Picture This!
Regards To New Orleans

This month's Picture This! assignment is "Regards to New Orleans," and readers responded with images that show why we should all continue to keep the pressure on to rebuild this most unique of American cities. Think how the home countries would respond should Venice, Paris, or any of the great cities of the world be subject to the tragedy that is New Orleans. As Americans, we should do nothing less for this beloved place. For everyone who has visited the Big Easy, or for whom New Orleans remains unvisited but is a state of mind, this essential part of the American experience should stay at the top of our agenda. Perhaps when we think about nation building in the future we should be taking care of home first..

French Quarter Ghost

Anyone who's taken the "Haunted New Orleans" tours can relate to this shot, made by Cynthia Fleury in May, 2005. She worked with a Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT with an exposure of f/5 at 1/2 sec.
© 2006, Cynthia Fleury, All Rights Reserved

Voodoo Shop Window

Ron Gershman's photo of a store window evokes all the color and myth that resides in the Quarter. He photographed on Fujicolor Reala 100 with a Canon EOS-1V and a Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 L lens.
© 2006, Ron Gershman, All Rights Reserved

Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop

We received quite a few images in black and white, which speaks to the timelessness of the scenes one can come upon in New Orleans. This photo was made by Bill Vaughn on Ilford HP5 film and printed on an Epson 2200 with MIS UltraTone 7 ink.
© 2006, Bill Vaughn, All Rights Reserved

A Taste Of New Orleans

You can't think New Orleans without thinking food, and especially hot 'n spicy food at that. Randall Conway captured this assortment of the shelves in the French Market with a Minolta X-370 on Konica ISO 50 print film.
© 2006, Randall Conway, All Rights Reserved


Jim Mitchell caught this gumbo of cultural artifacts on a balcony with his Nikon D2H and Nikkor 28-105mm lens. Exposure was f/11 at 1/30 sec.
© 2006, Jim Mitchell, All Rights Reserved

Cajun Accordion

Wendy Kaveney wrote, "Nothing says New Orleans like the music!" The accordion with the crayfish was photographed with a Canon EOS-1D with a Canon 75-300mm IS lens. Exposure was f/16 at 1/80 sec.
© 2006, Wendy Kaveney, All Rights Reserved

Mardi Gras

The street festival of all street festivals was captured by John B. Shanahan with his Nikon D100 with an exposure of f/3.2 at 1/40 sec.
© 2006, John B. Shanahan, All Rights Reserved

Signs Of Life

Thomas Meeks wrote, "While strolling down Bourbon St., I decided to make a photographic survey of the numerous interesting signs. Since I had left my Canon EOS 10D back at our hotel, I borrowed my wife's Canon PowerShot S400 for these handheld shots." His meandering paid off with this amazing collage submitted to us on one sheet of letter-size paper.
© 2006, Thomas Meeks, All Rights Reserved

Riverfront Streetcar

Gordon Wheeler used a slow shutter speed to add energy and motion to this classic streetcar that runs along the riverside. He worked with a Canon EOS Digital Rebel with a Canon 18-55mm lens at the widest focal length setting and an exposure of f/3.5 at 1/5 sec.
© 2006, Gordon Wheeler, All Rights Reserved

Jackson Square

We received many great shots of Jackson Square, but this one by Robin Rains seemed to capture the sultry sky and mood of the place. Rains worked with a Nikon D70 and a Nikkor 28-70mm f/2.8 lens with an exposure of f/7.1 at 1/320 sec.
© 2006, Robin Rains, All Rights Reserved