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Low-Light Shooting at Bastille Day 2011

One of the great joys of modern digital photography is shooting in extremely low light without a tripod. Serious “professional” photographers invest in expensive high performance lenses to produce sharp full tone images that stand up to the demands of … Continue reading

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The Sax Player/Composer

It’s always great to make portraits of master musicians and, occasionally, they’re guys I’ve also played gigs with like saxophone master, Jason Mingledorff.  If you follow the New Orleans funk scene at all you’ll recognize Jason as a member of … Continue reading

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Ground Hog Day Music

With snow blasting most of the continent I can’t imagine PunksaTony (sic) Phil will be seeing anything resembling his shadow today.  But every day in New Orleans is a day for great music.  Today’s featured cut was brought to my … Continue reading

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How I Got Into Photography

Professional photographers always get asked: “So, how did you get into photography?”  When I answer that I started in high school with the local newspaper in 1973, the next question is often “How old are you, anyway?”  As I look … Continue reading

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A Ride On A Mardi Gras Float

A couple of years ago our band, Creole String Beans,  was asked to provide live music for one of the floats in the Krewe of Endymion (which is one of the biggest Mardi Gras parades, fyi if you’re not a … Continue reading

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A Magazine Named Desire

Tom Varisco is the only design genius I’ve ever known. He’s also a great lunch partner. I’m not just saying this because he designed my “big O” logo/identity way before Oprah had hers, or because we seem to share a … Continue reading

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New Orleans’ Amazing Music Culture

This week I tuned up the vocal cords and played at being a co-host of the It’s New Orleans podcast with my ole buddy, Grant Morris, formerly of The Zephyr radio, and the event really brought home to me the … Continue reading

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