say, is getting there. Or, in this case, finding the picture.

Sub Tropical Christmas


Sub Tropical Christmas

Sub Tropical Christmas

I almost passed by this place. At first, I thought it didn’t have enough decorations to make a big Christmas statement. Then I looked again. Somehow, my thinking changed instantly.

Yes. It’s a small picture. But, it’s filled with details. Many of them are in the background. Tropical plants. A pink flamingo. Colorful flowers. We live in a sub tropical place. Even though it feels sort of weird to have temperatures in the high 70s around Christmas, we should be grateful. We aren’t buried in ten feet of snow. The scenery isn’t bleak. I will say that last year, the weather was much colder. That is weird for Southeast Louisiana.

Anyway. I did a lot in post production. I want you to see what I felt. Bright colors. Glowing light. A happy place.

Hark. The Brass Band is Playing.


Hark, The Herald...

Hark, The Herald…

Music City. Jazz. Funk. Brass Bands.

Then, along comes Christmas. What else could there be in the French Quarter? Angels blowing trumpets against the dusky sky. Music. Brass instruments.

Toot, toot, toot.

The picture. You’re gonna get bored. F8 and be there. Press the button. Clean it up a little bit in post. That’s it. Oh. I’ve finally figured out that you can’t photograph these things head on. They have to be shot from an angle. You know, an angel at an angle. That give them some place to play. It allows the dusky light to let them glow a little. Then you might have a picture. You just might.

 

Sparkling Night


Christmas Lights

Christmas Lights

Oh, what can I say about these pictures? They speak for themselves.

I guess I can tell you not to give up. On anything. I tried to work in one neighborhood of the city and it wasn’t happening. The places that are normally lighted well for Christmas, weren’t. I don’t know why. I started to head back home, thinking to myself “maybe better luck tomorrow night.” I got a couple blocks from my house and I saw this place. I took these pictures. I’d like to take a bow and say that I did a good job. But, that ain’t so. The owners of this house did a great job. I just stumbled upon the scene and managed to get the exposures right.

The person taking a picture? I met a couple of women who traveled to New Orleans, one from Australia — originally from England — and her friend who still lives in England. They came this time of year because they read that New Orleans is a special place during Christmas Season. I’d have to agree with them on that one. I’ve been to a lot of places and there’s no place I’d rather be for the holidays. Besides, it’s home. Who doesn’t want to be home for Christmas?

One more thing. I’m getting very fascinated with the picture within a picture thing that’s going on with smartphones.

Christmas Lights

Christmas Lights

Taking a Picture

Taking a Picture

Noisy New Orleans Christmas


Not Silent Night.

Not Silent Night.

There’s Silent Night.

Then there’s New Orleans. Sometimes, we do tend to go a little overboard. It appears that this is one of those times. It is not unexpected. This is my go to house on Royal Street. In The French Quarter. In New Orleans. These folks dress their houses for every holiday. If you can’t find a well dressed house in the Quarter. Go here. Christmas. Mardi Gras. Easter. Halloween.

Come to think of it, the last time you saw this place was for Halloween.

There was a mermaid in the window.

Wrapped Up


Christmas Bows

Christmas Bows

Christmas. Red bows. Golden trim. Sparkling bulbs. Silver bells. Blue dusk.

Details. All of them.

They are part of the whole. Part of the photograph. Part of what we see and feel. Part of what makes us feel good about the holiday. Even for those who don’t believe as Christians do, there is a certain feeling about the season. It is inviting. Embracing. Joyous.

It is especially so in The French Quarter. It’s a feeling. A sense of time. Even with the Hawaiian shirt wearing dancing Santas on Bourbon Street. Even with temperatures predicted yo be in the big sixties on Christmas Day. Even without any snow. It’s just different. It feels good.

Coming…


Christmas in the French Quarter.

Christmas in the French Quarter.

I’ve waited long enough. Here it comes. My 12 days of Christmas, which will — for me — actually end on December 26th, because I want to include the bonfires on the Mississippi River which I photograph on Christmas Eve.

Anyway.

This is a little double thatI found while I was taking a stroll through The French Quarter. I should say we. The poodle and me. I needed to take a little walk to stretch my legs and he wanted to come, so off we went.

This is a very simple picture. Maybe it says a bit about how I think Christmas should be.

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