During my last visit to New Orleans, I found some time to venture out on the streets. I wanted to keep a low profile and keep moving, so all shots were taken on my iPhone6. No tripod or other means of support. I did find myself at some of the usual tourist spots, but I wanted to get a better feel of the city. Starting with my view of the swamp before touching down, here’s what I encountered.

New Orleans airport landing, swamp

Jackson Square seemed like the spot where all the tourists are told to go, so I couldn’t help but to capture a few shots myself.

Not far from Jackson Square, the Mississippi River and its activity are in full view.

As I walked around, I noticed this city is big on statues.

Artwork in murals always captures my attention, and I found these along the way.

The people who create metalwork are artists, and even production metalwork can be artistic.

I find that windows and frames usually make good photographic material, especially if reflections are involved.

There’s always a nature photo to be found somewhere.

In my home city of Las Vegas, if something gets old, it seems like it gets removed, so old objects left unmaintained are something I find interesting no matter where I go. Old buildings almost always have a story to tell, and made for many of my photos.


Of course, churches across the world are some of the oldest buildings anywhere, because those mostly stay maintained. I found a couple very old photogenic churches, and I love the red doors on the Saint Teresa of Avila Church.

I had mostly decent weather while I was there, and some really amazing light to capture my photos, but it wouldn’t be New Orleans without a little rain. I had no problem using a phone to capture these, but I’m not so sure I would have brought out my DSLR for the occasion.


As I was waiting for my flight to depart, the sun was going down and another round of rain was moving in. It was darker than this photo would indicate, and a woman next to me remarked, “It sure is getting ugly out there” to her husband. I beg to differ, and I think that meant, “What on earth is he taking a picture of?”