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Old January 6th, 2007, 08:21 PM   #1
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New Orleans with the new camera (56K warning)

I decided to take advantage of my last day off last Tuesday, and take my new Nikon D40 for a spin in New Orleans. The weather all day was supposed to be beautiful, but the morning ended up being gray and dull, so many of my early pictures won't be too colorful. There were over 80,000 football fans in the city for the Sugar Bowl, so the city was completely packed with tourists. Also, I just wanted to throw in a plug and say that if anyone is considering moving up into the beautiful world of DSLR cameras, I highly recommend looking at the D40. I made the big switch from Canon to Nikon for this thing, and I absolutely love it. There are about 80 pictures in this thread, so it may take awhile to load.

And now on to the photos...



The new Harrah's Casino Hotel, Harrah's New Orleans, and the Loews Hotel


The Shops at Canal Place before the stores have opened
The Shops at Canal Place is an upscale shopping center in the bottom three floors of the Canal Place office tower. It offers stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Kenneth Cole, Coach, Gucci, Williams-Sonoma, and many others.






On to the Riverfront...









Jax Brewery and downtown high-rises






Jackson Square
















On to the French Quarter...













On to Canal Street and the rest of the CBD...























110 years old, 86 years old, 20 years old


Energy Center




Poydras Street






The Superdome getting ready for the Sugar Bowl


Dominion Tower








Camp Street


68 storys, ~800 feet, construction to start in April






Common Street






Gravier Street


The new, 26 story, 450 room, Harrah's Casino Hotel
Some info on this building: The site that was proposed for the hotel contained multiple old buildings from the late 1800's, which were protected because of their history. So rather then scraping the idea, or finding a way to destroy all of the buildings, Harrah's designed a plan to keep and refurbish some of the original exterior's of the old buildings, which had just been sitting there rotting away for years, and incorporate them in the design of the hotel. I think it looks great!






The downtown "W"


World Trade Center




Gravier Street


One Canal Place




Sidewalk along Canal Street
Canal Street is undergoing a huge beautification project, and it's looking very good right now!


One Canal Place


On to some "aerial" views of the city...



You can see the 403 foot tall Three Lakeway Center off in Metairie, about 10 miles away


"The Crescent City" namesake




Looking over the river towards Chalmette


Crescent City Connection


Downtown density


Harrah's Casino, the largest casino in the country outside of Las Vegas


Harrah's Hotel


Canal Street




And finally, on back home...






That's it! Hope you guys liked the pictures! It was my first using a DSLR in an urban enviornment, so I'm pretty happy with most of 'em. I wanted to be in familiar territory for my first "photo tour" with the new camera, but look for some photos from the Garden District and other parts of Uptown, as well as Algiers Point within the next few weeks.
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Old January 6th, 2007, 08:40 PM   #2
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Beautiful! Love the aerial of Canal..... and GO SAINTS!!!
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Old January 7th, 2007, 08:11 AM   #3
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WOW!!!!!! This thread far exceeded my expectations. Truly outstanding photography What kind of lenses did you use with your D40?
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Old January 7th, 2007, 07:02 PM   #4
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Loving the Canal Street renovations. Long overdue!!!!!!!!!!!! This should be, like it once was, one of America's grandest boulevards.
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Old January 7th, 2007, 07:11 PM   #5
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Wonderful work!!!
You make the Big Easy look better than ever!

Who Dat???
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Old January 7th, 2007, 08:58 PM   #6
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WOW! You have become a real pro. Great job!
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Old January 7th, 2007, 10:19 PM   #7
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very colorful.
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Old January 8th, 2007, 12:47 AM   #8
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Great pictures and they are very clear. Nice but cant wait until they start construction on trump tower new orleans in april. cant wait until they finish to see this project in person. By the way
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Old January 8th, 2007, 06:18 PM   #9
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Awesome job man!
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Old January 9th, 2007, 04:05 AM   #10
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Sweet photos...you are becoming the serious photographer, Nate!
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Old January 9th, 2007, 04:27 AM   #11
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BTW...looks like you woke up before the tourists!!!
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Old January 9th, 2007, 07:43 PM   #12
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these are absolutley gorgeous!!!! great eye for New Orleans
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Old January 10th, 2007, 02:29 AM   #13
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Thanks for all of your comments, guys!

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What kind of lenses did you use with your D40?
I used just one lens, the kit 18-55mm. For a kit lens, it's extremely good, and quite sharp from what I've experienced. I plan to move up to a better lens soon, but for now, the kit lens is perfect for me. And it will be even better once I get the new polarizer, lens hood, and UV filter I ordered today!
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Old January 10th, 2007, 02:35 AM   #14
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You wanna what now? Why would someone build a mansion on top of a tower?

great photos, stayed in new orleans for a few days and only saw the french quarter - I deffinetly have to go back.
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Old January 10th, 2007, 06:10 PM   #15
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great pics. i can't wait to get a DSLR myself, and to use my free nights at Harrah's.

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Old January 13th, 2007, 08:47 AM   #16
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Old January 13th, 2007, 09:37 AM   #17
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So you used a DSLR, Nate?

Anywho, great. Man Canal Street looks great! I hadn't expected that. I was in town taking pictures a few days before word of the storm, and I was actually kind of disappointed at how dirty Canal Street and especially Chartres and Camp were looking at the time. It looks like a new place.

Have I posted my New Orleans pics on here?
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Old January 14th, 2007, 10:08 PM   #18
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There are plans to turn canal street into the grand thouroughfare it one was. The sidewalk improvements will be done by June. Now we just need to spur more high end investment there.
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Old January 14th, 2007, 11:56 PM   #19
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I was in town taking pictures a few days before word of the storm, and I was actually kind of disappointed at how dirty Canal Street and especially Chartres and Camp were looking at the time. It looks like a new place.
Yes, Canal Street is really looking great right now. Canal had been looking pretty bland prior to Katrina, and thankfully a very well planned, financed, and now executed plan called the "Canal Street Vision" was put together, and we are now only about 6 months away from its comlpetion. You can view that plan here.

As someone who grew up and lived in the French Quarter for nearly 18 years, I'm well aware of how dirty New Orleans can become at some points. However, that is something that the city has been focusing on for the past 17 months, and I'm very happy with the results. The entire CBD just looks much cleaner, even after major tourist events like Mardi Gras, Jazz Fest, and the Sugar Bowl. Of course many parts of New Orleans will always have that "old and gritty" look, but that is to be expected in a city that is over 300 years old. Though in terms of trash and other litter around the CBD, it looks like a totally different place.
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Old January 18th, 2007, 10:05 PM   #20
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Well,i'm not from New Orleans but these are the best pictues i've ever seen.My last time in N.O.was in 1996,hope to get back this year and enjoy this beautiful city.
One request to the photographer:could you take pictures of Kenner area and Esplanade??Thank you.
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