Thursday, February 28, 2008
Driving down St. Charles Avenue and gawking at all the old mansion is a favorite pastime of mine. Many of those mansion make this one look petite.
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Some are normal. Some jump out at you and have a communal life to them -- everybody uses them because they are just so obvious. This has to be one of the latter -- the house is so bright and with out of the ordinary colors it begs to be mentioned in giving directions as in "once you get on Elysian Fields Avenue, go four blocks pass the bright house and turn left."
Of course, the person you are giving directions to will say "What bright house?" To which you will reply "you'll know what I mean when you see it."
Then you will tilt you eyes up a little and to the left and say under your breath "Only in New Orleans..... ONLY in New Orleans.
Monday, February 25, 2008
There is no doubt that a marketing industry has built up around the superstitions, healing charms and spells of the religion -- such as this site.
If your curious, I might suggest this article from Wikipedia -- which is usually a pretty reliable source since it is peer reviewed.
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Saturday, February 23, 2008
We can't wait to hear chirping sounds -- it may be soon.
-- steve buser
Friday, February 22, 2008
Then one day recently, I was looking down as I walked along with my camera and realized, I had never shot a ..... how do you say this ... earthy shot. The interesting pattern on this grate serving as a tree planter just jumped out at me.
So if you see me walking down the street nodding up and down, I am nod agreeing with anything -- just trying to balance a new found passion with an old one.
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Monday, February 18, 2008
I guess we'll have a bunch of little ones chirping not to far off.
Oh, yes, I almost forgot. NewOrleansDailyPhoto.com is 300 today -- this is the 300th post. Seems amazing to me that I could find that many photos in just 300 days. Thanks to all for your kind comments and support.
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Just for argument's sake, the picture below is the same but run through FX-Foundry's Pastel Sketch filter. Which do you like better? ( you have to click on each and look at them full size to get the full flavor.)
Friday, February 15, 2008
If you can make the weekend here, check out all the activites at the web site
Thursday, February 14, 2008
If you interested in what I did: The photo was a broad daylight shot, or at least late afternoon. The reflection on the water darkened the sail on the sailboat so I pulled it up in Gimp and used the scissor to select just the sail -- I like that tool because of it automatic form fitting alogrithm means I have to click on fewer points.
Next I used the "Color| Curves" tool to lighten up the sail. Next I used the "Select | Invert" tool so that now I had all but the sail selected. I used the "Color| Desaturate" to take the color out of the the rest of the picture.
Then I selected the sky using the "Scissor" and then used "Filter| Render| Clouds| Plasma" to put a brightly colored sky in the scene. Then I used "Color|Desaturate" to take out all that color but leave the cloud-like effect.
Next came the "Color| Colorize" tool to change the sky to a blue hue and darken it down. It looked great now, but the reflection on the water looked out of place with out a moon. So I used the Airbrush tool with a fuzzy circle brush and a low opacity setting ( so I could make several passes and paint the moon in). I also changed the setting of the brush from "normal" to "overlay"
I went to town painting the moon using several different sizes of the brush first a large bright area, then a real bright center. Then using a very large brush I took quick passes around the moon to better blend it in. When I had what I wanted the moon still did not seem to blend it to well -- too much of a contrast difference. So I got a royal-bluish color on my brush and made a few passes -- I liked that so much I made some random passes around the sky with it --it added a better texture to the clouds.
While I had the brush like that I made a few passes over the water to add some blue.
Voila -- sundown sailing
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Be sure to catch all the extras in there. On the left is boiled potatoes -- great just like that, or save them for the next day for hash browns or potato salad. On the right, you see the little piece of white -- that's an onion, grab it fast.
The green on the right and other places is celery --oh, like you have never tasted celery before. There are pieces of garlic and lemon in there but you can't make them out.
Okay, now that you have read all that, things have cooled down just a bit, everybody gather, round and dig in... that is, start pinching tails.
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Monday, February 11, 2008
Second, there were more creative costumes than in any of the human marching parades. But clearly, costumed or not, the dogs were the main feature. They came in all sizes and shapes --Greyhounds to Pekinese and everything in between. The parade drew more than a couple thousand spectators -- much larger than I would have thought. We had to park and walk several blocks to get to the event.
This guy in the picture was my favorite -- he just look so happy to have his 2,000 closest friends around.
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Saturday, February 9, 2008
This is from the Toth parade this past Mardi Gras. By the way, notice the rose in the pocket of the young lady. You have to toggle down a couple post to get the story on that.
Friday, February 8, 2008
Thursday, February 7, 2008
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
Napoleon is a great spot to catch a parade because of the wide lanes and the extra wide neutral ground (median).
-- steve buser
Monday, February 4, 2008
Actually, the camera is playing with the scale here. The girl is sitting on someone's shoulders and the parade float is approaching from a good ways away. But the juxtaposition and compressed depth of field make you feel like you're in a "B" scary movie.
The scene is from Endymion parade on North Carrollton Ave. this past Saturday in New Orleans, on the lead up to the big Mardi Gras Day tomorrow.
"Look out. Turn around."
Saturday, February 2, 2008
Better late than never -- New Orleans, jazz, exciting food, art, festivals.... but probably more than anything New Orleas is known for the Mardi Gras. This from the Krewe of Endymion last night at they toss throws throughout Mid City. It was a show to remember. We were near Carrollton and Bienville streets.
-- steve buser
Here's the other's who participated in Theme day -- when you click on their pages, you'll have to page down a little to see their theme day photo and see what their city is known for.
Portland (OR), USA - Menton, France - Monte Carlo, Monaco - Memphis (Tennessee), USA - Manila, Philippines - San Diego (CA), USA - Anderson (SC), USA - New York City (NY), USA - San Diego (CA), USA - Mexico City, Mexico - San Francisco (CA), USA - Mumbai (Maharashtra), India - Mainz, Germany - Weston (FL), USA - Minneapolis (MN), USA - Turin, Italy - Las Vegas (NV), USA - Hobart (Tasmania), Australia - Bicheno, Australia - Durban, South Africa - Joplin (MO), USA - Nashville (TN), USA - Stockholm, Sweden - Kyoto, Japan - Tokyo, Japan - Brussels, Belgium - Chicago (IL), USA - Montpellier, France - Seattle (WA), USA - Mazatlan, Mexico - Saint Paul (MN), USA - Sharon (CT), USA - Sesimbra, Portugal - Toulouse, France - Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina - Susanville (CA), USA - Maple Ridge (BC), Canada - Saint Louis (MO), USA - Prague, Czech Republic - Helsinki, Finland - Pilisvörösvár, Hungary - Lisbon, Portugal - Mexico (DF), Mexico - Trujillo, Peru - Dunedin (FL), USA - Albuquerque (NM), USA - Port Angeles (WA), USA - Cottage Grove (MN), USA - Saint-Petersburg, Russian Federation - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - London, UK - Baziège, France - Jefferson City (MO), USA - Greenville (SC), USA - Selma (AL), USA - Mumbai, India - Naples (FL), USA - Norwich (Norfolk), UK - Silver Spring (MD), USA - Setúbal, Portugal - Stayton (OR), USA - Bellefonte (PA), USA - Sofia, Bulgaria - Arradon, France - Montego Bay, Jamaica - Athens, Greece - Austin (TX), USA - Singapore, Singapore - West Sacramento (CA), USA - Jackson (MS), USA - Wassenaar (ZH), Netherlands - Budapest, Hungary - Rotterdam, Netherlands - St Malo, France - Chandler (AZ), USA - Melbourne, Australia - Port Vila, Vanuatu - Cleveland (OH), USA - Nottingham, UK - Kansas City (MO), USA - The Hague, Netherlands - Crystal Lake (IL), USA - Wroc?aw, Poland - Chateaubriant, France - Cheltenham, UK - Moscow, Russia - Monrovia (CA), USA - Saigon, Vietnam - Torun’, Poland - Grenoble, France - Lisbon, Portugal - New Orleans (LA), USA - Sydney, Australia - Boston (MA), USA - American Fork (UT), USA - Boston (MA), USA - Montréal (QC), Canada - Wichita (KS), USA - Radonvilliers, France - Buenos Aires, Argentina - Christchurch, New Zealand - Rabaul, Papua New Guinea - Wailea (HI), USA - Aliso Viejo (CA), USA - St Francis, South Africa - Port Elizabeth, South Africa - Seattle (WA), USA - Pasadena (CA), USA - Vienna, Austria - Orlando (FL), USA - Torun, Poland - Delta (CO), USA - Santa Fe (NM), USA
Friday, February 1, 2008