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 Street. I 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.