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Best photo spots in New Orleans?

 
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Jan 07, 2012 02:04 |  #1

I will be heading to New Orleans for the first time later this year for a conference. I'll be staying near the convention center, which looks to be within walking distance of the French Quarter. Other than just walking around, are there any photo opportunites in that area that I really shouldn't miss?

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Jan 07, 2012 06:38 |  #2

Jackson Square & St Louis Cathedral are nice. If you can get to City Park, the sculpture garden and museum are worthy. I always go to the Garden District for beautiful old homes. The St Charles trolley is a good way to get there.


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Jan 07, 2012 09:57 as a reply to  @ sparker1's post |  #3

I love the French Quarter just after dawn as the shadows of the iron railings produce patterns and when the streets are empty except for delivery persons, people sweeping the front of their shops and, of course, the occasional all-night revelers returning to their beds...

It is a French Quarter that few tourists know.


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Jan 07, 2012 15:47 |  #4

Thanks for the tips! I'll be sure to check out Jackson Square and try to make it up to the Garden District and maybe the City Park.

I'm not much of an early riser, but I might have to wake up early one morning to capture the best light.

I was curious whether to take my 70-200 with. I suppose there might be some wildlife in the park, but is it worth carrying it the rest of the time? Or should I just stick with the 17-55 and/or 50mm?

Is there a good place up high where I can grab elevated shots of the area? Or is it mostly street-level?


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Jan 08, 2012 15:54 |  #5

There is a bridge to give you a full skyline view. Just outside Jackson Square is a slightly elevated area by the train tracks. The 70-200 may be good for the park, if you are into birds, otherwise use the WA. If you want animals, the Audubon Zoo is near the Garden District.


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Jan 08, 2012 15:56 as a reply to  @ sparker1's post |  #6

Get down to the quarter. Lotsa great stuff to shoot down there from people to architecture and everything in-between....




  
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Jan 08, 2012 16:04 |  #7

No visit to nawlins is complete without a visit to the local cemeteries like the St. Louis Cemetery.




  
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Jan 08, 2012 17:40 |  #8

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No visit to nawlins is complete without a visit to the local cemeteries like the St. Louis Cemetery.

Yes.....:D\
Todd, was that where the famous cemetery scene from Easy Rider was filmed?




  
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Jan 08, 2012 17:41 |  #9

Allen, yep, that would be the place!




  
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Jan 08, 2012 17:45 |  #10

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Allen, yep, that would be the place!

I was in the big easy a couple years ago and just didn't have the time to get there. Stayed at an awesome B&B in uptown and we spent some time out in cajun country too. Great area to photograph. I tend to stay away from the normal tourist places and get out and explore old 2 lane highways and try and find things to photograph that many would pass by.




  
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Jan 08, 2012 23:21 |  #11

Great, thanks again for the tips everyone...


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Jan 10, 2012 17:53 as a reply to  @ mikepj's post |  #12

One more question. In the places mentioned above, and while just walking around in the French Quarter: tripod, monopod, or neither? I'm sure it could improve my shots, especially in the evening, but I wouldn't want to attract too much attention.


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Jan 10, 2012 22:05 |  #13

Tripod is no big deal at all.... maybe on Bourbon street when it's busy, but otherwise not an issue.




  
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Jan 13, 2012 16:50 |  #14

Harrahs Casino is right on the "muddy" Missippippi River, lots of neat shots




  
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Feb 05, 2012 16:41 |  #15

PolishPrince49 wrote in post #13700054 (external link)
Harrahs Casino is right on the "muddy" Missippippi River, lots of neat shots

Yea, Harrah's is a nice shot at night. Everybody gave some great suggestions. The French Quarter, City Park in the evening, Canal St at night, Along the Riverwalk, The Garden District area if you catch the streetcar on St. Charles, etc.

I would also suggest catching the Algiers Ferry to get some stunning photos of the N.O. skyline. You can go to Audubon Zoo and the Aquarium. Don't forget about the Superdome at night. The new lights they've put on the dome is a site to see.

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Edit: Oh yea, one more suggestion. Not so much where to go, but WHAT to shoot. You're going to New Orleans so keep in mind the culture around you. When you go to Cafe Du Monde and Jackson Square, shoot the jazz artists. When you go to a nice restaurant, take some pics of the cuisine. New Orleans is renowned for its food, so you might want to take a pic of that awesome beignet dish you had or the char-broiled oysters :)

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