The French Quarter in New Orleans in the Rain

While walking in the rain in the French Quarter of New Orleans may not be the ideal situation, it does make for some nice views. Read all about it at Burnsland!

While walking in the rain in the French Quarter of New Orleans may not be the ideal situation, it does make for some nice views. Wet streets and cool clouds are pretty interesting sometimes.

You have probably already read about our rainy visit to the French Quarter in New Orleans in an earlier photo post or in the New Orleans portion of the 2016 Cruise to Mexico Trip Report. If you haven’t read those yet, you might as well go ahead and read them now, because there isn’t much more to say about it besides what I have already said. But there are still lot of photos to share!

Even though it was raining, I was still taking several photos. It was our chance to see the French Quarter after all, and things look pretty interesting in the rain with how the light reflects off the surface of the street and everything else. My camera isn’t waterproof, so I didn’t take quite as many photos as I would have otherwise, but I did pull it out whenever I could if the rain wasn’t coming down too hard, or if we caught a break in between rain showers such as in the moment pictured here.

I really liked this view of looking down the street, because in between the old French Quarter buildings you can see some very modern buildings way off in the distance. It is a nice contrast between old and new. The fog and mist from the rain makes those buildings in the distance look pretty cool, too, almost like something out of a movie and providing another contrast between colorful old buildings and gray new buildings.

The people here make this photo interesting, too. Not that any of them are doing anything unusual or anything. They were just out for a walk like we were. But it is interesting to take a closer look at them in the larger version of the photo, and they add a bit of life to what would otherwise just be a photo of some buildings.

Just a little slice of life from our rainy visit to New Orleans.

So follow the way of good people, and keep to the paths of the righteous. - Proverbs 2:20

About the Photo

For this photo, I used another unconventional crop. Not that unconventional is bad in any way, but I haven’t had many photos cropped like this. However, in the original version, there was quite a bit of boring pavement in the foreground, and it distracted quite a bit from the rest of the photo, so I took it out, making the composition appear to be much tighter. That is one of the few problems of a fisheye lens - you sometimes get a whole lot more in the frame than what you really want. Fortunately, cropping is easy, and especially if you are just displaying the photo online you aren’t limited to any particular ratio at all.

Here is a before-and-after look at this photo:

New Orleans in the Rain before and after processing

Photo: A single Raw exposure, processed in Photoshop. Read more about photography tips, photo software, camera gear, and more at Steve’s Photography Tips.
Camera: Olympus OM-D E-M10
Lens: Rokinon 7.5mm f/3.5 Fisheye Lens
Date: July 22, 2016
Location: French Quarter, New Orleans, Louisiana

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