All posts tagged: Color

Water, Light & Color


Same old thing. Collections of pictures. They are as the headline says. Water. Light. Color. Oh, there’s some reflection mixed in. And, some graphic shapes. And some bokeh. Lots and lots of bokeh. Too much Bokeh. Oh. Even though it looks like I’m not making any new pictures, I am. It took me just five days into the new month to push the button for me. That’s okay. This is a big project. And, there is other stuff going on. Music stuff. Family Stuff. Dog stuff. Not in that order. Usually. As always, captions and stories can be found under the picture. A few summers back, when I got home from the road, I’d go out early in the morning on Sunday just as the inside air conditioning was mixing with the outdoor humidity. I made this picture on Royal Street, in The French Quarter. It doesn’t look it, but this is an important picture. In the summer of 2005, Southeast Louisiana was struck by a tropical storm and two hurricanes. Katrina and Rita. The tropical storm …

Something Red


Colors. Contrast. Collections. Red. Red. Red. It used to be one of my favorite colors. I liked it so much that I even made a little Blurb book from red colored pictures. I produced a small marketing campaign using red. Like everything, taste changes. Now, it’s purple. Seems that I’m at it again. My project is taking a long, long time. Not only am I working through just about every picture in my files, but I’m organizing them as completely as possible. This will eventually allow me to build a very, very comprehensive website which will be the platform for a whole host of uses. Which uses? You’ll see. Soon enough. But, not all that soon. After all, I can’t spend all my working time on this complex project. There is traveling to do. Pictures to make. Clients to keep happy. Family things. Other stuff. Anyway. Just like yesterday, I’ll add a little subject information to each picture. This image is what comes of walking, and not always driving, somewhere. I made this picture on Magazine …

All a Dream. Four.


Nothing but light and color. This picture came at the end of a walking shoot through The French Quarter. It is really my classic drive by shooting style. We’ve talked about that enough so I won’t bore you with it. But, there is a huge change. It came from the technical challenges the light, the color, that row of lights, night and motion… not for me, but for the camera. You know that when I shoot this way, I set the camera on auto-everything. I let the camera do its thing since I have something else to do. Like drive and not kill somebody or myself. Neither of those would be good things. So, I let the camera work.  I suppose the focusing module didn’t know what to focus on. So it focused on nothing. When I pressed the button, the camera made this picture. I helped. A little. I steered. I thought this picture was pretty cool when I started doing my curating. I have another version of it. The scene is a little …

The Storm Broke


I don’t normally photograph clouds. I work them into pictures of other stuff. But, clouds as a stand alone subject? Not so much But, I just couldn’t resist this scene. Whew. This is sunset after a major storm. It was one of those side ways rain sort of storms. The storm brought cold air into the region. Temperatures dropped by around twenty degrees. When it finally blew through, the air was clear, crisp and sparkling. What a wonderful storm. The only thing I can tell you about the technique in making is this picture is this. I saw it. I photographed it. I posted it. Who am I to mess with nature?

A Change of Season


I was looking at my posts for the past few weeks. Seems like I’ve been plumbing some pretty dark depths. Moody. Dark. Deep. Yes. I think that I made some nice pictures. But, they are getting a little dark. Even for me. So, I started looking around in my last few weeks of shooting and found this picture. I made it on Easter Sunday. I found this little bitty detail in Pirates Alley behind the St. Louis Cathedral. I also found out the back garden behind the cathedral is called St. Anthony’s Garden. It is the place where I’ve made that picture that many people call “Touchdown Jesus.” I’m one of those people. Anyway, this picture has a nice light feel to it. It feels like spring. It even has a strand of purple Mardi Gras beads hung over a classic wrought iron fence. No, I didn’t put them there. But, the thought did occur to me. This is just what it looks like. A nice spring day in New Orleans.  I hate to say …

Bent, Broken and Rusted


While I was poking around in The Lower Ninth Ward and I found that odd little house displaying The American Flag, I also made pictures of broken glass, broken windows and rusty walls. I just sort of photographed whatever I saw. When I was editing my take — no, make that curating my take — I sort of watched a little collection of pictures come together without my help. Yep. They did it by themselves. That’s probably just as well. Pictures are better at doing that than I am. Anyway. It’s just a little exercise in seeing details. But, it seems to be a really good metaphor for the entire Lower Ninth Ward. Everything is broken. Even the newly repaired stuff. Seeing the picture is just a matter of looking. And reacting. Post production is simple. Mostly, I just made sure the details are as sharp as they can be without looking overdone.

A Special Day


One of my fellow bloggers, Kaie W. Bird, posted a little video from Israel. Yesterday was the Israeli day to remember victims of The Holocaust. In the video, it looks like an ordinary day. People are driving on expressways. They are commuting. Apparently, they know what is coming. What sounds like an air raid siren goes off. Everybody stops their cars, trucks and buses. They get out of their cars and sort of stand at attention. I suppose that some are praying. Other’ maybe thinking. Hard to know. The siren stops and they get back in their cars and trucks and go on about their day. If think that I should just post the video. here it is. http-::www.youtube.com:watch?feature=player_embedded&v=s24x68QNmxQ What does that have to do with this picture? I wanted to make a picture to compliment it. I wanted to work in one of the three Jewish cemeteries in New Orleans. I chose the Uptown one. There are two others. One is near St. Roch and the other is near I-10. I know that the …

Don’t Ask Me.


Okay. Usually I know something about the pictures that I publish on Storyteller. Not this time. Everything confuses me. I know this house was under some pretty deep water after Hurricane Katrina blew through New Orleans. This particular area is located on the river side of the Lower Ninth Ward. This side was heavily flooded, but not completely devastated like the other side of The Lower Ninth. These are guesses. But, I suspect when the owner was able to return, he started to remediate his house.  He must have decided to display his pride and patriotism. So he hung an American flag. You know, that sort of “don’t tread on me” thing. Something stopped him in mid-stride. I walked through the house. The back-end burned after he took down the inner walls. That may be what caused him to stop. But, again. I’m just guessing. The other confusing thing about the picture are the house’s inner walls. Those thick boards are barge wood. In the 1700s and early 1800s, barges were floated down the Mississippi …

What I Really Intended to Photograph


So. In yesterday’s post I told you that I went to the Le Beau Mansion. I had one picture in mind. But, I published something completely different. The picture I posted yesterday was light and colorful. An ode to spring, if you will. But, that wasn’t my original vision or intent. I was just being flexible and the cool spring air inspired me. This picture was my original vision. Very moody. Very mysterious. The mansion looks haunted. You can feel the ghosts slipping around. Halloween is breathing down your neck. How did I do it? Well, you have to start with a cloudy sky. The sky needs character. You expose for the sky, intentionally keeping the shadows dark. And, you build from there. You darken the sky. You modify the colors.  You add a lot of gold tones to everything. You bring down the highlights. And, pretty soon… you have eerie.

A Spring Day


I went out to make a picture of the haunted Le Beau mansion. I thought it would be a great day because the sky was overcast, but the clouds were defined. I wanted to make a scary picture. A cloudy day works best for that because it’s a little flat. You can add a lot of “mood” to the picture in post production. But, things changed. They always do. Right? I made the picture that I set out to make. It was easy. I had that picture stuck in my head. For months.Every time the sky turned cloudy, I thought to myself, “I should drive to Arabi and photograph Le Beau.” You know how that is. The thought passed through my mind and just kept going. But, not yesterday. I actually got my act together and made the drive . It’s not far. But, there is a lot of trucking traffic so the drive takes a while. This area is past Jackson Barracks. And, very near to the Domino Sugar factory. I think part of …