All posts tagged: Colorful

Blue Moon


Dawn to dusk. I thought that if the dog likes dawn, she also likes dusk. I was right. She did. But, she wasn’t quite as energized. After all, she had a busy day. Sleeping.  Somewhere in the past few days there has been an upgrade in Snapseed. Now you can drop text into the picture. Meaning, I can drop in copyright information. Easy.  That’s it.  Pictures made exclusively for Storyteller need never leave my i-Phone for any post production. And, as I mentioned to a blogging colleague, I did a test. I printed an image from my phone. 20 x 20. Inches. The image needed very little uprezing or pre-press preparation. I’m very quality oriented. Years managing big commercial presses will do that. I can’t see many differences between a big DSLR file and one made on my smart phone. That is not to say that I’ll stop working in my normal way with DSLR bodies and Leica and Nikon film cameras. But, for walks and casual stuff… This picture. I just saw the moon …

Apparently…


… I lied. Not a big lie. Not a whopper. A little one. I wrote that Spring was over in New Orleans. I ought to get out more. Before I blew that pop stand, I did my semi-monthly swing through the Lower Ninth Ward. I’m determined to follow its progress photographically as it tries to come back from the devastation caused by the storm. That storm. Anyway. What did I see? What caught my eye? Wildflowers. All over the place. Some were coming to the end of their season. But, others were just blooming. Okay. Okay. I was wrong. Spring isn’t over in New Orleans. Or… maybe I saw summer flowers. There. Take that.

Bright, Colorful and Glowing


I’m sort of falling into the thing I did last year. Make a bunch of pictures and save them for distribution as I needed them. I had a good reason last year. I wasn’t in New Orleans all that much. I was busy elsewhere. But, this year is a lot quieter so I don’t have a good reason to stockpile images. Yet, I do. I have enough images in the can that if I don’t shoot another experimental picture for the rest of the year, I could still publish something new every day. I’m not quite sure how this happened since that implies I’m energetic and always working. The truth is… I’m not. I can be as lazy as the next guy. Whoever the next guy might be. Anyway, it’s time to unleash some of these pictures on you. This picture comes from the balloon festival that I photographed a few weeks ago in Gonzales, Louisiana.  Gonzales? Huh? Okay a little history. Then, I’ll talk about the picture. It was a Spanish and French settlement …

Satchmo Second Line (Part 1)


There is a funny thing about The Stachmo Fest and everything associated with it. The city, the planners and just about everybody says that Louis Armstrong’s birthday was August 4, 1901. That is except for Satchmo, himself. He used to say that he was born on July 4.  A researcher proved him to be wrong through baptismal records. I guess we’ll go with that. But… Anyway, for those of you who don’t live in New Orleans or who aren’t a huge fan of jazz, we have an event called Satchmo SummerFest. It began in 2001 as a one day event and eventually grew to three days. Mostly, it’s held at The Old Mint in The French Quarter. I say mostly,  because like all things New Orleans, it gets spread out a little bit. That said, people come from far and near to hear the music. I did once. Now, I really don’t. As I’ve grown a bit older and older and older, I’ve developed the very strong desire not to be in large crowds. But, …

Crosstown Traffic


I suppose that The French Quarter and Frenchman Street have become two of “my places.” I seem to be able to recharge when I wander around there. And, with good reason. Even during our so-called off-season, there are plenty of people wandering around. There is always good music. And, there is plenty of good food to eat. Oh yeah. There are coffee houses just about everywhere.  If I time it right, wait for good light or even just normal just lighting, the pictures just sort of come to me. I don’t have to force them. They are just there. This picture. I was just walking across the street and watching people share the cross walk. I shot at a low shutter speed and a pretty much wide open f-stop. The night took care of the rest. That’s it. Very little post production…. mostly just to clean up the edges.

Crescent City Connection (Again)


Before I get really going on this post, I thought I share something with you. My friends at the Albuquerque Photographers Gallery  http-::www.abqphotographersgallery.com: were talking about lavender skies in Albuquerque via a post on Facebook. I had to chuckle because they think New Mexico is the only place that has lavender skies. But, my picture sort of proves that theory sort of… well. I dunno. We have lavender skies here. In New Orleans. And, we have water. We have rain. They have neither of those things. They really need them. Especially this year. By the way, the link doesn’t take you to their comment. It takes you to their website. Have a look. Many, many good pictures there. Anyway. This is another of the pictures I made while I was waiting for the never coming Super Moon on Sunday night. It’s really a good thing that I am an impatient sort. Heh. This picture gives you better sense of the length of the bridge. It also shows you the old power plant that is upriver of …

In a Garden


At one time, the place where I happened upon this Blessed Virgin statue, must have been something to see. To the left of this scene are big sweeping stairs that I imagine lead to a big impressive front door of whatever house was there at one time. Today… “ain’t der no mo’” I have no idea what was there. Or, what happened to it.  But this place was so strikingly pretty that I had to make a few pictures. The interesting thing about this place is that it is located directly behind the building where I made the Edward Hopper-like picture. In fact, if you count the two abandoned pictures that I posted yesterday, I made four pictures in walking distance of each other. That’s a lot. For me or anybody. It usually doesn’t happen that way. But, now I’m running out of fresh work. That cold that I wrote about last week never really went away. In fact, it’s come back with a vengeance. Like it or not, I’m going to have to make some …

Out West


I know. I know. I said I was taking a break over the long weekend. Big plans and all that. But, two people around here caught colds. It’s kind of funny. The older I get, the less I like being around crowds. Now, I’ve figured out one of the reasons for this new phobia. The last two times that I had to deal with crowds I caught something. The last time it lingered for a long while because I was traveling. Not this time. I’m sitting it out. But, that bores me. To tears. So I started poking around in really old files. I found this picture that I made on a book assignment. The place is Death Valley. California. The time of day is my favorite. Late afternoon heading toward dusk. As I recall the picture was made in mid-spring. That’s good. This part of the world is known to reach a high of 130 degrees in the summer. It was hot when I was there. But, it was manageable. It certainly wasn’t 130 …

Flowers Everywhere


The dogs needed walking. I needed picturing. So, the three of us came up with this picture. That’s two dogs and me. They found this picture.  No. They didn’t use this flower patch. Heh, heh. They did sniff around. Apparently, it didn’t intrigue them enough. Just as well. They were more interested in making a new dog friend. That gave me just the right amount of time to make this picture. Kind of Mardi Gras colors. Green. Purple. Gold. Well, pretty close. Yellow. The picture. This is one handed. Two dogs on two leashes were really in control.  

Stylish


The Bayou Boogaloo yielded some pretty cool images. More than I originally thought. Just a lot of luck I guess. This one was a lot of fun to play with. The darker and cleaner I made the image, the more interesting it got. But, when I saw this woman, I think I saw this version of the image in my head. So, I worked for a while in post production to achieve the look that you see. In many ways it takes me back to the late 1960s or early 1970s. It reminds me of work by Pete Turner, or Michel Tcherevkoff from that era. The really cool thing is that there are a lot more interesting images from this take. They are all very different since there was so much stuff going on. Stuff. That’s a technical term. I’ll show you some more. Soon. Like tomorrow. And, the next day. And, the day after that.