Louisiana Swamp Photography

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Swamp in the fog at sunrise
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The depth and richness of photographic subjects found in Louisiana are well beyond what you might just encounter on a day to day basis in the French Quarter. I have to admit it, lately I have been shooting mostly urban scenery myself, but  shooting in the swamps and bayous is something that one must absolutely experience! Here are just a few shots I have taken, thanks to Scott, a Friend photographer . These pictures of course do not do justice, you can’t hear how quite and peaceful this place is, or see the wildlife all around you, in the sky or in the water.  It is simply beautiful and breathtaking to witness nature at its best…

 

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moss hanging off cypress trees in the swamp
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swamp at sunrise after the rain
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St Louis Cathedral Photography

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St Louis Cathedral in the French Quarter
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I think I can honestly say I have closed the chapter on shooting the St. Louis Cathedral in the French Quarter of  New Orleans…LOL,  Just kidding of course!  But these are a few of my best, all taken in a very  cold day before sunrise. They are available as color or black and white fine art prints; by clicking each image you will be taken to my other site nolaPIC.com where you can order prints. Thanks!

 

If you would like to see  all of my available New Orleans Fine Art Photography online, please go to www.nolaPIC.com where you can order photo prints (even framed), and canvas gallery wraps online.

 

St. Louis Cathedral art
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If you would like to see  all of my available New Orleans Fine Art Photography online, please go to www.nolaPIC.com where you can order photo prints (even framed), and canvas gallery wraps online.

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If you would like to see  all of my available New Orleans Fine Art Photography online, please go to www.nolaPIC.com where you can order photo prints (even framed), and canvas gallery wraps online.

What the Fog!

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Pirates Alley Photo
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Just about when I was getting worried and bored with that everyday’s bright light that we have 90% of the time down here in New Orleans, (this year we didn’t have much fog, cold or rain)…Here comes a killer week, full of thick fog followed by a very cold short rainy spell with that mist that’s just perfect for shooting around the French Quarter. Yay! I kept on going and got some killer photographs in New Orleans and in the swamps! I will post the images taken in the swamps on my next post…

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Pirates Halley New Orleans Fine Art Photography
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Pirates Alley
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The Cutting Season and The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow book covers. Two Novels Published by HarperCollins Publishers

 

Fog Live Oaks Lousiana New Orleans
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I ‘am excited to announce that this (killer) shot of mine is being used on the cover  of the novel “The Cutting Season” by Attica Locke! Above is my picture which is available as a fine art photo or canvas by clicking on it you will be taken to my other website http://www.nolaPIC.com (scroll down to see the other book cover of the second book published by HarperCollins “The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow”.

 To purchase the book “The Cutting season” by Attica Locke, please click on the thumbnail to the left and you will be taken on Amazon. The novel is available as a hardcover book or in kindle format (digital).

“Release Date: September 18, 2012 – HarperCollins

In Black Water Rising, Attica Locke delivered one of the most stunning and sure-handed fiction debuts in recent memory, garnering effusive critical praise, several award nominations, and passionate reader response. Now Locke returns with The Cutting Season, a riveting thriller that intertwines two murders separated across more than a century.

Caren Gray manages Belle Vie, a sprawling antebellum plantation that sits between Baton Rouge and New Orleans, where the past and the present coexist uneasily. The estate’s owners have turned the place into an eerie tourist attraction, complete with full-dress re-enactments and carefully restored slave quarters. Outside the gates, a corporation with ambitious plans has been busy snapping up land from struggling families who have been growing sugar cane for generations, and now replacing local employees with illegal laborers. Tensions mount when the body of a female migrant worker is found in a shallow grave on the edge of the property, her throat cut clean.

As the investigation gets under way, the list of suspects grows. But when fresh evidence comes to light and the sheriff’s department zeros in on a person of interest, Caren has a bad feeling that the police are chasing the wrong leads. Putting herself at risk, she ventures into dangerous territory as she unearths startling new facts about a very old mystery—the long-ago disappearance of a former slave—that has unsettling ties to the current murder. In pursuit of the truth about Belle Vie’s history and her own, Caren discovers secrets about both cases—ones that an increasingly desperate killer will stop at nothing to keep buried.

Taut, hauntingly resonant, and beautifully written, The Cutting Season is at once a thoughtful meditation on how America reckons its past with its future, and a high-octane page-turner that unfolds with tremendous skill and vision. With her rare gift for depicting human nature in all its complexities, Attica Locke demonstrates once again that she is “destined for literary stardom” (Dallas Morning News).

 

fine art photography new orleans
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This above is another image of mine ( taken on Esplanade Avenue in New Orleans )  which I have recently licensed to HarperCollins Publishers for the book cover  of the novel by Rita Leganski ” The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow” –  A lyrical debut novel set in historic New Orleans that follows a mute boy whose special gift reveals family secrets and forgotten voodoo lore. Available on Amazon as a Paperback or kindle edition on February 26, 2013. The novel is available for Pre-orders now. To purchase the photo as a fine art print, please click it  and you will be taken to my other website http://www/nolaPIC.com

A magical debut novel from Rita Leganski, The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow”  is the tale of a mute boy whose gift of wondrous hearing reveals family secrets and forgotten voodoo lore, and exposes a murder that threatens the souls of those who love him.

Bonaventure Arrow didn’t make a peep when he was born, and the doctor nearly took him for dead. But he was listening, placing sound inside quiet and gaining his bearings. By the time he turns five, he can hear flowers grow, a thousand shades of blue, and the miniature tempests that rage inside raindrops. He also hears the voice of his dead father, William Arrow, mysteriously murdered by a man known only as the Wanderer.

Exploring family relics, he opens doors to the past and finds the key to a web of secrets that both hold his family together, and threaten to tear them apart.

Set against the backdrop of 1950s New Orleans, The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow is a magical story about the lost art of listening and a wondrous little boy who brings healing to the souls of all who love him.

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French Quarter Prints Available at the French Quarter

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If you are shopping  for some of the best photos of the French Quarter in New Orleans, you must see these photos!  It sounds like  paid advertisement I know, but trust me, you are going to love them as well! These are some of my  best photos of  the French Quarter taken in the past 2 years and they are available at  Royal Gallery in New Orleans.

The photographs are signed by Alfonso “Pompo” Bresciani and printed on 12″x18″ paper with a white border, for handling and matting. Since I just brought them there they may not even be framed and/or shown at all yet,  so you gonna have to ask for them if you go right away

The Gallery  is located in the French Quarter of New Orleans, on Toulouse next to Royal Street.

Royal Gallery
621 Toulouse  St.,
New Orleans LA 70130
Phone: 504-524-2463

Click the link for a Google map to see the gallery location: http://tinyurl.com/bomyumf

Other canvas Gallery Wraps of my photo works  (Giclees) are available at Royal Gallery  as well.

If you would like to see  all of my available New Orleans Fine Art Photography online, please go to www.nolaPIC.com where you can order photo prints (even framed), and canvas gallery wraps online.

 

 

 

 

 

2012 Satchmo Summerfest and Treme Jazz Mass

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I’m not gonna shoot this again next year, yeah, this is it. That’s what I say every time!

As we get closer to the Annual Satchmo Summerfest the excitement starts to build  up day by day. I start thinking of how unique this is and how can I even think of missing the Jazz Mass, the Treme Brass Band, Yoshio Toyama (known as the Japanase  Satchmo) and their live jazz performance at the super packed St. Augustine Church? It’s in the heart of  Treme, the birthplace of jazz, It’s a fantastic and “only in New Orleans” experience, there is even a second line from the St. Augustine Church to the Mint where the music festival actually go on…How can I miss it!?!? I guess I’ll just once again and ‘ll take one more shot..:)

 

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Al “Carnival Time” Johnson during the 2012 Satchmo Summerfest Parade in New Orleans

 

 

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Pictures of Jazz Black and White New Orleans Lionel Ferbos
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Lionel Ferbos black and white photo
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Mardi Gras Photography

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I have finally found the time to go  through and edit all the 2012 Mardi Gras pictures I have shot in New Orleans! Please see some of the best photos below and do not forget that in order to purchase fine art prints you should go to my other photography website http://www.nolaPIC.com or you can click on each image shown here to be taken directly there.

Mardi Gras photography new orleans
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Crew of Rex on Mardi Gras day rolling on Canal Street in New Orleans

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Krewe of Pontchartrain on Canal Street

mardi gras beads tree photo print
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 Along parade routes these type of trees are frequently spotted right after Mardi Gras. This is a unique one indeed!

 

 

prints of bourbon st new orleans
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You need to see this at least once in a lifetime. Then get out of there and go somewhere
else, like on Frenchmen Street where a lot of the locals hangs out.

 

 

mardi gras photography print bourbon street
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 Mardi Gras on Bourbon Street right by the Royal Sonesta

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 Bourbon Street on Mardi Gras day in New Orleans

Pre-Order Canon EOS 5D Mark III

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UPDATE!  March 22, 2012 is the date in both Canada and the United States! Cameras will arrive before that date to retailers, but cannot be sold until then. Pre-Order yours now! Yay!

Finally the overly awaited upgrade to the awesome Canon 5D Mark II have been announced and available for pre order on Amazon! Mine is already on its way of course! 🙂 I cant wait to have a pro AF in a full frame body that can realistically shoot in low light even at iso 25600!!! You can actually,  shoot at  even higher ISO with decent results but the the noise stars to kick in if you don’t nail the exposure. There are a lot of great improvements also on the video side; here are the specs below.

 

Click to Pre-Order the Canon EOS 5D Mark III on Amazon!

Click to Pre-Order the Canon EOS 5D Mark III on Amazon!

 

Newly designed 22.3 Megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor, 14-bit A/D conversion, wide range ISO setting 100-25600 (L:50, H1: 51200, H2: 102400) for shooting from bright to dim light and next generation DIGIC 5+ Image Processor for enhanced noise reduction and exceptional processing speed.

New 61-Point High Density Reticular AF including up to 41 cross-type AF points with f/4.0 lens support and 5 dual diagonal AF points (sensitive to f/2.8).

iFCL Metering with 63 zone dual-layer metering sensor that utilizes AF and color information for optimizing exposure and image quality.

EOS HD Video with manual exposure control and multiple frame rates (1080: 30p (29.97) / 24p (23.976) / 25p, 720: 60p (59.94) / 50p, 480: 60p (59.94) / 50p) with 4 GB automatic file partitioning (continuous recording time 29 minutes 59 seconds), selectable “All i-frame” or IPB compressions, embedded timecode, manual audio level control while recording, and headphone terminal.

3.2-inch Clear View II LCD monitor, 170° viewing angle, 1,040,000-dot VGA, reflection; magnesium-alloy body with shutter durability tested up to 150,000 cycles, enhanced dust-and-weather resistance, and updated EOS Integrated Cleaning system for improved vibration-based dust removal.

 

The Power to Create

Canon is proud to present the highly anticipated EOS 5D Mark III. With supercharged EOS performance and stunning full frame, Canon EOS 5D Mark III at Amazon.comhigh-resolution image capture, the EOS 5D Mark III is designed to perform. Special optical technologies like the 61-Point High Density Reticular AF and an extended ISO range of 100–25600 (expandable to 50 (L), 51200 (H1) and 102400 (H2) make the EOS 5D Mark III ideal for shooting weddings in the studio or out in the field, and great for still photography. Advanced professional-level high definition video capabilities (that includes a host of industry-standard recording protocols and enhanced performance) make it possible to capture beautiful cinematic movies in EOS HD quality. A newly designed 22.3 Megapixel full-frame Canon CMOS sensor, Canon DIGIC 5+ Image Processor, and shooting performance up to 6.0 fps provide exceptional clarity and sharpness, even when capturing rapidly-unfolding scenes. Additional technological advancements include an Intelligent Viewfinder, Canon’s advanced iFCL metering system, High Dynamic Range (HDR), and Multiple Exposure mode—all of which that help make the EOS 5D Mark III the perfect multimedia tool.

Brilliant Sensor, Supercharged Processors

22.3 Megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor

The EOS 5D Mark III features a newly developed Canon full-frame 22.3 Megapixel CMOS sensor that’s designed Canon EOS 5D Mark III 22.3 CMOS at Amazon.comfrom the ground up to create high resolution, perfectly detailed images with unprecedented speed and clarity. A full 24 x 36mm, the sensor captures 5784 x 3861 large individual 6.25 µm pixels and has a much-improved S/N ratio resulting in better images from the start. A new photodiode structure with an increased photoelectric conversion rate increases the sensor’s sensitivity by approximately 2 stops over previous models, meaning higher ISOs with the lowest noise of any EOS digital camera. And a 2-line 8-channel simultaneous signal readout means speeds of up to 6.0 fps (RAW + JPEG) are possible!

14-bit A/D conversion, wide range ISO setting 100–25600 (L: 50, H1: 51200, H2: 102400)

The EOS 5D Mark III not only offers 14-bit signal processing for excellent image gradation, it delivers higher standard and expanded ISOs, and a score of new options to enhance shooting in varied and fast-changing lighting situations. With a standard range of ISO 100–25600, the EOS 5D Mark III represents a 2-stop increase in sensitivity over previous cameras. Thanks to the improved signal-to-noise ratio of the new sensor and powerful noise reduction, the EOS 5D Mark III can shoot at expanded sensitivities down to ISO 50 (L) and up to 51200 (H1), and even 102400 (H2)! Beyond the obvious advantages of its wide ISO range, the EOS 5D Mark III has automatic ISO settings, found on the dedicated ISO menu. Minimum and maximum ISO settings can be specified, as can a user-defined range, plus full auto and manual.

DIGIC 5+ Image Processor for enhanced noise reduction and blazing processing speed

For a whole new level of performance, the EOS 5D Mark III uses a DIGIC 5+ Image Processor. Working with two 4-channel A/D converter front-end processing circuits, and delivering speeds of up to 6.0 fps (RAW + JPEG), and the DIGIC 5+ Image Processor improves data processing performance and features new algorithms that promote greater noise reduction at higher ISOs. In addition to conventional image processing functions the DIGIC 5+ Image Processor offers real-time compensation for chromatic aberration in both still and motion images. With the power of this processor, speed improvements are noticeable from the instant the camera is turned on and the stunning results speak for themselves.

Canon’s Most Sophisticated AF, Period

All new 61-Point High Density Reticular AFCanon EOS 5D Mark III at Amazon.com

The newly designed 61-Point High Density Reticular AF features an Offset Array Sensor (with staggering AF point arrangement) to deliver greater accuracy, no matter the situation. It offers multi-zone wide-area AF for better tracking, has 5 central dual cross-type points (f/2.8 diagonal), 21 central cross-type points (f/5.6 horizontal & vertical) and 20 outer cross-type points (f/4.0 horizontal), and is sensitive in extremely low-light situations (EV-2 for a central point with a f/2.8 lens).

The EOS 5D Mark III has a dedicated AF menu tab, so AF can be controlled without having to go through custom function menus. It also has 6 AF point selection methods (Spot, Single Point, Single + Adjacent 4 Points, Single + Adjacent 8 Points, Zone Selection, and Automatic AF Point Selection), plus a dedicated AF configuration tool for control of AI Servo AF III tracking parameters (tracking sensitivity, acceleration/deceleration tracking, and AF point auto switching).

Intelligent Metering, Fast

iFCL Metering with 63-zone dual-layering metering sensor

The EOS 5D Mark III features Canon’s multi-layer 63-zone iFCL (intelligent Focus Color Luminance) Metering System that integrates the cameras AF system into its readings. By taking into account the color and luminosity surrounding the chosen AF point(s), this new system delivers an entirely new level of accuracy, especially in situations where the light changes quickly. The metering sensor enables evaluative, center weighted, partial and spot metering, plus offers 5-step exposure compensation for perfectly exposed images, every time.

Brilliant HD Recording on Demand

EOS HD Video with manual exposure control, multiple frame rates and selectable All i-frame or IPB compression

Addressing the requests of the pros and building on the unprecedented success of its namesake, the EOS 5D Mark III captures HD video with a level of sophistication on par with professional movie cameras offering phenomenal performance on a DSLR. It offers both All-I and IPB compression, supports H.264/MPEG-4 AVC High Profile, and automatically splits files greater than 4GB (FAT specifications) for extended recording without interruption. It offers the option of timecoding during recording only (Rec Run) or at all times (Free Run), useful for multi-camera shoots. It also features improved sound recording adjustment capabilities, offering 64-step volume control accessible through the Quick Control screen during video shooting, plus a dedicated headphone jack for convenience in shooting. The CMOS sensor’s new drive system significantly increases image processor performance, reducing color artifacts and moire (a common problem that occurs in scenes with horizontal lines), and ensures that the EOS 5D Mark III can record at a number of frame rates up to ISO 25600 in H mode.

 

 

Will Ferrell King of Bacchus 2012

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Mardi Gras is a very big deal in New Orleans; as everything else that celebrates the joy of living, we take it very seriously down here.  The king cakes, the beads, the Mardi Gras Indians, the boobs and drunks on Bourbon St. the parades with their floats come and go with different flavors and colors, year after year with, same route, same days, same Krewes,they are wonderful, yet quite the same each year. There is one thing locals and tourists alike wont forget too soon which draws much anticipation and media attention is the King of Bacchus! Well as you may have heard by now, the 2012 King of Bacchus was Mr. Will Ferrell !

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Pre-Order Nikon D800 and Nikon D800E

 

 

Finally the new Nikon D800E 36 MP Digital camera has been officially announced from Nikon Japan and available for pre order on Amazon! The amazing thing Nikon is that they are releasing lots of killer features from top pro bodies in this very affordable camera. Canon what ya got cooking now? Hope something good!

 

 

Finally the new Nikon D800E 36 MP Digital camera has been officially announced from Nikon Japan and available for pre order on Amazon! The new Nikon D800e has a 36.3 MP cmos sensor and deliver around 108 mb files

 This is the link to the Nikon D800 (not the Nikon D800E, they are the same, one doesn’t have the AA filter which can render images a bit sharper but also can cause some moire).

Nikon’s latest DSLR boasts core technology borrowed from the top-end D4, married with a 36.3MP CMOS sensor that comfortably eclipses the rest of the DSLR market in resolution terms. As well as first impressions of handling and operation, and an in-depth look at the D800’s specifications we’ve also dived a little deeper into the D800E, the D800’s sister model, which lacks an anti-aliasing filter.

  • Extreme resolution 36.3-megapixel FX-format (35.9 x 24.0mm) CMOS sensor
  • Full 1080p HD broadcast quality video and minimized rolling shutter
  • View simultaneous Live View output on external monitors and record uncompressed video via HDMI terminal
  • Multi-Area Full HD D-Movie Video Recording Mode
  • Comprehensive high fidelity audio recording and playback control

 

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