The French Quarter at Night

Anyone who has heard of New Orleans has heard of the French Quarter. It’s a unique part of town that has a character and feel all it’s own. It’s a part of town that never seems to sleep, unless of course you are there at 4:30 in the morning. That is about the time we arrived, long after and before the crowds that normally fill the street.

 It is also the oldest neighborhood in the city of New Orleans.  Most of the present-day historic buildings were constructed during the late 18th century, during the city’s period of Spanish rule, and reflect Spanish colonial architecture.

The French Quarter is the oldest neighborhood in the city of New Orleans.  Most of the present-day historic buildings were constructed during the late 18th century, during the city's period of Spanish rule, and reflect Spanish colonial architecture. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

Moody Garden’s Sea Horse

I have always enjoyed watching fish and in the past have owned several fish tanks. My first apartment had one wall covered in fish tanks. So when I take a trip to a large aquarium, like the one at Moody Gardens in Galveston, Texas. I get quite a kick out of the different tanks and exhibits. Taking photos of their occupants can be quite a challenge though.

Take this seahorse for example. He is just over an inch tall and moving in a poorly lit tank. I’m probably holding up the crowd (yes, I’m that guy) and trying not to get reflections from the glass. 

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Ft. Pike Overview

On our recent photo trip to New Orleans,  we were fortunate to photograph two 19th century forts. The first was Ft. Pike, named after Brigadier General Zebulon Montgomery Pike, which formerly guarded the Rigolets pass in Louisiana. 

From Wikepedia…

The fort was built in 1818 to guard against British reinvasion of the United States. It came under the control of the Louisiana Continental Guard in 1861, just weeks before Louisiana joined the Confederacy. When Union forces captured New Orleans in 1862, the Confederate forces evacuated Fort Pike. The Union then reestablished control of the installation using it as a base for raids and also for training of United States Colored Troops.

The fort was abandoned in 1890, and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972. Despite having changed hands multiple times in a history spanning at least two major wars, no cannon was ever fired in battle at Fort Pike.

Since it was early Friday morning, we were there before any visitors and we had the entire fort to ourselves, which made for some great shooting wide angle shots. Even then, we still managed to walk into each other’s shots.

New Orleans Skyline Panorama

This is my very first panorama! My friend David Morefield has been encouraging me for some time to try one and I finally did last weekend.

On a photo trip to New Orleans, it took us some time to find a spot on the Mississippi without docks or barges, giving a clear view to the skyline. You may not be able to tell it from this page, but for more detail, click on the image to visit the print site. You can click on that new image for closer previews. I’m encouraged to try more of these on our next photo trip.

On a photo trip to New Orleans, it took us some time to find a spot on the Mississippi without docks or barges, giving a clear view to the skyline. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop

Located in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop was built between 1722 and 1732 and is said to be the oldest structure used as a bar in the United States. It was quiet on this early morning, hours before sunrise. But during the day, it is a great place to gather with friends. 
 

Located in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop was built between 1722 and 1732 and is said to be the oldest structure used as a bar in the United States. It was quiet on this early morning, hours before sunrise. But during the day, it is a great place to gather with friends. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

Washington Artillery Park

Just across Decatur Street from Jackson Square in New Orleans is Washington Artillery Park. This raised concrete area on the river side, is a great spot to photograph the square and the barges and paddle wheelers on the Mississippi.

The cannon mounted in the center and pointing toward the river is a model 1861 Parrot Rifle used in the Civil War. This monument honors the local 141st Field Artillery of the Louisiana National Guard. Late at night is about the only time you can see this view without tourists filling the area.

Just across Decatur Street from Jackson Square in New Orleans is Washington Artillery Park. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

 

Houston from the East Side

In a crowded city, it can be difficult to find a clear vantage point of the skyline from the street level. Skylines are easier to shoot if you are already up one or two stories, so you are over the trees and power lines. But one Saturday night around downtown, we were “hunting” for something interesting to shoot. I saw this viewpoint close to the new BBVA Compass Stadium.
 

This view of downtown Houston is close to the new BBVA Compass Stadium.Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.