Wednesday, June 21, 2017

This Blog Is Now Officially Retired

I have decided to close this hot dog stand for good, and move blogging efforts over to Tumblr. This blog will remain online for some time until I eventually delete it.

All future posts will be seen here:

https://matthewdwhite.tumblr.com/

I will continue to post updates on recent activities and shoots, and also be free to post photos from the archive. Please bookmark my new Tumblr address and continue to follow me for new photos and info.



Sunday, May 14, 2017

Wetlands Art Tour 2017

Solo exhibition of photographs from 2006-2016 now hanging at Suis Generis, 3219 Burgundy St., New Orleans (Bywater), until early June, as part of this year's Wetlands Art Tour . Featured are two framed 25x35 prints of images made during the December 2016 Plaquemines aerial shoot, including the one below which shows Port Eads from the mouth of South Pass. They are for sale -- please contact me if you are interested in them.


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Recent Miscellanea

Paul & Judy's at Night, Algiers 



























This little rangefinder is turning out to be the world's greatest toy, even more versatile than a 21MP mega-SLR. It's kind of a camera for all seasons and situations, while fitting in your pocket and having no backpack of accoutrements to carry around. I can just grab it on my way out the door, and if something comes up, I can get a good photo fast for the stock pile. These are some recent miscellaneous captures bound for Getty, taken on short trips around metro New Orleans. All manual on the exposure and all, with a nifty color response setting that imitates Fujichrome Velvia 50 film.


Gretna 
Yscloskey, St. Bernard Parish 

Cypress Swamp, Jean Lafitte 

Cypress Swamp, Jean Lafitte 

Jean Lafitte 

Mississippi River at New Orleans 

Gretna at Night 


Sunday, March 12, 2017

Carnival Time 2017





Mardi Gras season this year was unusually warm and tropical -- a nice payback considering the last two were unseasonably cold, and Mardi Gras day 2014 being one of the most miserable on record, with a high temp of 33 and non-stop rain, which had the parade routes empty by 10AM. This year people made the best of the good weather, with huge numbers attending parades and other events. Rather than make my usual post of floats and krewes, I chose six random photos from the bunch that I had a personal liking for. The skies and light on Lundi Gras were incredible, which resulted in the nice shot of St. Louis cathedral above. I normally wouldn't post what is probably the ten millionth picture of the cathedral on the internet, but of all the photos I've taken of it just passing by over the past decade-plus, this is one I could live with. The bottom photo was just a strange sudden moment of bright red pants standing out in perfect contrast to the blues and greens of the Lundi Gras celebration on the riverfront. It was just one of those odd moments where I suddenly saw some "thing" and snapped a photo of it without asking myself why. It's an approach that doesn't always work, but I'm pretty fond of this one. The dungeon tones on the Royal Street shot were necessary to keep the nice clouds from blowing out to featureless white; however the area was in cloud shadow and this exposure, 1/500 @ f/11 ISO 1000, was the combination that got closest to the diffuse crepuscular light the Quarter was in that evening. 

Algiers

Mississippi River at Algiers Point
Snack Stand off the Parade Route, Felicity St. 

Royal Street, Lundi Gras 


Lundi Gras

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Golden Hour at Lake Pontchartrain





























Winter in New Orleans so far has been warmer and more tropical than usual. We had a two-day cold snap before Christmas, but other than that it's been muggy and stormy. A thunderstorm passed by the south shore lakefront on the second day of the year, and I had an hour to kill with the rangefinder. In the space of about 30 minutes, the storm broke up, and the sky suddenly exploded into an incredibly vibrant orange for about ten minutes, quickly morphing into purple twilight. South Louisiana is never short on dramatic skies when the weather is unstable, and this thunderstorm passed at just the right time. Images came straight out of the camera; just RAW files converted to JPEGS. All photos here were taken at 1/60, f/11 with auto ISO adjustment which works well in rapidly changing light, ranging here from ISO 800-2000.






















Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Aerials - Plaquemines Parish

Head of Passes, End of the Mississippi River

Some preliminary results from an aerial shoot with the assistance of SouthWings. On the next to last day of 2016, pilot Ken Knevel took me downriver with the goal of getting some more aerials to add to portfolios for The End of the Great River. The conditions were unusual -- cool, high haze and diffuse sun -- making for results quite different from aerial shoots done in summer months, featuring a soothing combination of blue and brown hues. In many of the photos, it's easy to see the muddy Mississippi waters meeting the blue water of the Gulf of Mexico, and the brownish tint of the marsh grass made the contrast between wetlands and water more obvious, which emphasized just how much land has been lost in lower Plaquemines Parish. The shot looking downriver at Empire, LA, shows the area at top that at one time was all solid wetlands that acted as a storm surge barrier in the past, but which has now eroded away to nothing but open water with the thin beach barrier seen on the horizon. It was a very enjoyable flight that produced excellent results that should keep me busy for a while. The best of the lot will eventually be added to the End of the Great River portfolio on my regular website. Many thanks to Meredith Dowling at the SouthWings office for making it happen, and to Ken Knevel for the flight.
(Click on photo for full-screen view.)

Mississippi River at Port Sulphur

Empire, LA


Mississippi River at Venice, LA


Pilottown and Head of Passes


Port Eads, South Pass


Mouth of South Pass and Eads Jetty


Southwest Pass at Burwood, Toward Head of Passes


Southwest Pass -- the Mississippi Meets Blue Water


Red Pass, Southwest of Venice, LA


Empire-Buras, LA, Mississippi River at top


Violet, St. Bernard Parish, LA 

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Athens, GA




Three postcard pics taken the morning of July 26, 2009 -- the last time I visited Athens, Georgia, my former home for 11 years. We were passing through and stopped for a day there on our way to Asheville and other stops. As I remember it, North Georgia was experiencing a pretty oppressive heat wave at the time; the temp hit 100F this day in Athens. These were shot from the downtown parking ramp with my old Canon 40D, state-of-the-art at the time, but with a cropped sensor view that I never got used to; weird color anomalies somewhere in the cyan range that got worse the more I used the camera; and it summarily croaked on me after only shooting about 10,000 frames. The one interesting thing it did was create strange pastel-like colors when used with a polarized filter, like these photos show, almost looking like old hand-tinted postcards. I guess you could say this was from my put-the-tallest-thing-at-left period.