Bourbon Street - Ray Devlin

It’s often the images that you take on whim, perhaps after getting the specific image you came out for, that end up being some of your bigger successes. Late 2011, I went to the New Orleans French Quarter to get some star trail long exposures above Jackson Square. I got the images I wanted, but decided to take a detour on the way back to the car and see if there was anything I could get on Bourbon StreetI set my tripod up at one of the barricades at a four-way intersection, and pointed it towards the carnage that typically unfolds near the more popular tourist bars. I had to deal with a bunch of inebriated tourists wanting to take a peak through my viewfinder, and had to fend them off as best as I could without incurring their easily awoken drunken wrath.

The resulting image is one of my more successful images; and I think it’s the colours in the sky and the compressed nature of a busy street scene that make it so. This image was actually cropped quite significantly from the original. I shot it with a Nikon D300 DSLR and Nikor 17-55 mm f/2.8 zoom lens, using a 55 mm focal length and at f/10. This was also a bracketed shot, with images processed to HDR in Photomatix, the base image having a 2 second exposure. Ghosting effects were difficult to control here, even in Photomatix, but I think that it actually adds something to the chaotic nature of the scene.

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New Orleans, November 2011.