My first experience of New Orleans was checking out Bourbon Street at night. The party was on, people were everywhere, music was everywhere, and those bright green drinks were everywhere too. It was actually the week before Fat Tuesday so it was much less crowded than it would be in the height of the event.
Since I was expecting crowds and hadn’t been there before, I decided not to take all my camera gear. Instead I took my backup camera, a Canon XSI, and my lensbaby and had some fun with that.
If you are interested in lenbabies, you can look it up to get the details on what it is, but essentially it is a lens that you pull in an out and it curves around sideways giving you interesting blurry effects. I bought mine before we left on our trip, but I have only played with it once before, so I really don’t know what I’m doing with it. It sure is fun to play with though.
I can’t say the experiment was successful since I had a really hard time getting anything at all in focus. There should be a small “sweet spot” somewhere in the frame that is in focus, but most of my frames were entirely blurry. Only a few of my photos turned out, these three are the best of them.
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There was a heavy police presence and the crowd was really well behaved.
I think I just need more practice, but the blurry effect does demonstrate what the night was like! We had a lot of fun seeing the sights and listening to some fantastic music, but I wouldn’t recommend that bright green drink.
We went back down the next day to walk around the city and I made this image of one of the decorated buildings. The night before there were people lining the balcony throwing beads down to people in the crowd.