Senior Spring Break, Beignets & Plantations

This Photo(s) of  The Week was taken outside of St. Francisville, LA just 20 miles or so above Baton Rouge. It was the second day of our “Senior Spring Break.” The previous day we had filled up on beignets at the DuMonde Cafe in the French Quarter of New Orleans.

This plantation (Greenwood) was our last visit of the day and it was worth the trip.  The moss hanging from the giant oak trees frame the plantation in all its splendor. The late afternoon light provided a special softness.

Here are two scene taken in front of the reflecting pond, one in black & white and the other in color. Click on the photo to enlarge it.

Pick your favorite.


Greenwood Plant web

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Don’t Be A “One Shot” Picture Taker

There are many times when I believe that photographers are “picture takers” rather than photographers.  However, you need to take more than just one snapshot of a subject as well. When we  use digital cameras we are not burning through film, and it is  not costly to take several different angels of the subject.

This blog is a case in point. I was working on photographing the Mississippi River between New Orleans and Baton Rouge, LA and the day’s mission was to locate three or four plantation homes. You will see my favorite home on the Photo of the Week. However, that scene was the last one I had taken of the Nottoway Plantation Home.

This blog shows you four more scenes I captured while walking around the stately home. The view changes as you walk and I believe the last view in the photo of the week was the best of all.  I did take the scenes in color, but they do not have the impact of the black and white ones. (My opinion).

There were several people at the home that day taking photographs and they walked around the front and the side and captured their views.  But only one or two walked to the back and captured the best of all.

The lesson here is more is better than less….or take your time and find the best view possible and then capture that. Always take at least two photos of each scene, just in case something happens to the first one. Do not be a “one shot” picture taker.

“OK,” you ask, “How many different photos did I take of this house?”  I took about 30 before I was done.

Here are the other scenes of the home.

Taking A Walk

When you are shooting an outdoor scene, don’t just stay in one place and take one or two or a hundred pictures of the same thing, walk around a bit…even if other people walk up and take the scene from the same angle that you are taking it from…and then walk away.

Use your imagination and see what the scene looks like from 50 feet away…a hundred feet away or by some nearby trees.

I always complain that most people tend to take many more photos that they should of one scene..there is nothing wrong with taking many different photos of the same scene or subject from different angles.

This was true in my case. I was taking photos of old southern plantations in Louisana as part of my Mississippi River project and wanted to include three plantations.

The last one, the Nottaway Plantation between New Orleans and Baton Rouge presented a very good example of “talking a walk” around the subject.

The three photos with this blog are taken of the Nottaway Mansion. The first one is the one you see in many of the brochures. It is ok.

First  view. JPGThe second one is the front entrance of the mansion that faces the river…but you can’t see the river because of the dikes along the river bank.

Second view

A groundskeeper told me one side of the mansion was designed to be like the White House. So I walked to that side and that is where the best photograph was taken…between the large oak trees. You rarely see this side of the house in any of the brochures. It was beautiful because the leaves were just starting come out on the trees and the curved branches of the old oaks proided the perfect frame. The afternoon sun provided both highlights and shaded areas.

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Of course I like the last view best.

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