As I mentioned in my last post, there is no carnival this year in the Big Easy. The parades have been replaced with homes decorated in a similar manner to the floats that use to pass by.
A couple nights ago, on a night in the carnival season that one of the largest Krewes would be parading through the streets, everything was quiet. There were families and couples and groups of friends visiting the homes along St. Charles Avenue that had Yardi Gras displays, but it just wasn’t the same. Something wasn’t right…but in its own way, it was beautiful!
With the decision to cancel Mardi Gras this year, the resilient population of New Orleans came up with the idea of Yardi Gras! Since floats will not be parading down St. Charles this year, the idea was to decorate homes throughout the city. They have utilized Mardi Gras artists and materials from past carnival seasons/floats to recreate the spirit of Mardi Gras. Here is a link to a great video talking about 2021’s Mardi Gras and some history of the carnival season/traditions: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xsxbNlCT8YA
While walking along St. Charles to a local bakery for a baguette, I captured some of the decorations. There are houses decorated all around the city, these are but a few I passed on our walk this morning.
While in New Orleans last month, I walked around downtown and primarily photographed the Hancock Whitney Building, formerly known as One Shell Square.
The first post was focused primarily on the building itself. This post/these images are of the building in context of the surroundings.
This past week I took advantage of the nice weather and sunshine to shoot some images while trying to get me daily 10,000 steps. Since it was sunny out, I used my LifePixel infrared converted camera, a Sony a6000.
These first two shots were taken around my home here in Green Hills using my Lensbaby Trio28 lens.
During another early evening walk, this time with my wife at the Bells Bend Greenway, I used my Sony 16-35 lens on the a6000.
I know infrared, especially color infrared, is not to everyone’s liking. Let me know your thoughts!
I previously posted about my image being featured around Nashville thanks to Artpop Street Gallery. Well, they have done it again, and again, and again, and…well you get the point! My image is now up on 3 billboards owned by Blackbird Media including their iconic “The Nashville Sign”. Outfront Media has also generously donated space on 5 of their electronic billboards around Nashville!
Thank you to Wendy Hickey of ArtPopStreet and the fabulous companies of Blackbird Media and Outfront Media for bring some art to our city when it definitely could use some!
Yesterday I visited family at their new home they purchased. Yes, homes are being bought during the global pandemic.
While the others were eating some lunch, I did a little exploring in the woods behind the home with my infrared converted camera, Sony a6000, and a Lensbaby Trio28 lens. The canopy was thick enough that the light at ground level was pretty flat and boring, especially with the infrared camera. So, I turned my lens upward, towards the tree tops and the small breaks in the cover.
Here are a few of my favorites…
Ted Forbes from the Art of Photography youtube channel is once again doing Photo Assignments given we have a lot more time at home to improve our skills. His first assignmentis about available light and trying to re-create/mimic a still life photo as created by Josef Sudek.
I took advantage of the the free time this morning to try creating my image. I chose this image of Sudek’s as my inspiration:
I really liked the refraction of the light from the bevels on the glass and how it impacted the look of the eggs in the background. I was missing a few things to re-create this image…namely the glass! And seltzer or mineral water to get the bubbles or a brown egg. But I had a glass, water,eggs, and some available window light. I started with one glass type…but it didn’t look right.
Then I tried a different one that was taller and had horizontal bevels. The glass was taller and to get some impact from the water and refraction, I decided to add eggs into the glass as opposed to just behind.
I wasn’t getting the kind of light i wanted, so I moved things to the other window nearby and closer to it. I was still getting some edge light from the original window and i liked that. I even changed the angle of the blinds to modify the light.
Lastly, I raised the blinds and got a slightly different look…the light was a broader, less focused.
Clearly the intention of Sudek is more visible in his image and I was working with what I had available. I did like how it turned out though!
I then grabbed a couple flowers and went up to my office and a different window to make some additional still life images. With these I edited the final product and included some textures/overlays. Let me know what you think!
Happy to announce that 3 of my recent fine art portrait images is included in an online exhibition. Photographer Mike McDougall reached out to artists in the middle Tennessee area on Facebook asking for submissions for an exhibit “with the intent of giving you a break from current events; an escape from reality.” He has curated an exhibit of 30 artists from many different disciplines. Check out the exhibit at the link below…