texture through travels: new orleans in color photos

My camera can be cumbersome. It’s big, it’s heavy, and I haven’t yet quite figured out the best combination of strap/bag to carry it around with while I’m just roaming the streets. I hate looking like a tourist or photographer when I’m on vacation! So I often default to my iPhone. It’s super light and small, and it’s always with me. But while I love that, it’s not the same.

So, on our trip to New Orleans a couple weeks ago, I made myself pick one day to get my camera out and carry it around. And I’m so glad I did. I focused on texture, lines, and perspective, rather than just snapshots. Things I couldn’t capture as well with my iPhone. More art. Less tourist. I’ve broken these into two posts. This one will show what I captured in color photographs, and my post tomorrow will show only black and white. To me, color and black and white tell two completely different stories, and I always like to tell both sides.

Oh, and if you have a suggestion for a camera bag/purse/strap thing, or some other solution I haven’t thought of, leave me a comment, and let me know! And if it makes my camera lighter, even better. Someone needs to work on that.

This is one of my favorite photos. I just love the way the light is hitting that balcony garden.

I shot this one at 1.2 in order to get that extreme blur effect. This was just a tile column in front of a convenience store.

Our hotel…

My other favorite. Our hotel room was on the top floor, and the stairwell looked all the way to the bottom. Yes, I had to hang out over the edge of 10 floors, and it was a little scary. But Ed had my back, and I got this awesome photo!

Here’s to texture. And looking deeper than the surface. And the future invention of the make-my-camera-lighter bag. Cheers!