Colorful,, Photography, Pictures, Ray Laskowitz
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In The French Quarter

Details. It's all in looking at stuff.

Details. It’s all in looking at stuff.

I took a stroll in the French Quarter. I just photographed what I saw. This old wrought iron fence is one of the things that I stumbled upon. Fleur de lis as symbols are everywhere in this city. Some guy even stenciled them in gold on all the city trash cans. At least the ones in the Quarter.

I would have worked a little more on this particular scene. But, the poodle wouldn’t let me. For those of you who have been around a little while, you know that he thinks that he is the boss. I know that he is right. Understanding that is best for both of us.



  1. Would you mind if I worked on my technical knowledge for a bit?
    First of all though – this is beautiful. Christy knew I’d be drawn to your photography when she sent me your site. She was so right! I’m most drawn to your colors and textures and the fact that you can capture people AND places in the best ways.
    Secondly – any chance this has some Photoshop? Perhaps, saturated film effect? I’m trying to learn to recognize the edits and try them myself. I’m so sorry if I’m completely wrong. I KNOW I need to take a photography class, but I learn by watching, too:)


  2. Thank you. I like people better, but that takes more work.

    With the exception of the copyright notice, I never use Photoshop.

    But, since you asked so nicely I won’t stop there. First, no picture comes out of the camera without needing some kind of work in the darkroom or on the computer. Even the late and great Ansel Adams didn’t think so. He created a whole system around exposing and developing film and making silver-based prints. At the very minimum, I work in post to get the highlights and shadows somewhat balanced and control the color.

    I use PhaseOne for downloading, image management and all the basic darkroom work. I could stop there and, in fact, for most of my clients I do. Very expensive and very high end, mostly used by photographers who shoot medium format cameras tethered to their laptops. But, I use Sony mirrorless cameras for a lot of my work and PhaseOne and Sony did a deal. They gave us that software. It’s fully function software, but limited to Sony extensions. For my needs, it is far superior to Adobe products.

    I finish my work in OnOne. That’s what you are really seeing here. OnOne was really created for wedding, portrait and senior photographers, but guys like me got a hold of it and use it to achieve our ultimate intent. It’s great software, not all that expensive. Updates are free, upgrades aren’t too much money. But, really what it does is create layers and levels and corrections all in one go. It’s like working in Photoshop without all the time consuming layer building. And, since it’s automatic with sliders for control, it’s usually better than I am.

    That help?


  3. Oh Ray! You are awesome and so kind to take the time to write back. What you’ve shared confirms what I already knew – I have a very long way to go in the technical realm. Honestly, right now it’s wait for the right light and then point and shoot with some mediocre photoshopping (because I don’t know how to do anything else). I was going to take a photography class at our local camera shop, but I’d really like to (need to) do more.
    Reading you, finishing up Sally Mann’s book…I may just have to point and shoot for fun and leave the real work to the pros!
    Thank you again for taking the time to get back to me. You inspire me everyday! Michelle


  4. Yeah, give yourself 30 or 40 years and you’ll eventually get it. 🙂 Photography has always been a combination of stuff. Some scientific, some physics, a lot of psychology, art and eventually you get around to either wet developing or digital post production. I think working in a wet darkroom for so long (and designing and manufacturing books for Eastman Kodak) made it easier for me to transition to digital post production. I understood the technical end goal and sort of worked backwards.

    That said, I’m impressed that you even have a local camera shop. In New Orleans, we don’t. In fact I was really blown away when I evacuated to New Mexico after Katrina and stayed there for a while. There were two old school camera shops down the street from each other in Albuquerque in three or four in Santa Fe, 50 miles away.

    Thank you and it’s always a pleasure.


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