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Oak Alley Plantation - Louisiana



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vbbluesydude1254431 October 16, 2015
Join the conversation. Add a comment or even better, a critique. Let's get better together!
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adavies January 21, 2016
Beautiful! Please consider joining my Tunnels challenge:)
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ricklecompte January 21, 2016
Merci for the invite. I will search for it
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murphey January 31, 2016
Lovely !
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ricklecompte February 03, 2016
The lovely romantic gracefulness you speak of Murphey, lends coolness to the deep south, midday heat. Thanks!
Jcartier
 
Jcartier February 23, 2016
My wife and I lived in a travel trailer in the back parking lot after Katrina for 10 months. We awakened to the Sounds of Tug Boats traveling up and down the Mighty Mississippi, every day. The grounds were manicured every morning at 7 AM. Luminaries lined the sidewalk each weekend for weddings. We will never forget our sojourn their. Thanks for the memory.
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ricklecompte February 23, 2016
Most Welcomed J. Yes this is the iconic plantation home. So way way way much more to Louisiana than New Orleans, most notably is Baton Rouge with all the food and music with out all the 'troubles'
LynnMcMorris
 
LynnMcMorris November 22, 2016
Beautiful, Rick. Nice detail. Perfect post processing.
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ricklecompte November 23, 2016
Merci Lynn. It was a good light day to be there and only one tiny person in the shot. Again Lynn, many thanks.
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choochooboss January 24, 2017
One of my favorite places when I lived in New Orleans. Wonderful capture.
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ricklecompte January 24, 2017
Thanks! It is fine to see, eh? Like your handle, I was a conductor - the real boss :-)
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mhaeri February 08, 2017
perfect shot, thanks to join my challenge.
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ricklecompte February 08, 2017
My pleasure, mhaeri !
luckie06
 
luckie06 January 20, 2018
Gosh !!! Do we have been at this right place on the same day at the same time ??????? My own picture is perfectly similar to yours :))))))
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ricklecompte March 06, 2018
Mine was in the fall right before the leaves were shed... although as we know.. these trees shed leaves constantly and never break down :-)

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Behind The Lens

Location
This classic image was taken at Oak Alley Plantation in Louisiana on a balmy September day
Time
The plantation is used for many things; education, gatherings, weddings and the like. Because it has been so well restored and maintained, it is almost always chalked full of people. To beat the crowds we went right at the opening time and immediately headed to the shot I wanted to get.
Lighting
I just love natural light and full frame sensors. The combination get one the feeling as well as the exact visual representation of a wide variety of images.
Equipment
This image was a hand held Sony A7m2 with kit lens
Inspiration
Louisiana has such a huge folklore and diversity in its present day as well as its history. Having shot the bawdy streets of New Orleans, the more gentile yet comprehensive grace of Baton Rouge and the deep mysterious swamps of the massive Achafalaya basin, I wanted to catch the iconic look and feel of the state. Here is the ultimate of grace and beauty ... but ... let us not forget that to the left of the image behind this home.... were the slave shacks. People stolen from their homes and shipped to a faraway land and brutalized in the state. The expression, "Sold down the river" meaning betrayed, was the well know representation that if you were being shipped down the Mississippi, you were in desperate trouble of harsh insensitive ruling class. The truth is as ugly as this home is beautiful
Editing
There is not much post to this image, brightened a few shadows, gamma'd the grass a little but pretty much what you see is what I saw.
In my camera bag
I am a Sony guy. Dependable in Papua New Guinea where the nearest camera repair is an ocean away to the confines and refines of the museum of art. I carry my SonyA7m2 with a native 24-240 these days. Previously a Sony A300 with kit lens and before my first digital Sony with a huge 4 meg ability :-) I carry both cameras for project work, some extra 64 gig cards, a tripod just in case, and some batteries. Traveling light is my style by choice.
Feedback
I am often asked by those that have not seen my eclectic portfolio, "What is your signature style". I always reply with straight face, "Shotgun". Then I answer the quizzical look on their face with, "Broad and all over the place". To capture this image, go look for it. Do not be held up with a single look or stuffy idea. Geaux find it. what is interesting to you has interest. For specifically shoot monuments: Get there dirt early and RUN to where you want to be. People are lazy and stroll. They will be content with a spot marked with an 'X' to shoot from. And they will all end up with the same ol same ol full of people ruining the scene and complaining about it. Be not that person! Be the adventurer, the pioneer with a gleam in your eye and a camera in your hand. Be what you want to be. Capture that moment of time that is fleeting by. Love your life and celebrate in with the captures of your lifetime. Thanks for wadding through this. Rick

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